Last name: Bates

This interesting surname has three distinct possible origins, the first and most likely source being the medieval male given name "Bate", itself a petform of "Bartholomew", from the Aramaic patronymic "bar-Talmay" meaning "abounding in furrows" or "rich in lands". One Bate le Tackman was recorded in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire. The name may also be occupational for a boatman, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bat" (Northern Middle English "bat"), a boat. A Herbert Bat was noted in the 1182 Pipe Rolls of Shropshire. Finally, the Old Norse "bati", profit or gain, used in the transferred sense of "lush pasture" may have given rise to the surname. Early examples from this topographical source are Thomas del Bate (Yorkshire, 1297). The final "s" in the name indicates the patronymic form, "son of Bate". One Matilda Battes, appears in the 1279 Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire. In April 1635, Clement Bates, a tailor, aged 40 yrs., along with his wife, Ann, his five children James, Clement, Rachell, Joseph and Ben, and his two servants, departed from the port of London bound for New England, aboard the "Elizabeth". These were some of the earliest settlers of the name in the New World. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Bate, which was dated 1275, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Mary Bates

I am a descendant of John Bates born1805 in SC, lived in GA & moved to Jefferson County, AL. His son Washington A. Bates born 1830 in GA was my great grandfather. My great grandmother was Arina (Arrena) Adaline Wheatly. My grandfather was George Thomas Bates born 1878. I have information on George Thomas Bates' brothers & sisters. What I would like is confirmation on ancestors past John Bates. Oh, some of my cousins & myself have shades of red hair.

Pat Bates

I'm in Northern California. Letters between my grand father and his brother were written in Irish (Gaelic). I see there are some responses referring to many of the Bates in Ireland having red hair. When my father was young he had the nickname Pinky because of a red tint to his hair which faded away as he got older.

Mark Bates

Howdy from Texas. Im Mark Bates im a 4th generation Texan on my mothers side from what we can tell she was adopted. But my grandfather on my dads side the Bates side im told is french and he moved south from Michigan..But im trying to really dig deep to find the truth of the Bates name. If any Bates's out there would like to chat with me I would really love that. You can find me on Facebook under my real name Mark Bates location Texas. Thank yall

Samuel Bates

Im from near Birmingham England. Your American ancestors might of been connected to mine through British colonial rule. Ah rule Britannia!

Brandi Bates-Johnson

My grandfather (Coleman Bates) moved from Fairfield Alabama to Pittsburg PA in the 1940's. I'm black so I know the name came from the slave owners that owned my ancestors.

Brad Bates

Checking in from Cincinnati, OH. I don't do Facebook, but it's cool to see how many of us are out there!

Chris Bates
There is another angle on our family name; the Atrebates were a Celtic tribe from the southern/midland (mainly from what is now Hampshire) part of Britain pre/post Roman era, and Gaul, Northern France. It may explain the ginger hair streak...!
The Irish still have a derogatory meaning for a 'Bate'....:-P
My own family originated from the Warwickshire area, research shows they worked on the canals. Though there is a story that one ancestor went to America to work on the railroads, and came back with a squaw. It might explain why my Dad looks like a Sioux chief out of a western movie.
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Reila Bates
That is interesting since my grandmother Emma Bates is part Cherokee Indian. My father Hugh Howard Bates the lll. Knows nothing about his father who passed away when he was a baby ( hugh ll). But Emma had a grandmother or cousin named Inez. These are Bates from the United States. Any Info??? You got the indian part right? LOL

Nicholas Bates
Im African American so uhh...
Yeah don't know how that worked but slavery or ancector got married to a Bates.

Chloe Bates

Im from Ireland and I come from a long line of Celtic Bates', it's crazy to think how many cultures and ethnicities our name is shared within!

Nicole Luk Bates
my name Nicole Luk Bates from Hongkong, no british origin, 100% hongkies

Kente Bates
Kente Bates checking in from Portland OR by way of LaGrange, GA... still researching the surname BATES... I now have even more pride in the name!!! Great history!

Also Bates
Kente - LaGrange? I have Bates ancestors in LaGrange, looking to do some family history. Who were your grandparents?

Kente Bates
hit me up on facebook... yes I use my real name... we can take it from there.

Katherine Bates
hello Batesies,I am Yorkshire born UK, I know nothing of my family history as my Grandfather died when I was 8 and not much contact with my paternal father.. But I do know they originated in Halifax West Yorkshire.. Feel free to contact me :-

John bates
I'm John bates from patoka Indiana. My dad comes from a big family with predominantly red hair. I wonder him many other bates out there are gingers

Suzanne bates
I am a Bates from England. And yes, I have ginger hair

Elaine cottingham

This is so interesting my nan was a bates married a roe. But she had ginger hair

Chloe Bates

Being Irish most the Bates' in our family have red hair, my father is ginger as our two of my siblings!

Steve Bates
Son of Alwyn Bates from Sheffield Yorkshire. i currently live in Paris (France) you can join me on my FB page :

Aqui'sha Bates
My name is Aqui'sha Bates daughter of Robert Bates in Philadephia....Wow what until I tell the rest of the family that we have England connects.....I guess we are the black side of the family...;):/

Michael Bates
I am Michael Bates son of the late WIllam Bates of Cheyenne Wyoming. I am interested in my ancestory as well. I was told before my father passed that our name came over in the 1600's to Jamestown. I would be interested on anything about this. My fathers family moved to Polk County Arkansas and was supposdly the first to live there.

