The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Vikare family, who lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to La Vacherie, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Vikare family
The surname Vikare was first found in Devon
. They were originally from La Vacherie, and acquired their seat at Dunkeswell in Devon
soon after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Vikare family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vikare research.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vikare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vikare Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vikare family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Vicary (1490-1561), an early English physician, surgeon and anatomist, born in Kent
, he was, "but a meane practiser in Maidstone." Henry VIII advanced him to the position of sergeant-surgeon... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vikare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vikare family to Ireland
Some of the Vikare family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 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 Vikare family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Vikare or a variant listed above: John Vickery, who settled in Barbados in 1654; Mary Vickery, who settled in Maryland in 1724; Ambrose Vickery, who settled in Georgia in 1733; as well as Henry Vickery, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856..
The Vikare 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: Probitas verus honos
Motto Translation: Probity is true honor.