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Bartlett is the current standard name, although the past reveals a number of variants (Barttelot, Bertalot, Bartlet, Bartleet, and Barlett). These names are of Norman origin and came to England originally with the Norman Conquest. Their derivation in Normandy is uncertain. Possibly the name is a diminutive of Bartholomew; or of Bertha; and there have been other suggestions as well.As an implant, its spread in England was limited. The name is even now only really to be found in the south of England and concentrated in certain localities there.

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England. The line is said to have begun with an Adam Barttelot who arrived in England with William the Conqueror. Early records show the name associated with the Stopham estates in Sussex near Petworth. Sussex to the east and Somerset to the west appeared to mark the outer limits to where Bartletts were to be found.

But the largest number of these Bartletts were to be found in Dorset. There were Bartletts ars well in neighboring counties such as Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire, and later in Gloucestershire. Many of these Bartletts were seafarers.

America. Dorset was an early point of departure to America. Emigration was organized by Puritan merchants who took over the Massachusetts Bay Company with the idea of setting up a new colony. There were many Bartletts amongst this Mayflower generation. Robert Bartlett arrived in 1623. One of the llustrious Bartlett descendants was Dr. Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the American Declaration of Independence.

Other Bartlett immigration into America is less clear-cut, a mix of wealthy gentlemen, religious dissenters, enterprising settlers,
indentured servants, and transported convicts. We find them first in Virginia and Maryland, and then spreading across the country.

There were prominent Bartletts in public life in California by the second half of the 19th century; and it was a Bartlett, Bob Bartlett, who led Alaska into statehood in the 20th century.

Canada. Several Bartletts left Dorset for Newfoundland in the 1780’s, settling in Brigus on Conception Bay. Captain Bob Bartlett was a sea captain from Newfoundland best remembered for his Arctic expeditions with Captain Peary in the 1920’s.

Australia. The first Bartletts in Australia, it must be said, were convicts, such as William Bartlett convicted at the Old Bailey in 1786. Many of them are buried in unmarked graves. But a few survived and left records. And, by the mid-19th century, they were joined by other Bartletts drawn by the promise of gold riches.

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Adam Barttelot is reputed to have arrived with William the Conqueror in 1066 and started the Bartlett line in England.
Dr. Josiah Bartlett, a physician from Amesbury in Massachusetts, was one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence.
Captain Bob Bartlett was a sea captain from Newfoundland best remembered for his Arctic expeditions with Captain Peary in the 1920’s.  Bob Bartlett grew up in Alaska and was the leading figure in its move to statehood in 1959. There is a statue in his honor at the state Capitol Rotunda.
Josiah Bartlet is the fictional US president of the TV drama series West Wing. Martin Sheen the actor claims descent from the original Josiah Bartlett.

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  • 35,000 in the UK (most numerous in Gloucestershire)
  • 17,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 23,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada).


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