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WDYT of the baby boy name Cohen?

I love the baby boy name Cohen! My husband and I think its adorable! What do you think of the name and are there any middle names you would suggest?

Also does anyone know the origin of it? Some say its gaelic and some say its hebrew...I'm not really sure.

By the way, someone has also told me that it could be offensive to Jewish people. Why is that?

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  • 8 years ago
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    I love the name Cohen. I know that it can be seen as offensive to some people and that it is a surname, but It's a guilty pleasure name of mine and I would never use it on an actual child. Plus, my son's name is Owen and I don't like rhyming names at all!

    Cohen Alexander

    Cohen James

    Cohen Knox

    Cohen Reid

    Cohen Rhys

    Cohen Joel

    Cohen Julian

    Cohen Caleb

    Cohen Ethan

    Cohen Andrew

    Cohen Jonah

    Cohen Jsoiah

    Cohen Nathaniel

    Cohen William

    Those are just some middle names that I like for it! :)

    Hope I helped :)

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  • 8 years ago

    Cohen is the anglicized word for priest in Hebrew. Before Jewish people were expelled by the Romans, the kohanim (plural) were a special class which was believed to be chosen by God to preform priestly obligations of the highest importance. Yes, it is a name that not a lot of Jewish people will take on nicely, but usually people don't care about what a name might mean to other cultures and groups (example: Dakota and Cheyenne as given names).

    I do like the name. It is short and cute, but it has potential to age well. However, for many people this isn't a regular "surname turns into name" situation. Coen, which sounds and looks the same as your idea, is a Dutch diminutive for Conrad. It is a legitimate name in the Netherlands and diffuses the cultural insensitivity from the name.

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  • I really like the name Cohen.

    For middle names how about-

    Cohen Bailey

    Cohen Thomas

    Cohen Jay

    Cohen Alexander(my favourite!)

    Cohen Edward

    Cohen Samuel

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  • I think Cohen is cute

    Mn:

    Parker

    Tate

    Marcus

    David

    Jacob

    Thomas

    Christopher

    Joshua

    Michael

    Mitchel

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  • 8 years ago

    I have no clue where is comes from or why it would be offensive.. but I think it is absolutely adorable!!:)

    I like Cohen Jeremiah, Cohen Bradley, Cohen Jacob, and Cohen Scott!

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  • 8 years ago

    Awful...it's a Jewish surname that belongs to an ancient family of priests. It's extremely offensive to see uneducated non-Jews stealing it as just another trendy surname-as-first-name.

    Some insular, short-sighted parents might think it's OK because they live in Hicksville, Alabama and have never met a real live Jewish person...but that DOESN'T mean their son will live in Hicksville all his life. Sooner or later he will encounter people who will be able to deduce from his name that he was raised by ignorant and/or insensitive parents, and judge him accordingly.

    Some better ideas:

    Calvin

    Colin

    Connor

    Callum

    Caleb

    Conrad

    Corbin

    Cormac

    Henry

    Jude

    Malachi

    Ezekiel

    Ezra

    Isaiah

    Josiah

    Owen

    Oliver

    Oscar

    Oberon

    Heath

    Everett

    Source(s): Google!
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  • 8 years ago

    Cohen is a boy's name It is Jewish and means "priest".

    Source(s): Nickelodeon: Parents Connect
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  • 8 years ago

    I think it's a very nice name.

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