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Origin or Ethnicity
Its source is an English expression meaning "The instrument traditionally sounded to give warnings or to call assemblies."
Nickname For: Isabella
Compound Forms: Lisbell
The name Bell ranked 3143rd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This was a surname designating those who worked with or around bells. Like Belle and Bella, it may owe some of its popularity as a given name to its identfication with forms of Isabel.
''Ma Bell'' was the nickname of the Bell Telephone Company, which held a monopoly on regional and long-distance telephone service in the U.S. until it was broken up by the government in 1984.
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