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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Cohen is "O Cadhain," from the word "cadhan," which means wild goose. Kilcoyne, commonly seen as an alias of Coyne, is a patronymic name derived from the Gaelic name Mac Giolla Chaoine, denoting the son of a devotee of St. Caoin. Coen is also often the Anglicized version of the Gaelic name "O Comhdhain."

Cohen Early Origins



The surname Cohen was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), and Leinster. The name became confused with Coen, Kyne, and Kilcoyne, all of which have derived from it, or have been the origin of Coyne. The ancient Coens, descended from the Gaelic Caomhan, the Chief of his clann in 876 A.D. who was descended from the Princes of Hy Fiachra, and the great General King Niall of the Nine Hostages.

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Cohen Spelling Variations


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Cohen Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Cohen revealed spelling variations, including Coyne, Coen, Cohen, Kyne, Kilcoyne, Coyney, Koyne, Koen, Kohen, M'Coyne, Coyn, Coin, Coine, Koin, Koine, Barnacle (a synonym of Coyne by translation), Barnicle, Barnycle, Barnackle, Barnicall, Barnickle and many more.

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Cohen Early History


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Cohen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cohen research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1839, 1868, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Cohen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cohen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cohen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cohen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Cohen name:

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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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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  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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