The Magnani surname has at least two possible derivations. The Italian word "magnano" means "blacksmith" or "locksmith," and no doubt in some instances, this surname was of occupational origin. There are also several places in Italy called Magnano or Magnani and the surname was also likely taken on from some of these place names.
The surname Magnani was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. Early record show that a bearer of Magnani was a government magistrate in 1223. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time was in itself a family honor.
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