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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Italian
Other Forms FormsMalatesti

Meaning & History

Means "bad head" in Italian, a nickname for a stubborn or perhaps malicious person. It could have also indicated the bearer had a misshapen head.

May have originated with Rodolfo Malatesta, a lord of Rimini in the 10th century known for his stubbornness and tenacity.
Added 3/11/2023 by jocatchi