Code History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Code is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from Cudde or Codling, which were both pet-forms of the personal name Cuthbert. 
Another source claims the name is derived from the "Anglo-Saxon personal name Cod, Coda, Codda [Old English codd, meaning a bag]." 
During the 16th century, a codder was a worker in leather, a saddler, or a peltmonger. Thus, Code may also be an occupational surname applied to someone involved in one of these trades.
Early Origins of the Code family
The surname Code was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
"The manor of Methleigh, [in the parish of Breage, Cornwall] was formerly the property of Sir Thomas Arundell, of Truthall in Sithney, from whom it passed by sale to the family of Coode, about the commencement of the last century. In this family it has since remained, and it is now the property of Edward Coode, Esq. of St. Austell." 
"In the church [of Morvall, Cornwall there] are memorials for the families of Mayow, Kendall, and Coode. For William Coode who died in 1637, there is a monument containing figures of himself and his wife, in a kneeling attitude. These are in bas relief on slate; behind each of which is a vine, and on four of their principal branches, are death's heads." 
Early History of the Code family
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Code Spelling Variations
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Code have included Code, Codd, Codde, Coad, Coade and others.
Early Notables of the Code family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Code of Gridley Castle in Devon; and John Coode (c. 1648-1709), born in Penryn, Cornwall, he left England...
Migration of the Code family to Ireland
Some of the Code family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Code:
Code Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Code Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Code Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Code Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century