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This article is about "Bates" as a surname. For other uses, see Bates (disambiguation).

Bates is a common surname of English origin. At the time of the British Census of 1881,[1] 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.

People named Bates[edit]

Fictional people[edit]


  1. ^ "BATES: Stats from the 1881 British Census – British Surnames, Surname Distribution and Surname Profiles". Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010.