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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Vickery family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to La Vacherie, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.

First found in Devon. They were originally from La Vacherie, and acquired their seat at Dunkeswell in Devon soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vickery research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vickery History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Vickery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 126 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Vickery or a variant listed above:

Vickery Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Vickery, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Seth Vickery, who landed in New England in 1680

Vickery Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Vickery, who settled in Maryland in 1724
  • Ambrose Vickery, who settled in Georgia in 1733

Vickery Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Vickery, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Henry Vickery, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Vickery, who arrived in New York, NY in 1884
  • George W Vickery, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886
  • Frank Vickery, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1888


  • Charles Vickery (1913-1998), American artist
  • Mack Vickery (1938-2004), American musician, singer and songwriter, inductee into the Hillbilly Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • John Estill Vickery (b. 1950), American stage and film actor known for his work in Babylon 5 and Star Trek
  • Thomas Gill "Tom" Vickery (1867-1921), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1890 to 1893
  • William Kingston Vickery (1851-1925), Irish-American picture dealer, founder of the interior design firm and art gallery of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey in 1888
  • David Vickery, American Academy Award nominated visual effects supervisor for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Howard Leroy Vickery (1892-1946), American naval officer and merchant shipbuilder during World War II
  • Philip John "Phil" Vickery MBE (b. 1976), former English rugby union tighthead prop and member of the England squad
  • Joe Vickery (b. 1989), English rugby league player
  • Tim Vickery (b. 1965), English football journalist



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Probitas verus honos
Motto Translation: Probity is true honor.


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  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  11. ...

The Vickery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vickery 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.

This page was last modified on 17 September 2014 at 17:04.

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