Bell

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Bell

  1. A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)"
  2. The Bell telephone company (after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
  3. A male given name occasionally transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name, a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
    • 1857 Charles Dickens, The Perils of Certain English Prisoners, Chapter 1:
      I couldn’t make out her name at first; for, when she gave it in answer to my inquiry, it sounded like Beltot, which didn’t sound right. But, when we became better acquainted—which was while Charker and I were drinking sugar-cane sangaree, which she made in a most excellent manner—I found that her Christian name was Isabella, which they shortened into Bell, and that the name of the deceased non-commissioned officer was Tott. Being the kind of neat little woman it was natural to make a toy of—I never saw a woman so like a toy in my life—she had got the plaything name of Belltott. In short, she had no other name on the island.

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Noun[edit]

Bell (plural Bells)

  1. (US, Canada) a telephone utility; a Baby Bell.