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Where did the English Vice family come from? What is the English Vice family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vice family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vice family history?

The Vice surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vice took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.

First found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vice research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1330 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Vice History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vice Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. L. Vice, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Aron Vice, aged 38, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
  • Walter George Vice, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Chudleigh, England, in 1908
  • Liugi Vice, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Acerno, Italy, in 1911
  • Lewis George Vice, aged 8, who landed in America from Chudleigh, England, in 1912


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  • Veronika Vice (b. 1984), Canadian professional wrestler


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  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Vice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vice Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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