The Goates surname was a habitational name, from Gotham in Nottinghamshire
, which was in turn derived from the Old English "gat," or "goat," and "ham," meaning "homestead."
Early Origins of the Goates family
The surname Goates was first found in Nottinghamshire
at Gotham, a village south of Nottingham
which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Gatham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or enclosure where goats are kept," from the Old English "gat" + "ham or hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The village is most famous for the stories of the "Wise Men of Gotham" in which the villagers feigned imbecility when the royal messengers arrived thereby foiling King John's intent to build a hunting lodge there. One reference claim that he said "we ween there are more fools pass through Gotham than remain in it." However, one of the first listing osf the surname was found years later in Essex
in the year 1291 when Stephen de Gotham held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Goates family
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Early Notables of the Goates family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goates family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Goates Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M. Goates, aged 36, who arrived in America, in 1894
Goates Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Goates, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1905
- Fanny Goates, aged 23, who arrived in America from Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, England, in 1909
- Harold Goates, aged 20, who arrived in America from Hull, England, in 1920
- William Goates, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Goates (post 1700)
- Steven R. Goates, American Chemistry professor at Brigham Young University