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Updated February 20, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : Coal town

What does Colton mean and stand for?

The name Colton is of English origin and means "from the coal or dark town". The name has only recently gained popularity in the past few months.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Colton

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Scottish : habitational name from any of various places called Colton in England, perhaps also Colton House in Scotland. Examples in Norfolk, Staffordshire, and North Yorkshire are from the Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse Koli; see Cole 2) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its first element the Old English personal name Cūla (of uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’.


According to Social Security Administration data, Colton has been consistently popular, breaking the top 60 for the first time in 2019. The name has jumped in popularity from 110 in 2000; however, in 2020 it began to decline in popularity once again.

However, it is the 27th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Colton was at its peak popularity in March 2019.

Colton was in the top 800 in the 1980s, but after a heartthrob on General Hospital was names Colton, the name seemed to take off. The name was also chosen for a character on Teen Wolf. Despite its popularity on TV shows, Colton isn't too popular for celebrities. Most notably, there's singers Colton Avery and Colton Dixon.

Where is it Popular?

Colton was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Colton

  • Cole
  • Colt
  • Colty

Pairs well with these middle names


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