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pinWhat 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.


Cole has 2 variants: Coley and Colson.

Related boy names: Colbert and Colin.

Cole has 22 more different relations 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.

Kreatif forms: Conle. [more]

pinHow 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 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole outside U.S.

Colin (#140 2 years ago), Collin (#223), Nicholas (#57), Nick, Nicola and Nils are the popular related forms of Cole (#116 2 years ago) rated in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Claes, are seldom used. These forms of Cole were at the peak of their popularity in 2000 (average #441) and are almost as popular today (#505, 11.4%). Nicholas is more widely used than the rest, although Colin seems to be gaining favor too, while Nick has become less popular. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Cole and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Collin, Nicholas, Nick in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nicola, Nils in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Nicholas, Nils outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

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.