What does Bartholomew mean?
Bartholomew [bartholomew] 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.Creative forms:
(male) Baltholomew, ..
(female) Bartholey, .. Middle name pairings:
Bartholomew Bennett (B.B.), ..
How popular is Bartholomew?
Bartholomew is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2266 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Bartholomew reached its apex rank of #659 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Nathaniel (#97 last year), Nathanael (#580), Bartlett and Bart are the prominent variation forms of Bartholomew. These relations of Bartholomew were favored as birth names in 2002 (median #1303) and are somewhat less popular today (#1335, down 35%). Nathaniel is the continual favorite, although Nathanael appears to be gaining popularity too, while Bart used to be popular.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Barlow, Barlowe, Barrlow (see Barlow), Barthram (see Bartram), Bartley, Berthold and Bertolde (see Berthold). Like Bartholomew, these names are not commonly used.See names in meaning and etymology.