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Dating back to at least the Late Middle Ages we find, amongst others, Vincenti Bartolu listed on the Militia Roster of 1417.
This surname is could be a shortened version of the Italian given name Bartolomeo, which itself comes from the Aramaic meaning "Son of Talmay". It could also relate to the Arabic burtul, which refers to a Bishop's miter.
Both the book and the cross on this coat of arms are representations of the Catholic faith.
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