Bel Name Meaning

English and French: nickname for a handsome man (perhaps also ironically for an ugly one), from Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ (Late Latin bellus). Hungarian (Bél): from the old secular Hungarian name Bél, or alternatively from bél ‘internal part’, probably an occupational name for a servant who worked in the household. Czech (Bel) from Czech bílý ‘white’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bell, Beal, Belo, Biel, Beck, Best, Bey, Bee, Belt, Belin

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Bel Family Origin

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Bel Family Occupations

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  • Apothecary

    20%
  • Clerk

    20%
  • Does Fam. Washing

    20%
  • Farmer

    20%

In 1880, the most common Bel occupation in the USA was Apothecary. 20% of Bel's were Apothecarys. A less common occupation for the Bel family was Farmer. Apothecary, Clerk and Does Fam. Washing were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bel.

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Bel Historical Records

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Bel Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1955 and 2003, Bel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bel in 1955 was 35, and 85 in 2003.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bel

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