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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."

Vitek Early Origins



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.

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Vitek Spelling Variations


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Vitek Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Vitek, Vittek, Witek, Wittek, Viteck, Vitteck, Witeck and many more.

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Vitek Early History


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Vitek Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vitek research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1857, 1864, 1796 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Vitek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vitek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vitek Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vitek Notables 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



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 came to Baltimore in 1887
  • Franz Vitek came to Baltimore in 1889

Vitek Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ferdinand Vitek, who immigrated to Galveston, Texas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vitek (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vitek (post 1700)



  • Jan Vitek, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Purdue University

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Vitek Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. 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.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Vitek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vitek 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 July 2014 at 16:15.

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