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Cole 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 names Colbert and Colin.
Baby names that sound like Cole are Cale, Colle, Col, Coll and Coyle.
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Popularity of Cole
Cole is a somewhat popular first name for men (#682 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#108 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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