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Where did the English Bartlett family come from? What is the English Bartlett family crest and coat of arms? 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?Bartlett is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes 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.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was 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.
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.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bartlett name or one of its variants:
Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Bartlett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Bartlett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bartlett 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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