Re: The Origins of Katz Surname #hungary
I am glad we all answered by the book for what istoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
considered the etynology of the name "Katz."
The other question you raised is actually whether it
applies to "you", the application of Y-DNA, and though
not expressed that way when or why could the name have
The fact that enough people with names that suggest
or have a tradition of a "kohanim" ancestry share what
is referred to a the kohanim "haplotype" - which is
having in common 6 specific identical markers on their
Y-DNA chromosome - lends credence to their claim that
they have a common male ancestor that would have been
alive at the time that biblically speaking Aaron was
While we know that some Jewish family names go back
to Babylonia (700 B.C.), or Sephardic Spain
(900-1300A.D.), Northern Africa (1500 to 1800s), Late
Middle Age or Early Renaissance in Germany(
1600-1800), for most Central/Eastern European Jews the
name they carry today was acquired when they were
legally required to have one (anywhere >from the 1780's
to the 1850's depending upon what jusrisdiction they
were under at the time), and this leaves many more
special cases out. Also keep in mind that all names
were not voluntarily acquired.
Therefore are all Katz kohanims? Probably not.
After all a Katz is a cat. When did they acquire the
name? see above.
Short of another word as to one's relationship to
someone with whom you share different degree of Y-DNA
commonality, until substantiated otherwise
(combination of history and paper trail), that person
is just a DNA cousin.
As discussed many times the so-called Hungarian
Jews of the 18th to 20th Century were only there from
at the earliest the early 1700's and many not until
the early to middle 1800's.
Therefore, yes, they probably share ancestry with
Jews >from among other places, Lithuania, Poland, the
Ukraine, etc as those too came >from somewhere, and
eventually the same place.
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