Last name: GATES

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GATES : This last name is indexed 212,018 times on Geneanet!

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GATES : 1: English: variant of Gate with plural or excrescent -s. The English surname Gate has three possible origins: (i) a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘gate’ (Old English geat dative plural gatum) denoting someone who lived by a gate or set of gates (possibly sometimes an occupational name for a gate keeper; compre Yates); (ii) in northern England the East Midlands and East Anglia a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘street road path’ (Old Norse gata) for someone who lived by a road (compare Street); (iii) a nickname meaning ‘goat’ from northern Middle English gate gait (Old English gāt Old Norse geitr).2: Americanized form of German Götz (see Goetz).3: Americanized form (translation into English) of French Barrière (see Barriere).

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