Origins Available: Czech
The Witek 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."
Early Origins of the Witek family
The surname Witek 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 Witek 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.
Early History of the Witek family
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Witek Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Vitek, Vittek, Witek, Wittek, Viteck, Vitteck, Witeck and many more.
Early Notables of the Witek family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witek family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Witek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anna Witek, who traveled to New York in 1886
Contemporary Notables of the name Witek (post 1700)
- Private First Class Frank Peter Witek, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944