Explore the Family Name Kaminski

The meaning of Kaminski

1. Polish (Kamiński): habitational name for someone from any of more than 60 villages and towns named Kamień, from Polish kamień ‘stone’. This surname is also found in Germany. Compare Kaminska and Kaminsky 2. 2. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic; also Kamiński): habitational name for someone from any of the places mentioned at 1, or from Kamionka in Poland, or from any of the places in Ukraine named Kamin or Kaminka, from Ukrainian kamin ‘stone’. Compare Kaminsky 1. Some characteristic forenames: Polish Andrzej, Casimir, Jerzy, Krzysztof, Kazimierz, Tadeusz, Wieslaw, Zbigniew, Zygmund, Aleksander, Bogdan, Czeslaw.

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How common is the last name Kaminski in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the Kaminski surname slipped in popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, Kaminski ranked as the 2,337th most common surname in the United States, but by 2010 it had fallen to the 2,553rd spot. This represents a decrease of 9.24%. Additionally, the count of individuals bearing this surname marginally decreased by 0.27% from 14,190 in 2000 to 14,152 in 2010. The proportion of people with the Kaminski surname per 100k also saw a decrease of 8.75%.

Proportion per 100k5.264.8-8.75%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Kaminski

Regarding ethnic identity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census shows some changes for those with the Kaminski surname between 2000 and 2010. The percentage identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander increased by 23.68%, while the number who identified with two or more races also rose by 11.90%. Meanwhile, those identifying as white fell slightly by 1.10%. A significant increase was seen among those identifying as Hispanic, with a rise of 64.46%. Those identifying as Black saw a moderate increase of 15.38%, while American Indian and Alaskan Native identities saw an increase of 42.86%.

Two or More Races0.84%0.94%11.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.38%0.47%23.68%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.14%0.2%42.86%

Kaminski ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Kaminski is Eastern European, which comprises 42.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (24.7%) and French & German (15.7%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Greek & Balkan.

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Eastern European42.5%
British & Irish24.7%
French & German15.7%

Possible origins of the surname Kaminski

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Kaminski have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in Poland, and United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland62.50%
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland61.50%
Greater London, United Kingdom60.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom60.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom60.20%

What Kaminski haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Kaminski is R-M417, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-M417 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-L260 and I-S17250, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Nowak, Novak, Urban, Toth, Krause, Wisniewski, Kowalski, Zielinski, Schultz, Nagy.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Kaminski surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

kaminskiPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Kaminski have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Kaminski" Surname 33.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Kaminski" Surname 25.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Kaminski" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Kaminski" Surname 15.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Kaminski?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Kaminski are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Eastern European 60.6%

23andMe Users 57.2%