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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 "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]


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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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  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.

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  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 3 August 2015 at 21:45.

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