Victor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Victor family

The surname Victor was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Victor family

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Victor Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Victor, Victoria, Vechter, Vechten, Viechter, Fichter and many more.

Early Notables of the Victor family (pre 1700)

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Victor Ranking

In the United States, the name Victor is the 4,236th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Victor is ranked the 1,449th most popular surname with an estimated 3,993 people with that name. [2]


United States Victor migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Victor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Michell Victor, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Frederick Victor, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1750 [3]
Victor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Victor, (b. 1817), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Victor, (b. 1824), aged 27, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [4]
  • Mr. William Victor, (b. 1849), aged 2, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [4]
  • Mr. Robert John Victor, (b. 1850), aged 10 months, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [4]
  • John Victor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [3]
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Australia Victor migration to Australia +

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

Victor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Victor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [5]
  • Thomas Victor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [5]
  • Jane Victor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [6]
  • John Victor, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [7]
  • Richard Victor, aged 15, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [7]
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New Zealand Victor 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:

Victor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Paul Victor, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Marie Victor, aged 40, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Auguste Victor, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Marie Victor, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Victour Victor, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Victor (post 1700) +

  • Millie Victor, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1972 [8]
  • Marc Victor, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 2012 [8]
  • Grant Victor, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1916 [8]
  • Frederick A. Victor, American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1914 [8]
  • Eugene R. Victor, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 26th District, 1976, 1980 [8]
  • Eugene Victor, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [8]
  • Víctor Víctor (1948-2020), born Víctor José Víctor Rojas, a Dominican guitarist, singer and composer
  • Claude Perrin Victor (1764-1841), French soldier
  • Alexander F Victor, founder of the Victor Animatograph Corporation in 1910
  • Jerry Victor Doucette (1952-2022), Canadian Juno Award winning guitarist and singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, but raised in Hamilton, Ontario, best known for his song "Mama Let Him Play"


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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