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Lanza is widespread both in the south and in the north, Lanzetta has an important nucleus in the Neapolitan and upper Salerno, a small stock in the Reggio area and one in the Palermo area, Lanzetti has a Piedmontese stock, one in the Rimini area and one in the Brescia area, Lanzi occupies the areal that includes Lombardy, Emilia, Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, should derive from nicknames linked to the archaic form of the word These, probably to indicate the profession of the man of arms or more simply the function of bearer of arms. but it is also probable that the medieval name Lanza derives from the hypochoristic name of which we have an example in the Diplomatic Code Bresciano in a Cartula offertionis of the year