When the ancestors of the Vigours family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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 Vigours family
The surname Vigours 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 Vigours family
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Vigours 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 Vigours have been found, including Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Vigours family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vigours family to Ireland
Some of the Vigours family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Vigours family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, 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 Vigours were among those contributors:
Vigours Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John, Lewis, George, and Robert Vigours, traders who lost their ships when St. Pierre surrendered to the French in 1763
- John, Lewis, George, and Robert Vigours sustained losses when St. Pierre surrendered to the French in 1763
The Vigours 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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