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KATZOFF not Cohanim #names


Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

Many years ago I visited a Jewish heritage museum (name of which I
will leave out) in which the computer for name origins described
KATZOFF as a variant of KATZ which usually stands for KOHEN-TZEDEK .
The printout mentioned my brother's name as one of th "prominent
KATZOFFs in Israel.

The next time I visited my above mentioned brother, I mentioned to him
that I did not know we were Cohanim. As an orthodox Rabbi who was
concerned regarding "yichus" he contacted the museum to correct the
misleading data.

BTW, we spell our hebrew name with a "Kuf" and not a "kaf" (as in
Cohen) which should have tipped off the museum's name dept. But in
the english spelling it could be confusing.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


alejandro@...
 

Hi Yoni:
The surname Katzoff is a derivation of the yiddish word katzev which is an occupation: butcher.
Also, this surname is not considered of Cohanite lineage.
Regards


Percy Mett
 

KATZOFF is Yiddish for butcher
 
Perets Mett
London
 
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Yoni Ben-Ari wrote

Many years ago I visited a Jewish heritage museum (name of which I
will leave out) in which the computer for name origins described
KATZOFF as a variant of KATZ which usually stands for KOHEN-TZEDEK .
The printout mentioned my brother's name as one of th "prominent
KATZOFFs in Israel.

The next time I visited my above mentioned brother, I mentioned to him
that I did not know we were Cohanim. As an orthodox Rabbi who was
concerned regarding "yichus" he contacted the museum to correct the
misleading data.

BTW, we spell our hebrew name with a "Kuf" and not a "kaf" (as in
Cohen) which should have tipped off the museum's name dept. But in
the english spelling it could be confusing.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem


Yonatan Ben-Ari
 

Recieved many replies regarding KATZOFF = Butcher in hebrew. In our case it seems that the name is a variant on a slavic word for some one working with lumber which actually was my paternal ancestors' profession.
 
Yoni Ben Ari (Katzoff)
Jerusalem


Jerry Scherer
 

If the parents never registered their religious marriage, then the civil authorities would consider the child illegitimate and would then give the child the mother's surname. Consider the following scenario. A baby boy is born, "illigimatelly" where the mother's surname is Cohen and the father is not a Kohen. Therefore, the baby boy would be registered with the Cohen surname and not be part of the Kohanim tribe.This boy and future generations of sons will now have the Cohen surname and not be Kohanim.