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Multiple Origins for the Surname Cohen



The distinguished surname Cohen is a proud sign of an ancient Jewish culture. The surname Cohen is an occupational surname for a priest, and it comes from the Hebrew word kohen. Traditionally, priests were considered to have been members of a hereditary caste, descended from Aaron, the brother of Moses. Not all Jewish bearers of the surname Cohen belong to this caste, however. When many Jews were being forced to join the Russian Army for a term of 25 years, a number of them changed their last name to Cohen, because members of the clergy were exempt from service.

Cohen Early Origins




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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cohen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Myers Cohen came to New York in 1740
  • Abraham Myers Cohen settled in America in 1740
  • Abraham Myers Cohen, who arrived in New York in 1740-1741
  • Samuel Myers Cohen, who arrived in New York in 1740-1741
  • Israel I Cohen, who landed in Virginia in 1784

Cohen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Berend Cohen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Abraham Berend Cohen settled in San Francisco, California, in 1804
  • Peter Cohen, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Heartwig Cohen, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Lewis Cohen, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cohen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Simon Cohen, who landed in Mississippi in 1902
  • Henry Cohen, who landed in Mississippi in 1905
  • Jake Cohen, who landed in Mississippi in 1906

Cohen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • L Cohen, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Cohen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Moses Cohen, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Abraham Cohen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849

Cohen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Cohen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cohen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cohen (post 1700)



  • Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016), American graphic designer, artist and archivist
  • Lawrence D. "Larry" Cohen (1933-2016), American attorney, politician, and jurist, Mayor of St. Paul (1972-1976)
  • Harold Cohen (1928-2016), British-born, American artist and educator who created AARON, a computer program designed to produce art autonomously
  • Stanley Norman Cohen (b. 1935), American geneticist awarded the 1980 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the 1988 National Medal of Science
  • Paul Joseph Cohen (1934-2007), American mathematician awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and the National Medal of Science in 1967
  • Jacob Cohen (1921-2004), original name of Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect"
  • Alexander H Cohen (1920-2000), American theater and television producer
  • Samuel Cohen (1921-2010), American physicist who is known for inventing the neutron bomb
  • Ellen Naomi Cohen (1943-1974), original name of "Mama" Cass Elliott, the American singer and member of The Mamas & the Papas
  • Howard Cohen (1918-1995), original name of Howard Cosell, American sports journalist
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cohen Historic Events


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Cohen Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Theodora Eugenia Cohen (1968-1988), American Student from Port Jervis, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Gershon "Gus" Cohen, aged 18, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 12

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Cohen Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Cohen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cohen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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