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Coates Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places called Coates for example in Cambridgeshire Gloucestershire Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire Shropshire Sussex and Wiltshire; Cotes in Leicestershire or Staffordshire; or possibly from Coat in Somerset Cote in Oxford and Yorkshire with excrescent -s; or possibly from any of numerous other places similarly named from the new Middle English plural form cotes of Old English cot (plural cotu) ‘cottage’ also ‘shelter’ and sometimes ‘woodman's hut’. It is possible that some bearers may be from a place whose current name is from the dative plural form of this word cotum for example Coatham (Durham) or Cottam Cotham (Nottinghamshire) or from the plural of the related weak noun cote plural coten. Cotham (Nottinghamshire) is early recorded as Cotes and Coton (Cambridgeshire Derbyshire Northamptonshire) have many similar spellings. See also Coate . There are very small places in Midlothian East Lothian and Fife called Coates but the surname seems rarely if ever to be Scottish in origin. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Kotz or perhaps German Koths .

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

Similar surnames: Goates, Coate, Gates, Cortes, Cater, Cates, Coats, Corte, Oates

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Where is the Coates family from?

You can see how Coates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coates families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 30 Coates families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 16% of all the recorded Coates's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Coates families in 1840.
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What did your Coates ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Coates. 18% of Coates men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Coates women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coates were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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What is the average Coates lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Coates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Coates in 1940 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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