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The BATES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 93,743 293 0.035 348
United States (1880 census) 26,074 192 0.052 521
Change since 1880 +67669 -101 -0.017 -173
Other Countries
Australia 4,934 287 0.030 302
United Kingdom 26,684 195 0.058 581
Top States for BATES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 7,060 353 0.034 339
California 6,400 495 0.019 189
Ohio 5,052 218 0.044 445
Florida 4,881 371 0.031 305
Michigan 4,505 192 0.045 453
Top States for BATES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 3,973 156 0.089 893
Mississippi 2,075 188 0.073 729
Tennessee 4,114 192 0.072 723
Arkansas 1,903 163 0.071 712
South Carolina 2,327 244 0.058 580


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BATES live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BATES represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BATES in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BATES by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BATES

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BATES surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BATES surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BATES in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 684 0.73
Asian/Pacific 384 0.41
White (Caucasian) 72,266 77.09
Black/African American 17,399 18.56
Mixed Race 1,387 1.48
White (Hispanic) 1,612 1.72

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BATES surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BATES in historical publications

BATE. BATES. BATSON. See Bartholomew.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BATES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BATES.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BATES

The following words are slight variants of BATES that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.