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Yates Surname Origin
(Origin Anglo-Saxon) An old word for a gate, a way, or a passage. The same as Gates. A locational surname for a person who lived or worked near a gate, possibly the gate to a walled city
Surname Variations: Gate, Gayte, Gates, Yate, Yates, Yeats, Yeates, Yett, Yetts
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Yates Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Yates family history than the origin of your surname:
A Yates Family History Thought:
Whenever there's a will, you'll see an heir loom.