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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."

Goates Early Origins



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 [1]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." [2]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.

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Goates Spelling Variations


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Goates Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gotham, Gottam, Gottem, Gothame and others.

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Goates Early History


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Goates Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goates research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1381, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Goates History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goates Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goates Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Goates Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goates (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goates (post 1700)



  • Steven R. Goates, American Chemistry professor at Brigham Young University

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Goates Family Crest Products


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Goates Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Goates Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goates 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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