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Origin and Meaning of Gates

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  • A submission from Australia says the name Gates means "Entrance" and is of English origin.
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  1. United States computer entrepreneur whose software company made him the youngest multi-billionaire in the history of the United States (born in 1955)
  1. plural of gate

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Notable Persons Named Gates

Gates McFadden is an actress, choreographer, actor, choreography, and actressandchoreographer. She was most active from 1984 to present. Gates was given the name Cheryl Gates McFadden on March 2nd, 1949 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States.


Gates Brown was a baseball player. Gates was born on May 2nd, 1939 in Crestline, Ohio. He passed away on September 27th, 2013.


Gates is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gates

Bill Gates is a technology advisor of microsoft, co-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundation, ceo of cascade investment, chair of corbis, microsoft, bill & melinda gates foundation, cascade investment, corbis, technology advisor ofmicrosoft, co-chair of thebill & mel. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Bill was given the name William Henry Gates III by his parents William H. Gates, Sr., and Mary Maxwell Gates on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.


Kevin Gates is a hip hop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Kevin was given the name Kevin Jerome Gilyard on February 5th, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Kevin is also known as Brasi and Luca.


Melinda Gates is a co-chair, operator of bill & melinda gates foundation, bill & melinda gates foundation, and operator ofbill & melinda gates foundation. Melinda was given the name Melinda Ann French on August 15th, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.


Robert Gates is a 36th Presidentof theBoy Scouts of America, 24th Chancellor of the College of William & Mary, 22nd United States Secretary of Defense, 22nd President ofTexas A&M University, 15th Director of Central Intelligence, Deputy National Security Adv. His military service ended in 1969. Robert was given the name Robert Michael Gates on September 25th, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas.


Ken Curtis was an actor and singer. He was most active from 1941 to 1991. Ken was given the name Curtis Wain Gates on July 2nd, 1916 in Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado, United States. He breathed his last breath on April 28th, 1991.


Synyster Gates is a heavy metal music, hard rock, and metalcore musician. He plays Schecter Guitar Research. Synyster was given the name Brian Elwin Haner, Jr. on July 7th, 1981. Synyster is also known as Synyster Gates and Syn.


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Popularity of Gates as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gates U.S.
  White 75.04% 64.26%
  African American 19.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.76% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gates

People with the last name Gates are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gates

  • How Popular is the name Gates? Gates is the 20,158th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gates was the 648th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gates have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 348 babies born with the first name Gates in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gates to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gates? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gates first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gates is Saturday, August 24th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Gates born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gates was in 2016 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gates: Your name in reverse order is Setag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Satge. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gates? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 52,569 people with the last name Gates.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gates? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Gates as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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