Meaning and Origin of: Cole

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Victorious people

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.
  • English : from a Middle English personal name derived from the Old English byname Cola (from col ‘(char)coal’, presumably denoting someone of swarthy appearance), or the Old Norse cognateKoli.
  • Scottish and Irish : when not of English origin, this is a reduced and altered form of McCool.
  • In some cases, particularly in New England, Cole is a translation of the French surname Charbonneau.
  • Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kohl.
  • An Irish family by the name of Cole was established in Fermanagh by Sir William Cole (1576–1653). He was the first Provost of Enniskillen, and his descendants became earls of Enniskillen. The family is thought to have originated in Devon or Cornwall.

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