This Rumanian surname of VITEL derives from the English (Norman) surname of VEAL, a nickname for an old man, or for the elder of two bearers of the same given name from 'VIEL' old, Late Latin 'VETULUS'. It could also be a metonymic occupational name for a calf-herd or nickname for a docile, calf-like person from Anglo Norman French 'VEEL' calf, Old French 'VEEL' from Late Latin 'vitellus'. The name has many variations including VEALL, VEEL, VITELLO and VITTELLI (Italian), VIELLOT, DEL VECCHIO and VECCIUZZO. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans.In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms.The Norman Conquest in England in the year of l066 revolutionized our personal nomenclature. The old English name system was gradually broken up and old English names became less common and were replaced by new names from the continent. Most of the early documents deal with the upper classes who realised that an additional name added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Names of peasants rarely occurred in medieval documents. In l086 the compilation of the Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (l027-87) king of England from l066. Early records mention Thomas le VEYLE, county Norfolk in l273, John le VELE in county Somerset in the reign of Edward III l327-77) and James Hall and Martha VEALL were married in the year l790 at St.Georges, Hanover Square, London.
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