Cerri is present in the whole western part of central-northern Italy, it has more areas of origin, one in the provinces of Milan, Novara and Pavia, one in the provinces of Pisa and Lucca, at least one other in Lazio; Cerruti is Ligurian from Piedmont, Ceruti is from Lombardy, Cerutti is from Lombardy. All these surnames derive from nicknames linked to the presence of one or more oaks (trees) near the family home or, more probably, from toponyms that contain the root Cerro, extremely widespread in Italy, as an example: Cerreto Alpi ( RE), Cerreto Castello (BI), Cerreto d'Asti (AT), Cerreto Laziale (RM), Cerro al Lambro (MI), Cerro Maggiore (MI) etc. Traces of the Cerri family can be found in Lunigiana, where in 1550 a certain Giovanni Michele of Cerri di Bigliolo was present as notary, in 1580 M. Antonio Cerri da Montone (PG) wrote essays on Latin lyric poetry, in 1770 in Pumenengo ( BG), we find Girolamo dei Cerri di Vailate as podestà.
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