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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 Surname Meaning and Distribution".  Retrieved 23 January 2014