• 340 Cola


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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Co"la
L. pl. of Colon.
noun Co"la
  1. A genus of sterculiaceous trees, natives of tropical Africa, esp. Guinea, but now naturalized in tropical America, esp. in the West Indies and Brazil.
    1. Same as Cola nut, below.
  2. a dark-colored carbonated soft drink flavored with extract of the cola nut, and often colored with caramel; also, any soft drink similar in color and flavor to a cola-flavored drink. The name was predominantly derived from the popular soft drink Coca-Cola.

Etymology: NL., fr. a native name

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
  2. Large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts

From a Niger-Congo language, compare Temne kola, Mandinka kola. The beverage "Coca-Cola" was what made the term widely known.

  1. The kola plant, genus Cola, famous for its nut, or one of these nuts.
  2. A beverage or a drink made with kola nut flavoring, caramel and carbonated water.

See colon

  1. (obsolete) plural of colon

    cola was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catalan, Dutch, Fijian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Cola

    Cola was born in 1313. He passed away on October 8th, 1354.


    Cola was born in 1360. He breathed his last breath in 1401.


    Cola was born on February 4th, 1923.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Cola

    Gennaro was born in 1320. He passed away in 1370.


    Mattia was born on May 3rd, 1984 in Sondalo.


    Alessio Cola is a soccer player.


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    Popularity of Cola as a last name

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    Common last names for Cola

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    Common first names for Cola

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Cola U.S.
      White 65.74% 64.26%
      African American 23.92% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 7.09% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Cola

    People with the last name Cola are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Cola

    • How Popular is the name Cola? Cola is the 20,381st most popular name of all time. As a last name Cola was the 18,354th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Cola have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 340 babies born with the first name Cola in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cola to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cola? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1894 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Cola first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cola is Saturday, August 27th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Cola born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cola was in 1916 with a total of 17 babies.
    • Random Cola Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cola is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1917.
    • Weird things about the name Cola: Your name in reverse order is Aloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aocl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Cola? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,509 people with the last name Cola.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cola? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cola as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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