Last name: Yates

This very interesting surname is of pre 9th century Anglo-Saxon origin. It is found recorded in most English counties, but is mainly associated with the West Country. Generally the origination is topographical and describes one who lived by a prominent 'geat' (gate), and probably the gate of a walled city or town. However the name can also be job descriptive for the keeper of the 'geat', or locational for one who came from a place called Yate. As the surname 'Gate, Gayte or Gates' is relatively common, and has the same meaning, Yate, Yates, Yeats, Yeates, and Yetts are dialectal, the original 'g' in 'geat' being pronounced as a 'y'. The name is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Charters of 779 as 'aet Gete', however this is purely descriptive and in no way a hereditary surname. These were much later, and date usually from the 11th century, and never before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The earliest true recordings as a surname include those of Philip del Yate in the piperolls of Cheshire for the year 1260, and Robert atte Yates in the Assize Rolls of Norfolk in 1344. Rather later examples are those of Edwarde Yates who married Jane Atkinson at Thirsk, Yorkshire, on September 13th 1583, Lawrence Yate of Nether Darwen, Cheshire in 1606, and John Yeats, who married Ann Davis at St Georges Chapel, Hanover Square, London in 1753. 'Mr Yates' is recorded in the records of 'Elizabeth Cittie, Virginea' in February 1624, making him one of the earliest settlers to the American Colonies. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hereward de Jette, which was dated 1198, in the "Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. 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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John Joseph Yates
If you have last name sake are we all related ?

lea yates
did not know there are so many yates

Jeremiah Yates
I heard we came from Germany. Hehe your all my long lost relatives...

Jeremy Yates
I thought we were Irish...? :( I'm American and most Americans are mutts....

Helen Yates
I have found out that Yates is a scandinavian name and we origanly came over from sweeden via vikings. My census search on my family tree also traced back to sweeden. my family moved to England from scotland not so long ago where yates are a popular last name too.

Michel Yates
I've recently learned that Yates is a Scandinavian word with many different spellings. One of those is the word Geats which should really be pronounced Yates. This was a tribe in southern Scandinavia and mentioned in Beowolf although mispronounced as Geats in the , it should have been pronounced Yates

Tim Yates
So are we norman or scandinavian?

Angel Yates
This is so cool . I have family all over the world . Also , my birthday is the day that Edwarde Yates and Jane Atkinson got married . That's pretty exciting !

gerald yates
My family are from newton heath and blackley area of south manchester

charles yates

Working in Sweden some years ago i was told that the name Yates was originally Gates with an umlaut over the a and pronounced with s soft G hence Yates....a goatherd. Famiiy coat of arms has gates and goats heads. Yates branch in my family goes back to east London 17th century.

Jean Yates (I'm 10 years old)

I thought us Yates were american Indians because that what my dad always says ;) Also, there was a Yates in the walking purchase so Yates is in history! Yayz

chloe yates

I thought my family might have history I love to know about my familys blood line so im very glad to know my family has history

Zac Yates

I was told my yates family was cherokee indian

Iris Yates Crowe
My father was told by an Spanish historian that the name Yates was derived from the Spanish for yacht. They were called los Hombres del los Yatez, living in abandoned boats in harbors in Spain. One of their number, a price on his head, patched his boat and sailed away before he could be arrested. Following the coast of Spain, then France, he was caught in a storm and blown across the English channel to be shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland. The rest is history, or not.
for some reason I associate the yates with griffen

modean yates
is griffen remotely linked with yates

Yates family
Ok so I heard somewhere that there was a Yates werewolf