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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.

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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.


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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.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • 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


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  • Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925), American sculptor
  • Dewey Follett Bartlett (1919-1979), American 19th Governor of Oklahoma from 1967 to 1971
  • John Bartlett (1820-1905), American bookseller, editor, and publisher, best known for publishing "Familiar Quotations" (1855)
  • Thomas Alva Bartlett (b. 1930), American educator and Rhodes Scholar
  • Roscoe Gardner Bartlett Ph.D. (b. 1926), U.S. Representative for Maryland's 6th congressional district
  • Bruce Reeves Bartlett (b. 1951), American historian
  • Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), American physician and statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress for New Hampshire and signatory of the Declaration of Independence
  • John H. Bartlett (1869-1952), American politician, 57th Governor of New Hampshire
  • John Knowlton Bartlett (1816-1889), Vice President of the American Medical Association
  • John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886), American historian, librarian and Rhode Island politician

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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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