Malta Languages

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Maltese — the most common language for daily conversation — resulted from the interaction and fusion of North African Arabic and a Sicilian form of Italian. It is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet. It became an official language of Malta in 1934. English is the other official language and is used for all instruction. Italian was the language of church and government until 1934, and consequently, is still spoken by a sizable portion of the islands’ population.

Records are written in Latin, Maltese, Italian, and English.[1]

For word lists and help researching in Maltese records, see:

Lessons in the Maltese Language:


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Malta,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1985-1998.