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Bates is a common surname of English origin and is derived from the name Bartholomew. Retrieved 23 January 2014 The name could also originate from the Old English "Bat", meaning "Boat", Retrieved 23 April 2019 as used to identify a person whose occupation was boatman. Retrieved 23 April 2019 Another origin is that which means “lush pasture”, describing someone who lived near such a place.
At the time of the British Census of 1881, the relative frequency of the surname Bates was highest in Buckinghamshire (5.2 times the British average), followed by Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire.

Notable people


  • Alan Bates (1934–2003), British actor
  • Albert Bates (born 1947), U.S. environmentalist
  • Allie Bates (born 1957), U.S. magazine writer
  • Alta Bates (1879–1955), American nurse anesthetist and founder of Alta Bates Hospital
  • Angelique Bates (born 1980), American actress
  • Anna Haining Bates (1846–1888), Canadian woman who stood 7'5½"
  • Arlo Bates (1850–1918), author and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Arthur Laban Bates (1859–1934), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1901–1913
  • Barbara Bates (1925–1969), U.S. actress and singer
  • Barrie Bates (born 1969), Welsh darts player
  • Benjamin Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Benjamin Bates IV (1808–1878), philanthropist, founder of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine
  • Bill Bates (born 1961), U.S. player of American football
  • Billy Bates (1855–1900), English cricketer
  • Blanche Bates (1873–1941), American stage actress
  • Blaster Bates (1923–2006), British demolition expert
  • Bob Bates, one of several people including
    • Bob Bates (musician) (1923–1981), first bassist of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1951–1958
    • Bob Bates (born 1953), U.S. game designer
  • Carl S. Bates (1884–1956), American aviation pioneer
  • Cary Bates (born 1948), American comic book writer
  • Cat Bates (born 1986), child model for Jamie Wyeth and younger brother of Orca Bates
  • Charlotte Fiske Bates (1838–1916), American author
  • Clara Doty Bates (1838–1895), American author
  • Clayton Peg Leg Bates (1907–1998), American entertainer
  • Daisy Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Daisy Bates (civil rights activist) (Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, 1914–1999), U.S. civil rights activist
    • Daisy Bates (Australia) (Daisy May Bates, 1859–1951), Australian journalist
  • David Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • David Bates (historian) (born 1945), historian, writer of books about William I of England and Odo of Bayeux
    • David Bates (physicist) (1916–1994), physicist winner of the 1970 Hughes Medal
    • David Bates (poet) (1809–1870), U.S. poet
  • Dick Bates (born 1945), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • D'Wayne Bates (born 1975), U.S. player of American football


  • Edward Bates (1793–1869), U.S. jurist and politician, candidate for US president, 1860, and US Attorney General, 1861–1864
  • Elizabeth Bates (1947–2003), Professor of psychology and cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego
  • Emily Bates (born 1995), Australian rules footballer
  • Emoni Bates (born 2004), American basketball player
  • Erastus Newton Bates (1828–1898), American politician
  • Evan Bates (born 1989), American ice dancer
  • Frederick Bates (1777–1825), U.S. jurist and politician
  • George Joseph Bates (1891–1949), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1937–1949
  • George Latimer Bates (1863–1940), American naturalist
  • Gilbert Bates (1836–1917), Wisconsin Civil War veteran
  • Granville Bates (1882-1940), American actor
  • Guy Bates (born 1985), English footballer
  • H. E. Bates (Herbert Ernest Bates, 1905–1974), English writer and author
  • Harriet Bates (1856-1886), American writer
  • Harry Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Harry Bates (sculptor) (1850–1899), British sculptor
    • Harry Bates (author) (1900–1981), U.S. science fiction writer
  • Henry Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Henry Bates (politician), U.S. politician
    • Henry Moore Bates (1869–1949), American lawyer and president of the Order of the Coif
    • Henry Walter Bates (1825–1892), British zoologist
    • Henry Bates (British Army officer) (1813–1893), British general.
  • Isaac Chapman Bates (1779–1845), U.S. Representative, 1827–1835, and U.S. Senator 1841–1845, from Massachusetts
  • James Bates (disambiguation), one of several people
  • Jamie Bates (born 1989), English welterweight kickboxer
  • Jamie Bates (footballer) (born 1968), English footballer
  • Jason Bates (born 1971), U.S. professional baseball player
  • Jeanne Bates (1918–2007), U.S. actress
  • Jeff Bates (born 1963), U.S. country singer
  • Jeff Bates (technologist) (born 1976), U.S. businessman
  • Jeremy Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Jeremy Bates (American football) (born 1976), American football coach
    • Jeremy Bates (boxer) (born 1974), American boxer
    • Jeremy Bates (tennis) (born 1962), British tennis player
  • Jessie Bates III (born 1997), American football player
  • Jim Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Jim Bates (politician) (born 1941), U.S. Representative from California, 1983–91
    • Jim Bates (American football) (born 1946), U.S. coach of American football
  • John Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • John Bates (designer) (born 1938), who designed Diana Rigg's clothes in The Avengers
    • Big John Bates, Vancouver-based Americana guitarist
    • John C. Bates (John Coalter Bates, 1842–1919), U.S. general and army chief of staff 1906.
    • John Lewis Bates (1859–1946), U.S. political figure and governor of Massachusetts 1903–1905.
    • Johnny Bates (baseball) (1882–1949), baseball player
  • Joseph Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Joseph E. Bates (1837–1900), 19th-century mayor of Denver, Colorado
    • Joseph Bates (Adventist) (1792–1872), U.S. Adventist and health reformist
  • Josephine White Bates (1862–1934), Canadian-born American author
  • Joshua Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Joshua Bates (educator) (1776–1854), American minister and teacher
    • Joshua Bates (financier) (1788–1864), benefactor of Boston Public Library
    • Joshua Hall Bates (1817–1908), American Civil War general
  • Juanita Breckenridge Bates (1860–1946), American Congregationalist minister and suffragette


