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


The surname Vitiello 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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vitiello research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1848, 1458, 1502, 1469, 1523, 1508, 1513, 1610, 1681, 1652, 1660, 1632, 1692, 1753 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Vitiello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family was Vitellozzo Vitelli (c.1458-1502) was an Italian condottiero, was Lord of Montone, Cittŕ di Castello, Monterchi and Anghiari; Timoteo Viti (1469-1523), an Italian Renaissance painter closely associated with Raphael from Urbino who also served as magistrate in...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vitiello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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..


  • Michael Vitiello, American actor, known for Sammy's Pills (2008), Halloween Party (2012) and The Bronx Bull (2015)
  • Jovanna Vitiello, American actress, known for her work on 8MM (1999), Fast & Furious (2009) and Seven Pounds (2008)
  • Stephen Vitiello, American musician
  • Joe Vitiello (b. 1970), American former Major League Baseball player who played designated hitter from 1995-2003
  • Roberto Vitiello (b. 1983), Italian footballer
  • Leandro Vitiello (b. 1985), Italian footballer
  • Gennaro Vitiello (1929-1985), Italian stage actor and director
  • Francesco Vitiello (b. 1981), Italian actor, known for his roles in Cape North (2003), Liberarsi-Figli di una rivoluzione minore (2008) and Un posto al sole (1996)

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    Other References

    1. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
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    The Vitiello Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Vitiello 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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