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pinWhat does Bartholomew mean?

Bartholomew /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.

Related boy names: Nathaniel and Parthalan.

Kreatif forms: Baltholomew, Barttholomew, Baytholomew. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Bartholomew for boys. Bartholomew reached its apex rank of #659 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Nathaniel (#94 last year), Nathanael (#586) and Bart are the prominent variation forms of Bartholomew. These relations of Bartholomew were favored as birth names during 1970-1979 (median #589) and are almost as popular today (#670, down 20%). Nathaniel is the continual favorite, although Nathanael appears to be gaining popularity too, while Bart and Bartholomew used to be popular. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bartholomew and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

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Recommended similar baby names are Barlow, Barlowe, Barrlow, Barthram, Bartley, Berthold and Bertolde. Like Bartholomew, these names are not commonly used.