Viggars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Viggars is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Viggars 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 Viggars family
The surname Viggars 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 Viggars family
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Viggars Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Viggars have been found, including Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Viggars family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Viggars family to Ireland
Some of the Viggars family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Viggars migration to the United States +
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Viggars were among those contributors:
Viggars Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mabel Viggars, aged 28, originally from Liverpool, England, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England 
- Wilfred Arthur Viggars, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England 
Contemporary Notables of the name Viggars (post 1700) +
- Anthony Viggars, English International-level player for the Newcastle (Staffs) Volleyball Club
- J. Viggars RAFVR, British Leading Aircraftmen at the 1946 New Year Honours
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The Viggars 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.
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNYQ-WMZ : 6 December 2014), Mabel Viggars, 01 Jun 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNVK-CQM : 6 December 2014), Wilfred Arthur Viggars, 17 Sep 1922; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).