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What does Oates mean?

Oates Pronunciation of Oates [oates] as a name for boys. Oates means "wealth; son of Otto". Oates is a version of Otis (Old German, Old English): mostly American use.

Associated with: wealth.


3 alternative forms via Otis: Otess, Ottis and Otys.

Creative forms:
(male) Oaktes, Ostes, ..

(female) Oaten, Oatesi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Oates Santiago (O.S.), ..

How popular is Oates?

Oates is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#2914 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Otis (#848 last year) and Ottis are the prominent variation forms of Oates (not ranked). Adoption of these forms of Oates was well-received among parents in the 1900s (adoption of 0.2%) and is now much lower, with versions like Otis becoming less trendy. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Otis, Ottis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oates and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Oates is alike in pronunciation to Waits, Watts, Yates and Yeats. Other suggested similar names are Dawes, Eames, Estes, Fares, Hawes, Hayes, Jabes, James, Mayes, Oakes, Oaks and Osten. These names tend to be more commonly used than Oates.

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