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Gender: M Pronunciation: Bartholomew Meaning of Bates: "son of Bate " Origin of Bates: English

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The Bates family, American reality TV family (a la the Duggars)

Pop Culture References for the name Bates

Bates, character from the video game "Clock Tower 2: The Struggle Within "
Mr. John Bates, beloved character on the BBC show "Downton Abbey"
Bates Battaglia, NHL free agent hockey player and contestant on "The Amazing Race"
Norman Bates, serial killer in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho
Bates College, private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine