The name Vikeray came to England
with the ancestors of the Vikeray family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vikeray family 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 Vikeray family
The surname Vikeray 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 Vikeray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vikeray research.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vikeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vikeray Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Vikeray has been recorded under many different variations, including Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vikeray 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 Vikeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vikeray family to Ireland
Some of the Vikeray 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 Vikeray family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Vikerays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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 Vikeray 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.