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In the form of Barbará, this surname was listed amongst the Aragonese garrison of Ruggerio di Loria which occupied Malta in 1283.

The two most popular theories related to this surname refer to it either deriving from the Italian barbaros, meaning "stammerer or speaker of a foreign tongue" (from which we also get the word 'barbarian'), or from the Siculo-Arabic al-barberi, referring to someone "from the Barbery coast of North Africa (a Berber)". 

Bees are the most common insect found in heraldry and refer to industry, creativity, wealth and diligence. Arrows signify martial readiness.

An image linked to a dedicated page about the Maltese surname Barbara.
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