Show ContentsCodman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Codman is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a servant of someone named Cade, or a person who packed herring into barrels or made the barrels themselves. [1]

The surname may also be derived from Saint Cædmon, which was the name of a poet who died around 680 AD. [2]

According to the Venerable Bede, Cædmon was an illiterate herdsman who received divine inspiration in a dream to enter a monastery and write religious poetry. He is principally known for the work entitled "Cædmon's Hymn." [2]

Thomas de Chabham or Chobham (fl. 1230), was an early English theologian and is mentioned as sub-dean of Salisbury in 1214 and 1230. [2]

Early Origins of the Codman family

The surname Codman was first found in Yorkshire where the name "is a North English name. The temptation to make it occupative is great. A 'cade of herynge' is as old as the Promptorium Parvulorum, and the cademan would seem naturally to be one who packed herring in cades, or barrels, or perhaps the cooper who made them. But the name is always found without prefix." [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: A. Robert Cademan.; J. Thomas Cademain; Robertus Cadman; and Ricardus Caddeman. [3]

Early History of the Codman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Codman research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1590, 1661, 1590, 1620, 1623 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Codman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Codman Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Codman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Codman include: Cadman, Cadiman, Caddman, Caedman, Caedmon, Chadman, Catman, Cattman, Katman, Kadman, Kaddman, Cudman, Cuddman, Cutman, Cuttman, Codman, Coddman, Coadman, Codeman, Caidman, Cadsman, Cadesman, Cattsman, Coldman, Caldman, Caldmen and many more.

Early Notables of the Codman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Cademan (1590?-1661), English physician, born in Norfolk about 1590, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. "He then studied abroad, and took the degree of M.D. at Padua March 1620. In May and June 1623 he passed his examination before the censors of the Royal College of Physicians of...
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United States Codman migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Codman or a variant listed above:

Codman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Codman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630 [4]
  • Richard Codman, who landed in New England in 1653 [4]
  • William Codman, who landed in Portsmouth in 1672 [4]
  • Stephen Codman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1680 [4]
Codman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Codman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Canada Codman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Codman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Codman, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Codman (post 1700) +

  • Franklin L. Codman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1908 [5]
  • Edmund D. Codman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State Treasurer, 1904; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [5]
  • Charles R. Codman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1890 [5]
  • Mr. Richard William Hubert Codman M.V.O., R.V.M., British Farm Foreman for Sandringham Estate was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 17th June 2017
  • Paul Codman Cabot (1898-1994), American investment manager, and treasurer of Harvard University

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook