Explore the Family Name Cody

The meaning of Cody

1. Irish (Kilkenny): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Óda ‘son of Óda’, a personal name of ancient Germanic origin, introduced into Ireland by the Normans. This name was taken by a family in Kilkenny, formerly known as Archdeacon. 2. English (Middlesex): perhaps from a diminutive of the Old English personal name Coda, of unexplained etymology. 3. Americanized form of Coty 1, a surname of French origin (see Cote 2). History: Some of the American bearers of the surname Cody are descendants of Jean Côté/Costé from France (see Cote).

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How common is the last name Cody in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Cody has seen a slight decline in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 1739th in terms of prevalence, but by 2010, it had dropped to 1828th, marking a 5.12% decrease in rank. Despite this, the actual count of people with the Cody surname increased from 18,853 to 19,600 during the same period, an increase of 3.96%. This suggests that while the name became less common relative to other surnames, the number of individuals carrying the Cody surname actually grew.

Proportion per 100k6.996.64-5.01%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Cody

From an ethnic identity standpoint, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals some shifts in the distribution of the Cody surname across different ethnicities between 2000 and 2010. The majority of individuals with the Cody surname identified as White, although this decreased slightly from 79.4% in 2000 to 77.45% in 2010. The proportion of individuals with this surname who identified as Black saw a small increase from 14.11% to 14.46%. There were also increases in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (from 0.34% to 0.45%), Hispanic (from 1.63% to 2.17%), and American Indian and Alaskan Native (from 2.80% to 3.08%). Notably, there was a significant increase in the proportion of people with the Cody surname who identified with two or more races, rising from 1.72% in 2000 to 2.38% in 2010.

American Indian and Alaskan Native2.8%3.08%10%
Two or More Races1.72%2.38%38.37%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.34%0.45%32.35%

Cody ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Cody is British & Irish, which comprises 56.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.1%) and Eastern European (5.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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British & Irish56.8%
French & German20.1%
Eastern European5.0%

Possible origins of the surname Cody

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Cody have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom87.20%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom87.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom87.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom87.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom86.80%

What Cody haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Cody is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L21 and I-Z58, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Justice, Barlow, Parr, Moon, Maxwell, Prince, Massey, Whitney, Mears, Trimble.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Cody surname are: H1, H, V. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

codyPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Cody have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Cody" Surname 40.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Cody" Surname 21.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Cody" Surname 22.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Cody" Surname 17.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Cody?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Cody are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%