Yates Family History

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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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Yates Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Yates name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Yates. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Yates Family Origin

Where is the Yates family from?

Yates Family Occupations

What did your Yates ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Yates occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Yates's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yates. A less common occupation for the Yates family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Yates ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Yates Historical Records

What Yates family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Yates. 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 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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Yates Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yates 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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