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Dating back to the late Middle ages, the Spetere family held the fief of Santa Maria Magdalena (il-Madliena) in 1439.

Originating from the Italian name Spitaleri, itself derived from the Latin hospitarius and indicates a connection with the knights Hospitallers.

The above-mentioned connection has suggested that this surname was given to the illegitimate children of the Knights residing in Malta. However, the surname predates the order reaching the islands.

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