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Where did the English Bartholomay family come from? What is the English Bartholomay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bartholomay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bartholomay family history?

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The name, Bartholomay, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Bartholomew, Bartholemewe, Bartholemew and many more.

First found in Berwickshire, in Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartholomay research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartholomay History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bartholomay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Bartholomay surname who came to North America were: Mary Bartholomew who settled in Virginia in 1634; William settled in Virginia in 1794.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ad alta
Motto Translation: To high things.

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The Bartholomay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bartholomay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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