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Recorded as Saijd, Saijt and Isaijd amongst others, this surname can be found on the Militia Roster of 1417 but has roots in Sicily dating back to at least the twelfth century.

All evidence seems to point that this surname has its roots in the Arabic language, including sayyid meaning “sir, lord, master” and ziyada meaning “growth, to increase”. The common personal name Sa’id means “happy, blissful, prosperous” whilst Saida (or Sayda) is the more recent name for the ancient Ancient Phoenician city of Sidon.

Argent (silver/white) in heraldry indicate purity, innocence, sincerity, peace and joy in heraldry. It is seen here both as a field and as the tincture of the charge (a cat). Cats represent vigilance, warrior spirit and courage.

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