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Oates Name Meaning

English and Irish (of Norman origin): from the Old Norman French personal names Ode Odde Odes Otto Otes or Otton (ancient Germanic Audo Odo Oddo Otto) originally a short form of ancient Germanic compound names based on the element aud ‘wealth prosperity’. See also Ott Irish and Manx: adopted for Ó Cuirc or Mac Cuirc (see Quirk ) a personal name based on Gaelic corc ‘heart’ by erroneous association with the Irish word coirce ‘oats’ (Manx corkey).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Coates, Tates, Goates, Gates, Yates, Oakes, Kates, Cates, Otten

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Where is the Oates family from?

You can see how Oates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oates families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Oates families living in North Carolina. This was about 34% of all the recorded Oates's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Oates families in 1840.
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What did your Oates ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oates. 19% of Oates men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Oates women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oates were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Oates. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Oates. For the veterans among your Oates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oates lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Oates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Oates in 1940 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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