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 (#108 out of 88799, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Cole and affiliated names. Colin (#140 the previous year), Collin (#223), Nicholas (#57), Nick, Nicola and Nils are the popular related forms of Cole (#116 the previous year). This boy name was at the peak of its popularity in the year 2000 and is somewhat less popular today, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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.