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Maltese Personal Names in the 12th Century

The Malta Historical Society invites you to attend a public lecture
MALTESE PERSONAL NAMES IN THE 12th CENTURY
by Mr Simon Salafia
Join us on
Saturday 16th March 2024 at 9:30 am
at the Mosta Dome Vistors’ Centre (in the street adjacent to the Baslica of Mosta)
This event is kindly sponsored by the Alfred Mizzi Foundation
Synopsis
Through toponymic sources and other ancillary secondary sources from Al-Andalus (Spain) and Muslim Sicily, one can identify the names of the inhabitants of Malta and Gozo in the 12th century. In the second part of this talk it will be revealed whether there any names of Maltese persons attested or documented in Muslim Spain or in Sicily, and whether Gozitans are also mentioned. All those interested in Medieval History, the Maltese language and toponymy are invited to attend.
The Speaker
Simon Salafia studied at the University of Malta graduating in Electrical Engineering. Following his interest in the Spanish Language, he studied this language up to its highest level – gaining the Proficiency Level of the Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language, D.E.L.E. (Superior), from the University of Salamanca. He taught Spanish at the Spanish-Maltese Centre (CCHM), Government Schools, Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. His main interests include Maltese History and Culture, with special reference to the Medieval Period. He is a licensed tourist guide and a professional interpreter (in Spanish, English and Maltese, with Italian as a passive language). In 2020, he published the first volume of The Place-Names of Gozo. This was followed by the second volume in 2022. He is currently focusing his research on three different fields: collecting placenames of Malta and Gozo; collecting historical Maltese first names, with the intention to publish a Dictionary of Maltese Names; and investigating the possibility of words of Catalan origin in the Maltese Language.

Maltese Personal Names in the 12th Century

Speaker: Mr Simon Salafia

March 16, 2024 @ 09:30
9:30 am — 11:00 am (1h 30′)

Maltese Personal Names in the 12th Century