|Number in U.S||👶 140,000|
|Rate in 2021||238|
|Name origin||🌍 French|
Historically, this name comes from an English, Irish, and sometimes Scottish surname, which itself originated as a personal name. There are two main hypotheses about the origin of this name. The primary hypothesis is that the name Cole was derived from the Middle English nickname “Cola” (which meant swarthy, coal-black). Swarthy suggests a dark, weather-beaten complexion, so in the past it had some sort of negative connotation to it but nowadays it is not the case anymore.
The second hypothesis is that Cole may just simply be a reduced version of Nicholas (which has ancient Greek origins and means people of victory). We do not know for sure which one of these hypotheses is closer to reality. What we do know is that 'Cola' and 'Cole' personal names date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 (Middle Ages), although the use of it as a surname was seventy years behind.
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