Late medieval Maltese surnames of Arabic and Greek origin

Geoffrey Hull

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As a contribution to the historical study of Maltese and Greater Sicilian onomastics, this article is an analysis of fifteenth-century Maltese surnames of low frequency (5 or less occurrences in the militia lists of 1419 and 1480) which are of certain Greek or Arabic origin. Each surname is analysed in terms of its etymology, meaning and known geographical distribution in Sicily or elsewhere in Italy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-143
Number of pages15
JournalSymposia Melitensia
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Albanian
  • Algeria
  • ism names
  • Italian
  • Italy
  • kunya names
  • laqab names
  • Lebanon
  • Maghrebine Arabic
  • Medieval Malta
  • nasab names
  • nicknames
  • Apulia
  • nisba names
  • Norman French
  • onomastics
  • Padanian
  • Romance languages
  • Salento
  • Sicily
  • Siculo-Arabic
  • Siculo-Greek
  • toponyms
  • Arabic
  • Tunisia
  • Tuscan
  • Calabria
  • Catalan
  • Classical Arabic
  • Greek
  • Iberian
  • Islam

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