Explore the Family Name Coles

The meaning of Coles

English (southern): variant of Cole, with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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How common is the last name Coles in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname "Coles" saw a small dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. Ranking 2431st in 2000, it dropped slightly to the 2505th place in 2010, marking a change of -3.04 percent. Despite this drop in rank, the number of people with the Coles surname actually increased during this period. There were 13,641 individuals named Coles in 2000 and this figure grew by 5.92 percent to 14,449 in 2010. However, when measured as a proportion per 100k, there was a decrease from 5.06 in 2000 to 4.9 in 2010, representing a -3.16 percent change.

20002010Change
Rank#2,431#2,505-3.04%
Count13,64114,4495.92%
Proportion per 100k5.064.9-3.16%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Coles

In terms of ethnic identity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census shows some interesting shifts. The percentage of those identified as Asian/Pacific Islander and Two or more races saw increases, 9.09% and 35.07% respectively. The Hispanic demographic marked the biggest increase, growing from 1.77 percent in 2000 to 3.11 percent in 2010, marking a significant change of 75.71 percent. Conversely, the percentage of Whites and Blacks with the surname Coles decreased slightly, by -4.15 percent and -0.88 percent respectively. Lastly, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group remained relatively stable, with a slight increase of 2.94 percent.

20002010Change
Black49.14%48.71%-0.88%
White45.51%43.62%-4.15%
Two or More Races2.68%3.62%35.07%
Hispanic1.77%3.11%75.71%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.55%0.6%9.09%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.34%0.35%2.94%

Coles ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Coles is British & Irish, which comprises 44.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.2%) and Nigerian (8.8%). Additional ancestries include Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Italian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish44.1%
French & German19.2%
Nigerian8.8%
Other27.8%
Coles

Possible origins of the surname Coles

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Coles have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom76.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom76.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom76.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom76.00%
Lancashire, United Kingdom75.10%

What Coles haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Coles is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include E-P252 and I-M438, which are predominantly found among people with Sub-Saharan African and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Thomas, Robinson, Jones, James, Walker, Thompson, Davis, Edwards, Williams, Collins.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Coles surname are: T2b, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

colesPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Coles have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Coles

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Coles" Surname 50.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Coles

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Coles" Surname 29.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Coles

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Coles" Surname 17.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Coles

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Coles" Surname 17.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Coles?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Coles are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%