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From Ancient Greek Βαρθολομαῖος ‎(Bartholomaîos), from Aramaic בר תלמי ‎(bar tolmai, son of Talmai; son of Ptolemy), from ברא ‎(bra, son) and תלמי ‎(tolmai, Talmai; Ptolemy). It has long been unclear whether the Apostle's father was named after the biblical Talmai, king of Geshur, or one of the Greek Ptolemies, as the two originally unrelated names were conflated in Jewish Aramaic.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɑː(ɹ)ˈθɒləmju/

Proper noun[edit]


  1. An Apostle, identified with Nathanael. (biblical character)
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version)[1]: Matthew 10: 2 - 4:
      Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.

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