Kaminski last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Kaminski is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Kaminski.

Meaning of Kaminski

Derived from the Polish word "kamieĊ„," meaning "stone," referring to a stonemason or someone living near a stone building.

Kaminski, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Kaminski surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Kaminski in America

Kaminski is the 2553rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Kaminski surname appeared 14,152 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 people would have the surname Kaminski.

We can also compare 2010 data for Kaminski to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2553 2337 8.83%
Count 14,152 14,190 -0.27%
Proportion per 100k 4.80 5.26 -9.15%

The history of the last name Kaminski

The surname Kaminski originated in Poland and is derived from the Polish word "kamien," meaning "stone." This suggests that the name may have been an occupational name for someone who worked with stones, such as a stonemason or quarry worker.

The earliest records of the Kaminski surname date back to the 15th century in the Polish regions of Poznan and Kalisz. The name appeared in various spellings, including Kamienski, Kamieniecki, and Kaminski. These variations likely stemmed from regional dialects and scribal variations in record-keeping.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the Kaminski surname can be found in the Kalisz court records of 1457, where a certain Jan Kaminski is mentioned as a witness in a legal proceeding. This suggests that the Kaminski family had already established itself in the region by the mid-15th century.

In the 16th century, the Kaminski name appeared in several Polish historical documents, including the "Akta Grodzkie" (District Court Records) and the "Metryki Koronne" (Crown Metrica). These records provide insights into the lives and activities of various Kaminski individuals during that period.

One notable figure bearing the Kaminski surname was Stanislaw Kaminski (1575-1649), a Polish nobleman and military commander who served under King Sigismund III Vasa during the Polish-Swedish War. He is remembered for his valor and strategic skills in defending the city of Smolensk against Swedish forces.

Another prominent Kaminski was Jan Kaminski (1688-1757), a Polish Jesuit priest and scholar who taught philosophy and theology at the Jesuit College in Kalisz. He authored several influential works on religious and philosophical subjects during his lifetime.

In the 19th century, the Kaminski surname gained further recognition with the birth of Wincenty Kaminski (1809-1881), a Polish poet and writer who was active in the Polish Romantic literary movement. His most famous work, "Powrot taty" ("Father's Return"), was widely acclaimed for its vivid portrayal of rural life in Poland.

The surname Kaminski has also been associated with several notable figures in the fields of science and academia. One such individual was Bronislaw Kaminski (1899-1993), a Polish mathematician and logician who made significant contributions to the field of mathematical logic and set theory.

Throughout its history, the Kaminski surname has maintained a strong presence in Poland and has been carried by individuals from various walks of life, including nobility, clergy, writers, scholars, and military figures. While its origins can be traced back to occupational roots, the name has evolved to become a distinctive part of Polish cultural heritage.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Kaminski

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Kaminski.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Kaminski was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 96.10% 13,600
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.30% 42
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.47% 67
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.20% 28
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.94% 133
Hispanic Origin 1.99% 282

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Kaminski has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 96.10% 97.17% -1.11%
Black 0.30% 0.26% 14.29%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.47% 0.38% 21.18%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.20% 0.14% 35.29%
Two or More Races 0.94% 0.84% 11.24%
Hispanic 1.99% 1.21% 48.75%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Kaminski was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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