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Gender: M Meaning of Cole: "swarthy, coal black" Origin of Cole: English Cole's Popularity in 2016: #110

Cole -- a short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth -- has long been associated with the great songwriter Cole Porter. Currently, Cole, which has been on a roll since the mid-90s, is holding on to its steady popularity, now at Number 110. It's even more popular in Scotland.

Old King Cole -- which refers to a real British king -- is familiar to all kids. Cole was the name of the child in The Sixth Sense and was also the name of -- sorry -- the notorious outlaw Cole Younger, who was born Thomas Coleman.

Famous People Named Cole

Cole Albert Porter, American composer
Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger, American Confederate soldier and outlaw
Cole Mitchell Sprouse, American actor; twin brother Dylan
Cole Kenneth Hauser, American actor
Cole Dickson Beasley, American football player
Nicholas Holland "Cole" Grossman, American soccer player
Cole Alan Pendery, American musician
Colbert Michael "Cole" Hamels, American baseball player
Cole Whitt, American NASCAR driver
Cole David Aldrich, American basketball player
Cole Swindell, American singer
Cole LaBrant, American Viner and YouTuber
Cole James (b. 1981), son of actress Jess Walton and John James
Cole Patrick Cassidy, son of American actor Patrick Cassidy
Cole Jovanovski (b. 2006), son of ice hockey player Ed Jovanovski; twin sister Coco
Cole Pally (b. 2012), son of actor Adam Pally
Cole Pedroia (b. 2012), son of baseball player Dustin Pedroia

Pop Culture References for the name Cole

Old King Cole, nursery rhyme character
Cole Turner, character on TV's "Charmed"
Cole, the Black Ninja from in the Ninjago series
Cole Ortiz, character on TV's "24"
Cole Aaronson, character on TV's "Scrubs"
Cole Sear, character in movie "The Sixth Sense"
Cole Holland, character in film "Mr. Holland's Opus"
Cole Brown, character on TV's "Martin"
Cole St Clair, character in Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy
Cole, character in movie "Friends with Kids"
Cole, potential companion in Dragon Age: Inquisition

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