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Yates Family History

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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Where is the Yates family from?

You can see how Yates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yates families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 8,852 Yates families living in Lancashire. This was about 46% of all the recorded Yates's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Yates families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yates surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yates 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 Yates. 8% of Yates men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Yates women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yates were Cotton Weaver and Housewife. .

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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
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Cotton Weaver
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Cotton Weaver
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Yates. 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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Draft Cards

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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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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