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What does Coley mean?

Coley Pronunciation of Coley [co-ley] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Coley). The name Coley means "swarthy, coal-black, charcoal". Coley is a version of Cole (Middle English, Old French).

Associated with: swarthy (dark).


1 different relation via Cole: Colson.

Creative forms:
(male) Caeley, Colo, ..

(female) Cola, Coleyo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Coley Trevon (C.T.), ..

How popular is Coley?

Coley is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#2243 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Coley reached its top rank of #1083 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Coley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Cole (#115 the previous year) and Colson (#1115) are the popular variation forms of Coley. Adoption of these forms of Coley was well-received among parents in 2002 (median #1308) and is somewhat lower today (#1076, 39% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Coley, Cole, Colson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Coley is alike in pronunciation to Cailey, Caily, Caley, Colla, Colley, Collie, Culley, Cully, Kaley, Kayley, Kealey, Keeley, Kelley, Kelly and Kiley. Other suggested similar names are Arley, Baley, Cale, Caleb, Carey, Casey, Clay, Cleo, Cloy, Coakley, Cobey, Codey, Cody, Coe, Cokeley, Col, Colan, Colbee, Colbey, Colby, Colden, Colet, Colier, Coll, Colle, Colt, Colter, Colum, Colyn, Coney, Conlen, Conley, Conwy, Cope, Corby, Coree (see Corey), Corey, Corley, Corney, Correy, Cory, Courey, Covey, Covvey (see Covey), Cowry, Coxey, Coyle, Daley, Haley, Juley, Kodey, Korey, Morley, Olley, Paley, Riley, Roley, Rorey, Sorley and Volney. These names tend to be more frequently used than Coley.

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