See also: bell, bèll, and bell'


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Proper noun


Bell (countable and uncountable, plural Bells)

  1. A surname of Scottish and northern English origin 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 transferred from the surname, of occasional usage.
  4. A female given name, variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
    • 1857, Charles Dickens, chapter 1, in The Perils of Certain English Prisoners:
      [] I found that her Christian name was Isabella, which they shortened into Bell, and that the name of the deceased non-commissioned officer was Tott. Being the kind of neat little woman it was natural to make a toy of—I never saw a woman so like a toy in my life—she had got the plaything name of Belltott. In short, she had no other name on the island.
  5. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A city in Los Angeles County, California.
    2. A town in Gilchrist County, Florida.
    3. An unincorporated community in Logan County, Illinois.
    4. A census-designated place in Adair County, Oklahoma.
    5. A town in Bayfield County, Wisconsin.
    6. Three townships in Pennsylvania.
  6. A village in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
  7. A village in the City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.
  8. A rural town in Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia.
  9. A municipality of Mayen-Koblenz district, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
  10. A municipality of Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis district, Rhineland-Palatinate.

Derived terms




Bell (plural Bells)

  1. (US, Canada) a telephone utility; a Baby Bell.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Bell is the 106th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 220,599 individuals. Bell is most common among White (61.11%) and Black (32.35%) individuals.

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