Bell Court

Place Name: Bell Court

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (2002)

Name Origins: Commemorative


English: relationship name from the Middle English personal name Bell, possibly a pet form of Isabel, which, in the form Isabela, is originally the Spanish equivalent of Elizabeth but was fairly frequent in medieval England.
English: nickname from Middle English belle ‘bell’ (Old English belle), probably for a bellringer or bellman.
English: nickname from Middle English bel ‘fair, fine, good’ (Old French bel ‘beautiful, fair’).

English: locative name for someone who lived ‘(by the) church or town bell or bellhouse’, or for someone who lived ‘(at the sign of) the bell’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

James "Jimmy" Bell (d. 1967) was manager of Edmonton's municipal airport from 1930 until his retirement in 1962. Born in Yorkshire, England, and a graduate of Leeds University, Jimmy Bell was a civil engineer who emigrated to Canada in 1911. Two years later, he was hired by the City of Edmonton engineering department. During WWI, Bell enlisted with the 63rd Battalion that was raised in Edmonton. While in London, he considered transferring to the Royal Engineers, but a friend convinced him to join the Royal Flying Corps instead. From 1928, Bell was involved with the Edmonton and Northern Alberta Aero Club, and was one of the first directors of the Edmonton Flying Club when it was formed in 1944. Bell recalled that when he became manager of Edmonton's airfield in 1930, it was nothing more than a strip of grass. During World War II, Bell assisted in ferrying American planes through Edmonton to the Soviet Union. As a result of this "unstinting cooperation rendered American forces landing in Edmonton," Bell was presented with the Medal of Freedom by the United States Air Force in 1947. 

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