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Where did the English Coates family come from? What is the English Coates family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coates family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coates family history?

The ancient history of the Coates name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided at the cotes which was in turn derived from the Old English word cote, which means at the cottage, which denotes that the initial bearer of this surname lived in a little cottage.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coates include Coates, Coate, Coats and others.

First found in Staffordshire where the family are "descended from Richard de Cotes, who was probably son of Thomas de Coates, living in 1157, when the Black Book of the Exchequer was compiled." [1] At that time, he held large estates on the Salop, Staffordshire borders.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coates research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1210, 1273, 1682 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Coates History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coates Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Coates family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coates or a variant listed above:

Coates Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Coates who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Hugh Coates, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Jo Coates, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Thomas Coates, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1658
  • William Coates settled in Barbados in 1660


Coates Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Saml Coates, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Thos Coates, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John W Coates, who landed in New York in 1796

Coates Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William A Coates, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • James, Coates Jr., aged 14, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Coates, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • James Coates, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Patrick Coates, aged 31, arrived in Missouri in 1848


Coates Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Coates, aged 28, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Joseph Anderson" from London
  • Matilda E Coates, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • W Coates, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Coates Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. B Coates, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Isabella Coates, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Coates Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thoams Alfred Coates arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
  • T.A. Coates arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • J. Coates arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849
  • John Coates, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Thomas Coates arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850


Coates Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • S A Coates landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Coates landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • L Coates landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • Giles Coates, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Mary Ann Coates, aged 14, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850


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  • Phyllius Coates (b. 1927), American film and television actress
  • Gloria Coates (b. 1938), American composer
  • Kinney Coates (b. 1826), American poet and politician
  • Eric Coates (1886-1957), English violist and composer
  • Mr. Cyril Henry Coates, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Coates (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Sir Albert Coates OBE, FRCS (1895-1977), Australian surgeon and POW
  • Joseph Gordon Coates (1878-1943), New Zealand politician, prime minister of New Zealand from 1925-1928
  • George James Coates (1869-1930), Australian painter
  • Wells Wintemute Coates (1895-1958), Canadian modernist architect

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  • Robert Coates of Lynn, Massachusetts, and Some of His Descendants by Evelyn Coates Aherin.
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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Coates Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coates Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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