January 21, 2005
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)
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)
KOHANIM: Please add your last name in the comments section!