Yates Family History

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Yates Name Meaning

English: from Middle English yates ‘gates’, plural of yate, Old English geat ‘gate’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a walled town, or a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper.

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

Similar surnames: Gates, Sales, Oates, Tates, Mates, Cates, Hales, Cater, Zales, Tate

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Yates Family Origin

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Yates Family Occupations

What did your Yates ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Yates. 23% of Yates men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Yates women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yates were Laborer and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Yates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 549,000 census records available for the last name Yates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yates 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 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Yates. 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 74,000 military records available for the last name Yates. For the veterans among your Yates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yates Life Expectancy

What is the average Yates lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Yates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Yates in 1940 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yates 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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