Vickers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vickers 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 Vickers family

The surname Vickers 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 Vickers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vickers 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 Vickers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vickers Spelling Variations

Although the name, Vickers, 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 Vickers 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 Vickers family to Ireland

Some of the Vickers 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 Vickers 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 Vickers family name Vickers, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Vickers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Vickers, who settled in New Haven, CT in 1670
  • John Vickers, who settled in Maryland in 1675
  • John Vickers, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [3]
  • Francis Vickers, who settled in Maryland in 1677
  • Francis Vickers, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [3]
Vickers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Vickers, who arrived in Boston in 1716
  • Samuel Vickers, who arrived in New England in 1716 [3]
Vickers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Vickers, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870 [3]
  • Arthur W. Vickers, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Vickers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfd Vickers, aged 60, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Albert H. Vickers, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Arthur W Vickers, aged 39, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1906
  • Annie Vickers, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • Annie Vickers, aged 29, who landed in America from Tunstall, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Vickers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vickers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Vickers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Vickers migration to Australia +

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

Vickers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Vickers (Edwards), British Convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [4]

New Zealand Vickers migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Vickers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Vickers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • Mrs. Vickers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • Mr. S. Vickers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • Miss Mary Vickers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • Miss Louisa Vickers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Vickers (post 1700) +

  • Edward Vickers (1804-1897), English co-founder of Vickers, Sons & Company in 1828 that grew to be one of the largest British engineering companies that included Vickers Aircraft Company, Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, Vickers Defence Systems and more
  • Squire Joseph Vickers (1872-1947), American chief architect of the New York City subway system, according to The New York Times, he was an "underground Renaissance man"
  • Lawrence Blanchard Vickers Jr. (b. 1983), American NFL football fullback for the Dallas Cowboys
  • George Vickers (1801-1879), American politician, United States Senator from Maryland
  • Harry Franklin Vickers (1898-1977), American inventor and industrialist, known as the "Father of Industrial Hydraulics"
  • Brian Vickers (b. 1983), American stock car driver
  • David Vickers, American politician, U.S. Consul in Matanzas, 1884 [6]
  • Mrs. Dan Vickers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1936; Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1954 [6]
  • Carl B. Vickers, American Democrat politician, Chair of Fayette County Democratic Party, 1961-63 [6]
  • Bartus Vickers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1952 [6]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Herbert G Vickers (b. 1903), English Chief Petty Officer Cook serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Vickers +

  • 986 Wiley Vickers: Pioneer of Coffee County Ga. by Jessie H. and Delma (Wilson) Paulk.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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