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Wates Family History

Wates Name Meaning

English (Kent and Surrey): variant of Waites .

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

Similar surnames: Cates, Wares, Gates, Water, Waters, Tates, Kates, Waye, Walles, Yates

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Where is the Wates family from?

You can see how Wates families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wates family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wates families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 106 Wates families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Wates's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wates families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wates surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wates ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Solicitor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Wates. 50% of Wates men worked as a Solicitor and 69% of Wates women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wates were Farmer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • Solicitor
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Wates. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wates 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wates. 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 Cards

There are 763 military records available for the last name Wates. For the veterans among your Wates ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wates lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Wates life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Wates in 1962 was 51, and 63 in 2004.

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