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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 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, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Nathaniel (#116 LAST YEAR), Nathanael (#716), Bart and Bartlett 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 (#1366, DOWN 46%).

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Barlow, Barlowe, Barrlow (see Barlow), Barthram (see Bartram), Bartley, Berthold and Bertolde (see Berthold). Like Bartholomew, these names are not commonly used.

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