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What does Bartholomew mean?

Bartholomew Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH farmer, biblical, saint, 19th century, medieval


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, Thole

SEE ALSO Nathaniel, Parthalan



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How popular is Bartholomew?

Bartholomew is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2266 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Bartholomew reached its peak position of #659 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2016)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bartholomew name in U.S.

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Which version is better?

Nathanael (#628 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Bart and Bartlett are the popular variation forms of Bartholomew. Usage of these relations of Bartholomew was widespread during 1960-1969 (MEDIAN #1353) and is somewhat less today, with the form Bart falling out of fashion. Nathanael is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bartholomew, Bart, Bartlett, Nathanael in U.S.

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Similar Names

Bartholomew is alike in pronunciation to Bartholoma, Bartholomaus, Bartholome and Bartholomeus. Other recommended sound-alike names are Barlow, Barlowe, Barrlow (see Barlow), Barthelemy, Barthlomeo (see Bartholomew), Bartho, Barthol, Barthold, Barthram (see Bartram), Bartle, Bartlet, Bartley, Bartlomiej, Bartolome, Bartolomej, Bartolomeo, Bartolomeu, Bartolommeo (see Bartholomew), Bartome, Bartow, Berthold and Bertolde (see Berthold). Like Bartholomew, these names are not commonly used.