Coates Family History

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Coates Name Meaning

English: status name for a cottager (see Cotter 2), or a topographic name for someone who lived in a relatively humble dwelling (from Middle English cotes, plural (or genitive) of cote, cott), or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word, especially Coates in Cambridgeshire and Cotes in Leicestershire. Scottish: variant of Coutts. Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Kotz or German Koths, from a variant of the medieval personal name Godo (see Gottfried).

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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Coates Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Coates name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coates. 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


  • France


  • Norway


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Coates Family Origin

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Coates Family Occupations

What did your Coates ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Coates occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Coates's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coates. A less common occupation for the Coates family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Coates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 292,000 census records available for the last name Coates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coates 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Coates. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Coates. For the veterans among your Coates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coates Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Coates 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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