Origin of the Name Bates
The ancient history of the name Bates
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'son of Bartholomew', Bates is a baptismal name. Variants of this name include Bate, Bateson, Baitson, Beatson, Bason, Bateman, Batemanson and Batman. This name is of Celtic origin and is found throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Bate de Butwick, Lincolnshire, a Bate le Tackman, Lincolnshire, a Bathe le Robert, Lincolnshire, and a Cecilia Bateman, County Huntingdonshire, who were all recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. An Alicia Bate was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland a Robert del Bate rendered homage in the year 1296, and a Robert Bates was Minister of the gospel at Spynie, Scotland, in the year 1747.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Bates coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bates descendants.