The Maltesi surname is derived from the name of the island of Malta. As such it is classed as a local
name, derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. This island is situated south of Sicily
and, beginning in the 16th century BC, it was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthagenians, Romans
, Byzantines and Arabs. After the Norman Conquest
of Malta in July 1090, the island became part of the Kingdom of Sicily
. While a subject of this kingdom from the 11th to 16th centuries, Malta had many rulers, including the Normans
under the House of Hauteville, the Germans under the House of Hohenstaufen, the French under the House of Anjou
, the Spanish under the House of Aragon
, and the Austrians under the House of Hapsburg. From the 16th to 18th centuries, Malta was still nominally under the Kingdom of Sicily
and was ruled by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. From 1798 to 1800, Malta was under the French Republic and, from 1800 to 1964, it was part of the British Empire. The surname Malta is found in almost all the countries of the Mediterranean basin.
Early Origins of the Maltesi family
The surname Maltesi was first found in Sardinia (Italian: Sardegna, Sardinian: Sardigna), the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The original inhabitants were Sicels. Research shows that records of the Maltesi family date back to the noble Maltese family in Sicily
, where Remigio Maltese was a castleowner in Lentini and Paolino Maltese obtained the castle of Stafenda in 1230. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C. Phoenician settlements began in 6th century. Carthaginians arrived 410. Romans
arrived, then the Saracens. Then the Norman Conquest
said to be Sicily's brightest hour, 1057 A.D. and taking 35 years. They made Sicilians the leading Maritimes power in the Mediterranean, and King Roger of Sicily
one of the greatest Kings in Europe. From Sicily
they invaded Greece. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.
Early History of the Maltesi family
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Maltesi Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Malta, Maltese, Maltesi, Maletto, Malvezzi and others.
Early Notables of the Maltesi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Cristofano Malvezzi, a composer and editor born in 1547 in Lucca. He became Maestro di Cappella to the Grand Duke of Tuscany
in 1571. Adriano Malta was... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maltesi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maltesi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elis Malta, who is recorded as settling in America in 1848; Cologero Malta, his wife Costanza and their two children, who were recorded in Louisiana between the years 1901-1910.