Viccars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Viccars 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 Viccars family

The surname Viccars 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 Viccars family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Viccars research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1215, 1310, 1340, 1338, 1338, 1503, 1611, 1361, 1399, 1396, 1581, 1655, 1618, 1580, 1652, 1580, 1607, 1641, 1590, 1591, 1604, 1660, 1590, 1636, 1700, 1656, 1636, 1646, 1648 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Viccars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Viccars Spelling Variations

The name, Viccars, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Vickers, Vickars, Viccars, Vicars, Vigours, Vicax and many more.

Early Notables of the Viccars 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 Viccars family to Ireland

Some of the Viccars 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.


United States Viccars migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Viccars surname who came to North America were:

Viccars Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Elizabeth Viccars, who settled in the colony in Roanoke, VA in 1587
Viccars Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Brian, Francis, Joe,Mary, and Zeverin Viccars, who all, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Viccars, aged 35, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Zeverin Viccars, aged 18, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [3]
  • Francis Viccars, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [3]
  • Mary Viccars, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Viccars Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Viccars, who landed in Virginia in 1887 [3]
  • Ambrose Viccars, who arrived in Virginia in 1887 [3]


  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)


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