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Origins Available: Czech, German


The Wittek 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."

Wittek Early Origins



The surname Wittek 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 Wittek 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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Wittek Spelling Variations


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Wittek Spelling Variations



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

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Wittek Early History


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Wittek Early History



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

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Wittek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wittek Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wittek 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Wittek (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wittek (post 1700)



  • Erhard Wittek (b. 1898), author writing under the pen name Fritz Steuben

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Wittek Family Crest Products


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Wittek Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Wittek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wittek 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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