Cole (name)

Cole /kl/ is a surname of English origin, and is much less frequently a given name. It is of Middle English origin, and its meaning is "swarthy, coal-black, charcoal". The Cole family originated in Cornwall, South West England. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Randolphi Cole, appearing in the Winton Rolls of Hampshire in 1148.[1]

Cole
Origin
Meaning"swarthy, coal-black, charcoal" or an abbreviation of "Nicholas"
Region of originEngland
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It is also an Americanized spelling of the German name "Kohl", and of the Scottish and Irish name "McCool".[2]

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  • Harold Cole (1906–1946), British soldier and traitor
  • Harry A. Cole (1921–1999), Maryland jurist
  • Harry A. Cole (born 1909), American chemist, inventor of Pine-Sol
  • Sir Henry Cole (1808–1882), British civil servant and innovator
  • Holly Cole (born 1963), Canadian singer
  • Horace de Vere Cole (1881–1936), British eccentric and jokester
  • Howard N. Cole (1911–1983), military historian and author
  • Hugh M. Cole (1911–2005), U.S. Army officer in World War II, American professor of history
  • Humfray Cole (died 1591), English engraver and maker of scientific instruments

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People with given name ColeEdit

Cole
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameMiddle English
Meaning"swarthy, coal-black, charcoal"
Region of originEngland

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  1. ^ a b "Cole Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2014
  2. ^ "Cole Surname History", Ancestry.com