Makepeace Gates

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Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA on 5 Dec 1735 to Benjamin Gates and Bethulia Rice. Makepeace married Catherine Smith and had 3 children. He passed away on 1817 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.

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Surname meaning for "Gates"

English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ (see Yates). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.

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