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Mac Giolla Mhaoil, Bell


Bell is a common surname throughout Ireland & represents an English form of the Gaelic surname Mac Giolla Mhaoil ("son of the servant of the devotee"). This surname likely originated as an occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker; or else from a topographic name for someone who lived by an actual bell, or by a house sign. In some cases, the surname in Ireland is believed that the surname is derived from the Middle English bell. In other cases, the Irish surname Bell is derived from the mediaeval personal name Bel.