Cerza, very rare, is typical of Campania. Cerzoso, equally rare, is specific to the Cosenza area. hypotheses provided by Gianpaolo Ferrara Cerza was a very common surname in the southern Samnite hinterland. Cerzoso most probably derives from Cerza and cerza in Avellino and Benevento dialect means oak, therefore being an oak that is to be of good health or strong character. Example: kella femmena is na cerza, that is, that woman is strong.
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