Viggours is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Viggours 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
in 1066. Now known as Saint-Vigor, the Eure department is approximately 120 square miles.
Early Origins of the Viggours family
The surname Viggours 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 Viggours family
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Viggours Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Viggours family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Viggours family to Ireland
Some of the Viggours 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 Viggours family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Viggours or a variant listed above: 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 Viggours 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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