The name is from the Italian "sforza," which means "the forcer," and was taken on by powerful military families.
Early Origins of the Sforza family
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.
Early History of the Sforza family
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Early Notables of the Sforza family (pre 1700)
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.
Migration of the Sforza family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sforza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicola Sforza, who arrived at New York on Jan. 13, 1882 aboard the "Elysia"
- Giacomo Sforza, who arrived at New York on Dec. 17, 1890
- Angelo Sforza of Mirabella, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1893
- Fiorangelo Sforza of Pietrabendante, Italy, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1893
Contemporary Notables of the name Sforza (post 1700)
- Tommaso Riario Sforza (1782-1857), Italian Neapolitan Cardinal
- Sisto Riario Sforza (1810-1877), Italian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
- Battista Sforza (1447-1472), Italian Duchess of Urbino and second wife of Federico da Montefeltro
- Seraphina Sforza (1434-1478), Italian noblewoman and nun
- Sofia Sforza (b. 1995), Italian ice dancer
- Giovanni Sforza (1466-1510), Italian condottiero, lord of Pesaro and Gradara
- Bianca Maria Sforza (1472-1510), Italian Holy Roman Empress as the second wife of Maximilian I
- Count Carlo Sforza (1872-1952), Italian diplomat and anti-Fascist politician
- Alessandro Sforza (1409-1473), Italian condottiero and lord of Pesaro
- Ascanio Maria Sforza (1455-1505), Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church
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