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The baby name Cody sounds like a nickname, but it has been a standalone name for decades. It began as a modern surname in Ireland and England and became a popular first name in the twentieth century. Now, the name Cody is a top 300 option for boys.

Meaning of the name Cody:

English: helpful, pillow

Origin of the name Cody:

Cody began as a surname in Ireland and England. It came from the Irish surname O Cuidighthigh. This original surname came from the meaning “descendent of Cuidightheach.”

Symbolism of the name Cody:

The name Cuidightheach that the surname o Cuidighthigh comes from also means “helpful” and “pillow.” Though it is a historical origin, Cody does still retain the meaning of this ancient Gaelic name.

baby name Cody

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Gender of the name Cody:

Cody can be used for boys or girls.

Pronunciation of the name Cody:


Number of syllables in the name Cody:


Emotion evoked from the name Cody:

Cody feels young and exciting. It is a strong name that has rugged energy too.

Alternative spellings for the name Cody:

  • Kody
  • Codie
  • Kodie
  • Codey 
  • Kodey
  • Coadey
  • Koadey
  • Kodi 
  • Codi

Nicknames for the name Cody:

  • Co
  • Coco
  • Codester
  • Code
  • Odie
  • Ody

Popularity of the name Cody:

The baby name Cody was put on the top 1,000 list in 1951 at number 951. In 1982, it became a top 100 name, even reaching top 25 status from 1991 to 1994, until 2005. Up until 2012, it remained a top 200 name, but in 2020, the name ranks at number 297 overall.

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Famous people with the name Cody:

  • Cody Linley (actor, “Hoot”)
  • Cody Simpson (singer, “Home to Mama”)
  • Cody Ross (MLB player)
  • Cody Carson (singer of band Set It Off)
  • Cody Asche (MLB player)
  • Cody Saintgnue (actor, “Teen Wolf”)
  • Cody Hay (professional pair skater)

Codys in popular culture:

  • Cody(main character from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”)
  • Cody Nicholson (character from “True Romance”)
  • Cody Parker (character from “American Gothic”)
  • Cody Banks (character from “Agent Cody Banks”)
  • Cody (character from “The Clone Wars”)
  • Cody Hackins (character in “Ace Attorney” video game)