What 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.more]
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. 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)
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)