Vicars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vicars surname is was a patronymic name meaning "son of the vicar;" or, perhaps, an occupational name for a servant of the vicar.

Early Origins of the Vicars family

The surname Vicars was first found in Durham, where they had been seated as Lords of the manor in that shire. Although there is a tradition in the family that they were descended from a Spanish Don Vicaro who entered England in the train of Queen Catharine of Aragon, this source should be seriously questioned since the family held a family seat in Durham almost 300 years before when Nickolas Vigrus (Vickers) was Steward or Governor of Tynemouth in 1295. [1]

Early History of the Vicars family

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Vicars Spelling Variations

Although the name, Vicars, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Vickers, Vickars, Viccars, Vicars, Vigours, Vicax and many more.

Early Notables of the Vicars family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Vicars (1580?-1652), English schoolmaster, poetaster, and polemic, descended from a Cumberland stock, was born in London of poor parents about 1580. Thomas Vicars (fl. 1607-1641), was an English theologian, born in 1590 or 1591, a native of Carlisle. John Viccars (1604-1660), was an English biblical scholar, elder son of Gregory Viccars of Treswell in Nottinghamshire. "His sister Helen was the wife of the dramatist William Sampson (1590?-1636?) " [2] Richard Vickris (d. 1700), was an "English Quaker writer, the son...
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Ireland Migration of the Vicars family to Ireland

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United States Vicars migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Vicars family name Vicars, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Vicars Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Vicars, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • John Vicars, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • Severn Vicars, who settled in Somers Islands in 1673
  • Isaac Vicars, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [3]
Vicars Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Vicars, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vicars (post 1700) +

  • William M. Vicars (1906-1959), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1935-45; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948 (alternate), 1952 [4]
  • Polly G. Vicars, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1972 [4]
  • Sir Arthur Vicars (1862-1921), Irish (English-born) genealogist and heraldic expert, appointed Ulster King of Arms in 1893
  • Hedley Shafto Johnstone Vicars (1826-1855), British officer in the Crimea, born in the Mauritius on 7 Dec. 1826, where his father, Richard Vicars (d. 1839), a captain in the royal engineers

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook