Vikars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Vikars surname is was a patronymic name meaning "son of the vicar;" or, perhaps, an occupational name for a servant of the vicar.
Early Origins of the Vikars family
The surname Vikars was first found in Durham, where they had been seated as Lords of the manor in that shire. Although there is a tradition in the family that they were descended from a Spanish Don Vicaro who entered England in the train of Queen Catharine of Aragon, this source should be seriously questioned since the family held a family seat in Durham almost 300 years before when Nickolas Vigrus (Vickers) was Steward or Governor of Tynemouth in 1295. 
Early History of the Vikars family
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Vikars Spelling Variations
The name Vikars, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Vickers, Vickars, Viccars, Vicars, Vigours, Vicax and many more.
Early Notables of the Vikars family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Vicars (1580?-1652), English schoolmaster, poetaster, and polemic, descended from a Cumberland stock, was born in London of poor parents about 1580.
Thomas Vicars (fl. 1607-1641), was an English theologian, born in 1590 or 1591, a native of Carlisle.
John Viccars (1604-1660), was an English biblical scholar, elder son of Gregory Viccars of Treswell in Nottinghamshire. "His sister Helen was the wife of the dramatist William Sampson (1590?-1636?) " 
Richard Vickris (d. 1700), was an "English Quaker writer, the son...
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Migration of the Vikars family to Ireland
Some of the Vikars family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vikars family
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Vikars family, or who bore a variation of the surname Vikars were Elizabeth Viccars, who came to the colony in Roanoke, VA in 1587; John Vicars, who came to Virginia in 1622; Brian, Francis, Joe,Mary, and Zeverin Viccars, who all came to Virginia in 1635.
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- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print