Re: Klein vs Kohn #hungary


Katz, Itzik <Itzik.Katz@...>
 

The most common variations for Kohanim surnames are (but not limited
to):
Kohn
Kun
Kohen
Kahan
Cahan
Kahanov
Cahanov
Ha'Kohen
Katz
Kacs
Kagan
Kaplan
Caplan
Kaplanski
Kaplansky
Katzman
Katzmann
Katzanelson
Katzenelson
Katzenbaum

And so on and so forth.

I have learned that sometimes, although not so common, during the
surname Gremanization process Kohanim picked other surnames that don't
sound or remind the Kohen name such as, Gottdiener, Kardos, Kovacs to
name a few. For example, Rabbi Shimson Eliezer Katz Gottdiener who appears in "Shem Hagdolim" by
Pinhas Zelig Schwartz.

Samuel Katz Kardos, husband of Johana Benet (Daughter of Rabbi Marcus
Bendeickt aka Mordechai Benet) Joel Kovacs >from my family and a relative of the reputable Bela Kun (who
led the Communist revolution in Hungary in 1919) whose original surname
was Kun but he changed it to sound more Hungarian.

Although Klein is often coming >from the German word for "small" or
"short" there are few Klein who are also Kohanim.

Isaac Katz
Israel

-----Original Message-----
From: SFeuerstein [mailto:ethnoca@yahoo.ca]=20
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:37 AM
To: H-SIG
Subject: [h-sig] Klein vs Kohn

Subject: Re: Hajduboszormeny
From: tom klein <h-sig@ecologicaltech.com>
=20
among other theories, it probably originated as a
version of "hakohen", so you might find that your
KLEIN family are kohanim.
Theoretically possible, but not too probable. Klein
means small or short, very common in Germanic areas,
just as Kis(s) is very common in Hungary. I found
that kohanim were overwhelmingly called Kohn's.

Sarah Feuerstein

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