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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In 1881, Journalier and School were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bel. A less common occupation for the Bel family was Cultivateur. The most common Bel occupation in Canada was Journalier. 40% of Bel's were Journaliers.

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  • Journalier

  • School

  • Cultivateur


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Bel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Bel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Bel. For the veterans among your Bel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bel Life Expectancy

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Between 1955 and 2003, in the United States, 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.

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