Show ContentsVirgo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Virgo comes from the Latin "virgo" meaning maiden, from which is derived the English word virgin. It is possible that the surname was originally a nickname for someone who had played the part of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a mystery play.

Early Origins of the Virgo family

The surname Virgo was first found in 1275 in Kent, where Simon Virg' who was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum under the direction of Edward I. 1

Early History of the Virgo family

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Virgo Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Virgin, Virgine,Vergin, Vergine, Virgo, Virgoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Virgo family

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United States Virgo migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Virgo or a variant listed above were:

Virgo Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Virgo, who settled in Virginia in 1624 aboard the ship "Treasurer"
  • John Virgo, who settled in Virginia in 1624 aboard the ship "Treasurer" 2
  • Thomas Virgo, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 2
  • Thomas Virgo, who was granted land by William Penn in Pennsylvania in 1682
Virgo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Virgo, who arrived in America in 1756 as a bonded passenger
Virgo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Virgo, who was recorded as an alien resident in New York in 1846
  • Richard Virgo, who arrived in New York in 1846 2

Australia Virgo migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Virgo Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Virgo, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 3
  • James Virgo, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839 4
  • David Virgo, aged 36, a carter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie" 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Virgo (post 1700) +

  • Sabina Virgo, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 6
  • John Virgo (b. 1946), English ex-professional snooker player
  • Sean Virgo, Irish writer

The Virgo 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: Nunc aut nunquam
Motto Translation: Now or never.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook