Colton \c(o)-lton, col-ton\ as a boy's name is pronounced KOHL-ton. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Colton is "swarthy person; coal town or settlement". Surname and place name, derived from the personal name Cola, or also a doublet of Colby. Could also possibly mean "colt-settlement", or "Cole's settlement". See also Kolton.