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Cates Family History

Cates Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Surrey): from the Middle English reflex of the Old Norse male personal name Káti Kati Kate (from kátr ‘merry’) with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s (Kate was not in use as a pet form of Catherine during the Middle Ages). See also Kates . Americanized form of German Katz . See also Kates .

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

Similar surnames: Gates, Catts, Cater, Bates, Coates, Tates, Oates, Yates, Gales, Kates

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Where is the Cates family from?

You can see how Cates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cates families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 217 Cates families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Cates's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cates families in 1891.
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What did your Cates ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cates. 15% of Cates men worked as a General Labourer and 81% of Cates women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cates were House Painter and Unpaid Domestic Duti. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Old Age Pensioner
  • Farm Labourer
  • House Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cates. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Cates. For the veterans among your Cates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cates lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Cates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1950. The average life expectancy for Cates in 1941 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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