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YEATES Family HistoryThis very interesting surname is of English origins, but is also prominent in Ireland. Mainly associated with the English West Country, the origination is generally topographical and describes one who lived by a 'geat'. This was a Scandanavian word which described not a 'gate', but a road. However the name can also be job descriptive or locational for one who came from a place called Yate. The surname as Gate, Gayte or Gates is also relatively popular, and has the same meaning and origin as Yate, Yates, Yeats, Yeates, and Yetts.
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