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Vitali Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Vitali blazon are the grapes, baton, eagle and sword. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, argent and or .

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

Grapes do not often appear on their own, at least in English arms, but are to be found still on the stem as part of the vine. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vine, often of a different colour to the vine plant. Its symbology is likely simply to reflect the profession of the holder, or be a play on words with the family name. 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P264

The baton is not a short staff, as its usage today suggests, but a geometrical ordinary on the shield, being a bendlet sinister couped, i.e. a narrow diagonal band cut off at each end. 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Baton In ancient times it was said to be a mark of illegitimacy that should be retained for three generations. 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P51

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 14A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 15The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Vitali Name

Origins of Vitali:
The name acquires from the Latin word “vita,” which means “life.”

Variations:
More common variations are: Vitaliy, Vitalli, Vitalie, Vittali, Vitalia, Vitauli, Vitalio, Vitalyi, Vitaili.

England:
The surname Vitali first appeared in Treviso, anciently known as Tarvisium, a town in Venetia, a capital of the county of Treviso.  The cathedral of San Pietro is notable and dates back to 1141.  It is in the classical style with seven domes, and houses works by many famous painters and sculptors.  In those old times, only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records.  To be noted at this time, at the starting of noted history, was of itself a great distinction and characteristic of noble ancestry.

United States of America:
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were as A. M. and F. A. Viti, who both arrived in San Francisco in 1855.  Raffaela DiVito, who traveled from Aquilonia, Italy to Montclain, New York in the year 1913.  Crossing the ocean on the SS Italia and Michele-Angelo DeVito, who arrived in New York on board the SS Anglia in the year 1891.

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1) Milan Coupé au 1 d'or à l'aigle de sable couronnée du champ au 2 d'argent à un cep de vigne pampré et fruité au naturel accolé à son échalas soutenu d'une terrasse de sinople Cimier l'aigle Lambrequin d'or et de sable. English:Per fess 1st or an eagle sable crowned of the field 2nd argent the stock (stem) of a vine leaved and fructed proper alongside its pole above a mount vert Crest: the eagle Mantling: or and sable.
2) Legnano De gueules à deux rameaux de laurier de sinople en pal les tiges passées en triple sautoir et un bâton d'or en pal passé dans ces anneaux au chef de sable ch d'une aigle d'argent becquée et membrée de gueules couronnée d'or. English:Gules two laurel branches vert in pale the stems passing in triple saltires and a ragged staff (bâton) or in pale passing through these rings (of the entwined branches) a chief charged with an eagle argent beaked and legged gules crowned or.
3) Vérone Parti d'or et d'argent à deux lions affrontés de l'un à l'autre rampants contre un arbre de sinople brochant sur le parti le tout soutenu d'une terrasse de sinople au chef d'or ch d'une aigle éployée de sable becquée et membrée de gueules. English:Per pale or and argent two lions affrontant counterchanged rampant against a tree vert covering over the partition all resting on mount vert, a chief or charged with an eagle displayed sable beaked and legged gules.
4) Padoue, Rome De gueules à la bande d'or ch d'un rameau de laurier de sinople ondoyant dans le sens de la bande et fruité de gueules. English:Gules a bend or charged with a laurel branch vert undulating (wavy) in bend and fructed gules.
5) Autriche - (An., 25 déc. 1876) Coupé au 1 de gueules à deux épées d'argent garnies d'or passées en sautoir au 2 d'azur à un cheval d'argent Cimier un vol à l'antique coupé l'aile de devant de gueules sur or l'aile de derrière d'argent sur azur Lambrequin à dextre d'or et de gueules à senestre d'argent et d'azur Devise FIDELITATIS PRAEMIUM. English:Per fess 1st gules two swords argent hilt and pommell or placed in saltire 2nd azure a horse argent Crest: an (ancient) pair of wings per fess the front of the wing in gules over or, the back of the wing argent over azure Mantling: to the dexter or and gules to the sinister argent and azure.
6) (Comtes) - Italie, Paris - (Comtes 1887). Originaire de Pirano en Istrie D'argent à un cep de vigne au naturel accolé à un pal (planche) alésé au naturel. English:Argent the stock (stem) of a vine proper next to a pale couped (board or plank) proper (a wood-effect or brunatre pale couped at both ends).
7) Italie - (Rivista araldica) D'azur à un cep de vigne de sinople accosté de deux croissants d'argent et surmonté d'une aigle de sable à la champagne coupée enclavée d'or sur gueules les enclaves penchées en bande. English:Azure a stock (stem) of a vine vert surrounded by two crescents argent and surmounted by an eagle sable, a base per fess embattled or over gules the crennels sloping in bend (i.e. raguly).
8) Dalmatie - (M. ét.) D'or à la bande de gueules acc de quatre tiges effeuillées de sinople en pals 1 en chef et 3 en pointe côtoyant la bande fruitées chacune de cinq baies de gueules 1 2 et 2 Bourlet de gueules et d'or Cimier une tige de l'écu entre un vol d'or l'aile dextre ch d'une barre de gueules et l'aile senestre d'une bande du même. English:Or a bend gules surrounded by four leafless stems (saplings) vert in pale 1 in chief and three in base bordering on the bend each fructed with five berries gules 1,2 and 2. The shield crowned with a cloth scroll (instead of a helmet) Crest: the stem of the shield between a pair of wings or the dexter wing charged with a bend sinister gules and the sinister wing with a bend of the same.
9) ou Vidali - Vérone Coupé d'azur à une étoile d'or sur sinople plein à la fasce d'or brochant sur le coupé. English:Per fess azure an etoile or over vert (plain) a fess or covering over the partition.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vine
10. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P264
11. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Baton
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P51
13. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
14. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
15. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74