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MacVicar comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a son of a vicar, who was a priest in charge of a parish in which most or all of the tithes were paid to another recipient, while the vicar received a stipend. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac a Bhiocair.

MacVicar Early Origins



The surname MacVicar was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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MacVicar Spelling Variations


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MacVicar Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacVicar has appeared as MacVicar, MacViccar, MacVicker, MacVicer, MacWicar and many more.

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MacVicar Early History


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MacVicar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacVicar research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1685 are included under the topic Early MacVicar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacVicar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacVicar Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacVicar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacVicar In Ireland


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MacVicar In Ireland



Some of the MacVicar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name MacVicar or a variant listed above:

MacVicar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. J. MacVicar, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • Ethel MacVicar, aged 34, who emigrated to Providence, R.I., in 1919
  • William MacVicar, aged 15, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • Duncan MacVicar, aged 31, who arrived in America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1921
  • Catherine MacVicar, aged 49, who arrived in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacVicar Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth M. MacVicar, aged 34, who settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacVicar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacVicar (post 1700)



  • Margaret MacVicar (1944-1991), American physicist and educator
  • Angus MacVicar (1908-2001), Scottish author
  • Sheila MacVicar, Emmy Award winning Canadian television journalist

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Motto


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Motto



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: Tandem
Motto Translation: At length.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The MacVicar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacVicar 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 3 December 2016 at 15:26.

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