Bates Family History

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Bates Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Bate (see Bartholomew). Americanized form of German Betz. See also Betts.

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

Similar surnames: Cates, Bares, Gates, Banes, Batey, Bate, Bales, Gales, Pates, Bayes

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Bates Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bates name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bates. 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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Bates Family Origin

Where is the Bates family from?

Bates Family Occupations

What did your Bates ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bates family was Laborer. Farmer, Fisherman and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bates. The most common Bates occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Bates's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


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

Bates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 790,000 census records available for the last name Bates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bates 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 57,000 immigration records available for the last name Bates. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 122,000 military records available for the last name Bates. For the veterans among your Bates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bates Life Expectancy

What is the average Bates lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bates in 1940 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bates 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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