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The Vigil surname comes from the word "vigil, " which is from the Latin "vigilia," meaning "wakefulness." As a surname, Vigil may have originally been a nickname for someone wakeful or watchful, or it may have come from the town of Vigil, in Asturias, Spain.

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The surname Vigil was first found in Asturias, on the Bay of Biscay, northwestern Spain. Asturias became part of the kingdom of León on the accession of King Alfonso III in 866, and was made a principality in 1388.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vigil, Vgildo, Vigildos and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vigil research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1686, 1664, 1834, 1641, 1655, 1586, 1694, 1736, 1738, 1741, 1758 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Vigil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos nombres de...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vigil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vigil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Vigil, who arrived in Havana, Cuba, from Santander, Spain, aboard the "Mozart," in 1852
  • Juan Vigil, who arrived in Havana, Cuba from Gijon, Spain in 1858
  • Gerardo Vigil, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Ferdinand Vigil, age 19, who arrived at Ellis Island New York from Havana in 1893, aboard the "Cuidad Condal"
  • Gerardo Vigil, age 16, who arrived at Ellis Island New York in 1893 from Yucatan, Mexico
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Vigil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julio Vigil, aged 23, who emigrated to America, in 1922
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  • Carol Jean Vigil (1946-2009), American judge based in the state of New Mexico
  • Edward Vigil, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • Juan N. Vigil, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1928; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1944
  • John Vigil, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980
  • John Vigil, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1972
  • J. U. Vigil, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1908
  • Diane Vigil, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Charles S. Vigil, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 4th District, 1988
  • Charles S. Vigil, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Colorado, 1951-53
  • Robert E. Vigil, American Democrat politician, New Mexico State Auditor, 1991-
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    3. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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