Bates Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Bates Family History

If you are conducting some Bates family history research then you can view the Bates coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Bates surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Bates in Ireland was brought to the country by settlers who arrived from England as early as the seventeenth century. The name itself is a derivation of the first name Bartholomew. It is in the Province of Ulster and in County Dublin that the majority of descendants bearing this name can today be found.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Bates Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Cinquefoils Signifies Hope and Joy
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
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