Bell - Anglicised Surnames in Ireland

AuthorPadraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh
Date1923
SourceSome Anglicised Surnames in Ireland
Section

Bell—The name is common in Southern Scotland, especially in Dumfries County. Adams, in his "Scottish Clans," says it is the anglicised form of McGilveil (Mac Giolla-Mhaoil), a branch-off from the Clan McMillin which I believe it to be. The name is found all over Ulster, and is of Scottish origin. Father Wolfe, in his work, gives us for its Gaelic form Mac Gaolla-an-Chloig, but doesn't identify any locality for this name.

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