This name COODE is of two-fold origin. It was a locational name 'of Coad' a now extinct small spot in Cornwall. It has always been a Cornish name. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. The name was also a baptismal name 'the son of Cuthbert'. Early records of the name mention Henry Cod, who was recorded in the year 1273, and Ricardus Code of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.
Later instances of the name include Thomas Codde who was documented in Norwich in the year 1558, and David Codd and Margaret Asheley were married in London in the year 1586. James Benson wed Eleanor Cod at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1765, and Richard, son of Robert Code who was baptised at St. Columb, Major, Cornwall in 1658. Emery Codd and Mary Carley were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1777. The name is also spelt Codd.
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