With all the attention being given to the current war problems, interest is growing on the origin of the "Stan" in many of the nations involved, including the formerly named nations of Afgan, Paki, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazak, and Kyrgyz.
You may recall the late Stanley W. Zublinsky of Port Royale, OK, who--in 1935--invented the first stainless steel, multi-purpose waffle iron.
Stanley's creation took off like hot cakes. He made millions and went public, Zublinsky Enterprises. The company was sold to a large conglomerate, leaving Stan with large amounts of cash and time. He ran for office numerous times, all unsuccessful--even his candidacy for Oklahoma Superintendent of Documents.
Still, Stanley Zublinsky wanted a legacy that went beyond the waffle iron, which no longer was associated with his name or defunct company. He approached some of the world leaders in a financially strapped area of the world regarding his desire to be remembered, and their need for hard cash.
Would the Republic of Afgan, for example, be willing to adopt Stanley Zublinsky's name in exchange for American dollars? Afgan would become Afganizublinsky. That was too much even for the poorest of nations. But a compromise was struck, based on his first name. The rest, of course, is history. Also geography.