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Cates Family History

Cates Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Old Norse byname Káti (from káti ‘boy’). (Kate was not in use as a pet form of Catherine during the Middle Ages.) Probably in some instances an Americanized spelling of German Goetz.

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


Similar surnames: Gates, Catts, Cater, Bates, Coates, Tates, Oates, Yates, Gales, Kates

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Where is the Cates family from?

You can see how Cates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cates families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Cates families living in North Carolina. This was about 18% of all the recorded Cates's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Cates families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cates surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cates ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cates. 26% of Cates men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Cates women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cates were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    5%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cates. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Cates. For the veterans among your Cates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cates lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1950. The average life expectancy for Cates in 1941 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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