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Origins Available: English, Irish
Yates is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a name for a gatekeeper. The name was originally derived from the Old English word geat, meaning gate. It was also sometimes applied to people who lived near a prominent gate.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Yates, Yate, Yeats and others.
First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yates research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Yates History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Yates Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Yates family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Yates name or one of its variants:
Yates Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Yates, who settled in Virginia in 1619
- Edward Yates, who landed in Virginia in 1619
- Joe Yates settled in Bermuda in 1635
- Joe Yates, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
- Jo Yates, aged 48, landed in Bermuda in 1635
Yates Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliz Yates, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Eliza Yates, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Bartholomew Yates, who arrived in Virginia in 1737
Yates Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Yates, who landed in Virginia in 1807
- Samuel Yates settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1820
- Andrew Q Yates, who landed in Texas in 1835
- T H Yates, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1838
- G E Yates, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Yates Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Morrell Yates, who arrived in Alabama in 1911
Yates Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Yates settled in Scilly Cove, Newfoundland, in 1708
- John Yates who settled in Scilly Cove, Newfoundland, in 1708
- Chas Yates, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Yates Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Yates was a Carpenter at Twillingate, Newfoundland, in 1817
Yates Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Agnes Yates, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- John Yates, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Thomas Yates, English convict from Cornwall, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Ellen Yates, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- William Yates arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Robertson" in 1839
Yates Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Francis T Yates landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Yates landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Antilla
- John Yates, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Jane Yates, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Henry Yates, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Cassie Yates (b. 1951), American actress, known for her roles in Convoy (1978), The Osterman Weekend (1983) and F.I.S.T. (1978)
- Mr. George Roley Yates (1895-1917), American Stoker aboard the HMCS Niobe from Kansas, USA who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Tyler Kali Yates (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Herbert John Yates (1880-1966), American founder and president of Republic Pictures in 1935
- J. Michael Yates (b. 1938), American-born, Canadian poet and dramatist
- Elizabeth Yates (1905-2001), American author, best known for her 1951 Newbery Medal winning novel Amos Fortune, Free Man
- Adam Yates, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1806-08
- Abraham Yates Jr. (1724-1796), American politician, Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1777-90; Mayor of Albany, New York, 1790-96; Presidential Elector for New York, 1792
- Alexander R. Yates, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sierra Leone, 1884
- Austin A. Yates, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1888-89
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The Yates Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yates 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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