The Vitek surname is a compound name comprised of the element "Vit," which is derived from "Vito," a personal name
with several possible origins. There are Old Slavic names containing the element "viti," meaning "price, profit," such as "Vitoslav," "Vitomir," or "Vitoljub." Alternatively, there are personal names derived from the Old Slavic "vitati," meaning "inhabit" or "welcome." Finally, the name "Vito" may be derived from the medieval Latin name "Vitus," meaning "life." This personal name gained popularity during the Middle Ages due to the cult of St. Vitus, a Christian martyr from South Italy, its fame reaching Eastern Europe via Germany
. The suffix "-ek," is a typical diminutive Czech suffix indicating "son of."
Early Origins of the Vitek family
The surname Vitek was first found in Bohemia, where the name first reached the region through Germany
. The personal names Vitoslav and Vitomir were common in this region during the Middle Ages; the progenitor of the surname was likely the son of someone known as Vito. The young Vitek family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Bohemian society.
Early History of the Vitek family
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Vitek Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Vitek, Vittek, Witek, Wittek, Viteck, Vitteck, Witeck and many more.
Early Notables of the Vitek family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vitek family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vitek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Josefa Vitek, who immigrated to Baltimore in 1869
- Josef Vitek, who arrived in Nebraska in 1870
- Vojteck Vitek and Franz Witek, who both settled in Baltimore in 1887
- Franz Vitek, who settled in Baltimore in 1889
Vitek Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ferdinand Vitek, who immigrated to Galveston, Texas in 1906
Contemporary Notables of the name Vitek (post 1700)
- Jan Vitek, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Purdue University
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