Farrugia is a family name with a theoretical etymology based
in both Latin fellus and Semitic faruj, first found in Calabria, Sicily and Malta.
the Maltese language
refers to a cockerel (a young rooster
). It has been exported by immigration to places including the United States, United
Kingdom (specifically Wales and England), Australia and Canada.
Spelling variations of this family name include Farruggia
First found in Sicily
an island in the
Mediterranean, a part of Italy. The original inhabitants were
. The Greeks colonized in 735 B.C.E.
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 B.C.E.
individuals with this family name (or some variant) moved to the
island of Malta,
Many settlers were recorded from the
end of the 19th century in the great migration from Italy to the
. Usually arriving at Ellis Island they settled in the eastern seaboard.
The Medieval Maltese hamlet of Ħal
was so named because of the large concentration of
families there with the surname. However due to economic and social
growth, many individuals have dispersed to other parts of the
country or have emigrated.
Farrugias in Early History
- Pietro Farrugia, a nobleman from Villabianca, appointed Judge
of the Praetorian Court in 1761, later promoted to the office of
Judge of the Supreme Court, in 1772.
- Caterina Farrugia, Queen of Sicily in the early 1800s.
- Natalie Farrugia, Mistress to the Grand Master Adolph von
Hompesch in the late 1700s.