Jonet Bell

16 November 1638–
Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

The Life of Jonet

When Jonet Bell was christened on 16 November 1638, her father, James Bell, was 26 and her mother, Janet Burne, was 22.

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Family Time Line

James Bell
1612–
Janet Burne
1616–
Margaret Bell
1637–1670
Janet Bell
1638–
Jonet Bell
1638–
Issobell Bell
1640–

Parents and Siblings

    James Bell

    Male1612–Male

    Janet Burne

    Female1616–Female

siblings

(4)

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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  • Jonet Bell, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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