Vycars History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vycars 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 Vycars family

The surname Vycars 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 in Durham almost 300 years before when Nickolas Vigrus (Vickers) was Steward or Governor of Tynemouth in 1295. [1]

Early History of the Vycars family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vycars 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 Vycars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vycars Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Vycars occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Vickers, Vickars, Viccars, Vicars, Vigours, Vicax and many more.

Early Notables of the Vycars 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?) " [2] Richard Vickris (d. 1700), was an "English Quaker writer, the son...
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Ireland Migration of the Vycars family to Ireland

Some of the Vycars family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Vycars family

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Vycars, or a spelling variation of the surname include: 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.



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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