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First documented in Gozo in the year 1435, Briffa has two potential origins.

The first looks south, with (A)bu r-rafa being an Arabic nickname, made up of abû meaning “master” and rafa meaning “frail, humble, faint-hearted”. 

The second looks north, with Baruffa being an Italian nickname given to a man who does not shy away from a fight (baruffa means “squabble, scuffle”).

The flowers in the coat of arms are symbols of joy and hope.

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