The Vikers 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 Vikers family
The surname Vikers 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
almost 300 years before when Nickolas Vigrus (Vickers) was Steward or Governor of Tynemouth in 1295. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Vikers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vikers research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1215, 1310, 1340, 1338, 1338, 1503, 1611, 1361, 1399, 1396, 1581, 1655, 1618, 1580, 1652, 1580, 1607, 1641, 1590, 1591, 1604, 1660, 1590, 1636, 1700, 1656, 1636, 1646, 1648 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Vikers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vikers Spelling Variations
The name, Vikers, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Vickers, Vickars, Viccars, Vicars, Vigours, Vicax and many more.
Early Notables of the Vikers 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?) " CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Richard Vickris (d. 1700), was an "English Quaker writer, the son... Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vikers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vikers family to Ireland
Some of the Vikers family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Vikers family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. 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." Among the early settlers bearing the Vikers surname who came to North America 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