For the benefit of those who take some interest in the history and folklore of our islands, I came across what I think is some useful information.

In 1514, in Malta there were about 60 small villages, or hamlets, scattered around the island and they lasted till the plague outbreak of 1592, when most of their inhabitants died. In time their names and identity were taken over by bigger, or different villages and hereunder is a list of these hamlets, with the respective number of inhabitants as it stood in 1514 and where they were situated.

Hal Dwin with 100 dwellings and Hal Muxi with 200 today form part of Zebbug (Malta).

Bubaqra with 38 dwellings and Nigret with 200 now form part of Zurrieq.

Hal Niklusi with 80 dwellings and Hal Xluq with 37 now are part of Siggiewi.

Hal Warda with 15 dwellings and Hal Bordi with 18 have been taken over by Attard.

Hal Dghif with 30 dwellings and Musulmett with 35 now form part of Naxxar.

Hal Bizbut, Hal Tmin and Hal Gwann today have been integrated with Zejtun.

Hal Mula was to be found between Zebbug and Buskett. Hal Tartani was situated between Dingli and Buskett; Hal Kbir between Qrendi and Siggiewi; Hal Lew between Siggiewi and Mqabba; Hal Millieri between Mqabba and Zurrieq; and Hal Tabuni between Qrendi and Girgenti.

Hal Manin lay between Zurrieq and Qrendi; Hal Qadi and Hal Saftan next to Gudja; Hal Ferut and Hal Farrug were next to Luqa; Hal Gawhar was next to Kirkop; Has Sajd next to Zebbug (Malta); and another Has Sajd was to be found between Zabbar and Marsascala.

Hal Kaprat was situated between Birkirkara and Qormi; Hal Gharrat was between Cospicua and Tarxien (today's Fgura); Hal Far between Zurrieq and Safi; and Hal Dimech, Hal Pessa, Hal Arrig, Hal Militt and Bir Miftuh today all form part of Gudja.

I found this information while reading a book called Is-Sahhar Falzun (Falzon the Witch) written by Agostino Levanzin who in turn, as he himself declares in the book, got this information from Castagna, Abela and Ciantar from a letter that King Ferdinand sent to his ambassador in Rome in 1514.

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