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Meaning and name origin

Bartholomew \b(a)-rtholo-mew, bar-tho-lomew\ as a boy's name is pronounced bar-THAWL-oh-myoo. It is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Bartholomew is "son of Talmai (the farmer)". Talmai is a Hebrew name meaning "abounding in furrows". Biblical: byname of one of the twelve apostles, Nathanael, known as the patron saint of tanners and vintners. The name was common in the Middle Ages but was not revived in the 19th century, as so many medieval names were. Extremely unusual today, probably due to the number of syllables.


Bartholomew has 29 variant forms: Bart, Bartalan, Bartel, Barth, Barthelemy, Barthlomeo, Bartho, Barthol, Barthold, Bartholoma, Bartholomaus, Bartholome, Bartholomeus, Bartin, Bartle, Bartlet, Bartlett, Bartlomiej, Bartolome, Bartolomej, Bartolomeo, Bartolomeu, Bartolommeo, Bartome, Bartow, Bartt, Bat, Bertel and Thole.

For more information, see also related boy names Nathaniel and Parthalan.


Bartholomew is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2405 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bartholomew for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bartholomew name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bartholomew outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bartholomew and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nathaniel (#94), Nathanael (#586), Bartholomew and Bart. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nathaniel, Nathanael, Bartholomew, Bart in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nathaniel, Nathanael outside U.S.