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The Tate surname is derived from the Old English personal name "Tata," which may have been a shortened version of some other names.

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The surname Tate was first found in Suffolk, where a records from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmonds, lists an Uluric Tates in circa 1095. A record from the Rotuli Hundredorum shows Richard Tate in Cambridgeshire in 1279. In Coventry, a John Tate obtained Whiteley, county Nottingham from William Palmer in the year 1392.

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 Tate include Tate, Tait, Tayte and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tate research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1488, 1496, 1652, 1687, 1692, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Tate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include John Tate, Lord Mayor of London in 1496; his older brother Sir Robert Tate, Lord Mayor of London in 1488...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Tate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Tate or a variant listed above:

Tate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Tate, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James and Mary Tate, who came to Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Tate, who settled in Virginia in 1635

Tate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hester Tate, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • George Tate, who arrived in New England in 1756

Tate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Tate, aged 22, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Judge Tate, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Elizabeth Tate, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Frederick Tate, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Thomas Tate, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
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Tate Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Tate, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rosa Tate, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Tate Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Tate, who landed in Canada in 1816

Tate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tate arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840
  • Ann Tate arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840
  • George Tate, aged 28, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Elizabeth Tate, aged 24, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

Tate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Jane Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • John Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • James Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • Mary S. Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • Andrew Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
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  • Skatemaster Tate (1959-2015), stage name of Gerry Hurtado, an American musician and a former television show host
  • Emory A. Tate Jr. (1958-2015), American International Master of chess
  • William F. Tate, American politician, Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from Sagadahoc County, 1933
  • W. H. Tate, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Cerro Gordo County; Elected 1950
  • W. C. Tate, American politician, Mayor of Tooele, Utah, 1953
  • Timothy Tate, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Bountiful, Utah, 1985
  • Steve Tate, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1944
  • Solomon Tate, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1948
  • Stanley Tate, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Scott C. Tate, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 8th District, 2002
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  • Tate and Allied Families of Robertson County, Tennessee by Evelyn Yates Carpenter.
  • Taylors and Tates of the South by Ann K. Blomquist.
  • Van Buren Tate: Ancestors, Descendants by Rachel Tate Smith.
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    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The Tate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tate 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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