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Farrugia is a family name with a theoretical etymology based in both Latin fellus and Semitic faruj, first found in Malta, Calabria and Sicily.[1] In the Maltese language the word farruġ refers to a cockerel (a young rooster).[2] It has been exported by immigration to places including the United States, United Kingdom (specifically Wales and England), Australia, Canada, France and Russia. Spelling variations of this family name include Farruggia, Farruġa, Ferrugia and Ferruggia.


Early in the Middle Ages, individuals with this family name (or some variant) moved to the island of Malta from neighbouring Sicily. Many settlers were recorded from the end of the 19th century in the great migration from Italy to the New World. Usually arriving at Ellis Island they settled in the eastern seaboard.

A 1934-49 ordinance map identifying Hal Farruġ

People named Farrugia include:


  1. ^ The Sicily DNA-Genealogy Project - Family Project Website
  2. ^ Gatt, Ġużi p. 112 Qiegħda fil-Ponta ta' Lsieni, (2005) Klabb Kotba Maltin