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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. KAWL-ee-ər
, KOL-ee-ər
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Meaning & History

This name is derived from Middle English cole, from Old English col meaning "coal", combined with the agent suffix (i)er, which denotes someone who does/works with something. Thus, the surname was originally used for a burner, gatherer or seller of coal.
Added 7/26/2015 by m4yb3_daijirou