Quick Facts on Coleman
- English, Gaelic, Irish
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Little dove; Coal worker
Characteristics of Coleman
Etymology & Historical Origin - Coleman
Coleman is the anglicized form of an Old Irish personal name Colmán which itself is a diminutive of Colm or Colum in reference to Saint Columba, a 6th century Irish missionary who is credited with converting Scotland to Christianity. Saint Colm Cille (Columba) is also regarded as one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and an important figure to both the Irish and the Scottish Gaels. The name is still celebrated with top ranking in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland (although the variations of Calum and Callum are preferred over Colm or Colum today). Coleman is derived from the Gaelic elements “colm” meaning “dove” plus the diminutive suffix “-án” so Colmán basically means “little dove”. Scandinavian settlers in Ireland adopted the name as “Kalman” and later brought it to England. Independently of the Irish connection, Coleman is also the transferred use of an Anglo-Saxon surname derived from an occupation identifying a person whose job it was to burn coal (coal-man) or a servant to a man named Cole (Cole’s man). The English surname dates back to the 12th century. As a forename, Coleman is mainly used in North America and Australia but is still rarely given.
Popularity of the Name Coleman
Coleman is one of those surnames that dates back over 100 years on the American charts. At the turn of the 20th century, Coleman was used with respectable yet low moderation. Then as the decades progressed into last century, Coleman slowly fell out of style and off the American radar. In fact, he disappeared from the charts altogether for most of the 1960s and 70s. Then this little dove flew back onto the charts in 1981 and perched himself back up to moderate positions again. The 1980s was the decade which really began the surname trend and Coleman came briefly back into fashion. After more pronounced drops in usage since the turn of the 21st century, Coleman is now coming dangerously close to falling off the charts again. Although names like Cole and Colton do well, Coleman is struggling to make it in the competitive world of surnames-turned-first-names.
Popularity of the Boy Name Coleman
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Coleman
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Coleman
Coleman We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Coleman.
Popular Songs on Coleman
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Coleman
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Famous People Named Coleman
Famous People Named Coleman - Coleman Hawkins (prominent jazz saxophonist); Coleman Young (first African-American mayor of Detroit)
Children of Famous People Named Coleman
Famous People Who Named Their Son Coleman - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Coleman.
Coleman - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Coleman
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Coleman