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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kates

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  1. plural of kate

kates was also found in the following language(s): Lithuanian, Novial, and Volapük

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kates

Kimberley Kates is an actor, film producer, and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1987. Kimberley was born in --08-15. Kimberley is also known as Kimberley La Belle.


Kathryn was born in New York City.


Bernard Kates was an actor. His career lasted from 1949 to 1999. Bernard was born on December 26th, 1922 in Boston. He breathed his last breath on February 2nd, 2010.



J. Kates is a poetry and translations poet, editing, and translation. J. was given the name James George Kates in 1945 in White Plains, New York. J. is also known as Kates and James George.


Orin was born on November 18th, 1883 in Ord, Nebraska. Orin is also known as Kates and Orin Albert. He passed away on January 31st, 1947.


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Popularity of Kates as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kates U.S.
  White 68.61% 64.26%
  African American 23.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.13% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kates

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kates

  • How Popular is the name Kates? As a last name Kates was the 7,284th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Kates? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Kates was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Kates: Your name in reverse order is Setak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tkase. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kates? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,574 people with the last name Kates.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kates? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Kates as their last name.

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