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Origins of the Bates surname

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What does the name Bates mean?

The origin of the Bates surname is English. The name is understood to be a patronymic, given to those who were the son or descendant of a person with the given name 'Bartholomew' or 'Bate'. 'Bate' is a diminutive or pet form of 'Bartholomew'.

Alternative variations of the name Bates

Bates, Baytes, Baites, Bate, Bayte

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Where do most Bateses live?

In 1921, most Bateses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Bateses

How common is your surname?

193rd most common surname in the UK

We have 199,000 records for the Bates surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Bateses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Bates first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bateses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bateses in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




Common Male occupations for Bateses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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