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Origin and popularity of the name GATES

Origin

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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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 73,663 individuals with the name GATES on Geneanet.

 

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    tdowling
    (1,093 individuals)
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    (1,045 individuals)

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    Variants of name GATES

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