Tyson Harlow
Hi Michael,

My grandma is a Bates from Polk County, Arkansas (Big Fork, to be precise). I know some relatives have already done a lot of research, tracing us back to Jamestown as you mention. I included my facebook page in case you want to contact me.


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alain living in france but family was from Mamble in Shropshire near Cleobury Mortimer in UK.

Kristian Lee Bates
I forgot to mention my email address is just in case any of you have family originating in Hartlepool or know anything about the Bates from Hartlepool.

Laura Bates
I am a Laura Bates, my dad...Roy, is from Hartlepool! It's a fairly common name though if i am not mistaken but still - weird as Hartlepool is fairly small.

Austin Bates
Ha my family owned a huge part of Irland

Kristian Lee Bates
I`m a Bates from Hartlepool, North East England

Kayla Bates
Ashland, Ohio

Andy Bates
Birmingham, UK.

Are you Andy, from the Bates of Mamble near Cleobury Mortimer in the 1780...? Alain.

Leon Bates
I am a direct descendant of the original Clement Bates family mentioned in the above article. It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million American families are descended from that family.

Tasha Bates
My name is Tasha Bates my father was Cary bates and my grandfather is earl bates Bellingham, WA

Allyson Bates

My name is Allyson Bates, my father is Kevin Bates and one of my uncles is Fred Bates. Rochester, NY

Wesley Bates
I am Wesley Bates, son of William Bates of Norfolk, VA. My family and I reside in Texas.

Michael Bates

I am Michael Bates son of the late W. J. Bates.

Mark Bates

Im Mark Bates son of Randy Bates and grandson to Richard Bates. We are also in Texas

everyone must know Tyler Bates married to kate Bransgrove his artist name is zetz

Timothy Bates
I'm a direct descendant of John Isaac Bates who arrived in Jamestown in 1623.

Bev Bates
John Issac was fortunate if he survived first summer in VA. 4 of 5 new settlers were said to die within first year. My Bates' lived in Orangeburg District in SC from at least 1760s. Moved to central AL, Autauga County, in 1820s when Indians were dispossessed. William Bates & family was the AL pioneer and farmer in 1820s. Robert Bates, 23, is listed as an early settler of Savannah, GA in 1730s. He probably moved to Charleston if he survived. Interested in your Jamestown descendants. They eventually go to SC?

bates family
i am a Bates my family is from SC aiken


Im also a bates my great grandma name was pearl bates from aiken s.c i would like to know my family history beyond her


I am a best from aiken sc also my great grandma was pearl bates

Daniel Bates

My name is Daniel Bates. I am a Black man (if that matters because we all know some of the terrible US history) and I have family in Savannah, GA that I was just visiting. There is a large number of Bates that I am very familiar with in IND (Indianapolis, Hammond, Miller, East Chicago, Gary). Wow! This is amazing. Feel free to look at my friends on facebook as well to find a lot of the Bates in America.
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brandi bates
i am brandi bates from greer south carolina

Lizzie Bates
My name is Lizzie Bates. My family originate from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. My grandfather was Frederick Bates (born 1926) and lived their with his mother Sarah Lizzie Bates and father Joseph Bates. I believe he had a number of half brothers and sisters (Lily, Joe and Florence?) which we do not know much about.... any Information would be brilliant!

i am edward roger bates from vermont originally . looking for my daughter angela bates aka angie live in minnesota maybe st paul, may also be a nurse? i live in florida getting older would love to find her!

Hi Ed - The Bates from Vermont - including Roger Bates and his family who moved to Springfield Vt from MA in about 1778 - are probably your relatives. Roger - and many members of his family - moved to Upper Canada in the 1790s. I have a lot of info about them if you are interested.

I have a Bates ancestor that originated in Maine was a ship builder and fled to Milby Canada during the Revolutionary War. His grandson later migrated to Montana and Colorado and was a gold prospector.

andrew baatz
I'm a bates also but mines spelled cooler baatz. ha would love now mire i know my great uncle took english spelling and great great grand father kept orignal spelling

Michelle Bates
My family is from Niagara Falls NY. I don't remember my grandfathers name but he married a woman whos name was Elizabeth Mae Bates. My grandfather and grandmother had two children, both sons. The oldest is Kenneth and the youngest is Marvin. I don't know much more than that. If anyone knows more that would be great. If you e-mail me with responses please write in the subject line Mae Bates. I will then know that it's not SPAM. thanks. :)

Many are or were Moravians & it was a common practise for them to marry their own

Jim Boews
Bates is also a possible derivative of of the celtic roman tribe of Atrebates who settled in the Hampshire area from the area now known as Belgium.

Douglas Bates
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Douglas Bates
I am trying to locate the specific area (ie townland or hamlet/village/town/city) where the following BATES family resided before they emigrated around 1825 to Canada . They were all born in Co. Tyrone. James BATES who was the patriarch of the family, born about 1770 and his children as follows: John born 12 Sept 1794, Sarah Jane born about 1797, George born about 1797 and William born about 1822. Sarah Jane and George were possibly fraternal twins. Any info appreciated.

Carl Please email me

Looking for any Bates relatives in south africa

lee Stewart
This my Grandmother's name who lived in the village of Hargrave in Northamptonshire.The towns of Rauds & Rushden are also linked,especialy with writer: HE Bates whom my Grandmother was related to!

Looking for relatives of Amos George Bates Sr born in Gilboa New York in the Catskills.