Vigar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Vigar is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Vigar family lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Vigore Des Montes, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Now known as Saint-Vigor, the Eure department is approximately 120 square miles.

Early Origins of the Vigar family

The surname Vigar was first found in Cornwall. They were originally from St. Vigore Des Montes in the arrondisement of St. Lo in the canton of Tessy, in Normandy. They were neighbors of the Traceys who also settled in the west country at Barnstaple in Devon.

Not all of the family left Normandy for England as Simon Vigor (c.1515-1575) from Evreux, Normandy was a French Catholic bishop and controversialist.

Early History of the Vigar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vigar research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vigar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vigar Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Vigar are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Vigar include Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.

Early Notables of the Vigar family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vigar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Vigar family to Ireland

Some of the Vigar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Vigar migration to Australia +

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

Vigar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Valentine Vigar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [1]
  • Elizabeth Vigar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [2]
  • William Mathews Vigar, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Mary Ellen Vigar, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Contemporary Notables of the name Vigar (post 1700) +

  • Geoff Vigar, Senior Lecturer at School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University


The Vigar 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm


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