Codner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Codner is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked as a cordwainer.

Early Origins of the Codner family

The surname Codner was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times. This name is one of the few trade names as a shoemaker. in the west country of England.

Early History of the Codner family

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Codner Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Codner include Codner, Codnor, Codnar and others.

Early Notables of the Codner family (pre 1700)

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United States Codner migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Codner were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Codner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Codner, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
Codner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Codner who arrived in Boston in 1765

Canada Codner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Codner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ensign Jason Codner U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Codner (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Codner, English merchant who established The Newfoundland School Society (N.S.S) on June 30, 1823
  • Robert Andrew George Codner (b. 1965), English retired professional footballer from Walthamstow, England
  • Maurice Frederick Codner (1888-1958), British portrait painter, known for his portraits of Lord Alexander of Tunis (1946), Kathleen Ferrier (1946), King George VI (1951), Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1952), Gwilym Lloyd-George (1955) and Sir Albert Richardson (1956)
  • John Whitlock Codner (1913-2008), British painter and wartime camouflage officer
  • Second Lieutenant Richard Michael Clinton Codner (1920-1952), British escapee of Stalag Luft III during World War II, who with the author Eric Williams and Oliver Philpot inspired the book "The Wooden Horse" by Eric Williams


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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