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Gender: Male Meaning of Bartholomew: "son of the furrow" Origin of Bartholomew: Aramaic "son of the furrow"

The name Bartholomew is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of the furrow". Bartholomew and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Bartholomew is an apostle's name that's been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The challenge could be to avoid the Simpson-ish nickname. That character, by the way, has the full name of Bartholomew JoJo Simpson, and creator Matt Groening came up with Bart as an--uh oh--anagram for brat. Two old alternate nicknames are Barty and Tolly.

Ben Jonson's 1614 comedy Bartholomew Fair is set in London on St. Bartholomew's Day. Charles Dickens used the name in Bleak House, and, more recently, Bartholomew Cubbins is the protagonist of the Dr. Seuss books The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Bartholomew and the Oobleck

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Famous People Named Bartholomew

Bartholomew the Apostle
Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts, Welsh pirate
Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople
Bartholomew Edward "Bart" Scott, American NFL football player
Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere, English soldier and MP
Bartholomew Gosnold, early English settler in Virginia, USA
Bartholomew of Lucca, Italian historian
Bartholomew "Bart" Freundlich, American film director; husband of actress Julianne Moore

Pop Culture References for the name Bartholomew

Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen, character from D.C. Comics, the second Flash
Bartholomew "Bart" Allen, character from D.C. Comics, the fourth Flash
Bartholomew, a yeti from video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Bartholomew "Bart" Bass, character in TV's "Gossip Girl"
Bartholomew Cubbins, title character from "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" by Dr. Seuss and actor Jared Leto's directing alter ego
Bartholomew D'Ysquith, character in musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
Bartholomew Harrison, Anthony's hypochondriac brother in "The Tree of Heaven" (1917) by May Sinclair
Bartholomew Kuma, character in anime "One Piece"
Bartholomew Oobleck, professor voiced by Joel Heyman in web series "RWBY"
"Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy," play by Ben Jonson
Bartholomew Bloor, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Bartholomew Barebone, character in J.K. Rowling's "History of Magic in North America"
Bartholomew "Bart" Pearce, character in "Vampirate"

Barthold, Bartlet, Bartelby, Bartt, Bat, Bartho, Barthol, Bartholomeus, Bartow, Bart, Bartlett

Bartholomew's International Variations

Barthelemy (Swedish) Bartolomeo, Bartoleme, Bartoli, Bario, Toli, Balta, Barolo (Spanish) Bertel, Barthel, Bartol, Bartel (German) Varfolomei (Russian) Barto, Bartosz, Bartz, Bartek (Czech) Barta, Bartalan, Bertalan, Berti (Hungarian) Bairtliméad (Irish Gaelic) Bartos (Polish) Parlan (Scottish Gaelic) Perttu (Finnish) Meo (Italian) Bartholmieu, Bartholome, Barthélemy (French) Bardo (Danish) Partholon, Parthalan (Irish)


EW314 Says:


I love Bartholomew (nn Tolly, Mew, or even Bear), but I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to put it up front. I'll be using this as a middle name for sure, though!

Paige Says:


You could use Ollie as a nickname! BarthOLOmew. I think Ollie would be really cute!

headintheclouds Says:


Call me crazy but I actually kind of like it! Bartholomew kind of fits into the category of clunky ancient long regal-sounding names that I typically love. It just sounds sweet and adorable, though it's definitely very Guilty Pleasure! Bart Simpson is a negative association and I hate the nickname Bart or Barty, but I think Barth would be pretty cute as a nickname. I love the similar-sounding Balthazar much better though- it's more usable than Bartholomew IMO.

lesliemarion Says:


Love it, love Mew as a toddler personal nickname.

indiefendi2 Says:


clunky but I love it! hahaha