Last name: Cole

This very interesting English, Irish and occasionally Scottish surname was originally a personal name. It is generally accepted as deriving from the personal name Nicholas, itself of Ancient Greek origins, or it may have derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century byname 'Cola', meaning black. This presumably denoted one of dark or swarthy appearance and may possibly have described a Dane or Anglo-Sazon. 'Cola' and 'Cole' as personal names are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the surname was only some seventy years behind (See below). The patronymic form of the now more popular 'Coles' is not recorded until the 16th Century, when George Coles appears in the register of Freemen of the City of York in 1555. In the modern idiom the surname has a number of variant spellings including Coale(s), Coule(s), Cowle(s), and Coleson. Examples of the surname recording include Johannes Cole in the Yorkshire Poll Tax rolls of 1379, and Elias Cole in the same register. A later example is that of John Coles who married Margarett Warton, at St. Stephen's, Coleman Street, London, on June 24th 1565, whilst one of the earliest settlers in the American colonies was Edward Coles, who on June 15th 1635, at the age of 20 yrs, embarked on the ship 'Thomas and John' of London, bound for Virginia. The Coat of arms originally granted in the time of King Henry 1V of England, has the blazon of a bull passant, within a black border, bezantee armed, in gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Randolphi Cole, which was dated 1148, The Winton Rolls of Hampshire, during the reign of King John of England, known as 'Lackland' 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Gerry cole

I'm looking for anyone who was related to the cole family, the family started out in Australia due to a cole been sent here as a convict. The convict was male and had left a wife and children in England. He had taken a loaf of bread without paying. When arriving in Australia he landed in Tasmania then made their way to the mainland in Victoria to what I'm told. Would love to know more about the family he left behind and the one he started in australia

Lyla Cole

My great (great?) grandparents came from Sweden (grandfather Cole) and Finland (grandmother Andersson) so we are Scandinavian. They supposedly met on a ship coming to America and settled in Louisiana. This was the story told to me my whole life, but it sounds way to romantic to be true. In any case, its still a really nice story.

Bennett St. Leger

The name can also be an Anglicization. My Cole ancestors are not from the British Isles, but from the Palatine region of modern day Germany. Johann Ulrich Kohl (English ship masters spelled it Cooll and Coall) came to Pennsylvania in 1733 via Rotterdam and Dover. Also spelled Gaul, or Gaull in other records. Johann's son, Philip was apparently the first to use "Cole" as the fixed spelling.

Dennis Cole

Oops! I am looking for information about ancestors of my relative William F. Cole born 02 Aug 1788 in NORTH Carolina. He married Mary Polly Collier 23 Sept 1811 in Franklin County, North Carolina. She was the daugher of Doctor Collier and Obedience Parish. Mary Polly Collier was born 20 Nov 1791. Can someone connect me with the preceeding generation?

terry-marie cole

Bottom line.....we all came from Adam and Eve!


Don't look them by that spelling or even those names.

Bob Cole

Really? No.

terry-marie cole

I am a Cole. My Father was John Raymond Cole and years ago I traced his family back to Ireland in the 1100s. I was always told he was Irish and Cherokee; his Mother was Irish and father was "black" Irish and Cherokee. The "black" Irish were named after the Spanish and other darker nationalities moved into Ireland. I am an only child and my parents and only grandparents I knew are all deceased and my Mother was an only child so I have no one else to ask. I really didn't know my Father's 2 sisters and his Mother passed when I was preschool but she was red haired, green eyed Irish and his dad was Black haired, blue eyed. I remember they lived in Dinwiddie County Virginia, maybe Petersburg area.


Terry-Marie Cole. My grandmother was DORA HARRINGTON-COLE married to GEORGE COLE. Both born in late 1800s, deceased late 1940s/early 1950s. DORA HARRINGTON COLE'S mother was said to be full blooded CHEROKEE from Virginia named ALICE SNELLEN and married a JOHN HARRINGTON in VIRGINIA. This is all sketch info, but the backgrounds are too similar to ignore.

Stephen Cole
It's amazing, the Cole last name...strong, so English. My father passed on, he was Sr. I was told Cole came from different regions. It's English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and probably more... Like Heinz 57. Little bit of everything. Be proud of who you are regardless if your name is...fill in the name.

I often wonder if somehow we can turn back time. Ask all of our relatives, if they could look into the future...go to America, or stay home to England. I myself often wondered how different our lives would be if our families never migrated. Something to think about. Peace to ALL Cole's young and old.

