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. However, the Old English words "cod" and "codd," which mean bag, were used to refer to the belly or stomach c. 1250. Thus, Code may be a nickname surname applied to someone whose belly was thought to resemble 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Code family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Code research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1648, 1709, 1672, 1689, 1689, 1690 and 1635 are included under the topic Early Code History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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...
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Migration of the Code family to Ireland

Some of the Code family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Code migration to the United States

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
  • Walter Code, with his wife and family, settled in Virginia in 1648
Code Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Code was an early settler in New Hampshire
  • Patrick Code, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [2]

Code migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Code Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Code, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810

Code migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Code Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Code, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Code (post 1700)

  • Major-General James Arthur Jr. Code (1893-1971), American Chief Signal Officer US Army (1945) [4]
  • John P. Code, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908 [5]

Citations

  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) James Code. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Code/James_Arthur_Jr./USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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