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Early Origins of the Codey family

The surname Codey was first found in the counties of Cornwall and Devon where they settled soon after the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. In Norman, the family name was Archidiacne, which seriously questions the popular concept that the family name is derived from the office of Archdeacon.

Early History of the Codey family

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Codey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Archdeacon, Archdekin, Archdekyne, Arcedeckne, Archdecon, Archdicken, Ercadkne, Erchdeacon, Erchdekine, Archdeakin, Erdeacon, Cody, Codie and many more.

Early Notables of the Codey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Codey family to Ireland

Some of the Codey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Codey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Codey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Codey, aged 41, who arrived in Kansas in 1886 [1]

Australia Codey migration to Australia +

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

Codey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Codey, (Cody), (b. 1789), aged 30, Irish gardener from Carlow who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he escaped and lived as a bushranger, was killed in 1826 [2]
  • James Codey, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Codey (post 1700) +

  • Richard James Codey (b. 1946), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1974-81; Member of New Jersey State Senate 27th District, 1982-; Governor of New Jersey, 2002, 2004-06 [4]

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook