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Gender: Male Origin of Bates: English diminutive of Bartholomew

The name Bates is a boy's name of English origin. Bates and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

Bates is a fresh version of Bartholomew, and feels more wearable than Bart. Bates could be considered a patriotic choice for American parents - Katharine Lee Bates was an author and professor best known for penning the words to "America the Beautiful".

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Famous People Named Bates

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