Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from a Middle English pet form of Nicholas.
- English: from a Middle English personal name derived from the Old
English byname Cola (from col ‘(char)coal’, presumably
denoting someone of swarthy appearance), or the Old Norse cognate
- Scottish and Irish: when not of English origin, this
is a reduced and altered form of McCool.
- In some cases,
particularly in New England, Cole is a translation of the French
- Probably an Americanized
spelling of German Kohl.
- An Irish family by the name of Cole was established in Fermanagh by
Sir William Cole (1576–1653). He was the first Provost of
Enniskillen, and his descendants became earls of Enniskillen. The
family is thought to have originated in Devon or Cornwall.
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