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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.


Variations

Cole has 2 variant forms: Coley and Colson.

For more information, see also related boy names Colbert and Colin.


Popularity

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).

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

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

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).

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

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


Similar Names

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.

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