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Origin and popularity of the name BEL


Bel : 1: French: nickname for a handsome man (perhaps also ironically for an ugly one) from Old French beu bel ‘beautiful handsome’ (from Late Latin bellus). Compare Lebel and Beau.2: Hungarian (Bél): from the old personal name Bél or perhaps from bél ‘inside internal part’. The latter may have been an occupational name for an indoor servant i.e. one who worked inside a great house.3: Dutch: possibly an altered form of Scottish Bell.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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