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First documented in Malta in 1417, we find it recorded as Sarbo, Zarbe, Czarb, Zarp, and Zarba/u.

Most likely an evolution of the Sicilian surname Zarbo, itself from the Arabic word zarb, meaning either “cattle pen”, a “hunter’s enclosure”, a “hedge or thicket”, or a “water channel”.

The escallop shell initially served as an emblem for pilgrims. It would go on to symbolise piety, victory and warrior spirit.

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