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Gertrude Amelia Cole, nee Orviss (1876-1944), wife of John Benjamin Francis Cole

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Origins of surname

This English surname was originally a personal name. It is generally accepted as deriving from the personal name Nicholas, but it may have derived from the Olde English Cola, meaning black. This presumably denoted one of dark or swarthy appearance and may possibly have described a Dane or Anglo-Sazon. Cola and Cole as personal names are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey baptism registers as early as 1684, with the baptism of Lorans, of unknown parentage, in St Peter, but no descendants have been found for him. It reappears in the 1790s with the baptism of the children of John and Margaret Smart in St Helier.


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Great War service

Sons of Eli and Bella Coles

  • George John Cole (1864- ) (St H) son of Richard and Mary, husband of Constance Matilda Paull, Private, RASC
  • Richard William Cole (1872- ) son of Richard and Mary Journeaux, Mercantile Marine
  • William Cole (St H) 2nd Lieutenant, RAF
  • Edwin Morier Sutton Coles (1865- ) Mercantile Marine

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J B Cole, boot and shoe makers in Halkett Place

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