Bartell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Bartell family

The surname Bartell was first found in Berwickshire, in Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Bartholomew (d. 1184), was Bishop of Exeter and a native of Brittany. "He was for some time archdeacon of Exeter. His appointment to the bishopric was due to the influence of Archbishop Theobald, who shortly before his death wrote a most urgent letter recommending him to the notice of Henry II and his chancellor, Becket (1161). " [1]

Saint Bartholomew (d. 1193), was a Northumbrian hermit of some celebrity, who flourished in the twelfth century. "His life was most probably written by Galfrid, the author of the biography of St. Godric, and a monk of Bartholomew's own monastery of St. Mary at Durham. In any case, it professes to be written in the lifetime of the saint's contemporaries. According to this life, Bartholomew was born at Witeb or Whitby. His real name, we are told, was Tostius (Tostig?), which his parents changed to William to avoid the laughter of his playmates. " [1]

Early History of the Bartell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartell research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bartell Spelling Variations

The name Bartell, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Bartholomew, Bartholemewe, Bartholemew and many more.

Early Notables of the Bartell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bartell family

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. 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." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Bartell family, or who bore a variation of the surname Bartell were Mary Bartholomew who settled in Virginia in 1634; William settled in Virginia in 1794.


Contemporary Notables of the name Bartell (post 1700) +

  • Ronald "Ron" Bartell (b. 1982), American NFL football cornerback
  • Harry Bartell (1913-2004), American actor and radio, film, and television announcer
  • Richard William "Dick" Bartell (1907-1995), American Major League Baseball shortstop, nicknamed "Rowdy Richard"
  • Gerald Aaron Bartell (b. 1914), American executive and consultant, Bartell Media Corporation
  • Michael Bartell (b. 1918), American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1949; Socialist Workers Candidate for Governor of New York, 1950 [2]


The Bartell Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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