January 21, 2005

Kohain Names



I would like to start a list of Kohanic last names. Please feel free to post the obvious and the not so obvious. I heard of a Kohain with the last name Levy and a man named Rich Cohen who said he wasn't a Kohain, but it was okay since he wasn't rich either.

To start the ball rolling...

Katz (a contraction of "Kohain Tzedek" or righteous priest)
Kahn
Cohen
Kagen (as in the Chafetz Chaim. It is an Eastern European way of saying Kohain)
Kaplan (for Ashkenazim. In Turkish Kaplan means "tiger")
Rapaport/Rapoport (One of the most distinguished of priestly families. The Gra was "podeh" himself by every Kohain he met until he met a member of the Rapaport family. Supposedly they have a shtar yichus [family tree with all the names] going back to Aharon)
Shapiro (some, not all. I heard it has to do with the grandson of the Maharal who was last named Katz. He married a Shapiro and took her name because she had no brothers. Anyone else hear of this?)
Kahane (Aramaic for Kohain)
Kahana (variation)

KOHANIM: Please add your last name in the comments section!

16 comments:

Zman Biur said...

Coen
Kagan
Quinn
Azulay (acronym: isha zonah vachalalah lo yikachu)

(Note: I'm not a cohen).

Anonymous said...

You can add "Adler"(eagle),since they spread their arms like an eagles's wings when duchaning.

Judah HaKohain said...

Someone once told me that there is a clalah (curse) pronounced on all those who say the name "Azulay" stands for the above. I don not remember who it was that declared it. Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know about 'Kohns' ?

Anonymous said...

The name "Foxman" can be added. Not all Foxmans are Cohanim, but many are. Originally from Poland, and changed from Fuchsman.

Anonymous said...

Maguri, yemenite family with shtar ichus.

Stooge said...

Some Kohanic last names I know of:
- Sakols
- Shuster
- Ginsparg
- Ginsberg
- Wengrow
- Lorber
- Fishman
- Aronin
- Abdul-Jabbar (kidding!)

No idea what they're derived from, though.

And FYI, there are people out there with Kohanic last names who are not Kohanim. (Gabbais learn this lesson early on.) The two reasons I've heard is that (1) somewhere down the line there was a conversion in the family, or that (2) the person was adopted. (Same goes, obviously, for people with Levitic last names who aren't necessarily being Leviim.)

Kaplan said...

Hi everyone.

My family name is Kaplan. My ancestors came from eastern Europe at some stage in history (perhaps a few centuries ago) to settle in Turkey. They were discriminated against not only in their former homeland but also in Turkey. They were made to abandon their roots and could only practise Judaism in secret in their homes. Some practices still exist, however, in our family (which is such a relief). Do you think they were followers of the false Messiah Shabbatai Zvi? I also have a question with regard to the Turkish translation of 'Kaplan': how did this come about and when did it come about?

Kaplan said...

Hi everyone.

My family name is Kaplan (and always has been). My ancestors came from eastern Europe at some stage in history (perhaps a few centuries ago) to settle in Turkey. They were discriminated against not only in their former homeland but also in Turkey. They were made to abandon their roots and could only practise Judaism in secret in their homes. Some practices still exist, however, in our family (which is such a relief). Do you think they were followers of the false Messiah Shabbatai Zvi? I also have a question with regard to the Turkish translation of 'Kaplan': how did this come about and when did it come about?

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Anonymous said...

My family name is Lurie and we are Kohanim but I have met other Luries who are not. Any answers?

Judah HaKohain said...

The name was probably changed. Interestingly enough, the Maharal's daughter married a Katz (Kohain) and had a son who married a woman with no brothers so he took on her last name of Shapiro. That's why there are Kohain and non-Kohain Shapiros around today.

At least this is what I heard. I have no idea if it's accurate.

Dandell said...

My last name is Wrona, which is Polish for raven. There are Wrona kohanim in the US and in Brasil, all of us originally from Poland.

Theory is that some of the Rapaports when coming into Poland changed their name into the very polish name Wrona. Rapa is German for raven. Another one is that Rapaports lived in Verona in Italy and changed it to Wrona when coming to Poland.

Interested to see the Shtar Yichus of the Rapaports.

Anonymous said...

You can add Koplen to the list.
Is Kessler a Kohainic name?

Anonymous said...

You can add Koplen to the list.

Is Kessler a Kohainic name?

JudaiClay said...

Lurie in my family are Kohanim but other Luries are not. Any information?