Cohen ( Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, kōhēn, " priest") is a Jewish surname of [1 ] biblical origins (see: Kohen). It is a very common Jewish surname, and the following information discusses only that origin.
Bearing the surname indicates that one's
patrilineal ancestors were priests in the Temple of Jerusalem. A single such priest was known as a Kohen, and the hereditary caste descending from these priests is collectively known as the Kohanim. As multiple languages were acquired through the [2 ] Jewish diaspora, the surname acquired dozens of variants.
Being a Kohen imposes some limitations: by Jewish law a Kohen may not marry a divorced woman, and may not marry a
proselyte (someone who converted to Judaism). Nor should an observant Kohen come into contact with the dead. [3 ] [4 ]
An effort to trace whether or not people named 'Cohen' actually have a common genetic origin has been undertaken in the specific
DNA signature associated with the name known as the Cohen Modal Haplotype. [5 ] Cohen may refer to: People [edit ] Cohen, the surname (or in a few cases, part of a double-barrelled surname) of many people: Scientists [edit ] Ariel Cohen (1959), an American political scientist specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East Albert K. Cohen (1918), an American sociologist Bernard Cohen (physicist), Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, a French physicist working at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Nobel Prize Laureate in physics. David B. Cohen (psychologist) (1941–2004), an American psychology professor E.G.D. Cohen (1923), a Dutch/American Physicist Emil Cohen (1842–1905), a German mineralogist Ernst Julius Cohen (1869–1944), a Dutch chemist Henri Cohen (number theorist) (1932), a French mathematician who specializes in number theory. Irvin S. Cohen, a mathematician Jack Cohen (scientist), British biologist and special effects consultant Julius Berend Cohen (1859–1935), an English chemist Leon Cohen, mathematician and developer of Cohen's class distribution function Marvin L. Cohen, a Canadian-born American condensed-matter physicist at the University of California, Berkeley Paul Cohen (mathematician), (1934–2007), an American mathematician who proved the independence of the continuum hypothesis. Full name Paul Joseph Cohen Samuel T. Cohen (1921–2010), a physicist known for inventing the W70 warhead, the "enhanced neutron weapon" or neutron bomb Saul B. Cohen, an American human geographer Simon Baron-Cohen, a British psychologist and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge Stanley Cohen (neurologist) (born 1922), American Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology and Medicine Stanley Norman Cohen (born 1935), an American geneticist Yoseph Bar-Cohen, a physicist at the JPL who specializes in electroactive materials and ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) Henry Cohen, Baron Cohen of Birkenhead, British physician and lecturer, former president of the GMC and the Royal Society of Medicine Educators [edit ] Andrew Cohen (spiritual teacher), (born 1955) an American guru, spiritual teacher, founder of the magazine What Is Enlightenment?, author, and musician Benjamin Cohen (professor), an American Professor Bernard Cecil Cohen, educator and acting Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison I. Bernard Cohen, former professor of the history of science at Harvard University Brad Cohen, a motivational speaker and an award-winning teacher and author Eliot A. Cohen, a Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and currently serving as Counselor to the U.S. State Department Gerald Cohen, the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, Oxford Joanna Waley-Cohen, Professor of History at New York University, where she has taught since 1992 Michael D. Cohen (1945–2013), American academic Morris Cohen (scientist), (1911–2005) an emeritus Institute Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Henry Cohen (rabbi), rabbi of the Congregation B'nai Israel in Galveston, Texas Reuben Cohen, Canadian businessman, lawyer, and the third Chancellor of Dalhousie University Richard A. Cohen, lecturer on conversion therapy Richard I. Cohen, professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Stanley Cohen (sociologist) (1942–2013), Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics Stephen F. Cohen, scholar of Russian studies in the United States Writers / Journalists [edit ] Abraham Cohen de Herrera, Spanish born philosopher, kabbalist, and professor