Bell

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Bell mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Bell

"Bell" is a name of English origin, and it means "Beautiful". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bell
Senses
  1. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue, and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
  2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved.
  3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower."In a cowslip's bellI lie." [Shak.]
  4. [Arch] That part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital.
  5. pl.[Naut] The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated.

Note: ☞ Bells have been made of various metals, but the best have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and tin.

Note: ☞ On shipboard, time is marked by a bell, which is struck eight times at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock. Half an hour after it has struck “eight bells” it is struck once, and at every succeeding half hour the number of strokes is increased by one, till at the end of the four hours, which constitute a watch, it is struck eight times.

Note: Bell is much used adjectively or in combinations; as, bell clapper; bell foundry; bell hanger; bell-mouthed; bell tower, etc., which, for the most part, are self-explaining.

Etymology: AS. belle, fr. bellan to bellow. See Bellow

verb Bell
To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.
Senses
  1. To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
verb Bell
To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell .
verb Bell
To utter by bellowing.

Etymology: AS. bellan. See Bellow

verb Bell
To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
  2. The flared opening of a tubular device
  3. A percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
  4. A push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
  5. The sound of a bell being struck ("saved by the bell" and "she heard the distant toll of church bells")
  6. United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
  7. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
  8. A phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
  9. The shape of a bell
  10. (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
  11. Attach a bell to ("bell cows")
Wiktionary
  1. A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)"
  2. The Bell telephone company (after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
  3. A male given name occasionally transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name, a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
  5. (US, Canada) a telephone utility; a Baby Bell.

Notable Persons Named Bell

bell hooks is an author and academic. bell was given the name Gloria Jean Watkins on September 25th, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

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Bell Nuntita is a pop music singing, entertainment, and actor. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 2011 to 2011. Bell was given the name Nuntita Khampiranon on December 20th, 1983 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Bell was born in 1906. Bell is also known as Bill". He breathed his last breath in 1980.

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Bell Ihua is a chief executive, researcher, pollster, and adjunct professor. Bell was born on December 20th, 1979 in Nigeria. Bell is also known as Ihua and Ugwushi Bellema.

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Bell was born on April 13th, 1985.

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Bell was born in 1965. She breathed her last breath in 2010.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bell

Kristen Bell is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Kristen was given the name Kristen Anne Bell on July 18th, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan, U.S.

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Alexander Graham Bell was an inventor, scientist, engineer, professor, and teacher of the deaf. Alexander was born on March 3rd, 1847 in Edinburgh. He left this life on August 2nd, 1922.

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Jamie Bell is an actor and dancer. His ongoing career started in 2000. Jamie was given the name Andrew James Matfin Bell on March 14th, 1986 in Billingham, County Durham, England.

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Catherine Bell is an actress and producer. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Catherine was given the name Catherine Lisa Bell on August 14th, 1968 in London.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Drake was given the name Jared Drake Bell on June 27th, 1986 in Newport Beach, California, US.

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Lake Bell is an actress, director, and screenwriter. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Lake was given the name Lake Siegel Bell on March 24th, 1979 in New York City.

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How popular is the baby name Bell in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 31 31 0
1881 29 29 0
1882 38 38 0
1883 33 33 0
1884 50 50 0
1885 45 45 0
1886 46 46 0
1887 44 44 0
1888 45 45 0
1889 55 55 0
1890 61 61 0
1891 55 55 0
1892 59 59 0
1893 42 42 0
1894 43 43 0
1895 46 46 0
1896 51 51 0
1897 44 44 0
1898 58 58 0
1899 52 52 0
1900 63 63 0
1901 52 52 0
1902 43 43 0
1903 48 48 0
1904 34 34 0
1905 53 45 8
1906 40 40 0
1907 38 33 5
1908 31 31 0
1909 29 29 0
1910 50 50 0
1911 43 43 0
1912 58 58 0
1913 47 40 7
1914 41 35 6
1915 60 47 13
1916 47 47 0
1917 36 31 5
1918 56 50 6
1919 54 49 5
1920 48 42 6
1921 41 36 5
1922 38 28 10
1923 31 31 0
1924 33 33 0
1925 34 34 0
1926 34 28 6
1927 26 20 6
1928 29 20 9
1929 25 17 8
1930 23 23 0
1931 10 10 0
1932 17 12 5
1933 7 7 0
1934 15 15 0
1935 12 7 5
1936 16 16 0
1937 9 9 0
1938 15 15 0
1939 12 12 0
1940 13 13 0
1941 12 12 0
1942 14 14 0
1943 5 5 0
1944 5 5 0
1945 8 8 0
1946 6 6 0
1947 8 8 0
1948 5 5 0
1949 8 8 0
1951 6 6 0
1952 8 8 0
1954 5 5 0
1955 5 5 0
1956 8 8 0
1958 7 7 0
1959 7 7 0
1960 6 6 0
1961 7 7 0
1962 5 0 5
1967 5 5 0
1970 6 6 0
1973 5 5 0
1991 5 0 5
1993 5 0 5
2006 7 7 0
2008 5 5 0
2009 8 8 0
2010 8 8 0
2011 6 6 0
2012 5 5 0
2013 5 5 0
2014 9 9 0
2015 7 7 0
2017 10 10 0

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Popularity of Bell as a first name

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Popularity of Bell as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bell U.S.
  White 61.11% 64.26%
  African American 32.35% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.01% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bell

People with the last name Bell are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bell

  • How Popular is the name Bell? Bell is the 5,771st most popular name of all time. As a last name Bell was the 106th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,569 babies born with the first name Bell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bell to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 31 new born babies.
  • When was Bell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bell is Tuesday, March 20th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Bell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bell was in 1900 with a total of 63 babies.
  • Random Bell Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bell is not a popular baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Bell: Your name in reverse order is Lleb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elbl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 220,599 people with the last name Bell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bell? Bell was ranked as the 106th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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