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This long-established surname is of Polish origin, and may either be an occupational name for a quarry-man or stone-cutter, deriving from the Polish "kamien", stone, with the addition of the suffix "-ski", or a locational name from any of the several places named with the Polish word "kamien", stone, for example, Kamieniec in Lower Silesia, plus the locational suffix "-ski". Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual ccupation 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...

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