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October 7th, 2013 07:37 PM #91
Cohen will get side-eyed, but I'm saying that it is a possibility and that alone should make people leave it be.Exporting beautiful old Danish names, exotic Greenlandic names and Greenlandic sibling names
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October 7th, 2013 08:02 PM #93Senior Member
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It seems there are only a few people on here that object to using the name Cohen. They seem to just want to cause some tubulance to me. I think the name Cohen sounds very handsome. I have a neighbor around 5 or 6 years old named Cohen. He's the cutest little gentleman and I'm sure he's not Jewish. His parents are good friends of my family and I'm sure they never meant to be offensive when naming their precious son. I would cherish your little boy's name as much as you cherish him. Don't ever even mention that this "offensive notion" was ever seen on this site. I agree that you should just forget about it and enjoy your little one.
October 7th, 2013 09:13 PM #95Senior Member
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I understand that in your specific area, you believe people are basically naming their kids after the local furniture store because it sounds nice. Elsewhere, the name has become popular because of a combination of famous Jewish bearers (be they real people or invented characters), a trend toward surnames as first names, and a love for the -en/-an endings. None of those things mean that there are two separate meanings or origins for Cohen as a name. There are just those who are directly descended from Aaron (including your local furniture store owners, most likely), and those who were most likely named in ignorance. Coen, Koen, Cowan, etc on the other hand, are actually etymologically separate, as I understand it.
I don't think this is a case of anyone arguing that the right to name your child Cohen should be legally taken away, so I'm genuinely confused about where freedom came into this discussion. The OP wanted to know if she had done something that would truly be offensive to a decent portion of the US population. She, like most good moms, would never intentionally name her child something that was as controversial as Cohen. Previous posters have just been affirming that, yes, it is offensive to quite a few people. As a PP said (Pam, maybe? Not sure), we live in a society that is increasingly striving for racial and religious diversity and harmony, and being perceived as insensitive to a minority's known cultural taboo could well reflect poorly on the child in the future.
ETA: As for "mauling" parents of little Cohens, I believe that most of the posters here have mentioned that they would be unlikely to confront a parent over their child's name, because what's done is done.
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