  • Katharine Lee Bates (1859–1929), U.S. poet
  • Kathy Bates (born 1948), U.S. actor
  • Ken Bates (Kenneth William Bates, born 1931), British businessman and football club owner/chairman
  • Lindon Wallace Bates (1858–1924), Civil engineer who designed the "three-lakes" of the Panama Canal
  • L. C. Bates (1904–1980), African-American civil rights activist
  • Leon Bates (pianist) (born 1949), American pianist
  • Leon Bates (American labor leader) (1899–1972), UAW Union Organizer
  • Leonard Bates (1895–1971), English cricketer
  • Mario Bates (born 1973), U.S. player of American football
  • Marston Bates (1906–1974), U.S. zoologist
  • Martha E. Cram Bates (1839–1905), writer, journalist, newspaper editor
  • Martin Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • Martin Van Buren Bates (1837–1919), U.S. politician
    • Martin W. Bates (1786–1869), U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Mason Bates (born 1977), American composer
  • Matthew Bates (born 1986), English footballer
  • Maxwell Bates (1906–1980), Canadian architect and artist
  • Michael Bates (disambiguation), one of several people
  • Mick Bates (disambiguation), one of several people
  • Morris Bates (1864–1905), English footballer
  • Nancy Bates, statistician with the US Census
  • Nicholas James Bates (born 1962), British musician known as Nick Rhodes
  • Orca Bates (born 1976), child model for Jamie Wyeth
  • Paddy Roy Bates (1921–2012), pirate radio broadcaster and Sealand founder
  • Patricia Martin Bates (born 1927), artist
  • Paul L. Bates (1908–1995), Colonel, United States Army
  • Phil Bates (born 1953), guitarist and vocalist with the Orchestra (former members of ELO and ELO Part II)
  • Ralph Bates, one of several people including
    • Ralph Bates (writer) (1899–2000), English writer
    • Ralph Bates (1940–1991), English actor
  • Robert Bates (disambiguation), one of several people
  • Roger Bates (born 1947), American bridge player
  • Ronald Bates (1932–1986), New York City Ballet production stage manager
  • Ryan Bates (born 1997), American football player


  • Samuel Penniman Bates (1827–1902), American educator
  • Sara Bates (born 1944), U.S. artist
  • Shawn Bates (born 1975), U.S. hockey player
  • Sidney Bates (1921–1944), British soldier
  • Simon Bates (born 1946), British radio presenter
  • Stuart 'Pinkie' Bates, organ/synthesizer player
  • Stephen Bates Baltes (1953-2003), American musical director for "Barney and the Backyard Gang" (1988-1989)
  • Ted Bates (footballer) (1918–2003), English footballer
  • Thomas Bates (1567–1606), key conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605
  • Tom Bates (born 1938), U.S. politician
  • Tyler Bates (born 1965), U.S. musician
  • Tryphosa Bates-Batcheller (1876–1952), U.S. singer
  • William Bates (disambiguation), one of several people including
    • William Henry Bates (1917–1969), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1949–1970
    • William Horatio Bates (1860–1931), creator of the "Bates Method for Better Eyesight"
  • Willis Bates (1880–1939), American college sports coach

Fictional characters

  • Bates (Stargate), a character in Stargate
  • Kid Marvelman, a Marvel Comics character whose original name was Johnny Bates
  • Eric, U.S. and Fancy Bates, characters in the 1982 film The Toy
  • John Bates, a character from Downton Abbey, married to Anna
  • Anna Bates, a character from Downton Abbey, married to John
  • Joshua T. Bates, a character of Susan Shreve
  • Nigel Bates, a character from the soap opera EastEnders
  • Norman Bates, a character from the 1960 film Psycho
  • Tom, Amy, and Pattie Bates, characters in Dennis Potter's play Brimstone and Treacle

See also

  • Bates (disambiguation)
  • Bates (automobile), a Michigan automobile manufactured, 1903–1905
  • Bates College
  • Bates method, a way of maintaining or improving eyesight
  • Bates House (disambiguation)

Category:English-language surnames
Category:Patronymic surnames

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