Bates Family History

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Bates Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Gates, Mates, Yates, Cates, Kates, Tates, Oates, Ates, Wates, Pates

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Bates Family Origin

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Bates Family Occupations

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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.

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Bates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Bates. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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?

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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Famous Bates Family

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Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
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