Bell family crest
Colors on the Bell family crest explained
Argent (silver) - represents the peaceful and sincere nature of the Bell family.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Azure (blue) - represents the Bell family's loyal and truthful nature.
Symbols on the Bell family crest explained
The three bells - represents people who have the power to dispell and ward off evil spirits.
The fesse (strip across the shield) - is an ancient symbol and represents one who upholds good conscience, honour and religion against evil forces.
Ermine background pattern - represents purity and a mark of dignity and social standing.
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Origins of the Bell family name
The family name Bell is thought to have originated in the 12th century, from the Old French word bel, meaning “beautiful”.
The first recorded use of the name was in 12th century in England and Scotland.
It is thought that the name was originally given to someone who was considered to be beautiful.
The name was common in England in the 12th century and can also represent someone who had a role in bell ringing.
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Summary of the Bell family and the Bell family crest
- The Bell family are of English and Scottish origin.
- The name is considered Norman in origin given its original connection with the French word for 'beautiful'.
- The first recorded use of the name Bell was in 1166, in the county of Durham in England.
- The Bells were a prominent family in England during the medieval period.
- The Bells were heavily involved in the Wars of the Roses, a series of civil wars fought in England in the 15th century.
- Sir Thomas Bell, a member of the Bell family, was executed in 1469 for his role in the Wars of the Roses.
- The Bells were also prominent in the English Reformation, a movement to reform the Catholic Church in England in the 16th century.
- The Bell family was persecuted during the reign of Queen Mary I of England, a Catholic queen who opposed the Reformation.
- The family began to emigrate soon after the 16th century in search for prosperity outside of England.
- The first Bell to settle in America was John Bell, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
- The first Bell to settle in Canada was Alexander Bell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773.
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