Humanities › History & Culture Kaminski: Last Name Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Getty / Leonardo Muniz History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated November 04, 2019 From the root kamien, meaning "stone or rock," the popular Polish last name Kaminski means "one who came from a rocky place," or was sometimes an occupational surname for a "person who works with rock," such as a stone carver or someone who worked in a quarry. Alternatively, the Kaminski surname may be locational in origin, indicating that the person originally came from any one of dozens of Polish villages named Kamien (meaning "rocky place"), or from one of the various places named Kamin or Kaminka in Ukraine, or Kamionka in Poland. Kaminsky is a common anglicization of the Kamiński surname. Surname Origin: PolishAlternate Surname Spellings: KAMINSKY, KAMINSKY, KAMIENSKI, KAMIENSKI, KAMIENSKY, KAMIENSKY, KAMENSKI, KAMENSKY Where People With the Surname Kaminski Live According to WorldNames publicprofiler, individuals with the Kaminski last name are most commonly found in Poland, with the greatest concentration in the northeastern regions, including Podlaskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, and Warmińsko-Mazurskie. The Polish-specific surname distribution map on moikrewni.pl calculates the population distribution of surnames down to the district level, finding Kaminski to be most common in Bydgoszcz, followed by Starogard Gdanski, Chojnice, Bytow, New Tomyśl, Tarnowskie Mountains, Torun, Srem, Tuchola and Inowrocław. Famous People Marek Kamiński: Polish polar explorer, author, entrepreneurJanusz Kaminski: Academy Award-winning cinematographer and directorAvrom-Yitskhok Kaminski: Yiddish actor and theater directorHeinrich Kaminski: German composerHeinz Kaminski: German space researcher and chemical engineerAdolfo Kaminsky: French WWI resistance fighter and document forgerBohdan Kaminský: Czech poet and translator Genealogy Resources A Kaminsky Family Genealogy: Genealogy research into an extended Kaminsky family, with information on over 8,000 different individuals.Kaminski Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Kaminski surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Kaminski surname query.FamilySearch: Access over 370,000 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Kaminski surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Kaminksi Surname & Family Mailing Lists: RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Kaminski surname and variations such as Kaminsky, Kamenski, and Kamensky.DistantCousin.com: Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Kaminski. References Cottle, Basil. "Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.