De vita History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name comes from the Latin word "vita," meaning "life."

Early Origins of the De vita family

The surname De vita was first found in Treviso, anciently known as Tarvisium, a town in Venetia, capital of the province of Treviso. The cathedral of San Pietro is notable and dates back to 1141. It is in the classical style with seven domes, and houses works by many notable painters and sculptors. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the De vita family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De vita research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1848, 1489, 1458, 1502, 1469, 1523, 1508, 1513, 1610, 1681, 1652, 1660, 1632, 1692, 1753 and 1824 are included under the topic Early De vita History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

De vita Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Viti, Vito, Vit, Vitti, Biti, Bitti, Bitto, Vidi, Vido, Vio, Vitelli, Vitello, Vitiello, Vitulli, Vittozzo, Vitone, Vitoni, Bittolo, Bittini, Bitelli, Vidolo, Vitangelo, Vilotti, Vidossi and many more.

Early Notables of the De vita family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Cornelio Vitelli ( fl. 1489), Italian scholar, born of a noble family at Corneto in the Romagna. [1] Vitellozzo Vitelli (c.1458-1502) was an Italian condottiero, Lord of Montone, Città di Castello, Monterchi and Anghiari; Timoteo Viti (1469-1523), was an Italian Renaissance painter closely associated with Raphael from...
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De vita Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the De vita family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: A. M. and F. A. Viti, who both arrived in San Francisco in 1855; Raffaela DiVito, who traveled from Aquilonia, Italy to Montclain, New York in 1913; crossing the ocean on the SS Italia and Michele-Angelo DeVito, who arrived in New York on board the SS Anglia in 1891..


Contemporary Notables of the name De vita (post 1700) +

  • Robert Gerard DeVita (1965-1987), former American NFL football linebacker who played from 1987 to 1988
  • Ted DeVita (1962-1980), American victim of severe aplastic anemia, inspiration for the 1976 made-for-TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta
  • Vincent Theodore DeVita MD Jr. (b. 1935), American physician specializing in the field of oncology
  • Michael U. DeVita, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, 1948-51; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1948, 1952 (alternate) [2]
  • Franco De Vita (b. 1954), Venezuelan singer-songwriter


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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