are used on the island of Malta.
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Derived from Arabic عَجُوز (ʿajūz)
meaning "old (person), elderly".
One possible origin of the name is that it refers to a place called "Atti" in Bologna, Italy. Therefore the name and it's variations would mean "a person from Atti".... [more]
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]
BALDACCHINO Maltese, Italian, Sicilian
Occupational name for an artisan who made the baldachin, also spelled baldaquin, a type of canopy used in cathedrals, from Italian baldacchino
"baldachin". This word is derived from Italian Baldacca
, a doublet of Bagdad
", the city where the material originally came from.
Derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj)
meaning "castle, citadel, (stone) tower".
Possibly derived from Maltese abjad
meaning "white", ultimately from Arabic أَبْيَض (ʾabyaḍ)
Means "father of rocks" from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū)
meaning "father of" and حِجَارَة (ḥijāra)
Possibly related to Maltese tiġieġ
"chickens", which is derived from Arabic دَجَاجَة (dajāja)
"hen, chicken". It is said to be derived from Arabic Abu Djej
"owner of chickens", literally "father of chickens" (compare Abu
Derived from Arabic كتكوت (katkūt)
meaning "(newborn) chick, young chicken".
(Definitely doesn't come from the word meaning " a child of one's uncle or aunt".
(Warning: Whatever you do, don't look up the coat of arms, if you're squeamish. Take me seriously.)
Dingli is a surname coming from the small village of Had-Dingli in Malta.
Derived from Maltese falz
meaning "false, fraudulent", used as a nickname for someone who was known for lying or being false.
Derived from Maltese farruġ
meaning "chicken, cockerel", ultimately from Arabic فُرُوج (furūj)
. It was used as a nickname for someone who fed chickens.
Derived from Maltese fenek
meaning "rabbit", ultimately from Arabic فَنَكْ (fanak)
meaning "fennec fox".
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]
The spelling of the original surname indicates that it probably didn't originate from Malta, but the surname is almost only found there anyway. The surname means "cross-eyed".
Grixti is entirely of Maltese origin and is thought to mean "rough".
Not to be confused with the German surname of the same spelling.
A bearer of this surname is Anthony Mamo (1909 - 2008), the first president of Malta.
Derived from Maltese basla
meaning "onion", ultimately from Arabic بَصَل (baṣal)
SALIBA Arabic, Maltese
Means "crucifix, cross" in Arabic, a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
in Christianity. The Saliba are a predominantly Christian family based in Lebanon, the Levant, and Malta.
Meaning disputed; it could be derived from Sicilian sciarra
meaning "fight, brawl", Arabic شَرّ (šarr)
meaning "evil, cruel", or a word meaning "anger".
Not to be confused with the Catalan and Occitan surname of the same spelling.
The surname Spiteri is derived from the Latin word "hospitalieri" meaning hospitaliers. It was initially given to babies born to mothers who worked as nurses at the Knights' hospital during the 16th century where the babies' fathers were usually knights who had been treated at said hospital.
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".
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.
Derived from Arabic زَرَافَة (zarāfa)
meaning "giraffe" or ظَرِيف (ẓarīf)
meaning "charming, elegant, graceful".