Bartlett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bartlett family

The surname Bartlett was 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]

In Norfolk, Godricus Bertelot was recorded c. 1157 and later the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex recorded Walter Bertelot in 1296. Thomas Bartelot was listed in the Feet of Fines for Cambridgeshire in 1294 and in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [3]

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." [4]

"The variants were numerous. It is quite evident that Bartlet or Bartlot was the popular nick, for this then favourite Apostolic name." For this reason, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 attempts to show the various spellings: Bartelot (without surname), Bedfordshire; Thomas Bartholot, Cambridgeshire; William Bartolot, Oxfordshire; Bartelot Govi, Huntingdonshire; Alan Bartelet, Cambridgeshire; and Richard Bartelot, Oxfordshire. [5]

To the north in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Thomas Bartlot; and Robertus Bartlot. [5]

Early History of the Bartlett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartlett research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1944, 1566, 1662, 1682, 1471, 1557 and 1501 are included under the topic Early Bartlett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bartlett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Bartlett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Barthlet or Bartlett ( fl. 1566), an English theological writer. John Bartlet (fl. 1662), was an English nonconformist divine, educated at the University of Cambridge and William Bartlet (died 1682), was an English independent minister, educated at New Inn Hall, Oxford. [6] Richard Bartlot (1471-1557), was an English physician, Fellow of All Souls' College, and took the degree...
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Bartlett World Ranking

In the United States, the name Bartlett is the 693rd most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. [7] However, in Canada, the name Bartlett is ranked the 728th most popular surname with an estimated 7,357 people with that name. [8] And in Australia, the name Bartlett is the 283rd popular surname with an estimated 12,355 people with that name. [9] New Zealand ranks Bartlett as 276th with 2,216 people. [10] The United Kingdom ranks Bartlett as 354th with 17,705 people. [11]


United States Bartlett migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Bartlett, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [12]
  • John Bartlett, who landed in America in 1633 [12]
  • Richard Bartlett, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634 [12]
  • Thomas Bartlett who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts from Sussex, England in 1634
  • John Bartlett, who settled in Newbury, Massachusetts from Kent, England in 1635
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Bartlett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Roger Bartlett, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1749 [12]
Bartlett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bartlett, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [12]
  • Miss H. Bartlett, (b. 1820), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 3 June 1841 [13]
  • L H Bartlett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [12]
  • E Bartlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [12]
  • F Bartlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [12]
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Bartlett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. George Bartlett, (b. 1876), aged 24, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Saint Paul" arriving in Michigan, USA on 10th March 1900 [14]
  • Mr. Richard Bartlett, (b. 1870), aged 30, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Saint Paul" arriving in the United States on 10th March 1900 [14]
  • Mr. William H. Bartlett, (b. 1861), aged 44, Cornish mariner travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving in New York, USA in 1905 [14]
  • Mr. George Bartlett, (b. 1878), aged 27, American miner travelling aboard the ship "Saint Louis" arriving in Butte Montana, USA in 1905 [14]
  • Mr. George Bartlett, (b. 1876), aged 29, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving in San Francisco, USA on 1905 [14]
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Canada Bartlett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bartlett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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 [15]
  • Thomas Bartlett from Poole, Dorset, England was married in Riders Harbour, Newfoundland in 1829 [15]
  • Mrs. Jane Bartlett, (b. 1818), aged 37, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. James Bartlett, (b. 1854), aged 1, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [16]
Bartlett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Bartlett, (b. 1856), aged 45, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving in British Columbia, USA on 24th August 1901 [14]

Australia Bartlett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bartlett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Bartlett, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [17]
  • Mr. William Bartlett, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [17]
  • Robert Bartlett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • John Bartlett, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [19]
  • Mr. Robert Bartlett, (b. 1804), aged 23, British Brickmaker who was convicted in Surrey, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1844 [20]
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New Zealand Bartlett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bartlett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Bartlett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Bartlett, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841 [21]
  • Nathaniel Bartlett, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Sarah Bartlett, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Fanny Bartlett, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
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West Indies Bartlett migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [22]
Bartlett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tobias Bartlett, who landed in Barbados in 1663 [12]
  • Alexander Bartlett, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bartlett (post 1700) +

  • Thomas George "Tommy" Bartlett (1928-2016), American college basketball and tennis player, head coach of Carson-Newman College, University of Chattanooga and the University of Florida
  • 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
  • John Knowlton Bartlett (1816-1889), Vice President of the American Medical Association
  • John H. Bartlett (1869-1952), American politician, 57th Governor of New Hampshire
  • Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), American physician and statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress for New Hampshire and signatory of the Declaration of Independence
  • ... (Another 169 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. Harry C. Bartlett, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he died [23]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Gordon Bartlett, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [25]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth G Bartlett, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [26]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Arthur Bartlett (1907-1939), born in Pennington, Hampshire, England, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [27]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edmund Thomas Bartlett, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [28]
  • 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 [28]
  • Mr. George Walter Bowers Bartlett, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [28]
SS Caribou
  • Mrs. Marjorie Wilkins Bartlett, British passenger from Toronto, Ontario was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Hamilton Bartlett (b. 1922), British passenger who was Royal Air Force pilot officer from Toronto, Ontario was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
  • Mr. Israel Bartlett (b. 1889), Newfoundland crew member from Brigus, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
  • Mr. Edward Fintant Bartlett (b. 1921), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Navy seaman from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. Walter Bartlett (1885-1914), Newfoundlander from Brigus who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. Thomas Bartlett (1892-1914), Newfoundlander from Turk's Gut who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
USS Arizona
  • Mr. David William Bartlett, American Corporal from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Paul Clement Bartlett, American Machinist's Mate First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [29]


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