Wittek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Wittek 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. Brandenburg-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 Wittek family

The surname Wittek 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 Wittek family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wittek research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1816, 1660, 1717, 1771 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Wittek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wittek Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Wittek include Witte, Witter, Wittek (Silesia), Witt (Holland) and others.

Early Notables of the Wittek family (pre 1700)

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United States Wittek migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Witteks to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Wittek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Auguste Wittek, aged 38, originally from Braunschweig, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Normannia" from Hamburg, Germany [1]
Wittek Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jann Wittek, aged 26, originally from Koshelne, arrived in New York in 1900 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [2]
  • Albina Wittek, aged 35, originally from Sanzk, Poland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New Rochelle" from Danzig, Poland [3]
  • Karl Wittek, aged 19, originally from Bremen, Germany, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Hansa" from Hamburg, Germany [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wittek (post 1700) +

  • Seymour L. Wittek, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Max Nolan Wittek (b. 1993), American football quarterback
  • Maximilian Wittek (b. 1995), German footballer
  • Thorsten Wittek (b. 1976), German footballer
  • Mathias Wittek (b. 1989), Polish-born German footballer
  • Erhard Wittek (1898-1981), German author who used the pseudonym Fritz Steuben; he wrote wrote war novels and stories depicting American Indians
  • Maria Wittek (1899-1997), Polish Army officer, the first Polish woman to be promoted to Brigadier-General, in 1991 after she had retired
  • Paul Wittek (1894-1978), German-born, British Orientalist and historian
  • Alexander Wittek (1852-1894), Austrian-Hungarian architect and chess master
  • Heinrich Ritter von Wittek (1844-1930), Austrian politician, 17th Minister-President of Cisleithania (1889-1900)

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