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Belle Family History

Belle Name Meaning

Italian (Bellé): from a reduced derivative of Bello, for example Belletto. French: from Belle meaning ‘beautiful’. In medieval times this epithet was often combined with a baptismal name, e.g. Bellemarie. German: habitational name from a place so named in the Lippe district. German spelling of Slovenian Bele, nickname denoting a fair-haired or pale-skinned person, a derivative of bel ‘white’, ‘light’, ‘fair’, formed with the suffix -e, typically denoting a young person.

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


Similar surnames: Bell, Beller, Bella, Helle, Bello, Balle, Bolle, Bellew, Selle, Melle

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Where is the Belle family from?

You can see how Belle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Belle families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Belle family living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Belle's in the USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Belle families in 1840.
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What did your Belle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Belle. 25% of Belle men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Belle women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belle were Salesman and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Belle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Belle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Belle. For the veterans among your Belle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Belle lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Belle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Belle in 1949 was 42, and 69 in 2004.

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