When I came here, one of the first things that caught my attention was that almost everyone used the same sibling.
A few people who carry the same genealogy around me , I asked them, “Are you a relative?”they said No we are not related. This fact has come a little different to me.
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The most popular of these are the 10; Borg, Camilleri, Vella, Farrugia, Zammit, Galea, Micallef, Grech, Spiteri and Azzopardi. 25% of the population (99,516 people) carries 10 siblings. Dr. Cassar says that this is the relative marriage of the cause and “The cause of many chronic diseases (such as diabetes) is again a relative marriage,” he says.
Malta‘s sister island is easier to find on the island than it is because the population of Gozo is less. Gozo’s most used surname is Rapa, but Xuereb’s surname is Għajnsielem, Mintoff, Debrincat, Grima, Sultana and Cini.
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So if you meet someone born in the island of Gozo, and the surname of that person is Buttius, you can almost be sure that he is from Qala. Cassar says.
Maltese surnames could be divided into 3 groups. Semitic (Arabic and Hebrew), Latin (Italian, Sicilian, Spanish and French) and English (including Scots, Ireland and Wales).
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The number of Semitic surnames was around 50, but the majority of the Maltese were bearing Arabic surnames.
Centuries ago, together with the Norman invasion, Muslims continued to preserve their cultural and linguistic heritage, although they had to live according to Christian rules.
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Below you can find the English meanings of some Maltese surnames.
|Bianco, Balzan||White hair|
|Bruno, Moroni, Morana||Dark skinned|
|Vella, Bellizzi, Belli||Beautiful|
|Mangion, Manduca, Manicaro||Glutton|