JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Kohen alternate surnames #general

Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>

On Mon, 24 Jul 2006 18:06:41 UTC, (David P Cohen) wrote:

Sat, 22 Jul 2006, Jane Zeman Smith asked about the surname "Kohen". It has
been disguised or translated to vernacular in host countries, viz.
Kahn/Schiff in Germany, Kaplan in Poland Sacerdote in Italy, Aronow, B'Aron
or many others.

Otherwise, kohanim have adopted secular names without regard to parallel
meanings. My Reznik, Rotsztejn, Beron and Rappaport antecedents all were

David Cohen
Deerfield Beach, Florida
"Reznik" (actually "Rzeznik", where the Zs sound like ZH) means "butcher" in
Polish; your Reznik progenitor was probably a shochet, certainly an occupation
open to kohanim. It is definitely a religious occupation, and does not fall in
the class of "secular names".

Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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HERTANU, ABRAMOVICI, LAUER: >from Dorohoi District, Romania
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