What does Cole mean?
Cole \c(o)-le\ 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 forms 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.
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 the previous year), Collin (#223), Nicholas (#57), Nick, Nicola and Nils are the popular related forms of Cole (#116 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity in 2000 (usage of 0.5587%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4949%, down 11.4%), with the form Nick becoming less in vogue. Cole (#116), Colin (#140) and Collin (#223) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation, with Colin enjoying a resurgence in usage. 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.