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This surname first features on the Status Animarium (diocesan census) of Malta of 1687 when it was mostly found around the area of Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

Probably a derivative of an Italian personal name, such as Cecilia, Ciglia or Celia. The Siculo-Greek koilias (colloquially translated into Italian as cilia) means "belly, womb" and may refer to a pot-bellied person or someone whose occupation involved pregnancy or delivering children.

Much like the Zahra coat of arms, this crest shows a blooming orange blossom, perhaps hinting at its etymology to birth and new life. 

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