Re: Cohen and Levy (all spellings) absent from 1874 Borisov Revision List #belarus

Stephen Weinstein

In Russian, Kagan and Cohen are spelled the same (they don't have
separate letters for G and H). The only reason you didn't find the
name "Cohen" is because whomever did the English transliteration
choose to transliterate the Russian as Kagan. But the name in Russian
would have been the same as what it would have been if the person's
name had originally been Cohen.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, USA


On Tue, 11/17/15, Matthew Klionsky <>
<> wrote:

Subject: [belarus] Cohen and Levy (all spellings) absent >from 1874
Borisov Revision List
To: "Belarus SIG" <>
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:43 PM

In my family, Berl/Berko (aka Dov
Behr) Klionsky married Bessie/Pesche Cohen
in NYC in the 1890s. Her father was Hyman Joseph Cohen
>from Borisov. I tried
to search for him - or anyone identifiable as his relative -
on the 1874 Borisov
Revision List, but found nothing. No Cohens at all (of
any spelling).

The 1874 Borisov Revision List has about 4500 entries.
My understanding is that
such lists are supposed to record all Jews subject to a
certain type of poll tax;
certain professionals and educated people (and perhaps rich
people as well) are
not covered by the List, but most families who lived there
at the time should
have at least one family member included.

(or any reasonable spelling variations thereof).

(There ARE entries for names such as Kagan, Kaplan and
Levine which are highly
indicative of such religious standing.)

Does anyone know if use of Cohen or Levy as a surname was
Or, if people with those names were categorically excluded
>from the lists?
Or, if these names were, for some reason, just not used in
the Borisov region?
Or, any other insights as to why such common Jewish names
are not represented on a list with about 4500 entries?

Help would really be appreciated.

Matthew Klionsky

Join to automatically receive all group messages.