Bell



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Bell
Bell is one of the 100 most common in Ireland, and is found most frequently by far in the northern part of the country, particularly in Ulster, where it is is especially numerous in counties Antrim and Down.

In Ulster, Bell is almost always of Scottish origin, the family being one of the infamous "riding clans" along the Borders, descended from Gilbert le fitz Bel, bel meaning "beautiful" or "handsome". After the destruction of the power of these clans in the early seventeenth century, many Bells migrated to Ulster during the Plantation.

The name may also, more rarely, be a phonetic anglicisation of the Scots Gaelic Mac Ghille Mhaoil, which was also turned into MacIlveil and MacGilveil.




Bell households by county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1848-64.
Click on a county name for a parish breakdown(paying).
Antrim 291
Armagh 93
Belfast city 99
Carlow 1
Cavan 54
Cork 10
Cork city 4
Derry 58
Donegal 39
Down 332
Dublin 20
Dublin city 27
Fermanagh 47
Galway 14
Kerry 5
Kildare 6
Kilkenny 2
Laois 17
Leitrim 5
Limerick 1
Longford 4
Louth 11
Mayo 14
Meath 20
Monaghan 41
Offaly 4
Roscommon 1
Sligo 12
Tipperary 7
Tyrone 137
Waterford 2
Westmeath 16
Wexford 11
Wicklow 7