Coley Family History
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Coley Name Meaning
English (West Midlands): nickname for a swarthy person, from Old English colig ‘dark’, ‘black’ (a derivative of col ‘(char)coal’). English: possibly a habitational name from Coaley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English as ‘woodland clearing (leah) with a hut or shelter (cofa)’. Probably an Americanized form of Swiss German Kohli or Kohler.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press