Albert Cohen, Greek-born Jewish Swiss novelist who wrote in French Allen Cohen (poet), editor of the San Francisco Oracle Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist, socialite and television maven David X. Cohen, writer for animated television shows such as The Simpsons and Futurama Elie Aron Cohen (1909–1993), doctor, Auschwitz survivor, and author Georg Morris Cohen Brandes, Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century Hermann Cohen, German philosopher, one of the founders of the Marburg School of Neo-Kantianism Laurence Jonathan Cohen (1923–2006), British philosopher, writer of the book The Probable and the Provable Matt Cohen (writer) (1942–1999), known by the pseudonym Teddy Jam, a Canadian writer Nick Cohen, a British journalist, author, and political commentator Randy Cohen, an American writer and humorist best known as the author of The Ethicist column in The New York Times Magazine Octavus Roy Cohen (1891–1959), writer and author Richard Cohen (columnist), syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Richard E. Cohen, congressional correspondent for a political magazine in the United States Robert Cohen (writer), Canadian comedy writer Roger Cohen, a British-born journalist, author, and columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune Simcha Bunim Cohen, Orthodox rabbi and author Ya'akov Cohen (writer), Israeli writer Musicians [edit ] Aviad Cohen, formerly known as "50 shekel" an Israeli/American singer-songwriter, composer and arranger Allen Cohen (composer), American composer Avishai Cohen (bassist), Israeli jazz bassist, composer and arranger Avishai Cohen (trumpeter), Israeli/American jazz trumpeter and composer Douglas J. Cohen, American composer/lyricist Ellen Naomi Cohen, American singer known as "Mama" Cass Harriet Cohen, British pianist Judy Kay Cohen (born 1952), American singer known as Juice Newton Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, also best-selling author of Beautiful Losers and other novels Marc Cohn, American singer-songwriter Mathilda Cohn, Swedish singer, hovsångare Paul Cohen (saxophonist), American saxophonist Raymond Cohen, British violinist Samuel Cohen (composer), composer of Hatikvah Stuart David Cohen (1941–1982), American singer-songwriter known as David Blue Tim Cohen, American musician Treyc Cohen, X Factor finalist Yaron Cohen (now Sharon Cohen), Israeli singer known as Dana International Artists [edit ] Ryosuke Cohen, internationally known mail artist (whose surname is a stylistic spelling of Japanese Kōen and does not derive from the Hebrew name) Lynne Cohen, professional fine art photographer Dan Colen, artist based in New York (whose surname was changed from "Cohen" by his paternal grandfather) Technologists [edit ] Bram Cohen, American computer programmer, best known as the author of the peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program and protocol BitTorrent Entertainment industry people [edit ] Albert Cohen (producer), French producer of musicals and radio personality Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant Assi Cohen, Israeli comedian and actor Bruce Cohen, film producer David X. Cohen, writer and producer for television Eliad Cohen (born 1988), Israeli model, producer, actor, model, entrepreneur Emil Cohen (1911–2000), Jewish comedian and singer, in the tradition of Myron Cohen Emma Cohen, Spanish actress whose real name is Emmanuela Beltran Rahola Erin Cohen, American actress whose stage name is Erin Daniels Herman Cohen, producer of B-movies during the 1950s, who helped to popularize the teen horror movie genre Ira Cohen, filmmaker, poet and photographer Jem Cohen, a filmmaker known for his blending of media formats and collaborations with music artists Jeff Cohen (actor) (born 1974), American child actor ( The Goonies) and entertainment lawyer Joel H. Cohen, a writer for The Simpsons Larry Cohen (born 1941), film director and brother of Ronni Chasen Liskula Cohen, Canadian born, New York based model, involved in an Internet privacy lawsuit Matt Cohen (actor), an American film and television actor Myron Cohen (1902–1986), an American comedian and raconteur Rob Cohen, an American film director, producer and writer Ronni Chasen (1946–2010), American publicist born Ronni Cohen, sister of director Larry Cohen Sacha Baron Cohen, English comedian Scott Cohen, American actor best known for "The 10th Kingdom" and "Necessary Roughness" Sidney M. Cohen, a Canadian television director and program creator Rodney Dangerfield was born Jacob Cohen Sid James, actor, was