Surname statistics for Cole

There are approximately 62,694 people named Cole in the UK. That makes it the 123rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 992 are named Cole.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)62694123N/A992
United Kingdom (1881 census)272811190.091911
Change since 1881+35413-4+0.008+81
Other Countries
United States187793116N/A696


People with the surname Cole are slightly less likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Labour.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Cole are:

  1. Labour (6)
  2. Conservative (5)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. Canvey Island Independents (1)
  6. Mebyon Kernow (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Cole
Michael Cole
John Cole
Stephen Cole
Andrew Cole
Peter Cole
Robert Cole
Richard Cole
James Cole
Christopher Cole
Paul Cole
Anthony Cole
Ian Cole
Mark Cole
Graham Cole
Simon Cole
Martin Cole
William Cole
Matthew Cole
Philip Cole

Top female forenames

Susan Cole
Sarah Cole
Elizabeth Cole
Jennifer Cole
Jane Cole
Julie Cole
Christine Cole
Patricia Cole
Margaret Cole
Jacqueline Cole
Helen Cole
Janet Cole
Joanne Cole
Karen Cole
Angela Cole
Nicola Cole
Alison Cole
Caroline Cole
Deborah Cole
Mary Cole


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.