Bell Tartan & Clan

The origin of the Bell Clan in Scotland does not seem to have been definitely recorded. There are various theories that the name Bell came from the old French town of Belle, or from a Frenchman named Gilbert La Fitz Bel and later William Le Bel, or from a shortening of "Isabel", or from the sign of a bell on an inn, or from the priests of the Druid agricultural deity Baal, or maybe from the moors of Denmark and the dales of Norway. This is all very uncertain but was is definite is that Clan Bell settled in southwest Scotland in the 11th century. The Bell of the Borders tartan is one of three official Bell tartans, based on the colours of the landscapes of the Scottish Borders and the personalities found there. The Bell of the Borders tartan is predominantly sky blue.

Clan Bell Crest & Motto

Bell

"I Beir the Bel"

OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE Bell TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE Bell NAME MEAN?
The surname Bell likely originated as an occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker

WHERE DOES THE Bell CLAN HAIL FROM?
The historic seat of Clan Bell is Middlebie, Dumfires & Galloway

Clan Bell populated the 40 square mile area now called Middlebie Parish in Dumfriesshire where more than thirty major families and their numerous sub-families have been identified. There is an old Scot's saying, "As numerous as the Bells of Middlebie."