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Where did the English Bartlett family come from? When did the Bartlett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bartlett family history?

The ancestors of the Bartlett family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the personal name Bartholomew, and in its altered form is a baptismal name meaning Bartholomew. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bartlett, Bartlet, Bartlette, Bartolet, Bartelot and many more.

First found in Sussex, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Conquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartlett research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1944, 1566 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Bartlett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bartlett or a variant listed above:

Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Bartlett, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • John Bartlett, who landed in America in 1633
  • Richard Bartlett, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Bartlett who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts from Sussex, England in 1634
  • John Bartlett settled in Newbury, Massachusetts from Kent, England in 1635


Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Roger Bartlett, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1749

Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Bartlett, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • E Bartlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • F Bartlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L Bartlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • L H Bartlett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925), American sculptor
  • Dewey Follett Bartlett (1919-1979), American 19th Governor of Oklahoma from 1967 to 1971
  • John Bartlett (1820-1905), American bookseller, editor, and publisher, best known for publishing "Familiar Quotations" (1855)
  • Thomas Alva Bartlett (b. 1930), American educator and Rhodes Scholar
  • Roscoe Gardner Bartlett Ph.D. (b. 1926), U.S. Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district
  • Bruce Reeves Bartlett (b. 1951), American historian
  • Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), American physician and statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress for New Hampshire and signatory of the Declaration of Independence
  • John H. Bartlett (1869-1952), American politician, 57th Governor of New Hampshire
  • John Knowlton Bartlett (1816-1889), Vice President of the American Medical Association
  • John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886), American historian, librarian and Rhode Island politician

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