Show ContentsKogan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Kogan is a proud sign of an ancient Jewish culture. The surname Kogan 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 Kogan 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 Kogan, because members of the clergy were exempt from service.

Kogan Ranking

In the United States, the name Kogan is the 16,869th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Kogan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kogan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Harbor Kogan, who landed in Virginia in 1645 2
Kogan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Kogan, aged 30, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 2
  • John Kogan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1859 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Kogan (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Kogan (1933-2021), American jurist, Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1987–1998, Chief Justice from 1996–1998
  • Theo Kogan (b. 1969), American singer, songwriter, model, and actress
  • Rick Kogan (b. 1951), American newspaperman, a Chicago radio personality and a noted author, son of Herman Kogan
  • Herman Kogan (1914-1989), Jewish-American journalist
  • Dmitri Pavlovich Kogan (1978-2017), Russian violinist and an Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation
  • Pavel Leonidovich Kogan (b. 1952), Russian violinist and conductor
  • Artur Kogan (b. 1974), Ukrainian–born, Israeli chess grandmaster

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook