occupational name for a bell ringer. It may have also been a name for someone who lived near a bell. Bele is also known to have arisen from the English and Scots given name Bel, which derived from the Old French "beu" or "bel," meaning "handsome."
Early Origins of the Bele family
Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Early references to the name in England include Ailuuardus filius Bell listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Suffolk; Ricardus filius Bell in 1279 in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire; Hugo Bel who was in Winton, Hampshire in 1148; Serlo Belle listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1190; as well as Roger del Bel, who was in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk of 1209.
Early History of the Bele family
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Early Notables of the Bele family (pre 1700)
Norfolk, Speaker of the House of Commons; William Bell (died ca. 1668)...
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Migration of the Bele family to Ireland
Some of the Bele family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bele family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Bele family, or who bore a variation of the surname Bele were
Bele Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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