born Joel Solomon Cohen Tanner Cohen, an American actor and singer Sports and athletics [edit ] Alan N. Cohen, American former co-owner of the Boston Celtics and the New Jersey Nets Almog Cohen, Israeli professional association footballer Andrew Cohen (footballer), Maltese international footballer Andy Cohen (baseball), former New York Giant player Audra Cohen, American 2007 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Champion Avi Cohen, former Israeli footballer who was the first to play in England Ben Cohen, world cup winning rugby union footballer who plays wing for CA Brive and England Chris Cohen, English footballer currently playing for Nottingham Forest Colby Cohen (born 1989), American ice hockey player Eli Cohen (footballer born 1951), Israeli football manager Eli Cohen (footballer born 1961), Israeli football player and manager Gary Cohen, American sportscaster, best known as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets Gary Cohen (footballer), English professional football player who joined Grimsby Town on a season-long loan deal from Scottish Second Division side Gretna George Cohen (born 1939), the soccer right back for England in the side which won the 1966 World Cup Glen Cohen, British athlete. Harlan Cohen, American volleyball coach Haskell Cohen, American sports writer and former National Basketball Association (NBA) public relations director Henri Cohen (water polo), Belgian Olympic silver medalist, water polo Howard Cosell, American sportscaster born Howard Cohen Jacob Cohen (footballer), Israeli former professional association footballer Jake Cohen (born 1990), American/Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv Jeff Cohen, All-American college basketball player at The College of William & Mary in 1960–61 John Cohen (baseball) (born 1966), American college baseball coach Larry Cohen (soccer), South African footballer and son of Martin Cohen Liran Cohen, Israeli footballer Martin Cohen (soccer), South African footballer Matt Cohen (ice hockey), American ice hockey player Mickey Cohen (soccer), American soccer player Nathan Cohen (born 1986), New Zealand world champion and Olympic champion rower Norman Cohn (Norman Armitage), United States sabre fencer, 17-time US champion, Olympic bronze Ohad Cohen, Israeli footballer Robert Cohen (boxer), French & Algerian world champion bantamweight boxer Sasha Cohen, American US Figure Skating Champion & Olympic silver Shimon Cohen, Israeli footballer Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, French tennis player Steven Cohen (footballer), French-Israeli professional association footballer Tamir Cohen, Israeli footballer (Bolton Wanderers & national team) Tanhum Cohen-Mintz (born 1939), Latvian-born Israeli basketball player Tiffany Cohen, American double gold champion in swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Hall of Fame Zach Cohen (ice hockey), American ice hockey player Zion Cohen, Israeli footballer Spies [edit ] Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy in Syria. Exposed and executed in 1965 Lona Cohen, an American member of the Communist Party USA who was recruited into Soviet espionage in 1939 by her husband Maurice Cohen, cryptographer Morris Cohen (Soviet spy) (1910–1995), also known as Peter Kroger, was a Soviet spy who helped pass Manhattan Project secrets to the USSR Politicians [edit ] Aharon Cohen, senior member of Mapam, born 1910 Andrew Cohen (statesman), former Governor of Uganda Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a European politician who was a leader of the student protesters during the May 1968 riots in France David Cohen (politician), an American politician, noted for his service in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Philadelphia City Council David B. Cohen (mayor), an American politician, mayor of Newton, Massachusetts Eli Cohen (politician), Israeli politician who served as a Knesset member for Likud Erminie Cohen, retired Canadian senator Geula Cohen (born 1925), Israeli politician and journalist Harry Cohen, Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom Jay M. Cohen, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology, United States Jim Cohen, human rights and environmental activist Job Cohen, Dutch politician of the Labour Party, State Secretary for Education and Sciences, State Secretary for Justice, Mayor of Amsterdam Lita Indzel Cohen, American politician Mark B. Cohen, longest-serving Pennsylvania state legislator Pierre Cohen, French politician, Mayor of Toulouse Ran Cohen, Israeli politician