The last name "Magnifico" was granted to the family by the king. The family was originally from Florence, Italy. After an uprising the family was exiled from Italy for 50 years.

(I know this, due extensive research, my last name is Magnifico, and I was interested in the origin of it.)

Mag*nif"i*co (?), n.; pl. Magnificoes (#). [It. See Magnific.]

1.

A grandee or nobleman of Venice; -- so called in courtesy.

Shak.

2.

A rector of a German university.

 

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