The earliest known instance of this surname dates back to the beginning of the fifteenth century and is represented in the 1417 Militia Roster.
From an Arabic nickname mafsûd, referring to either a person that is "rotten, spoilt or corrupt" (of fsied), or someone "ill-tempered and outspoken" (of fasad). In Maltese, it came to define someone who is "coddled and pampered".
The coat of arms bears a lion, a tree and a mount, all symbols of power. Comets are fascinating and complex charges that are generally associated with hope and prophecy.