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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Zac Yates

I was told my yates family was cherokee indian

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

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

Harrison Yates

My Dad tells me the Yates' are related to Pocahontas, or at least the Yates family I'm from. Don't know about the rest though

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.

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

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 !

Tim Yates
So are we norman or scandinavian?

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

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.

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

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

lea yates
did not know there are so many yates

John Joseph Yates
If you have last name sake are we all related ?

Martine Yates
Here is a link so you can see what the Yates' tartan looks like: My family are from Lancashire and have been there for centuries :)

Sarah Yates
My paternal grandfather came from Lancashire and his name was Norman Yates. I'm trying to trace down my family tree and its proving to be quite difficult but i'm going to persevere with it.

Yates' that originate from Lyford, Garford, Berks Gloucestershire area are a complete different Yates from Lancashire or Ireland.
Yates from the Berks area IMHO are from France (Normans)

Donna Walters
Somehow my grandmother Amelia, maiden name Sunderland, was related somehow to a Yates.Her fathers name was Joseph Sunderland and her mothers was Mary Wheeling Sunderland He was a Pharmacist in England 17 Street Burnley, Lanchashire.

noah yates
Yates go back along way and all over the world. I am part german and I am a yates. Yates were also known as vikings if any of you did not know.

Martine Yates
Hey Noah - not sure what you mean when you say that Yates were also known as Vikings, can you elaborate? Originating in Lancashire, I know there are loads of Viking settlements in that region and it also has the highest density of people with our surname, but I have never once come across any Viking connection. Thanks in advance for your reply.

Mike yates
I have had a DNA test and are definitely of Scandinavian origin. I have traced my ancestors back to 1680 and we are mainly from the Scottish Borders and near Dublin, with many living in India as well

keith yeates
As a Welshman you might understand my reluctance to admit my name is English but I visited a heraldry shop in Dublin and found 2 versions, an English and an Irish. Please see link for the Irish. My cousin dated my particular branch back to Camberwell, Surrey but so far this is only back as far as the mid 1800's.

Bryan Yates

My branch of the Yates family were also located in Camberwell. around the early eighteen hundreds. I have always considered myself Anglo- Saxon.

Hi, I am a volunteer at luper pioneer cemetery in eugene, oregon. There are 2 yates interned there. Jeptha c. B 7/23/1832? jackson co. Missouri arrived ore. 9/10/54 d. 8/5/80-90? & mary polly b. 12/6/1809 born w. Virginia. Came to ore. 1868 from missouri d. 1/6/1890? does anyone have info/photos you can send me for my research. Anything sent will be greatly appreciated, thanks for your time and effort russ

Karen Alderdice
If Yates family name is Scottish or Irish, there should be an associated tartan. What is it?

Jon Yates
Are you serious? Tartans and clan attribution are a myth. Yates or its variants are British, i.e. English, Irish and Scottish (The Welsh don't count).

Howard Yates

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Anita Yates
Yates' family were also Catholic and spent a lot of time in the Tower of London for not conforming to the Church of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. First settlers in the new world. Very wealthy family at one time.

Maggie Yates
My Father told me the same thing many years ago before he passed away. We were also involved in the gunpowder plot! English catholics. Somewhere along the line there is a connection to Scotland too.

Anita Yates
It is English! My family tree starts with John Atte Yate in 1350 in Berkshire. Denchworth and Upton were names of manors owned by Yate Family. They were noblemen.

Patricia Yates
I have been attempting to research the meaning of Yates as I have read its origin is British and I have a mixed heritage. It will be great to find out. I actually emailed a travel agent with the same first and last name as my own and she's in Britain. Ha!

It is Scottish and it means gate-keeper

Jill Yates
It seems to go back centuries in Cambridgeshire

Matt Yates
I've heard that it comes form some gardening thing

Ben Yates

I'm a 4th Generation New Zealander. My great grandfather founded the seed company 'Yates' which still runs today. His Brother did similar business in England, but sadly with little success. The Scandinavian Viking connection is the most frequent early record of the name when I have researched.

Bebe Yates
you're pretty wrong!

Caroline Parker Yates
I'm pretty sure that the name Yates is Scottish though...

Fernando Yates
I heard my granfather Charles Yates came from England

Rose Ecclestone
Yates is and old english name corrupted from the word gates. The name applies to the original occupation of our yates porebearers who guarded the gates to castles,walled towns and villages. The gatekeepers were trusted servantsand the occupation was importantto the security of the medieval settlements. The name is not uncommon especialy in Lancashire and Derbyshire.