Cole Family History

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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

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

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Cole Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cole name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cole. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Cole Family Origin

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Cole Family Occupations

What did your Cole ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cole. A less common occupation for the Cole family was Farming. The most common Cole occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Cole's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Cole Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Cole. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cole census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 109,000 immigration records available for the last name Cole. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 217,000 military records available for the last name Cole. For the veterans among your Cole ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cole Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cole ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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