Maltese Submitted Surnames

Maltese names are used on the island of Malta.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AGIUSMaltese
Derived from Arabic عَجُوز (ʿajūz) meaning "old (person), elderly".
AZZOPARDIMaltese
Possibly derived from the Hebrew term סְפָרַדִּי (s'faradí) used to refer to Jews originating from Iberia (called Sephardim or Sephardic Jews). It may also be of Greek origin from a word meaning "black, Mauritanian" or "soldier" with a connection to Middle Persian spʿh "army" used to refer to a person of African descent or someone who worked as a mercenary... [more]
BALDACCHINOMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian baldacchino meaning "baldaquin", a type of canopy used in cathedrals.
BORGMaltese
Derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "castle, citadel, (stone) tower".
BORNMaltese
Not to be confused with the German surname BORN.
BUĠEJAMaltese
Possibly derived from Maltese abjad meaning "white", ultimately from Arabic أَبْيَض (ʾabyaḍ).
BUHAGIARMaltese
Means "father of rocks" from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father of" and حِجَارَة (ḥijāra) "stones, rocks".
CAMILLERIMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian cammelliere meaning "camel driver".
CASSARMaltese
Cassar is well known in the island of Malta
CAXAROMaltese
One bearer is Maltese philosopher Pietru Caxaro.
CHETCUTIMaltese
Derived from Arabic كتكوت‎‎ (katkūt) meaning "(newborn) chick, young chicken".
COUSINMaltese
(Definitely doesn't come from the word meaning " a child of one's uncle or aunt".
CURMIMaltese
(Warning: Whatever you do, don't look up the coat of arms, if you're squeamish. Take me seriously.)
FALZONMaltese
Derived from Maltese falz meaning "false, fraudulent", used as a nickname for someone who was known for lying or being false.
FARRUGIAMaltese
Derived from Maltese farruġ meaning "chicken, cockerel", ultimately from Arabic فُرُوج (furūj). It was used as a nickname for someone who fed chickens.
FENECHMaltese
Derived from Maltese fenek meaning "rabbit", ultimately from Arabic فَنَكْ (fanak) meaning "fennec fox".
GAUCIMaltese
Derived from Maltese Għawdex through Arabic غودش‎ (ġawdeš) which refers to the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago. The name itself is of Phoenician origin (through a Greek borrowing) possibly meaning "turn around"... [more]
HABERMaltese
Not to be confused with the German surname of the same spelling.
HUBERMaltese
Not to be confused with the German surname.
KLIEMMaltese
Kliem is a Maltese word that means "words."
MAMOMaltese
A bearer of this surname is Anthony Mamo (1909 - 2008), the first president of Malta.
MICALLEFMaltese
Either from Micali, a variant of the Biblical name Michael, or from Maltese mħallef meaning "judge".
PSAILAMaltese
Derived from Maltese basla meaning "onion", ultimately from Arabic بَصَل (baṣal).
SALIBAArabic, Maltese
From Syriac ܨܠܝܒܐ (ṣalībā) or Arabic صَلِيب (ṣalīb) both meaning "crucifix, cross", a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Saliba are a predominantly Christian family of Lebanon, the Levant, and Malta.
SCERRIMaltese
Meaning disputed; it could be derived from Sicilian sciarra meaning "fight, brawl", Arabic شَرّ (šarr) meaning "evil, cruel", or a word meaning "anger".
SOLERMaltese
Not to be confused with the Catalan and Occitan surname of the same spelling.
TABONYMaltese
A Maltese knight
THEUMAMaltese
Most likely derived from Arabic ثُوم (ṯūm) meaning "garlic", used in reference to someone who grew garlic or owned a garlic field. Alternatively, it may also be from تَوْأَم (tawʾam) meaning "twin, double".
VELLAMaltese, Italian
Derived from Italian bella meaning "beautiful".
XERRIMaltese
Variant of Scerri.
XUEREBMaltese
Possibly means "noble", of Semitic origin transmitted to Central Europe. Alternatively, it may be derived from Arabic شَارِب (šārib) meaning "drinker, drinking" or "moustache", used as a nickname for an alcoholic or someone with distinctive facial hair.
ŻAMMITMaltese
Maltese form of the Sicilian name Zammito.
ZERAFAMaltese
Derived from Arabic زَرَافَة (zarāfa) meaning "giraffe" or ظَرِيف (ẓarīf) meaning "charming, elegant, graceful".