Codlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Codlin family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Codlin comes from when one of the family worked as a fisherman. The surname Codlin was originally derived from the Old English word Codling.

Early Origins of the Codlin family

The surname Codlin was first found in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The first records of the family were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Robert Codling and William Codling were both listed in Lincolnshire at that time. Years later, Adam Cudelyne (Codelyng) and Robert Codelyng were listed in the Yorshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Manks Codlin and Keswick Codlin are an apple species. The latter was developed at Gleaston Castle near Ulverston, Lancashire, England, before 1793 and introduced by nurseryman John Sander at Keswick, Cumbria.

Early History of the Codlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Codlin research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1275, 1379, 1398, 1524 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Codlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Codlin Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Codlin has been spelled many different ways, including Codling, Cudelyne, Codlyng, Kodling, Codelyng and many more.

Early Notables of the Codlin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Codlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Codlin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Codlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Codlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Codlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Charles Codlin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Codlin (post 1700) +

  • Brett William Codlin (b. 1956), former New Zealand rugby union player, member of the New Zealand National Team, the All Blacks, in 1980


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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