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 1939, Bricklayer (heavy Worker) and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bel. 9% of Bel men worked as a Bricklayer (heavy Worker) and 39% of Bel women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bel were Dental Surgeon and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bricklayer (heavy Worker)
  • Butcher (shop Keeper) Own Ac
  • Coal Miner Heavy Work Haulage Hana Below
  • Dental Surgeon

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties Unp
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife

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

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

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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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