The name is from the Italian "sforza," which means "the forcer," and was taken on by powerful military families.
The surname Sforza was first found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Little can be said in the space available which would do justice to the history of this beautiful city. From 1000 B.C, its history is a book of life itself. The buildings, culture, arts, cathedrals, churches, museums galleries hold untold treasures unequalled anywhere else in the world.In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sforza research.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1535, 1369, 1424, 1450, 1455, 1505, 1440, 1507, 1603 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Sforza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among members of the family was Muzio Attendolo Sforza (1369-1424), a farmer from Romagna who became a noted condottiere, fighting in the service of several Italian States; his son Francesco I Sforza, became the duke of Milan in 1450 through his marriage to Bianca... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sforza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.