The German surname Vits emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia
, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Vits family
The surname Vits was first found in the territory of Neumark east of the Electorate of Brandenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society that played a prominent role throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Northern Germany
, and become recognized for its participation in social, economic, and political affairs.
Early History of the Vits family
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Vits Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Vits include Witte, Witter, Wittek (Silesia), Witt (Holland) and others.
Early Notables of the Vits family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Vits family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vits Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Frederick Vits, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Vits (post 1700)
- Marie Louise "Mia" De Vits (b. 1950), Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament