The surname Bartholdi is said to have originated from the region of Austria and Germany. According to the Austrian history, the name initially did not belong to any wealthy or powerful family but later on, people with this name contributed to the development of society. Some of the spelling variations of the name were Bartoldi, Barthold, Bartholdy and many more. According to German history the name originated from the state of Prussia and the family became very famous in the 19th century. The name was initially called Berthold and became Barthold later on due to the influence of the northern dialect of Prussia.