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Cole Family History

Cole Name Meaning
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 Koli.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 surname Charbonneau.Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kohl.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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202,225 Military Records
94,913 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Cole Families

  • Number of Cole families
     1,329 - 2,655
     444 - 1,328
     1 - 443
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Cole families
     2,934 - 5,865
     979 - 2,933
     1 - 978
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Cole families
     64 - 126
     22 - 63
     1 - 21
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Cole Family Origin

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Cole Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Cole

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Cole Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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