Last name origins & meanings:
- English: status name for a cottager (see Cotter 2), or a
topographic name for someone who lived in a relatively humble dwelling
(from Middle English cotes, plural (or genitive) of
cote, cott), or a habitational name from any of the
numerous places named with this word, especially Coates in
Cambridgeshire and Cotes in Leicestershire.
- Scottish: variant of Coutts.
- Americanized spelling of German and
Jewish Kotz or German Koths, from a variant of the
medieval personal name Godo (see Gottfried).
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