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First recorded in Malta on the Militia List of 1419, Camilleri, competes with Borg for the title of the most common surname on the Maltese Islands.

Likely derived from the Arabic qamillari, which gave us kamelarios (Greek), camellierre (Italian) and camellero (Spanish), all refer to  a "camel driver". Camillero, on the otherhand, is Spanish for "stretcher bearer". Other potential origins include the Latin gemahl, meaning "marriage" or "partnership".

Whilst rarely featured in heraldry, camels signify temperance, patience and perseverance.

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