Thought I'd brows a bit in the Vigil Family Forum and see what of interest cought my eye. I'm into heraldry and, invaribly, I come upon information that I pass on to others, information that may enhance what you already have.
As to the orgin of Vigil, i.e., how it originated --not where, it appears that a Gothic King by the name of Leovigildo ruling in the provinces of Auturias (as Maria mentioned)and of Leon, Cataluna, and others, relinquished his name (when he died) This King, as my information revealed, founded Leon. (Notice how the King's name started with the letters L-e-o, as in Leo the Lion.)
A point of interest: The orgin of Leon (Lion)came from a province in Africa named "Eliona" and some of the animals that were in abundance in the area of Eliona, were also called elionas. Then, as the story goes, people that saw male elionas, noticed how aware and vigilant they were in protecting their prides.
So now comes along a King in the making, with a not-so-impressive name. Then it came to him. "Eurica! I have found a name!"Then the King took on the name "El Leon Vigilante" and later shortened it to Leovigildo. At some point, guards who watched over the castle were refered to as "Vigildos" del Rey. Once the King kicked the bucket, and in respect for the departed King, those folks who had the security contract with the next King, simply refered to themselvs as "Los Vigiles" because that is what they did, be vigilantes (not to be confused with cowboy era "veegeelantees".
As for the Vigiles being in royal standing, by virtue of Leovigildo being the King, and certain folks taking up the King's name (shortened a little bit), it stands to reason that the surname Vigil was of royal standing.
And, as for the Vigil coat of arms, if you wish to acquire a copy, you will have one heck of a job trying to find out which of the many Vigil Coat of Arms you will be getting. As of today, I have copies of 8 coat of arms under the Rivera surname. And since there are many more Vigils thanRiveras, immagine how difficult it will be to find which arms belongs to which Vigil. There are 5 Heraldic Registrars in Spain who deal with heraldry (Coat of Arms). If you wish to inquire about your arms write to: Cronistas de Armas, Ministry of Justice, 28000 Madrid, Spain.
Lastly, The Heraldic Registrars in Spain have no interest in crests or flowerly contraptions hanging all around the Sheild(arms). And if it makes any difference to you, the registrar process encompasses the registry of a coat of arms to a person, not the family.
Adios.If you wish to chat with me (e-mail) I can be reached in Santa Fe, NM at FERBARCO@JUNO.COM