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.
(male) Calle, Covle, ..
(female) Colel, Cote, ..
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 history of Cole for boys. Cole reached its peak position of #69 in the U.S. in 2003, and is presently at #116. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Colbert, Coley, Colin (#140 the previous year), Collin (#223), Colson (#1251), Nicholas (#57) and Nils are the popular related forms of Cole (#116 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Colas, are seldom used. These forms of Cole were at the peak of their popularity 2 decades ago (average #1050) and have become much less widespread since (#973, ▼60%), with the form Nicholas becoming less in vogue.
Cole is alike in pronunciation to Cael, Caile, Cal, Cale, Cayle, Col, Coll, Colle, Cowal, Coyle, Kaile, Kale, Kayle, Kell, Kelle, Kile and Kyle▼. Other recommended names are Bale, Cabe, Cable, Caje, Caley, Cleo▼, Cob, Cobb, Cobe, Cobey, Cobi, Codey▼, Codie▼, Coe, Colan, Colbey, Colden, Colis, Colla, Colley, Collie, Colm, Colt▲, Colter, Colver, Colyn, Coney, Conlen, Conley, Conn, Cook, Cooke, Cope, Cor, Coree (see Corey), Corey▼, Corie, Cork, Covey, Cox, Coxe, Coxey, Coy▼, Coye, Cree, Doyle▼, Erle, Hale, Lale, Lyle▼, Nile, Noble▼, Ole▼, Olle, Rolle, Royle, Wole and Yale. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cole.