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Meaning and name origin
Cole \c(o)-le\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Cole), is pronounced kohl. It is of Middle English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Cole is "swarthy, coal-black, charcoal". Surname derived from a medieval given name. Also used as a short form of Nicholas and names beginning with Cole-. As a given name, it is linked with the songwriter-composer Cole Porter (20th century). Outlaw Cole Younger.
Cole is a somewhat popular first name for males (#682 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#108 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cole for boys (2015 statistics).
Cole is also pronounced similarly to Caile, Cal, Cale, Cayle, Col, Coll, Colle, Coyle, Kale, Kile and Kyle. Other suggested similar baby names are Caley, Cleo, Cobe, Coe, Colet, Colla, Colley, Collie, Colm, Colt, Cope, Coxe, Coye and Wole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cole.
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