Vicary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Vicary was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vicary 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.
Early Origins of the Vicary family
The surname Vicary was 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.
Early History of the Vicary family
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Vicary Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vicary family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Vicary (1490-1561), an early English physician, surgeon and anatomist, born in Kent, he was, "but a meane practiser in Maidstone." Henry VIII advanced him to the position of sergeant-surgeon...
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Migration of the Vicary family to Ireland
Some of the Vicary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Vicary migration to the United States ||+|
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Vicary or a variant listed above:
Vicary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Vicary, who landed in New York in 1836 
- Pere Henry Vicary, who arrived in America in 1885 
Vicary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Percy Robert Vicary, aged 31, originally from Bristol, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England 
- Kathleen Vicary, aged 9, originally from Bristol, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England 
- Owen Maclean Vicary, aged 28, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Liverpool, England 
- Gladys E. Vicary, aged 29, originally from Leytonstone, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Liverpool, England 
- Charles Orrell Vicary, aged 48, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England 
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| Vicary migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vicary Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- George S Vicary, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
| Vicary migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Vicary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Robert Vicary, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Vicary (post 1700) ||+|
- Renée Lynn Vicary (1957-2002), American competitive female bodybuilder
- James McDonald Vicary (1915-1977), American market researcher, best known for pioneering the notion of subliminal advertising in 1957
- William H. Vicary, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908 
- Richard Vicary (1918-2006), British artist and printmaker
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.
- 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)
- Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
- The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html