Bello last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Bello is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Bello.

Meaning of Bello

An Italian surname derived from the word "bello," meaning "beautiful," "handsome," or "fair."

Bello, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Bello surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Bello in America

Bello is the 2143rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Bello surname appeared 16,915 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 people would have the surname Bello.

We can also compare 2010 data for Bello to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2143 2779 -25.84%
Count 16,915 11,933 34.54%
Proportion per 100k 5.73 4.42 25.81%

The history of the last name Bello

The surname Bello is of Italian origin, derived from the Italian word "bello" meaning "beautiful" or "handsome." This name likely originated as a nickname for someone considered attractive or good-looking.

The earliest recorded instances of the surname Bello can be traced back to the 13th century in various regions of Italy, particularly in the northern regions such as Lombardy and Veneto. It is believed that the name may have originated from the Latin word "bellus," which also means "beautiful" or "pleasing."

In the 14th century, the Bello surname appeared in historical records and manuscripts, including the tax rolls of the city of Bologna in 1315, where a certain Guglielmo Bello was listed as a taxpayer.

One of the earliest notable individuals with the surname Bello was Francesco Bello, a renowned Italian painter and architect from Ferrara who lived in the 15th century (c. 1420-1490). His works can still be seen in various churches and palaces in northern Italy.

Another prominent figure with this surname was Antonio Bello, a 16th-century Venetian nobleman and diplomat who served as the ambassador of the Republic of Venice to the Ottoman Empire in the 1570s.

In the 17th century, the Bello name was associated with the town of Bello, located in the province of Padua, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. This town may have derived its name from the surname or vice versa, but the connection is unclear.

During the 18th century, a distinguished family with the Bello surname rose to prominence in the Kingdom of Naples. One of its members, Giuseppe Bello (1737-1816), was a renowned jurist and legal scholar who served as the president of the Supreme Court of Naples.

Another notable figure was Antonio Bello y Arce (1788-1848), a Venezuelan military leader and politician who played a significant role in the Venezuelan War of Independence. He served as the President of Venezuela from 1847 to 1848.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Bello

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Bello.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Bello was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 24.01% 4,061
Non-Hispanic Black Only 6.69% 1,132
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 3.66% 619
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.07% 12
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.88% 149
Hispanic Origin 64.69% 10,942

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Bello has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 24.01% 31.44% -26.80%
Black 6.69% 5.47% 20.07%
Asian and Pacific Islander 3.66% 4.12% -11.83%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.07% 0.11% -44.44%
Two or More Races 0.88% 1.31% -39.27%
Hispanic 64.69% 57.55% 11.68%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Bello was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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