Kami people

Kami (कामी) / Bishwokarma (विश्वकर्मा) is one of the major racial group in Nepal whose population is over 1.2 million or almost 5% of total population of Nepal. Kami is one of the sub-group of Khas ethnicity and it is also categorized as Dalit caste by government of Nepal.

Origin

According to Hindu occupational caste system Kamis were the communities engaged in making ornaments, weapons, pottery and other labor skills. Lohar was the title of Iron-smith and Sunar was the title of Gold-Smiths.

But as the occupational system established as permanent caste system their children got the surnames as such despite of their different choice of the profession. Now few Kami/Bishwakarma people engaged in their traditional occupation of Iron and Gold.

Bishwokarma/ Vishwakarma is also a Hindu god related to architecture. 1st day of month of Ashoj according to the Nepali Calendar Bikram Sambat is celebrated as Bishwokarma Puja.

Kamis of Nepal sometimes associated with Khukuri, a traditional Nepali weapon, as being the most authentic producer of that weapon, referring them as Blade-smith. (li)

"Kami" term used in Nepal Census only counts the Biswokarma people of Khas origin. Lohars, Dhanuk also found among Madheshi community are counted separately for Census purpose. 

Notable Kami people

Politics

Jagat Bishwokarma, Minister, Oli Government (2018)
Meen Bahadur Bishwakarma, Minister, Deuba Govt (2017)

Member of Parliaments: Padamlal Bishwokarma (CPNM, 2008 CA), Khadgabahadur Biswokarma (CPNM, 2008 CA), Chhabilal Bishwokarma (UML, 2008 CA)

Member of State Assemblies: Dobate Bishwakarma (State 4, 2018), Rato Kami (State 6, CPNM 2018), Sundar B Bishwakarma (State 2, UML 2018)

Bhakta Bahadur Bishwakarma, Chairperson of Dalit Welfare organization

Arts

Ranjit Gajmer, veteran musician
Daisy Baraili, famous old singer
Reema Bishwokarma, Model, Actress

Other
Sompal Kami, Cricketer, Nepal National
Rahul Bishwokarma, Cricketer, Nepal National
Sandeep Sunar, Cricketer, Nepal U19
Durga Kami, famous for being old going back to school (li)

Kami/ Bishwokarma Surnames

Agri, Aafladhoti, Wokheda, Wod/Wor, Kadara (Kandara), Kami (Blacksmith, ironsmith), Karada, Kasara, Kallohar, Kalikote, Kaliraj (Shahoo), Kumaki, Kaini, Koli, Khadkathoki, Khapangi, Khati, Gajmer, Gadal, Gadaili, Gahate (Gahatraj), Gowa, Ghatani, Ghamal, Ghamghotle, Ghimire (Sijapati / Shobh), Ghotane, Chandara/Chandaro, Chilime, Chunara, Chhistal, Jandkami, Tamata (Tamrakar), Thagunna, Thatera, Tiruwa, Dayal/Diyali, Dalami, Darnal, Dudraj (Dudhraj), Dural, Deupate, Dewal, Dhanik (Dhanuk), Nagarkoti, Palla (Ya), Padhyawati, Pagri, Parki, Portel, Baraili/Barali/Baral, Bunchebhale, Bipali, Bhool, Mahilipar, Mar (Mahar), Mijhar, Rasaili/Risal, Rahpal, Rajilohar, Ramdam/Ramdamoo, Ruchal, Raikal, Lakandri, Latopi, Labad, Lamgade (Lamakarmi, Lamichhane and Poudeli), Lohars (Iron smiths), Lwagun/Luhagun, Shahsankar, Shahoo, Sherala, Sadasankar/ Sattasankar, Sani, Sobh, Snehi, Sundhuwa, Sunchyuri/Sunchiuri, Singaure, Sunar (Gold-smiths), Sijapati, Sirpali (Shripali), Suni, Setipar, Seti Mahara, Setisural, Sonam, Himchyuri, Vishwakarma (V.K.) / Bishwokarma (BK)

Kami Surnames matching with other races:
Koirala, Giri, Gotame, Gharti, Ghimire, Tiwari,  Niraula, Nepal, Panthi, Dhamala, Parajuli, Pahari, Pulami, Pokharel, Paudel, Banskota, Bhatta, Bhattarai, Rijal, Sapkota, Acharya, Gajurel, Bhusal

कामी / विश्वकर्मा  जातिका थरहरुः

आग्री, आफलधोती, ओड, कसरा, लोहार, कालीकोटे, कालीराज, कुमार्की, कैनी, कोली, खड्काथोकी, खाती, गजमेर, गजुरेल, गदाइली, गदाल, गहतराज, गावा, घताने, धमाल, घामछत्ल, चुनार, छिस्तल, जाँडकामी, टमटा, ठगन्ना, ठटरा, नगरकोटी, पल्लय, पहरी, पाध्यवती, पार्की, पोर्तेल, पौडेली, बराईली, वराली, वुचेभाले, श्रीपाली, दियाली, दुधराज, भुसाल, भुल, माहिलीपार, महर, रसाइली, रहपाल, राजीलौहार, सुन्च्युरी, सुनधुवा, सिगाउरे, सिजापती, सेतीपार, सेतीसुरुवाल, सेतीमहर, रामदाम, ल्वागुन, साशंकर सदाशंकर, शेरेला, सोनाम, हेमच्यूरी, तिरुवा, लाम्गादे, सोव, रुचाल, हर्मेल, दर्नाल, लुहार

गैरदलितसँग मिल्ने थरहरु - कामी / विश्वकर्मा:

ओली, अर्याल, कार्की, घिमिरे, रिजाल, धमाल, चन्द, दुलाल, सिलवाल, खनाल, खपाग्ङी, गजुरेल, गिरी, गौतम, भट्ट, भट्टराई, पन्थी, पौडेल,लोहनी, थापा, शर्मा, शाह, वराल, लामिछाने, धामी, भुषाल, सिजापति, बगाले, सिंह बस्नेत, बास्कोटा, पोखरेल, तिवार, लोहनी, आचार्य, कोइराला, गिरी, गोतामे, घिमिरे, घर्ती, निरौला, नेपाल, पन्थी, पोखरेल, बराल, बाँस्कोटा, भट्ट, भट्टराई, सापकोटा, रिजाल, बुढाथोकी, दुलाल, पौडेल