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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.


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 "the head of this family, according to Dallaway, may be considered one of the most ancient proprietors of land residing upon this estate in this county. The first in the pedigree is Adam de Bartelott, said to be of Norman origin, father of John, who married Joan Stopham, coheiress of lands in the manor from whence the name is derived." [1] Another reference claim "the Barttelots of Stopham have a tradition that they came into England at the Conquest, and settled at a place called La Ford, in that parish, in which they still reside." [2] The church of Stopham contains a long series of the family's monuments. "The church is partly in the early and partly in the decorated English style, with a square tower; the pavement is almost entirely composed of large slabs of Sussex marble, inlaid with brass figures and memorials of the Barttelot family, and in the windows are representations of some of the Barttelots and Stophams in stained glass, said to have been removed from the ball windows of the old manor-house." [3]


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.


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 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 United States in the 18th Century

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

Bartlett Settlers in 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

Bartlett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Arthur Bartlett settled in Newfoundland in 1730
  • Mary Bartlett, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Francis Bartlett in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1766
  • Thomas Bartlett in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1778
  • John and William Bartlett in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1780

Bartlett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Theophile Bartlett, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • William Bartlett was a carpenter in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1823
  • Thomas Bartlett from Poole, Dorset, England was married in Riders Harbour in 1829

Bartlett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Bartlett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Bartlett, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Bartlett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • George Bartlett arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Thomas Bartlett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849

Bartlett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Bartlett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Bartlett, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • John Bartlett, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Maria Bartlett, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Joseph Bartlett, aged 12, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842


  • D. Brook Bartlett (1937-2000), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, 1981-2000
  • Louis Bartlett, American politician, Member of Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives 2nd District, 1854
  • Mrs. Irma Florine Bartlett, (née Rothschild), American 1st Class Passenger from London, England returning from visiting family in New York, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edmund Thomas Bartlett, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Peter Bartlett (b. 1942), American actor
  • Sy Bartlett (1900-1978), born Sacha Baraniev, American author and screenwriter /producer of Hollywood films
  • Hall Bartlett (1922-1993), American seventeen-time Academy Award nominated film producer, director, and screen writer
  • Jason Alan Bartlett (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Bonnie Bartlett (b. 1929), American television and film actress
  • John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886), American historian, librarian and Rhode Island politician




  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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