When Otis Eli Gates was born on 1 May 1909, in Petite Rivière Bridge, Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Emmett Reginald Gaetz, was 23 and his mother, Lulu Young, was 19. He married Francis Elizabeth Alders on 5 October 1931, in Kentville, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada. He lived in Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1911. He died on 6 February 1972, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 62, and was buried in Port Williams, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada.
English: variant of Gate with plural or excrescent -s. The English surname Gate has three possible origins: (i) a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘gate’ (Old English geat, dative plural gatum), denoting someone who lived by a gate or set of gates (possibly sometimes an occupational name for a gate keeper; compre Yates); (ii) in northern England, the East Midlands, and East Anglia, a topographic name from Middle English gate ‘street, road, path’ (Old Norse gata) for someone who lived by a road (compare Street ); (iii) a nickname meaning ‘goat’, from northern Middle English gate, gait (Old English gāt, Old Norse geitr).
Americanized form of German Götz (see Goetz ).
Americanized form (translation into English) of French Barrière (see Barriere ).