The name Bates is a boy's name of English origin. Bates and discussed in our forums with posts like "The Renesmee Name Game".
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".