What does Cole mean?
Cole /cole/ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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 22 more different relations via Nicholas: Claas, Claes, Claus, Colas, Colet, Colin▲, Collin▲, Klaes, Nic, Nichole, Nick▼, Nicol, Nicola, Nicolet, Nicoli, Nicoll, Nicolo, Niels, Nik, Niki, Nilos and Nils.Kreatif forms: Conle. [more]
How popular is Cole?
Cole is a somewhat popular first name for men (#682 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#116 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Cole for boys. Cole was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #69 in the U.S. in 2003, and is presently at #116. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Colin (#140 2 years ago), Collin (#223), Nicholas (#57), Nick, Nicola and Nils are the popular related forms of Cole (#116 2 years ago) rated in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Claes, are seldom used. These forms of Cole were at the peak of their popularity in 2000 (average #441) and are almost as popular today (#505, ▼11.4%). Nicholas is more widely used than the rest, although Colin seems to be gaining favor too, while Nick has become less popular. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Cole and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Cole▲ is alike in pronunciation to Caile, Cal▼, Cale▼, Cayle, Col, Coll, Colle, Coyle, Kale▼, Kile and Kyle▲. Other recommended similar baby names are Caley, Cleo▼, Cobe, Coe, Colla, Colley, Collie, Colm, Colt▲, Cope, Coxe, Coye and Wole. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cole.