Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Coade, Code, Cood, Coode
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/coadcoode
Contact: Dr Joe Flood
The book, which is 700 pages long, tells the story of the ancient surname of Code and how a network of descendants unravelled the descent of unrelated Coads and their Coode cousins, who have lived as neighbours wherever the Cornish congregated. It expounds the detailed history and genealogy of these families at home and abroad, plus a number of stray and Irish lines. It has three parts
While the study is essentially completed, every so often new developments arise, which have led to half a dozen updated editions of the book. The last (hardcover) was in 2015.
All three families lived within a few miles of Liskeard Corwall in the 1520s. The variant COAD was unknown before 1600; prior to that it was CODE or COODE.
* Richard Code, of royal descent, richest man in the Hundred of East and Royal Tax Collector, 1500 Cornwall
* Eleanor Coade, Britain's most successful artist/businesswoman, inventor of Coade stone.
* Four of her uncles, mayors of Lyme Regis, Dorset in the 1700s
* John Coad, exiled to Barbados for his part in the Monmouth Rebellion 1685
* Robert Coad of Truro, convict transported for inciting a friend to steal a bag of coal, many descendants in Australia
* Robert Coad of Liskeard, architect, remodelled Lanhydrock House
* Sapper John Coade of Korumburra, twice decorated in the Great War
* Basil Aubrey Coad, commander of the Commonwealth forces in the Korean War.
* Dorothy Coade Hewett, Australian poet and playwright of distinction
* Rev Col John Coode, controversial governor of Maryland 1690
* Four Coodes, bankers and attorneys of St Austell, who held the title of Clerk of the Peace, Treasurer or (Under) Sheriff of Cornwall in the 1800s and who effectively executed the local government of Cornwall during the 19th century,.
* Sir John Coode, most famous marine engineer of his era
* Six other Coodes holding knighthoods or senior naval or military rank.
The CoadCoode Y-DNA project has been operating since November 2006 and has been vital in determining the true structure of the surname. There are three unrelated families
- A family of Germanic descent from Devon and in central Cornwall
- a family of Celtic descent from Liskeard, now around Truro, St Austell and the Devon border
- a likely distaff line, located in Looe and Crowan
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