The ancestors of the Vygears family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Cornwall
. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Vigore Des Montes, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Now known as Saint-Vigor, the Eure department is approximately 120 square miles.
Early Origins of the Vygears family
The surname Vygears was first found in Cornwall
. They were originally from St. Vigore Des Montes in the arrondisement of St. Lo in the canton of Tessy, in Normandy
. They were neighbors of the Traceys who also settled in the west country at Barnstaple in Devon.
Not all of the family left Normandy for England as Simon Vigor (c.1515-1575) from Evreux, Normandy was a French Catholic bishop and controversialist.
Early History of the Vygears family
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Vygears Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Vygears family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vygears family to Ireland
Some of the Vygears family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 44 words (3 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 Vygears family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Vygears or a variant listed above: James Vigures settled in New England
in 1771; John, Lewis
, George, and Robert Vigours sustained losses when St. Pierre surrendered to the French in 1763..
The Vygears 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.
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