First recorded as a given name of Latvians in the end of the 19th century. Contraction of Gothards, from Old High German . Cognate to German Gotthard and English Goddard.
- A male given name.
- Klāvs Siliņš: Latviesu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, ISBN 5-7966-0278-0
-  Population Register of Latvia: Gatis was the only given name of 5064 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.