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Where did the English Cody family come from? What is the English Cody family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cody family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cody family history?

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cody research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1300 is included under the topic Early Cody History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cody Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Cody settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Tho Cody, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • William Cody settled in Maryland in 1670

Cody Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Cody settled in Maryland in 1711

Cody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anne Cody arrived in New York in 1822
  • Anne Cody, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Morris Cody, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1827
  • James Cody, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1837
  • Nicholas Cody, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1840


Cody Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Margaret Cody, who arrived in Alabama in 1924
  • George Cody, who landed in Alabama in 1927
  • George Cody landed in Alabama in 1927

Cody Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Cody, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1776

Cody Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Richard Cody, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Richard Cody made port in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Elijah Cody, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Michael Cody, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Stephen Cody, who arrived in Canada in 1834


Cody Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Cody, aged 44, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Edward Cody, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • Michael Cody, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • Michael Cody, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Cody Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Lawrence Cody, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Patt Cody, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875

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  • Sherwin Cody (1868-1959), American writer and entrepreneur
  • Elizabeth Allen Cody, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Dorothy Ann DiGirolamo Cody (1935-1999), American politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1983-91
  • Clifford Cody, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1940
  • Claudia Cody, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2008
  • Celia Cody, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • C. F. Cody, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1944
  • Alvin N. Cody, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Genesee County 1st District, 1933
  • Frank Cody (1870-1946), American politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Education, 1914-43; Resigned 1943
  • Gaston B. Cody, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam, 1902, 1904, 1908

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  • Cody by Peggy M. Winston.
  • Philip and Martha, Their Sons and Daughters by Aldus Morrill Cody.
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  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Cody Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cody Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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