Goates Family History

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Goates Name Meaning

English: unexplained; probably a variant of Goate which may derive either from Middle English gat (Old English gat), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept goats or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a goat in some way, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a watercourse or sluice, Middle English gote. Possibly in some instances the name may be an altered form of Coates. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Götz (see Goetz).

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

Similar surnames: Gates, Coates, Goes, Cates, Gotts, Oates, Gales, Noakes, Oakes

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Goates Family Origin

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Goates Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Goates. A less common occupation for the Goates family was Stone Mason. The most common Goates occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Goates's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Stone Mason


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Goates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Goates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goates 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 388 immigration records available for the last name Goates. 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 487 military records available for the last name Goates. For the veterans among your Goates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Goates Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Goates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goates in 1962 was 78, and 85 in 2004.

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