A derivative of Italian sforzare 'to force, strain'.
The dynastic name of the dukes of Milan in the 15th and 16th centuries, the family name was occasionally used as a given name in Italy.
- ● 1527 Sforza (nom) Rome1527 p. 85
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Sforza". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Sforza.