Vickridge is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vickridge 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
Early Origins of the Vickridge family
The surname Vickridge was first found in Devon
. They were originally from La Vacherie, and acquired their seat at Dunkeswell in Devon
soon after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Vickridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vickridge research.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vickridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vickridge Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vickridge 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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vickridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vickridge family to Ireland
Some of the Vickridge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vickridge family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Vickridge or a variant listed above were: John Vickery, who settled in Barbados in 1654; Mary Vickery, who settled in Maryland in 1724; Ambrose Vickery, who settled in Georgia in 1733; as well as Henry Vickery, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856..
The Vickridge 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.