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The first name 

Cole is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Cole – known and loved in the US!

The name Cole isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Cole ranks 114. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 19 were named Cole. In the entire USA, approximately 142,283 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Cole. That is 0.04 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Cole mean?

Cole is a name of English origin, and it is a variant of the name Nicholas. Nicholas means ‘victory of the people’ or ‘people’s victory.’ The name is composed of the two Greek words ‘nikos’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘laos’ meaning ‘people’.

Did you know... that the modern Santa Claus was developed in the US in the 19th century and is based on a real-life example, Saint Nicholaus of Myra, who died in 343?

The entertainment industry has many people who are named Cole

One of famous twin actors

Cole Sprouse (*1992)
At the age of only eight months, Cole Sprouse's acting career began together with his identical twin brother, Dylan Sprouse. They have appeared in numerous television series and films, including 'Friends' (2000 - 2002) and 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody' (2005 - 2008). Later, he appeared in films such as 'Five Feet Apart' (2019) and 'Moonshot' (2022). In 2016, he was cast to play Jughead Jones in the series 'Riverdale' (2017-present), based on the Archie comics. The show became a huge success and made Sprouse a well-known actor.

A progressive composer and song lyricist

Cole Porter (1891 - 1964)
Cole Porter was an American composer and Song lyricist who worked from the late 1910s to the late 1950s. After graduating from college, he first worked as a songwriter for Broadway productions. In the 1930s and 1940s, Porter wrote music for Hollywood musical films such as 'Born to Dance' (1936) and 'Kiss Me, Kate' (1947). Porter was known for his intelligent, sophisticated lyrics and his sophisticated music, which combined jazz, pop, and classical music. Among his best-known songs are 'I've Got You Under My Skin' (1936), 'Night and Day' (1932), and 'Begin the Beguine' (1935).

An actor

Cole Hauser (*1975)
Cole Hauser began his acting career in the late 1990s, appearing in films such as 'Dazed and Confused' (1993) and 'School Ties' (1992). Hauser gained wider recognition for his role as Billy McBride in 1997's 'Good Will Hunting', in which he starred alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In 2000, he starred in 'Tigerland' to critical acclaim. Since 2018, he has played the role of Rip Wheeler in the television series 'Yellowstone,' created by Taylor Sheridan. The show has been a huge success and has further raised Hauser's profile as an actor.

Country sonwriter and singer

Cole Swindell (*1983)
Swindell began his career in the country music industry as a songwriter. He has written songs for artists such as Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. He scored his first hit with the song 'Chillin' It' (2013). Without a record deal, just through internet word-of-mouth, it sold over 100,000 copies, which immediately earned him a contract offer from Warner. His debut album was released in 2014 and reached #2 on the Billboard Country charts. The album featured other hits such as 'Hope You Get Lonely Tonight' and 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey'.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Cole, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Cole? Are you also called Cole? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

On and around...

the continent of Antarctica there are several places named Cole: Cole Channel, Cole Glacier, Cole Peninsula, Cole Peak, Cole Point, Lake Cole and Mount Cole.

A county

Missouri is home to Cole County, named after Captain Stephen Cole, an early pioneer in the area.

The USS Cole...

is a United States Navy destroyer that was attacked by the Islamist terrorist network al-Qaeda in the Port of Aden in 2000. It was named after Sergeant Darrell S. Cole.

A hill

Cole's Hill is the name of an elevation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It served as a makeshift cemetery in 1620/1621 to accommodate the dead of that year's harsh winter.

Wine region

Cole Ranch, an American Viticultural Area in Mendocino County, California, grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Pinot Noir and Riesling.

Cole -
very special and well known across the entire USA

Everyone knows him, everyone loves him and still he’s different from the mainstream: Cole occurs in every single state of the U.S. This may sound quite unspectacular at first, but in fact, of the nearly 50,000 different male first names that occur in the USA, only 386 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Cole is definitely something very special. However, at the same time, since the name does not appear in the top 100 most common first names in any single state, Cole is not one of those names that everyone encounters in his neighbourhood, but stands out from the crowd, captures attention and is something special without being strange or unknown. From Alaska to Florida, a total of 142,268 men and boys of all generations bear the name Cole – that is one in 1,168. However, there are considerable regional differences – the name is far more popular than average in Utah, where one in 400 men and boys is called Cole, while it is particularly rare in Mississippi, where you have to ask an average of 3,431 men for their name to get Cole as an answer once.

Cole has 4 letters 
and begins with a C

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter C is a frequent initial letter for boys’ names. This is because 5.2% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of boys' names, by the way, are J, A and D.

With four letters, the name Cole is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

With 5.2% of all boys' names that begin with a C, this first letter is thus much more common than the average of all letters. And which boys’ name beginning with C do you think is the most common in the US? The answer is... Charles.

Other names with 
C, o, l and e

If you take all the letters in the name Cole – C, o, l and e – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Coel or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Cole

If your name is Cole and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Cole

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Cole, you can simply say:





This is how the name Cole is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Cole in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Cole

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Cole is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Cole

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Cole sounds like this: