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Coate Name Meaning

English (Somerset): habitational name from any of several places called from Old or Middle English cot(e) ‘cottage’ such as Coat (Somerset) Coate (Wiltshire) or Cote (Oxfordshire). The placenames literally meant ‘the cottage(s) or hut(s)’ hence the medieval surname forms de la Cote atte Cote. It is possible that some of the medieval surnames denoted someone who lived at a particular cottage known as such within a village or one who worked from a hut but a topographic origin is most likely for the modern hereditary surname. Medieval and post-medieval forms of the placename often vacillate between singular and plural versions. See Coates . Americanized form of German Koth or some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

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


Similar surnames: Coates, Coale, Corte, Coats, Cote, Coke, Cale, Conte, Coste, Colter

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Where is the Coate family from?

You can see how Coate families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coate family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coate families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Coate families living in New Jersey. This was about 20% of all the recorded Coate's in USA. New Jersey and 2 other states had the highest population of Coate families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Coate surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Coate ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Coate. 22% of Coate men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Coate women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coate were Farming and Saleslady. .

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Saleslady
    11%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Coate. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Coate. For the veterans among your Coate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coate lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Coate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Coate in 1961 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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