Gates Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ (see Yates). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired. Americanized spelling of German Götz (see Goetz). Translated form of French Barrière (see Barriere).

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


Similar surnames: Goates, Yates, Cates, Sales, Gales, Cater, Gabel, Gatts, Game, Oates

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gates family was Farm Laborer. The most common Gates occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Gates's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gates.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Gates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Gates in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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