Vickery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Vickery 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 Vickery family

The surname Vickery 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 Vickery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vickery research. Another 42 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vickery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vickery Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.

Early Notables of the Vickery 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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Ireland Migration of the Vickery family to Ireland

Some of the Vickery 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 Vickery migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Vickery or a variant listed above:

Vickery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Vickery, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Seth Vickery, who landed in New England in 1680 [1]
Vickery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Vickery, who settled in Maryland in 1724
  • Ambrose Vickery, who settled in Georgia in 1733
Vickery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Vickery, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Henry Vickery, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
  • John Vickery, who arrived in New York, NY in 1884 [1]
  • George W Vickery, who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886 [1]
  • Frank Vickery, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1888 [1]

Canada Vickery migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vickery Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • William Vickery, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Vickery migration to Australia +

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

Vickery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Vickery, a shoemaker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Frederick Vickery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • Mary Vickery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • George Henry Vickery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • Mary Ann Vickery, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Vickery 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:

Vickery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Amos Vickery, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rock City" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th June 1855 [3]
  • Mr. Vickery, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Vickery, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vickery (post 1700) +

  • Howard Leroy Vickery (1892-1946), American naval officer and merchant shipbuilder during World War II
  • David Vickery, American Academy Award nominated visual effects supervisor for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • William Kingston Vickery (1851-1925), Irish-American picture dealer, founder of the interior design firm and art gallery of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey in 1888
  • Thomas Gill "Tom" Vickery (1867-1921), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1890 to 1893
  • John Estill Vickery (b. 1950), American stage and film actor known for his work in Babylon 5 and Star Trek
  • Mack Vickery (1938-2004), American musician, singer and songwriter, inductee into the Hillbilly Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • Charles Vickery (1913-1998), American artist
  • Grace W. Vickery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000 (alternate), 2004, 2008 [5]
  • Gerald W. Vickery, American Republican politician, Chair of Bradford County Republican Party, 1953 [5]
  • Bobby Vickery, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 8th District, 2012 [5]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Mrs. Martha Vickery, American passenger from Momence, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [6]


The Vickery Motto +

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.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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