Re: Cohen and Katz #names


Max Heffler
 

Steven,

From Wikipedia:

 

Where it is a Jewish surname, Katz is almost always an abbreviation (Hebrew: כּ״ץ‎) formed from the initials of the term Kohen Tzedeq ("priest of justice"/"authentic priest") or Kohen Tzadok (meaning the name-bearer is of patrilineal descent of the Kohanim sons of Zadok), although when spelled out may mean the family ...

 

Max Heffler

Houston, TX

 

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Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:03 PM
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Subject: [JewishGen.org] Cohen and Katz #names

 

Coming from a family that was called Katz in Europe, but became Cohen
in America, I am wondering if any of you might be able to shed light
on this phenomenon. It must have been quite common: looking at the
Ellis Island database, I see that Katz appears 50% or so more often
than Cohen, while today Cohen is almost 3x more common in the US than
Katz. When did all of those Katzes become Cohens, and why?

Steven D. Cohen
Philadelphia


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