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Cole Name Meaning

English: usually from the Middle English and Old French personal name Col(e) Coll(e) Coul(e) a pet form of Nicol (see Nichol and Nicholas ) a common personal name from the mid 13th century onward. English families with this name migrated to Scotland and to Ulster (especially Fermanagh). English: occasionally perhaps from a different (early) Middle English personal name Col of native English or Scandinavian origin. Old English Cola was originally a nickname from Old English col ‘coal’ in the sense ‘coal-black (of hair) swarthy’ and is the probable source of most of the examples in Domesday Book. In the northern and eastern counties of England settled by Vikings in the 10th and 11th centuries alternative sources are Old Norse Kolr and Koli (either from a nickname ‘the swarthy one’ or a short form of names in Kol-) and Old Norse Kollr (from a nickname perhaps ‘the bald one’). English: nickname for someone with swarthy skin or black hair from Middle English col coul(e) ‘charcoal coal’ (Old English col). Scottish and Irish: when not of English origin this is a shortened and altered form of McCool . French (northern mainly Seine-Maritime): from a short form of the personal name Nicolas (see Nicholas ). Compare 1 above and Colle . Americanized form of German Kohl .7: Americanized form of Dutch Kool .8: In some cases particularly in New England Americanized form (translation into English; compare 3 above) of French Charbonneau .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Mole, Coley, Coll, Dole, Cope, Bole, Hole, Colle, Coble, Cote

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You can see how Cole families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cole family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cole families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 5,865 Cole families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Cole's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cole families in 1891.
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What did your Cole ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cole. 6% of Cole men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Cole women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cole were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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What is the average Cole lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cole life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cole in 1940 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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