Coleman is a baby boy’s name of English and Irish origin that means “little dove”. It is the Anglicized form of Colmán. Coleman is a classic that has maintained popularity for most of the 20th century, peaking in 1903 and disappearing from the top 1000 baby names list in 2020.

Meaning of the name Coleman:

English, Irish: little dove

Origin of the name Coleman:

Coleman is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Colmán. It means “little dove”.

Symbolism of the name Coleman:

Coleman means “little dove”. Doves are symbols of peace, freedom, and love. Doves are also considered divine messengers.

Style of the name Coleman:


Gender of the name Coleman:

Coleman is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Coleman:


Number of syllables in the name Coleman:


Emotion evoked from the name Coleman:

Coleman evokes feelings of hard work and talent.

Alternative spellings for the name Coleman:

Colman, Colemen, Colmen

Nicknames for the name Coleman:

Popularity of the name Coleman:

According to the Social Security Administration, Coleman is a popular baby boy’s name. Coleman was in the top 1000 baby names list for most years between 1900 and 2018. It peaked at #360 in 1903.

Related names for the name Coleman:

Great middle names for the name Coleman and their meanings:

  • Alastair (defender of men)
  • Lachlan (from the fjord-land)
  • Ambrose (immortal)
  • Lysander (liberator)
  • Blaise (to lisp, stammer)
  • Ciar (black)
  • Faolan (little wolf)
  • Gawain (May hawk)
  • Darwin (dear friend)
  • Sidney (Saint Denis)

Famous people with the name Coleman:

  • Coleman Randolph Hawkins (American jazz saxophonist)
  • Coleman Barks (American poet)
  • Coleman Hell (Canadian singer-songwriter)
  • Coleman Alexander Young (American politician)
  • Coleman Livingston Blease (American politician)

Colemans in popular culture:

  • Coleman (camping gear brand)
  • Coleman Galloway (television, “The Jersey”)
  • Coleman Carlisle (television, “Nashville”)
  • Coleman Reese (film, “The Dark Knight”)
  • Coleman (video games, “Halo” series)