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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 has 2 variant forms: Coley and Colson.

For more information, see also related boy names Colbert and Colin.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cole and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cole, Colin and Nicholas. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Nicholas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Nicholas outside U.S.

Similar Names

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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