Explore the Family Name Polanski

The meaning of Polanski

1. Polish, Rusyn (from Poland), and Jewish (from Poland) (Polański): topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from Polish polana ‘glade, clearing’ (a derivative of pole ‘field’), or a habitational name for someone from a place called Polana, Polanka, Polany, or any of various other Polish places called with this word. Compare Polansky. 2. Polish (Polański): ethnic name for a Pole, or more specifically for a descendant of the Polanie, one of the original Polish tribes. Some characteristic forenames: Polish Stanislaw, Halina, Jurek, Kazimierz, Leszek, Wladyslaw.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Polanski saw a dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 37,591 in terms of prevalence, but fell to 41,579 in 2010, marking a decrease of 10.61%. The count of individuals bearing the name also dropped by 6.1% from 557 to 523. Likewise, the proportion of people with the Polanski surname per 100,000 population decreased by 14.29% from 0.21 to 0.18.

Proportion per 100k0.210.18-14.29%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Polanski

Regarding ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows that the majority of individuals with the Polanski surname identified as white, although this percentage did decline slightly over the decade, from 98.56% in 2000 to 96.75% in 2010. There were no recorded individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indian and Alaskan Native in either year. However, indications of increased diversity within the group became apparent in 2010, when 1.53% identified as Hispanic and just under 1% reported having two or more ethnic identities. No change was observed in the Black population, remaining at 0.00% for both years.

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Asian/Pacific Islander0%0%0%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%