Pronounced [mag'-no], the family name is derived from the Latin adjective magnus, meaning “great”. It could also mean “large” or “important.” The spelling variations for this surname include Magnani, Magni, Magnaguti, Magnanini, Magnano, Magni, Magnini, among others. This family name and its derivatives are widely used in Spanish-, French- and Italian-speaking nations. The name was first found in Bologna, Italy — specifically, the province’s capital, Emilia.
The origins of our line can be traced to Iloilo City, Philippines. Ricardo Magno is the earliest known patriarch of our branch of the Magno Clan. Due to a fire that destroyed the civil records in the 1940s, very little documentation can be found, making the search for more ancestors particularly challenging. The Magno surname can also be found in many areas of North Luzon and Bicol; but a genealogical link to these family has not yet been established.
Family History Research Notes
1. Magno, Carlo. Interview. Place: Cainta, Rizal, Philippines. Date conducted: 20 May 2010.
2. The Magno Family Forest can be found on Geni.com.
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