and Knesset member of the Meretz-Yachad party Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Windsor—St. Clair for the Liberal Party from 1993 to 1998 Stanley Cohen (politician) (1927–2004), a British Labour politician Steve Cohen, a member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's Ninth District William Cohen, a politician and former US Secretary of Defense Ya'akov Cohen, Israeli rabbi and politician Yohanan Cohen (1917–2013), Israeli politician and diplomat Businesspeople [edit ] Albert D. Cohen (1914–2011), a Canadian businessman who was the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Gendis Incorporated H. Reuben Cohen, CC ONB QC (1922–), a Canadian businessman and philanthropist, and the third Chancellor of Dalhousie University. Ben Cohen (ice cream), a co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream Benjamin Cohen (journalist), a British internet entrepreneur and journalist Evan Montvel Cohen, a co-founder and the first chairman of Air America Radio Henry Cohen (civil servant), the director of Föhrenwald, the third largest Displaced Persons camp in the American sector of post-WWII Germany Jack Cohen (1898–1979), British businessman Jay Cohen, the former CEO of World Sports Exchange (WSEX), an online gambling company Joshua Lionel Cowen b. Joshua Lionel Cohen, toy train magnate Lyor Cohen, CEO of Warner Music Group Stephen M. Cohen, owner of the Internet domain name Sex.com Steven A. Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund investor and founder of SAC Capital Partners Lawyers [edit ] Arthur Cohen, an English barrister and king's counsel Felix S. Cohen (1907–1953), a lawyer and legal scholar who developed an expertise in law concerning natural resources, statehood and economic development for American territories, Indian affairs, and immigration and minority problems George H. Cohen, American director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Roy Cohn (1927–1986), an American lawyer who came to prominence during the investigations by Senator Joseph McCarthy into alleged Communism in the U.S. government Jerome A. Cohen, a professor of law at New York University School of Law and an expert in Chinese law Lionel Leonard Cohen, Law Lord, one of "the three wise men" Bradford Cohen, a contestant on the The Apprentice and celebrity Florida criminal defense lawyer Fictional characters [edit ] Brian Cohen, of Monty Python's Life of Brian Kirsten Cohen, on the FOX television series The O.C. Mark Cohen (Rent), in the rock opera Rent Sander Cohen, a fictional musician in the video game BioShock Sandy Cohen, on the FOX television series The O.C. Seth Cohen, on FOX television series The O.C. Sander Cohen, from the video game BioShock. Max Cohen, in Darren Aronofsky's film Pi Tina Cohen-Chang, on the FOX television series Glee Baruch Cohen, the real name of Billy Joe Cobra from Dude, That's My Ghost! Names needing to be sorted [edit ] Henry Cohen (numismatist) (1806–1880), French numismatist, bibliographer and composer J. M. Cohen, a prolific translator (into English) of European literature Jeff Cohen (media critic), the founder of Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, a media watchdog group in the US John Cohen, a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers as well as a photographer and filmmaker Kalman J. Cohen, an American economist Larry Cohen (bridge player), American bridge champion Larry Cohen (union leader), American union leader Liepmann Cohen (c. 1630–1714), also known as Leffmann Behrends, was the German financial agent of the dukes and princes of Hanover Mickey Cohen (1913–1976), a gangster in 1940s and 1950s Morris Cohen (adventurer) (1887–1970), also known as "Two-Gun", a British-born adventurer who became a bodyguard for Sun Yat-sen Morris Raphael Cohen (1880–1947), an American Jewish philosopher who united pragmatism with logical positivism and linguistic analysis Raphael H. Cohen, professor, lecturer, author, serial entrepreneur and business angel Yousef Hamadani Cohen, spiritual leader and chief Rabbi for the Jewish community in Iran Former name of Henri Corwin, Dutch philatelist See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Schreiber, Mordecai (2011). The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia. Taylor Trade Publications. ^ Donin, Rabbi Haim Halevy (1972). To Be A Jew. A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life. Basic Books. p. 198. ^ Donin p.291 ^ Donin p.304 ^ Sources for the genetic studies are given in the article Y-chromosomal Aaron. External links [edit ]