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Stani is Apulian with particular concentration in Taranto and province, Stano is decidedly much more widespread is typical of the provinces of Bari and Taranto s Santeramo In Colle (BA) and Manduria (TA) in particular. Additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames should be sought in the medieval name Stano, which, through the Slavic Stane/Stano (Apocope of Stanislav), was born as an abbreviation of the best known Stanislaus (see Stanislai): In this regard, for the Precision, it should be noted that Stani and Stano should come directly from the Balkans, especially when it is considered that, in Puglia, there is a large number of Slavic-italianized surnames over the centuries. Based on these premises, then, the original surname could be or Stani? (see Stanic) or, more likely, Stanisi? (see STANISCI), keeping in mind that the same Stanisci is well rooted in the central-southern part of Puglia: You can even think that Stani and Stano reflect the further italianizations of Stanisi?, due to a partial translation of this Surname-more than just a phonetic adaptation. With regard to the last names in question, therefore, these are the cognominizations of the personal name of the ancestor.