Both are widespread in southern Italy, Spano more specific than Sardinia and the Puglie, Spanò, more Sicilian and Calabrian, Spanu instead is typical Sardinian, derive from dialect nicknames associated with the word Spano or Spanu (Glaber, stripped), Spanò can also derive from toponym Spanò (CT).. Integrations provided by Aurelio Spano Spano derives from the word of the Sardinian language which means yellow, Marroncino. Already present in Sardinia from the High Middle Ages, precisely in the northeast part called at the time judged of Gallura (one of the four judged in which was divided the post Byzantine Sardinia). The surname is documented for the first time in the year 1113, when the judge (Judex Rex) made a land estate to the cathedral of Pisa, the same judge also instituted the Diocese of Civita (the current Olbia) in the year 1139.
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