Famiglia,assai antica e nobile, di origine siciliana. Un Gerardo Vita fu capitano di 400 cavalieri, sotto Pietro d’Aragona, tanto che, nel 1291, fu ricompensato con la Castellania del Castello di Matagrifone di Messina. Notiamo, poi, un Antonio che possedette, nella fine del secolo XV, metà del feudo Ricalsacca; un Mario che acquistò la baronia di Bertavilla, di cui ottenne investitura il 13 dicembre 1757; un Antonio, che ottenne investitura del titolo di barone di Bertavilla il 30 settembre 1793. Altro ramo. Famiglia aggregata alla nobiltà messinese in principio del XIX secolo, nella persona di Domenico e Antonino, del fu Diego. I cognomi così antichi rendono decoro non solo alle famiglie ma anche alle città che li hanno accolti; pare siano, infatti, molto riguardevoli i soggetti viventi di questa famiglia che, con tanto decoro, sostentano questo nobile cognome, che ha avuto vari soggetti illustri.. Riguardo a questo cognome abbiamo ritrovato ulteriori informazioni storiche in altri archivi. Purtroppo in lingua originale Inglese. : This personal name VITA was extrapolated from a medieval given name VITUS, meaning life. The name was popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the cult of an early Christian martyr in South Italy, about whom very little of historical value is known. He was regarded as a patron against epilepsy and the nervous tremor named after him ‘St. Vitus dance’. He is said to have been the son of a Sicilian pagan, and was converted by his nurse Crescentia and her husband Modestus. His feast day is June 15th. His cult spread into Germany and thence through East Europe, where the name was reinforced by native Slavnic names such as Vitoslav and Vitomir. The earliest Polish last names were patronymic. The personal names from which they were extrapolated were mainly Slavonic, but as the Middle Ages progressed, traditional Slavic given names, started to give way to saint’s names, mainly of Latin origin. Surnames extrapolated from Slavonic personal names are of early origin, and tend to be borne by aristocratic families. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The name has numerous spellings which include De VITI, De VITA, De VITO, VITI and VIDO. The origins of Italian last names are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that stable bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Repuplic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian Last Name endings are ‘i’ and ‘o’, the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form ‘o’ is more typical of southern Italy. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of last names, becoming hereditary in the same way…. Noble title: Nobili Coat of arms: D’azzurro, con la pianta di vite al naturale fruttifera d’oro…
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