One of the surnames in my family tree is Bell. My maternal great grandmother was a Bell. I have her Bell line traced back to the early 1700's in Scotland around Edinburgh. It is said the Bells were border reivers. They lived along the border between Scotland and England. They would rustle the english cattle and reak havock on the the english who bordered them to the south. The english gathered arms against them and eventually drove most of them from Scotland. Many,first went to Ireland before coming to the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. Above is the Bell Tartan. X.