I recently met someone named Станислау, and couldn't figure out what his children's отчество would be. I know that for Станислав it is obviously Станиславович, but "Станислауович" sounds awkward to me. I know that one (for male) generally adds -ович unless the name ends in -ь or -й, for which -евич is used. But is there an exception for this name? What is he correct отчество?

Additionally, is this name still used? I have never seen it before, outside of this one person and some textbooks.


Станислау (Станіслаў to be precise) is a Belarusian version of name Stanislav. Keep in mind that Belarusian "ў" is more like w, so it does not sound like "oo".

Let's not dive into political issues here, but de-facto in all three eastern European Slavic countries there's a tendency to translate name into local variant. Nobody says Павел Маккартни, but Павло Скоропадський is always Павел Скоропадский in Russian. The same with Станіслаў - we can theorize for a pretty long time about forms like Миколаевич, Станислауович, Олександрович, Володимирович etc. - de-facto these are translated.

So, the answer is - "Станиславович". This is in Russian. Moreover, in Belarusian, by the way, patronymic is "Станіслававіч" - ў morphs into "в". So, no mystery here as well :)

  • Do you mean, that if a man's name is Джеймс, his son's patronymic will be Яковлевич?
    – Yellow Sky
    Nov 21 '15 at 17:12
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    @YellowSky is James a Ukrainian or Belarusian version or Яков? Obviously it is not. This is something I've explicitly mentioned in answer ("nobody says Павел Маккартни...")
    – shabunc
    Nov 21 '15 at 18:59
  • In the "Кухня" sitcom, they do have a Михаил Джекович.
    – zipirovich
    Jan 12 '17 at 4:54
  • @shabunc well, actually, James is Яков in Russian/Ukrainian/Belorussian. But yes, nobody translates english names. Sep 18 '19 at 9:18

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