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PronouncedPron.bahr-THAHL-ə-myoo English

Meaning & History

From Βαρθολομαιος (Bartholomaios), which was the Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning "son of TALMAI". In the New Testament Bartholomew is the byname of an apostle, possibly the same person as the apostle Nathanael. According to tradition he was a missionary to India before returning westward to Armenia, where he was martyred by flaying. Due to the popularity of this saint the name became common in England during the Middle Ages.
DiminutivesBart, Tolly English
Other Languages & CulturesBartholomaios Biblical Greek Bartholomeus Biblical Latin Bartomeu Catalan Bartol, Bartolomej Croatian Bartoloměj Czech Bartholomeus, Bart, Bartel, Mees, Mies Dutch Perttu Finnish Barthélémy French Bartolomeu Galician Bartholomäus German Bertalan, Barta, Bartal, Bertók Hungarian Bartolomeo, Bartolo Italian Bate Medieval English Bartłomiej, Bartek, Bartosz Polish Bartolomeu Portuguese Varfolomei, Varfolomey Russian Vartolomej Serbian Bartolomej Slovak Jernej, Nejc Slovene Bartolomé Spanish


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute