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

Bartholomew Origin and Meaning

The name Bartholomew is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of the furrow".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Bartholomew

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, (Czech)


fearlessfirefly Says:


I like the combo Edmund Bartholomew.

Renee5322 Says:


This name is so clunky that I can't help but love it. Not a fan of the Bart nickname though.

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