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Where did the English Vickers family come from? What is the English Vickers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vickers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vickers family history?

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

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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 others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vickers research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1295, 1296, and 1340 are included under the topic Early Vickers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Vickers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Vickers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 came to New Haven, CT in 1670
  • John Vickers, who settled in Maryland in 1675
  • John Vickers, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Francis Vickers, who came to Maryland in 1677
  • Francis Vickers, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

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

Vickers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Vickers, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1870
  • Arthur W. Vickers, aged 25, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • Annie Vickers, aged 29, who landed in America from Tunstall, England, in 1907


Vickers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Willm Vickers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Vickers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Vickers, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • John Vickers, aged 18, a mason, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

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  • Brian Vickers (b. 1983), American stock car driver
  • Harry Franklin Vickers (1898-1977), American inventor and industrialist, known as the "Father of Industrial Hydraulics"
  • George Vickers (1801-1879), American politician, United States Senator from Maryland
  • Lawrence Blanchard Vickers Jr. (b. 1983), American NFL football fullback for the Dallas Cowboys
  • 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"
  • Edward Vickers (1804-1897), English co-founder of Vickers, Sons & Company in 1828
  • William Edward Vickers (1889-1965), English mystery writer better known under his pen name Roy Vickers
  • Arthur Vickers (1882-1944), English soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for deeds in WWI
  • Diana Vickers (b. 1991), English singer-songwriter, stage actress and fashion designer
  • Stephen "Steve" Vickers (b. 1967), English former association footballer

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  • Wiley Vickers: Pioneer of Coffee County Ga. by Jessie H. and Delma (Wilson) Paulk.
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The Vickers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vickers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 March 2015 at 10:52.

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