First name origin & meaning:
Last name origin & meaning:
Italian: from the personal name Vito, Latin Vitus,
from vita ‘life’. Compare Vita. The name was popular in
the Middle Ages as the result of the cult of an early Christian martyr
in southern Italy, about whom very little is known. He was regarded as
a patron against epilepsy and the nervous tremor named after him, ‘St.
Vitus’s dance’. His cult spread into Germany and thence through
Eastern Europe, where the name was reinforced by native Slavic names
such as Vitoslav and Vitomír, with a first element
derived from Old Slavic vitati ‘inhabit’ or ‘welcome’. It may
also derive in part from the Lombardic name Wido or Frankish
Wit(t)o (see Guido).
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