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Gates Family History

Gates Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ (see Yates). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.Americanized spelling of German Götz (see Goetz).Translated form of French Barrière (see Barriere).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Gates Families

  • Number of Gates families
     385 - 767
     129 - 384
     1 - 128
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gates families
     589 - 1,176
     197 - 588
     1 - 196
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gates families
     18 - 34
     7 - 17
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gates Family Origin

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Gates Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Gates

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Gates Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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