Kaminski is a long-established surname of Polish origin. It is either an occupational name for a quarry-man or stone-cutter, deriving from the Polish "kamien" meaning stone, or a locational name from an area with the Polish word "kamien" in the placename such as Kamieniec, located in Lower Silesia. Both naming instances use the addition of the suffix "-ski". Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary, and locational surnames were initially given to local landowners, and later as a means of identification to those who left their birthplace to settle elsewhere. In Polish surnames "-ski" originally indicated association with a place, but soon came to be regarded as equivalent to the French "de", and so indicative of gentry status. Formerly, the namebearer would have been lord of the estate or manor to which the name referred, but gradually "-ski" was applied indiscriminately to various surname types. (Note: Kaminski crest artwork copyright by Eddie Geoghegan, Heraldry.ws)
The following family history begins at the turn of the 20th century:
Ignacy was born 11 Nov 1885 and came from Plock, Poland. His father, Roch Kaminski arrived in the U.S. on April 11, 1890. He brought his eldest son, Frank Stanley in 1899. Roch's wife, Anna (nee Markiewiez) Kaminski, also from Plock, Poland along with Ignacy, his brother Wladislaus, and sisters, Helen and Stella, arrived in 1900. Their brother, Raymond, would be born in Bloomfield in 1901. By 1930, Raymond anglicized his surname to Stone. The surname change would be emulated by Ignacy's children as well.
Ignacy Kaminski died on Tuesday, March 22, 1966.
Franciska Perkowska arrived at Ellis Island on September 22, 1908 aboard the Kroonland sailing from Antwerp. Those records list her destination as her brother Andozy Perkowski in Bloomfield, NJ.
Francis (Perkowska) Kaminski died September 1972.
Ignacy Kaminski and Francisca Perkowski were married on July 14, 1910 at St. Valentine Roman Catholic church in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The church records list witnesses of Ladislaus Lipinski and Stanislaus Kaminski. Their first known addresses were 15 Howard Place, Nutley on the 1920 census, and 49 Marcy Street, Bloomfield, on the 1930 census. After 1940, they purchased the house at 85 Watsessing Ave. in Bloomfield, NJ, and remained there for life.
They had five known children that reached adulthood:
2nd Generation of Siblings and their Families
Most of the children went by the last name of Stone by at least the 1930 U.S. Census, the anglicized version of Kaminski.
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Interesting Kaminski Facts
The official national Coat of Arms of Poland is an eagle on a red field as specified in Poland's constitution. It first appeared between 992-1025. It was redesigned in 1927 by professor Zygmunt Kaminski. The crown on the eagle's head has changed since 1927 with the addition of a cross. The example on the left is as Professor Kaminski designed it in 1927.
IGNACY KAMINSKI, 79
Retired Wool Spinner
Ignacy Kaminski of 85 Watsessing Ave. Bloomfield died yesterday at his home at the age of 79.
Mr. Kaminski was born in Poland and moved to Bloomfield 60 years ago. He was a wool spinner at the Oaks Mills in Bloomfield for 30 years before he retired 15 years ago.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Frances Perkowski Kaminski: a son Joseph of Bloomfield: three daughters, Edna Zdanowski (Zaner) of Newton, PA, Mrs Ceilia Marchesani in Texas and Irene Gorski of Paterson: a brother Raymond of Bloomfield: a sister Mrs. Stella Roszkowski of Bloomfield, 12 grand-children and 5 great-grand-children. (ed. note: His daughter, Helen Monaghan VanVolkom, had passed way December 29, 1965).
The funeral will be Friday from the Gorney & Gorney Parkside Memorial, 399 Hoover Ave Bloomfield, with Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Valentine Church, Bloomfield.