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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”).

This coat of arms bears an impalement with a bendy dexter pattern in gules (red) and or (yellow, gold) on one side and flowers, symbols of joy and hope, over an argent (white, silver) field on the other.

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