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The Witeck 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."

Witeck Early Origins



The surname Witeck 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 Witeck 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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Witeck Spelling Variations


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Witeck Spelling Variations



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

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Witeck Early History


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Witeck Early History



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

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Witeck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Witeck Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Witeck 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 or some of its variants were: Antoine Witteck, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1852; Josefa Vitek, who immigrated to Baltimore in 1869; Josef Vitek, who arrived in Nebraska in 1870.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Witeck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Witeck 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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