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Bell (female)

Variants:Beldie (F)
Pet Name for:Annabel (F) Arabella (F) Belinda (F) Isabella (F) Isobel (F) Isobella (F)
Can be spelt:Bel (F)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire

1851 Census for Rathen, Banffshire, Scotland

English and Scottish pet name for a number of names containing the element "-bel-" [see examples, above].

In the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire and the 1851 Census of Rathen parish in Banffshire, Bell is recorded with significant frequency but Bel [the spelling quoted in most sources] does not occur. Bele and Belly are rare variants in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire. The 1851 Census for Rathen shows Bell occurring as a pet name almost always for Isabella and less frequently for Isobella.