My name is Vince Friggieri and I was born in
Once started, this project very quickly
evolved through several phases. At first, my intention had been to establish my
pedigree as far back in time as possible. With the help of Joe Borg, a
professional genealogist, my direct paternal line was very quickly traced back
to Giovanni who lived in the 17th century in
It is my intention to publish this free newsletter every quarter to provide an update on the project and to record for posterity the social history of the family.
I would love to hear from anyone with an interest in the family and would greatly appreciate receiving copies of any birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as photographs and biographical information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
A Big Thank You !
Many of you have already participated in the project and have my gratitude. I don't want this to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech but I do want to express my special thanks to the stalwarts without whose help, I could not have made so much progress.
First of all my
Malta-based helpers. My dad Walter (b.
Then, off to
The Italian crew are
At the top of the page you will notice two
family crests. The one on the left corresponds with the entry in 'An
Illustrated Collection of the Coats Of Arms of Maltese Families' by Charles
A. Gauci. The other comes from
My research indicates that the surname FRIGGIERI has had several alternative spellings. Over the centuries it has been spelled as FRIGGERI, FRIGERI, FRIGIERI and FRIGERIO.
In April, I hosted a Family
The following article and photographs appeared in The Sunday
A unique event took place at St Aloysius
College, Birkirkara on the evening of April 9. The
reunion of the Friggieri Family was organised and hosted by Vince Friggieri
(aged 40), a freelance Computer Consultant based in the
The doors opened at and within minutes, over 150 inquisitive family members had filed into the hall. After a brief period of introductions and settling in, Mr Friggieri drew the audience's attention to the projection screen and launched into a businesslike slide presentation outlining the scope of his research.
Mr Friggieri opened by
stating that the prime motivation for embarking on this heritage project had
been curiousity. The Friggieri
Mr Friggieri explained that whilst surfing the web late one night, he followed the impulse to run a surname search and was surprised to obtain 88 website hits and a significant number of email addresses. There and then, he decided that it would be an interesting challenge to produce the Family Tree. Much to his wife Lorna's chagrin, he was hooked and the succeeding months saw the purchase of a genealogy database system (complete with digital camera and scanner), the set up of a dedicated website and an astronomical telephone bill.
However, the effort expended has been
fruitful. With help from a growing number of enthusiastic family members, Mr Friggieri has made several
breakthroughs. He has successfully traced his direct paternal line back to
Giovanni Frigeri (the original spelling) who lived in
Having successfully proven that all
Malta-based Friggieri families have a common ancestor
and that the
Mr Friggieri ended his presentation by soliciting further help from the audience. He asked that they provide him with copies of any relevant certificates of birth, marriage and death, old photographs and family stories passed down through the generations.
Delving into the past is bound to unearth some 'skeletons' but the sinners and saints all contributed something to the cultural and genetic melting pot which defines the identity of a Family.
The first five generations of the family in Malta
1614 - Estimated population of 41,000 people
1615 - Zabbar became a Parish
1617 - Estimated population of 44,000 people
1632 - Estimated population of 56,000 people
1672 - Suburb that was to become Floriana started
1676 - Bubonic plague in towns surrounding
1679 - Bartolomeo Frigeri married Angelica Fiteni in Zabbar
1687 - First 'status animarum' shows Frigeri family (of five) living in Zabbar
Ref: Liber Status Animarum, vol 2A, no 55, folio 2v
Famous Family Members
Ruggiero Friggieri (b.
Pawlu Friggieri (b.
Vincent Friggieri (b.
John C. Friggieri (b.
Joe Friggieri (b.
Oliver Friggieri (b.
Donald Friggieri (b.
For detailed biographical information refer to 'Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century' by Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri.
In February, I received a mailshot from Burke's Peerage which advertised the imminent
publication of the 'World Book of Friggieris' at
£26.90. The main feature of interest to me was the statement that it contained
'the most extensive international Registry' of the surname. I ordered a copy
and it arrived last month. However, the contents were disappointing. The first
four chapters are a generalised overview of various
topics of interest to genealogists - Migration Patterns, Name Origins, Heraldry
and Ancestor Search Methodology. Chapter 5 contains 24 names and addresses in
The Sultana Connection
Several months ago, I received an email from
Godfrey Sultana who lives in
From my photo album.......
three sons, Sean (b.
Rinella Film Studios,
Those of you with access to the Internet might like to visit the following websites:
Borg (far left) was born on
married Edward Friggieri (b.
Military Hall of Fame
He served in uniform until 1949 and remained a civilian employee of the RAF until 1967.
The website maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has an entry for
Seaman Emanuele Friggieri
who died aged 53 on
entry states that he is 'Remembered with honour' on
the Pembroke Memorial in
In the News
In April, Albert Friggieri was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by the German President Roman Herzog. He received the decoration for fostering German-Maltese friendship through his work in the fields of culture, science and the economy.
Please send me newspaper cuttings for inclusion in this section.