Latin popular name, meaning - "lively; vital, alive, lifelong, life (Vita) giving; able to survive".
Saint Vitalis of Milan, known as San Vitale in Italian and Saint Vital in French, was an early Christian martyr.
Vitalis was a wealthy citizen of Milan, perhaps a soldier. He was married to Saint Valeria, and they were the parents of the perhaps legendary Saints Gervasius and Protasius. According to legend, when he encouraged Saint Ursicinus of Ravenna to be steadfast at his execution, Vitalis was discovered to be a Christian. A judge named Paulinus ordered Vitalis to be racked and then buried alive in a pit with stones on his head.
St was Vitalis one of the 48 Martyrs of Lyons (177 AD). Also with him martyred at this time were: Blandina, Photinus, Zacharias, Epagatus, Macarius, Alcibiades, Silvius, Primus, Ulpius, Cominus, October, Philuminus, Geminus, Iulia, Albina, Grata, Rogata, Oemilia, Potamia, Pompeia, Rhodana, Biblis, Quartia, Materna, Helpes, Sanctus, Maturus, Attalus, Alexander, Ponticus, Arisceus, Cornelius, Iosinus, Titus, Ivlius, Zoticus, Apollonius, Geminianus, Ivlia, Auzonia, Cemlia, Jamnica, Domna, Iusta, Trophima and Antonia.