Bell Family Genealogy

For several centuries the chief habitation of the Bells was on the Scotch border, in both England and Scotland. From thence they migrated to all parts of the British Isles and, later, to all parts of the British Empire and America. Bells settled in North Ireland as early as 1658, and in the American colonies as early as 1620. In England, Scotland and Ireland the Bells were armour bearing.

References used in the Bell Family Genealogy

All of the works listed below will be found in the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. Most of them will be found in the libraries of historical and genealogical societies. Some of them will be found in the public libraries of all of the large American cities.

  • 4 Burke’s General Armory, 1878.
  • 6 Burke’s Peerage and Baronetcy, 1921, 1924.
  • 8 Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1921, 1894 (Vol. II).
  • 10 English Surnames, Bardsley.
  • 12 British Family Names, Barber.
  • 14 Dictionary of National Biography, London , 1887.
  • 16 Appleton ‘s Cyclopedia of American Biography.
  • 18 Officers of the Continental Army, 1775-1783, Heitman.
  • 20 Revolutionary Records of the Respective Colonies.
  • 26 A Genealogical Account of Descendants of John of Gaunt, London , Cox and Wyman, 1855.
  • 28 The Bell Family in America , New York , W. M. Clemens, 1913.
  • 29 The Bells in the Revolution, New York , W. M. Clemens, 1916.
  • 30 Americans of Royal Descent, 1891, Browning.
  • 31 The Bells of Saint Andrews , Alexander Graham Bell, 1918.
  • 32 Heraldic Illustrations, 1853, Vol. I.
  • 34 U. S. Postal Guide.
  • 36 Who’s Who (British).
  • 38 Who’s Who in America , 1926-27.
  • 40 City and Telephone Directories.
  • 46 Private Collections of Family Data.
  • 48 Miscellaneous Sources.



Seaver, Jesse Montgomery. Bell Family History. American Historical-Genealogical Society, 1929.

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