William Oates (disambiguation)
may refer to:
- William Oates (1929-2001), an English cricketer.
- William C. Oates (1833-1910), a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War and later the Democratic Governor of Alabama from 1894 to 1896.
- William F. Oates, a first class cricketer who played for Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1956 and 1965.