Susan Cole
Claude Cole born in 1892 in S. Dakota my grandfather. Wayne Glen Cole was my Father. Claude died at an early age of 43 leaving 11children and a pregnant wife (Maude Thomas) behind. I was told we were Irish but we think The family originated in England.
We don't have any history of Grandpa's family and would love to learn any good news
I believe my grandparents met in USA (Utah) they settled in Cameron Wisconsin.
My dad (Wayne Glen Cole) lived many of his years in Milwaukee WI.
Grandpa Claude Cole was a Lutheran Minister at time of death.
Any information on the Claude Cole family history would be deeply appreciated.

Susan Cole
My grandfather was Claude Cole married Maude Thomas both from Ireland. Claude died very young at the age of 43 and left 11 kids and a pregnant wife. Very sad
They lived in Rice Lake Wisconsin or Cameron WI not sure where or how they met. It may have been Utah? My grandfathers family disowned him when he married my grandmother Maude because she was beneath him? She had a rough life and struggled with many hard ships with 12 children to raise on her own. Claude was a Baptist Minister when he passed. Would love to find any family related to my grandparents. My dad was Wayne Glen Cole

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jesica was a interesting comment you just mentioned my whole name

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my name is cole was interested and seen wasn't from any country but England

The Cornishman
The name Cole originates from Cornwall. It is a Celtic name and has nothing to do with the Danes or Anglo Saxons.

Jessica Salvail
Have a grandfather by the name of an Anthony Cole. He was married to Hilga Eklund. The only reference to his parents are that they were L. Cole and E. Redd. The child (son) of Anthony and Hilga lived in Montana, but i do not know if this is where L. & E. Cole lived. Would really love someone to point me in the right direction to find more of the family origin, and how to find out who L. Cole and E. Redd were. Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

My grandmother (I never met) maiden name was Cole. Her mother married James Cole of Ireland and he drowned in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Nova Scotia around 1900. I have his folks names - the whole family came over from Ireland. Any good sites to help determine who his folks were? James Cole left four little children and they were all split up to be cared for by others. Very sad. I want to learn what I can about him and his family. Any help? Father Dermot Cole, mother Julia or Judith McIlroy or McAlroy both born about 1832. Thanks to all and best wishes to everyone.

David Cole
From my research the name Cole originated from two seperate family's of the same name living near to Bodmin in Cornwall, over the years has these family's got larger and larger some family members decided to move to Northern Ireland (Enniskillen) to start a new life. . In later years many Cole family's also sailed over to America, mainly to the southern states of North and South Carolina where today you will find many hundreds of Cole's living.


Families. Families. Families.

Dennis Cole
I'm looking to connect with Cole geneologists working on Cole history in South Carolina. My ancestor William F. Cole was born 02 Aug. 1788 in South Carolina. Do I have any relations in the south who can help me get further back?backed

Timothy Cole
I'm looking for information on my ancestry. I'm african american, so I'm pretty sure my ancestors were slaves. Is there absolutely no way of tracing my ancestors?

I've noticed some slave listings on tax documents in the southern states. I had one link to Alabama, so I noticed it there. You might find something if you know where they lived. Some were listed as free slaves, some not. The dates I was looking at, was around 1900. I hope this helps.

James Cole
I am looking for information regarding the parents for James Cole in Hartford County Maryland in the late 1700's and early 1800's.

Jimmy Cole
I have done a lot of research on the Cole family without a lot of success. The first recorded use of the surname Cole was in England I believe. It is also a common surname in Ireland. Enniskillen Ireland is home to a Cole family monument. It would appear that there is a close tie to the McCool clan of Scotland and a marriage tie to the MacDougal clan of Scotland. It gets rather complicated from there. The "Old King Cole" of the song, may have been Coel Hen. He is noted in Welsh legend as being the King of Northern England and a region of southern Scotland. He may have been the last Roman commander of this region and transformed his comman into a kingdom. The name can be traced back to at least the mid 1100's if not slightly farther back.

Dr. Angela Cole Wooton
My great grandfather was Robert Phalen Cole from TN. Dob: 1848 death: 4-4-1865 KY His grandmother was a McDougall traded to a Cole for 2 cows. My Grandmother Amanda Katherine Cole told me this story as a small child. She verbally traced my family ancestors from Oban Scotland. Dr. Wooton

Paul Cole
I am an Australian Cole... from what I can gather, the first Cole's came to Australia from England in approximately 1853, however not as Convicts. Having much trouble getting a good trace on it all! If anyone has relative descendants that Emigrated to Australia, I'd love to hear!

The first Cole to arrive in Australia was a convict by the name of 'William Cole' who arrived in 1788.

I am a Cole and there is a family legend that one of James Cole's son's from N. Ireland migrated to Australia while the rest of the family came to US.

