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