The history of the Viggar family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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
in 1066. Now known as Saint-Vigor, the Eure department is approximately 120 square miles.
Early Origins of the Viggar family
The surname Viggar 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 Viggar family
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Viggar 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 Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Viggar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Viggar family to Ireland
Some of the Viggar 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.
Migration of the Viggar 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 Viggar or a variant listed above were: James Vigures settled in New England
in 1771; John, Lewis
, George, and Robert Vigours sustained losses when St. Pierre surrendered to the French in 1763..
The Viggar 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.
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