Vivan Ethel Bell

23 August 1915–16 August 1994 (Age 79)
Peotone, Will, Illinois, United States

The Life of Vivan Ethel

When Vivan Ethel Bell was born on 23 August 1915, in Peotone, Will, Illinois, United States, her father, Charles Oscar Bell, was 24 and her mother, Myrtle Peck, was 29. She died on 16 August 1994, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Robert Byron O'Tool
1913–1986
Vivan Ethel Bell
1915–1994

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(4)

    Marion Bell

    Male1912–Male

    Willard Bell

    Male1914–Male

    Female1915–1994Female

    Howard Bell

    Male1923–Male

World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1925 · Woman's World's Fair

Age 10

The first Woman's World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1925. The idea of the completely women-run fair was to display the progress of ideas, work, and products of twentieth-century women
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 22

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (1)

  • Vivian Bell in household of Charlie Bell, "United States Census, 1930"

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