Today's generation of the Vygors family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Vygors family 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 Vygors family
The surname Vygors 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 Vygors family
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Vygors Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Vygors were recorded, including Vigors, Viggars, Vigars, Viggors, Viggers, Vigures, Vigours and many more.
Early Notables of the Vygors family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vygors family to Ireland
Some of the Vygors 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 Vygors family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Vygors arrived in North America very early: 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 Vygors 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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