English surname, probably related to Bartholomew
"son of the furrow"

Bartleby Origin and Meaning

The name Bartleby is boy's name meaning "son of the furrow".
Bartleby (that's his last name) the Scrivener is a famous Herman Melville character whose surprisingly powerful refrain was, "I would prefer not to." Or, in the immortal words of any two-year-old: No.

Putting that aside, Bartleby is a unique baby name that could make a lively literary alternative to Barnaby.

Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street was made into movies three times, the latest starring Christian Glover. In the 1999 film "Dogma," Bartleby is a fallen angel played by Ben Affleck.

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Bartleby in Pop Culture

  • "Bartlebythe Scrivener" (1856), Melville's short story about a scrivener, or law,copyist. The narrator, his employer, says he is "the strangest I ever saw, or heard of"
  • Bartleby GainesJustin Long's character in "Accepted"