Bartholomew meaning, boyBartholomew

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What does Bartholomew mean?

Bartholomew \b(a)-rtholo-mew, bar-tho-lomew\ as a boys' 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 variants: 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 has 7 more related forms via Nathanael: Nathaneal, Nathanial, Nathanyal, Nathanyel, Nethanel, Nethaniel and Nethanyel.


Bartholomew is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2405 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Bartholomew for boys. Bartholomew reached its apex rank of #659 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bartholomew and associated names. Nathaniel (#94 last year), Nathanael (#586), Nathanial and Bart are the prominent variation forms of Bartholomew listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity in the year 1998 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Nathanial, Bartholomew and Bart becoming less in vogue. Nathanael (#586) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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