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Vitale Early Origins



The surname Vitale was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of lands in Devon held by Vitalis of Berny, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Abbot Vitalis was Abbot of Westminster in 1076. He had been at the confirmation of Duke William as King of England at Lillebonne in Normandy in 1061.

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Vitale Spelling Variations


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Vitale Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Vial, Vidal, Vital, Viall, Veel, Vele, Veil, Veele, Vidall, Vital, Vitall, Viel and many more.

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Vitale Early History


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Vitale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vitale research. Another 347 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1327, 1510, 1600, 1629, and 1744 are included under the topic Early Vitale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vitale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vitale Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Vitale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vitale In Ireland


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Vitale In Ireland



Some of the Vitale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Vitale or a variant listed above:

Vitale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Vitale, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Egidio Vitale, who arrived in New York on Nov. 23, 1881 aboard the "Ferdinand Delesseps"
  • Francesco Vitale, who arrived in New York on May 21, 1883 aboard the "Assyria"
  • Agostino Vitale, who arrived at New York on May 18, 1883 aboard the "Alesia"
  • Angelo Vitale, who arrived in New York on July 16, 1886, aboard the "Archimede"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vitale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Accussio Vitale, aged 9, who settled in America from Sciacca, in 1906
  • Andrea Vitale, aged 32, who landed in America from Palermo, Sicily, in 1906
  • Alfonso Vitale, aged 0, who landed in America from Valledolmo, Sicily, in 1907
  • Adelaide Vitale, aged 22, who landed in America from S. M. Capna, Caserta, in 1909
  • Antonino Vitale, aged 42, who landed in America from Cinisi, Sicily, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vitale (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vitale (post 1700)



  • Louie Vitale (b. 1932), American Roman Catholic priest; cofounder of the Nevada Desert Experience
  • Carol Vitale (b. 1948), American model and television hostess
  • Dick Vitale (b. 1939), American basketball broadcaster
  • Ami Vitale (b. 1971), American photojournalist
  • Peter Vitale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Fred Vitale, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • Catherine Vitale (b. 1964), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Lito Vitale (b. 1961), Argentine musician
  • Joseph F Vitale (b. 1954), New Jersey State Senator (1998-)
  • Salvatore "Good Looking Sal" Vitale, New York City Mafioso in the Bonanno family, testified against boss Joe Massino in 2004

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Vitale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vitale Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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