Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Colton

Colton is a transferred use of an English surname which either derived from a place name or a nickname. It remains as a surname, but it is now also used as a masculine personal name, mainly in the United States and Canada. The name Colton is thought to be derived from the Olde English words “col” meaning “charcoal” and “tūn” meaning “town, settlement”. In fact, “Cola” developed as a nickname in England for a “swarthy” person (i.e., someone with a dark, dirty or weather-beaten complexion). Originating as a place name, Colton is a district east of Leeds first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1085. It was so named for the abundance of coal found in the area; either that, or for some swarthy landholder nicknamed “Cola”.

All About the Baby Name – Colton

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME COLTON

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME COLTON

Colton first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1982 at position #802 out of 1000. The name made some significant jumps in popularity throughout the 1980s and by the mid-1990s his staying-power seemed all but secure. However the name showed some backwards momentum as we turned into the 21st century, but then reversed its course. Colton finally landed a spot on America’s Top 100 list in 2008 and is currently ranked #65 in the nation. Given its coal-town, swarthy and humble beginnings, the name imbues a since of blue-collar strength that gives it a manly sound. The pet form, Colt, further underscores the name’s toughness.

Quick Facts

ON COLTON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

64

PRONUNCIATION:

KOHL-tәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Coal town or Swarthy person (dark, weather-beaten complexion)

Characteristics

OF COLTON

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Colton

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME COLTON

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Popular Songs

ON COLTON

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Famous People

NAMED COLTON

Colton Orr (hockey player)
Colton Greene (Confederate general)
Colton Harris-Moore (criminal known as the Barefoot Bandit)

Children of Famous People

NAMED COLTON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME COLTON

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