Coates Family History

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Coates Name Meaning

English: status name for a cottager (see Cotter 2), or a topographic name for someone who lived in a relatively humble dwelling (from Middle English cotes, plural (or genitive) of cote, cott), or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word, especially Coates in Cambridgeshire and Cotes in Leicestershire. Scottish: variant of Coutts. Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Kotz or German Koths, from a variant of the medieval personal name Godo (see Gottfried).

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

Similar surnames: Goates, Coate, Gates, Cortes, Cater, Cates, Coats, Corte, Oates

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Coates Family Origin

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Coates Family Occupations

What did your Coates ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Coates. 2% of Coates men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Coates women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coates were Incapacitated and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
  • Private Means

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

Coates Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 292,000 census records available for the last name Coates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coates 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Coates. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Coates. For the veterans among your Coates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coates Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Coates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Coates in 1940 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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