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Cole

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130k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cole

"Cole" is a name of English origin, and it means "Victory of the People". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cole
A plant of the Brassica or Cabbage genus; esp. that form of Brassica oleracea called rape and coleseed.

Etymology: OE. col caul, AS. cawl cawel, fr. L. caulis, the stalk or stem of a plant, esp. a cabbage stalk, cabbage, akin to Gr. kaylo`s. Cf. Cauliflower Kale

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Coarse curly-leafed cabbage
  2. A hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head
Wiktionary
  1. An English surname, possibly a nickname from col, Old English "charcoal,coal-black".
  2. A male given name derived from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Cole

Dylan and Cole Sprouse is an actors. They were most active from 1993 to 2012. Dylan was given the name Cole Mitchell Sprouse on August 4th, 1992 in Arezzo.

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Cole Hauser is an actor. He has been prominent since 1992. Cole was given the name Cole Kenneth Hauser on March 22nd, 1975 in Santa Barbara, California.

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Cole Swindell is a country music, country pop, and bro-country musician. He has been prominent since 2013. Cole was given the name Colden Rainey Swindell on June 30th, 1983 in Glennville, Georgia, USA.

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Cole was born on April 26th, 1984 in Augusta, Georgia.

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Cole Beasley is a football player for the Dallas Cowboys. He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Cole was born on April 26th, 1989 in Houston.

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Cole Hamels is a baseball player for the Texas Rangers and Texas Rangers (baseball). Cole was born on December 27th, 1983 in San Diego.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cole

J. Cole is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. J. was given the name Jermaine Lamarr Cole on January 28th, 1985 in Frankfurt. J. is also known as Therapist.

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Ashley Cole is a soccer player for the LA Galaxy, Arsenal F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., Chelsea F.C., A.S. Roma, England national under-20 football team, England national under-21 football team, and England national football team. Ashley was born on December 20th, 1980 in Stepney, London, England.

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Nat King Cole was a vocal jazz, swing music, and traditional pop music musician. He plays Piano, vocals, organ, melodica, and Organ (music). His ongoing career started in 1935. Nat was given the name Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17th, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Nat is also known as Nat Cole. He passed away on February 15th, 1965.

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Gary Cole is an actor and voice artist. He has been prominent since 1983. Gary was given the name Gary Michael Cole on September 20th, 1956 in Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Natalie Cole was a singer–songwriter and actress. She was most active from 1956 to 2015. Natalie was given the name Natalie Maria Cole by her parents Nat King Cole and Maria Cole on February 6th, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, US. She left this life on December 31st, 2015.

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Adam was born on July 5th, 1989 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Adam is also known as Jenkins, Austin; Carelle, and Adam.

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How popular is the baby name Cole in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1886 6 0 6
1899 5 0 5
1900 6 0 6
1907 5 0 5
1909 5 0 5
1910 6 0 6
1911 10 0 10
1912 23 0 23
1913 19 0 19
1914 23 0 23
1915 26 0 26
1916 25 0 25
1917 19 0 19
1918 17 0 17
1919 22 0 22
1920 10 0 10
1921 19 0 19
1922 18 0 18
1923 21 0 21
1924 16 0 16
1925 18 0 18
1926 16 0 16
1927 10 0 10
1928 15 0 15
1929 13 0 13
1930 11 0 11
1931 16 0 16
1932 18 0 18
1933 10 0 10
1934 18 0 18
1935 9 0 9
1936 14 0 14
1937 12 0 12
1938 12 0 12
1939 7 0 7
1940 10 0 10
1941 22 0 22
1942 28 0 28
1943 22 0 22
1944 12 0 12
1945 8 0 8
1946 18 0 18
1947 34 0 34
1948 40 0 40
1949 30 0 30
1950 28 0 28
1951 50 0 50
1952 43 0 43
1953 40 0 40
1954 63 0 63
1955 63 0 63
1956 62 0 62
1957 73 0 73
1958 72 0 72
1959 69 0 69
1960 71 0 71
1961 98 0 98
1962 83 0 83
1963 63 0 63
1964 64 0 64
1965 67 0 67
1966 50 0 50
1967 53 0 53
1968 69 0 69
1969 83 0 83
1970 101 0 101
1971 99 0 99
1972 137 0 137
1973 160 0 160
1974 181 0 181
1975 158 0 158
1976 144 0 144
1977 156 0 156
1978 149 0 149
1979 161 0 161
1980 278 6 272
1981 298 0 298
1982 818 12 806
1983 1,125 14 1,111
1984 1,180 14 1,166
1985 1,183 0 1,183
1986 1,077 11 1,066
1987 1,010 7 1,003
1988 908 5 903
1989 915 7 908
1990 1,107 11 1,096
1991 1,991 13 1,978
1992 2,324 14 2,310
1993 2,670 10 2,660
1994 3,312 11 3,301
1995 3,161 15 3,146
1996 3,750 12 3,738
1997 5,173 15 5,158 #72 boy name
1998 5,160 12 5,148 #77 boy name
1999 5,330 15 5,315 #75 boy name
2000 5,944 18 5,926 #71 boy name
2001 5,752 12 5,740 #74 boy name
2002 6,051 16 6,035 #69 boy name
2003 5,904 5 5,899 #69 boy name
2004 5,666 23 5,643 #75 boy name
2005 5,600 14 5,586 #79 boy name
2006 5,669 32 5,637 #84 boy name
2007 5,715 14 5,701 #84 boy name
2008 5,406 19 5,387 #85 boy name
2009 5,289 14 5,275 #82 boy name
2010 4,589 5 4,584 #90 boy name
2011 4,149 13 4,136 #94 boy name
2012 3,787 12 3,775
2013 3,462 13 3,449
2014 3,429 9 3,420
2015 3,503 15 3,488
2016 3,598 18 3,580

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Popularity of Cole as a first name

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Popularity of Cole as a last name

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Common last names for Cole

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cole U.S.
  White 75.33% 64.26%
  African American 18.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cole

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

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Fun Facts about the name Cole

  • How Popular is the name Cole? Cole is the 542nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Cole was the 126th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cole have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 129,717 babies born with the first name Cole in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cole to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cole? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cole first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cole is Sunday, April 14th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Cole born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cole was in 2002 with a total of 6,035 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cole!
  • Random Cole Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cole ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 74 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Cole: Your name in reverse order is Eloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eclo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cole? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 195,289 people with the last name Cole.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cole? Cole was ranked as the 126th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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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