The surname of BARTLET was a baptismal name 'the son of Bartholomew'. The name first appears in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. Early records of the name mention Walter Bartelot, 1157 County Norfolk. Thomas Bartlet of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 and Robert Bartlet appears in County Lancashire in 1400. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. Later instances of the name include Thomas Bathelette who married Agnes Langwyth in London in the year 1524 and Robert Bartlet of County Dorset, registered at Oxford University in 1578. As a given name in Christian Europe, this name derives its popularity from the apostle St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of tanners, vintners and butlers, about whom virtually nothing is known.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Arms registered at Weston in Branscombe, Co. Devon. The family settled at Hole in that shire since the early part of the 16th century.
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