Stephen Cole

My brother Antony lives in Melbourne which has a huge heritage around the Cole family. The Coles hung out in the Richmond / St Kilda area...and he can go back to the 1830s and there is plenty of graves in the St Kilda cemetry with the name Cole. He has done a family tree of our branch of the Cole family and met many relatives, basically we are English / Welsh and suprisingly Western Geman. The German side has been trace back to the 12th century...and yes there is plenty of blue blood in our veins....including possibly the Red Baron and the Danish royal family. The English side appears to be unremarkable, either though at the moment he is saying there might be a link to Walt Disney who was related to the Spencer family of the Diana variety...very interesting stuff, wish I had the time to help him ou, its certainly make you think.

Tiffanty Cole
My last name is also Cole. I'm having trouble pinpointing what region my name comes from. I have been told its Welsh but that is the only information I can seem to find. There are so many different locales. If anyone has any information on the Welsh Coles it would be greatly appreciated.

Peter Cole
Norse,irish, scots, of warrior stock

Dylan Cole
It came from Cornwall, SE England

Tim Cole
Cornwall is in South West England

Anthony Cole
I am a Welsh Cole and we originated from Barry Island in south Wales with other family coming from Caldycot ! I think this go's back to Cornwall although I can trace my family directly back on the Welsh side for 5 generations !! We are all Building Trade and proud !!

I have an ancestor named Hannah Cole who married a man named Sabeers Main. Child born to them was named Hannah Main, b. 30 May 1797, Lovers Mill, Washington, VA and died 30 August 1883 at McDonough, IL. Would appreciate any information anyone has on this family.

Danielle Cole
I am also a Cole and I don't know anything about my ancestor's. My fathers name is James Cole and my grandfather is Jerry Cole.

Holli Cole
My last name is Cole and I do love it! So much that my one of my daughter's middle names is Cole!!!!!!

Ian Cole
I'm fairly certain the kings and other royalty were not the only ones named Cole. However, it is a BAMF last name!

Anthony Cole
If you dont like it Ian then change it .. Dont slate it ! Specially on this forum !!

Harrison Cole
My last name is Cole, does that mean that all of those early Royalties and Kings are very, very, very, distant relatives of ours? Unless people (from 1800s to 1900s) changed their names by choice?

Tim Cole
Unlikely there is a direct link back to what were in effect pre-Anglo-Saxon warlords or local cheftains who became 'over-lords'. Surnames didn't come into general use until sometime after the Norman Conquest when due to population increase and also mobility, people needed to identify themselves more specifically. Surnames took the form of a trade description, e.g. Baker, or from a place of origin or signifying relationship to a parent. Your first name often used as a surname simply means Harry's (or Henry's) son. The name Cole goes back to at least the 1100's in London and might indicate that bearers of the name may have come from elsewhere in the country, possibly remembering an long forgotten clan or tribal name. Six centuries later my earliest traceable ancestor came to London from a small parish near Colchester in Essex. A couple of things worth noting. In addition to the definition given on this page, the name also means hill ('Coll') in Brythonic, the group of 'Celtic' languages spoken in the British Isles. Another point to think about is the former City of London parish of St Mary Colechuch and the currently standing St Nicholas Cole Abbey, linking back to the definition, from Nicholas, of our name.

Sara Brooks
My great grandmother was Rosina Cole, she came from Bristol. The Cole family were potters, owned several potteries one at St Philip's Marsh, Bristol. Names in family include: Thomas Cole, John Cole, Edward Hillhouse Cole. Anyone with information on the Cole family please reply to this forum.

There are a few Coles in the area of Pittsboro, NC who are very well-known potters today...

pauline Cole
My maden name is also Cole, my dad is origin from bristol England, i was born and raised in ine Island. long the Ole,s.

Anthony Cole
My family are Welsh but i believe that alot of them originally were from Bristol !

Bruce Bennett
We have been searching the history of a Cole family of Potters in Tottenham for some years. They had family connections with Bristol. They began with a Daniel Cole who moved to London and married in 1792, beginning work at a pottery by 1808. His son, my ancestor, John Cole was a potter at Tottenham all his life becoming a pottery owner, and various other relatives were also potters. We have not confirmed Daniels origins yet but he may be the son of Thomas Cole born at Chippenham Wiltshire in 1768. He named his sons Daniel, Thomas and John. The parallels with your family maybe coincidental, but I wonder if you have found the birth of your John Cole yet. Could he be a brother of Daniel?

Robert Cole
Long live Sir Cole.


So is my fathers!

well my last name is Cole to, and i was wondering where it came form, my dad was a Cole , so i guess we are mixed with a lot of things right.... wowi thought it was all Irish

we all r fam

James Cole

A lot of James Coles here....