Bell Name Study

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About the Project

The Bell Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Bell name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Bell name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Bells), by time period (18th Century Bells), or by topic (Bell DNA, Bell Occupations, Bell Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Bell Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Name for assistance.

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Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants

Stone Church Bells

For more information on this branch of Bells who settled in Augusta County, Virginia, see the profile for William Bell (b 1685), the immigrant ancestor.

Bealls of Maryland

Sometimes "Bell", see the profile of patriarch Matthew Beall, born about 1720 in Maryland. This branch is associated with the Harveys.

Missouri Bells

John B. Bell, a doctor from Salisbury, Maryland, moved to Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. He was a Union Army surgeon in the 1860s. It’s said his father is Peter Bell, whose family from Germany and is Lutheran. John’s family was Presbyterian & the DNA test of a lineal descendant showed 68% English and 20% Irish.

Pennsylvania Bells

Several generations of Bells stayed in Pennsylvania and are the ancestors of John Evans "Jack" Bell, born in Mercer County in 1864, who struck out West, following "the shining rails of steel to the camps known temporarily as 'end of the road.'" Some clues of his immigrant ancestor must be within Weeks' The Bell Family of America.

Bells of Paisley and Old Kilpatrick (Scotland)

A number of Bells lived in Old Kilpatrick in Dumbartonshire in the late 1700s/early 1800s, though there is evidence to suggest that they moved there from Paisley. They were associated with the Church of Scotland. There are still Bells living in the Old Kilpatrick area, though whether they are descendants of the same family is currently unknown. When a branch of this family later moved across the border to Lancashire (Preston and Lancaster), some became nonconformists rather than join the established Church of England.

Bells According to Weeks

This is a subproject of the Bell Name Study and was established to try to sort out the information provided in the following reference, which is available online but includes unreliable information:
Weeks, Lyman Horace, The Bell family in America, New York, W.M. Clemens, 1913.
See more information about this reference at Weeks, 1913 (including links to online sources).
In order to catalogue information provided by this reference, and attempt to connect valid information to the correct Bell, a line of "Weeks-based profiles" was created with Mathew Bell as its patriarch. The Weeks-based profiles in Mathew's tree were once found in his Descendants Tree, but wikis being what they are, it has changed over the years. The Category:Bells According to Weeks is now a more reliable collection of Weeks-based profiles, albeit not nicely laid out in a descendants list.
The profiles showing the Bell line from Weeks were intended to be static & not be integrated into the global WikiTree. The Weeks-based profiles were meant to serve as deterrents to the creation of additional profiles with the jumbled information and lineage provided by Weeks (see Weeks, 1913 for a critique of the information provided).
This subproject was launched April 10, 2016, after a Bell descendant whose line goes through one of the Weeks-based profiles pointed out the confusion such a parallel line creates. The goal of this subproject was to find the "real" Bells who match Weeks' Bells and merge them, but that plan has not panned out either.
As of August 30, 2017, duplicate Bells will be merged. When appropriate, the following caution should be added:
== Research Notes ==
: {{Red|Caution}}: Information about this person found in [ ''The Bell family in America,''] by Lyman Horace Weeks,<ref>Weeks, Lyman Horace, [ ''The Bell family in America''], New York, W.M. Clemens, 1913.</ref> can be added in this section until it can be verified by another source. Much of the information in that reference is inaccuate. See the [[Space:Bell_Name_Study#Bells_According_to_Weeks|Bells According to Weeks section]] of the [[Space:Bell_Name_Study|Bell Name Study]] for more information.

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Hi I was able to add some to Virginia Bell Name study category can we get a West Virginia name Study Category made I have Quite few that go from Virginia and ended up in West Virginia.


Hi I have some Bell/Beall family members in family. I added some to name study.


Members of this group might be interested in "Memorial of the clan of the Bells" available at The National Library of Scotland: . It mentions an old manuscript in the library of the last Bell of Rammerscales and provides a transcript of this earlier manuscript. Since this book was printed in 1864, it is definitely out of copyright (as confirmed by the National Library)... I have uploaded the clan arms shown on page 13 as a logo for this page, if anyone objects I am happy to remove it.
posted by F Bell
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Marie (Bell) Byatt -

I have recently loaded my Bells to the tree. I would love to find out more about this line. My father was born in the middle of London and immigrated to Canada in 1920 at the age of 3. His grandfather was born in Yorkshire and greatgrandfather was from Oxford. We move around a lot. The earliest Bell I have found is Benjamin Bell a coachman and freeman of Oxford , who died in 1832. I would love for my profiles to find some relatives.

posted by Marie B
Hello Bell researchers.

I am a Bell descendant and research takes my line from Cumberland, England c1770 moving onto Northumberland 1837 and finally to Canada in 1910

posted by Linda Bell
Hello! I am researching the ancestry and descendants of Gamaliel BELL Florida and his wife, Sarah Ann COOPER of Escambia County, Florida.
Here is the Bell Clan information on the Surname. It also has name Vartiations I like to add my Bell Beall people to project.


Here some resources for the Bell Surname.


My great grandfather is James Henry Bell. He was born in Alabama or The Pensacola, Florida area. His daughter was my grandmother, Mary Orline Bell, his wife was Bertha Eugenia Welch, from Georgia/ Alabama. I can't find where they originated from. I was told Canada, but My trail is dry!

Natalie Ball

posted by Natalie Schenk
Hello fellow Bells. My maiden name is Bell. I am the 3rd generation working on our line; as well as the 3rd generation trying to break down our brick wall of AMON BELL (b: 1799/1800 SC/IN d: AL 1863). NO information on parents or siblings. He married Rachel Huey (sic) 29 Dec 1829 in AL. Family "tales" have our line coming into Isle of Wight, VA then to North Carolina then some to South Carolina and then some to Alabama. Conflicting info on death certs of 2 of Amon & Rachel children death certs says he was born in Indiana. Would love help. Would also love to help with other Bell line projects.

Cindi Bell Cooke

posted by Cindi (Bell) Cooke
Hello Bells,My maiden name was Bell.

Most of my relatives are from Ky. & Va.

Bev (Bell) Fisher

posted by Beverly (Bell) Fisher
Hello, Bell's. My great grandfather was Henry Castleman Bell 5 Nov 1866 Potosi, Missouri - 22 Oct 1936 Potosi, Missouri. I am trying to find out where my Bell's came here from and have hit a brick wall. I have heard that we were "Border Bell's" Maybe someday I will know for sure. Carol
posted by Carol (Bell) Syers