The Witteck 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 Witteck family
The surname Witteck 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 Witteck 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 Witteck family
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Witteck Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Vitek, Vittek, Witek, Wittek, Viteck, Vitteck, Witeck and many more.
Early Notables of the Witteck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Witteck family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Witteck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antoine Witteck, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Witteck (post 1700)
- Charles E. Witteck, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 5th District, 1964; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1968
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