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 is a somewhat popular first name for males (#682 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#108 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cole for boys. Cole reached its highest rank of #69 in the U.S. in 2003 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cole and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nicholas (#57), Cole (#116) and Colin (#140). (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Cole▲ is also pronounced similarly to Caile, Cal▼, Cale▼, Cayle, Col, Coll, Colle, Coyle, Kale▼, Kile and Kyle▲. Other suggested similar baby names are Caley, Cleo▼, Cobe, Coe, Colet, Colla, Colley, Collie, Colm, Colt▲, Cope, Coxe, Coye and Wole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cole.