Cordes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Cordes is a name whose history is connected to ancient Normandy. The name is derived from when the Cordes family once lived in Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.

Early Origins of the Cordes family

The surname Cordes was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.

Early History of the Cordes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordes research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1768, 1793, 1592, 1650, 1380, 1440, 1480, 1564, 1777 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Cordes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corde, Cordes, Cordé, Cordet, Cordette, Cordey, de Cordey, des Cordey, Corday, de Corday, Cordié, Cordier, Lecordier, Cordeau, Cordeaux, Cordot, Cordaud, Cordauld, Cordaut, Cordault, Cordaux, Cordaulx, Cordau, Cordel, Cordelle, Cordelet and many more.

Early Notables of the Cordes family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Jacques-Adrien Corday, a lieutenant; Marie-Anne-Charlotte Corday d'Armont, who was born in 1768 in Orne, and who died in 1793 in Paris, a...
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United States Cordes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Kath Cordes, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Marke Cordes, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [1]
Cordes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Friedrich Cordes, who arrived in America in 1780 [1]
  • C H Cordes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1794 [1]
Cordes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Cordes, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Joh Cordes, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Jac Cordes, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Jacob Cordes, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 [1]
  • Alboecht Cordes, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1837 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Cordes migration to Australia +

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

Cordes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Cordes, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

New Zealand Cordes 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:

Cordes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Cordes, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordes (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Cordes, née Weiner, American CBS News congressional correspondent, based in Washington, D.C
  • Kevin Cordes (b. 1993), American gold and bronze medalist breast stroke swimmer at the 2012 World Championships
  • Otto Cordes (1905-1970), German gold and silver medalist water polo player at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics, father of Burkhard Cordes
  • Charlott Cordes (b. 1988), German fashion model
  • Colin Cordes, New Zealand silver medalist rower at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
  • Burkhard Cordes (b. 1939), Brazilian bronze medalist sailor in the Flying Dutchman Class at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Ulrich Cordes (b. 1980), German tenor
  • Manfred Cordes (b. 1953), German conductor of early music, musicologist and teacher
  • Heino "Udo" Cordes, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 62 aerial victories


  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)


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