The name Vittery was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vittery 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 Vittery family
The surname Vittery 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 Vittery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vittery research.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Vittery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Vittery Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Vittery have been found, including Vickare, Vickery, Vickary and others.
Early Notables of the Vittery 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 Vittery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vittery family to Ireland
Some of the Vittery 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 Vittery family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Vittery were among those contributors: 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 Vittery 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.