Show ContentsVice History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vice surname is thought to be derived from the Old French word "devise," meaning a "dweller at the boundary." It falls into the class of local names, that is, names derived from a place where the original bearer once lived or held land. It is plausible that some bearers of Vice took the name from one of several places in England: Viza in Ashwater, county Devon, Vyse Wood in Morthoe, county Devon, or Devizes in Wiltshire. 1

Early Origins of the Vice family

The surname Vice was first found in Sussex, where Robert atte Vise was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in the year 1327. A few years later, John de la Vise was listed in Devon in 1330. 1 "Vyse is the name of an old Elstree family. John Vyse was vicar of Willian in the reign of Henry VIII. " 2

Early History of the Vice family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vice research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1601, 1710, 1741, 1746, 1770, 1784, 1812, 1816, 1825 and 1853 are included under the topic Early Vice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vice Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Devise, Vises,Vize, Vise, Vice and others.

Early Notables of the Vice family

Notable among the family at this time was Richard Vyse (1746-1825), English general, born at Lichfield on 11 July 1746, was the younger son of William Vyse (1710-1770), canon residentiary and treasurer of Lichfield, and younger brother of William Vyse (1741-1816), canon residentiary and chancellor of Lichfield.Hi son, Richard William...
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Vice Ranking

In the United States, the name Vice is the 7,362nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 3

United States Vice migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. L. Vice, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Aron Vice, aged 38, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
  • Walter George Vice, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Chudleigh, England, in 1908
  • Liugi Vice, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Acerno, Italy, in 1911
  • Lewis George Vice, aged 8, who landed in America from Chudleigh, England, in 1912
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Australia Vice migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Vice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Vice, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Vice (post 1700) +

  • George W. Vice, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1916, 1920, 1924 (alternate), 1928 5
  • Veronika Vice (b. 1984), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Vice Admiral Sir Toby Frere (b. 1938), retired British Royal Navy vice-admiral, Chief of Fleet Support (1994-1997)
  • Vice Admiral Charles-Jesse Bayle (1842-1918), French Navy officer, eponym of Cape Bayle, Antarctica
  • Vice Cooler (b. 1984), born Christiana Vincent Richards Touchstone, an American musician, photographer, author and visual artist
  • Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin (b. 1956), 18th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Vice Admiral Frank Henderson 'Rammer' Pegram (1890-1944), British Royal Navy officer
  • Vice Admiral Henry George "Harry" DeWolf (1903-2000), Canadian naval officer
  • Vice Admiral John Henry Stuart McAnally (b. 1945), former American Royal Navy officer who became Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
  • Vice Admiral Sir Norman Egbert Denning (1904-1979), British Royal Naval and Intelligence Officer

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook