Specific Apulian, derives from the toponym Laterza (TA). additions provided by Giovanni Vezzelli Laterza is a frequent surname in the Italian mainland but above all in Puglia. It derives from the toponym Laterza (TA), probably referring to a place cultivated by 'tertiatores' of the Lombard period, according to Olivieri. Having conquered some territories, the Lombards transformed the same settlers, already 'conductores' or tenant farmers, into 'tertiatores'; that is, the latter remained on the occupied lands that were divided among the invading warriors but with the obligation to pay an annual tribute which was the 'tertia pars frugum', a third of their production.
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