Cates Family History

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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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Cates Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cates name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cates. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Cates Family Origin

Where is the Cates family from?

Cates Family Occupations

What did your Cates ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cates. The most common Cates occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Cates's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cates family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cates ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 74,000 census records available for the last name Cates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cates census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Cates Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cates ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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