Vikery is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vikery 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 Vikery family
The surname Vikery 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 Vikery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vikery research.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vikery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vikery Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Vikery include Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vikery 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 Vikery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vikery family to Ireland
Some of the Vikery 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 Vikery family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Vikerys to arrive on North American shores: 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 Vikery 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.