Oates Family History

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Oates Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Ode (see Ott).

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

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

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Oates Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Oates name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Oates Family Origin

Where is the Oates family from?

Oates Family Occupations

What did your Oates ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Oates family was Laborer. The most common Oates occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Oates's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oates.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Oates ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Oates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 123,000 census records available for the last name Oates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oates 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 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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Draft Card

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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Oates Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oates 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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