- this week

Gender: M Meaning of Cohen: "priest" Origin of Cohen: Hebrew Cohen's Popularity in 2016: #320

Cohen is a common last name among Jews and a royal name in the Jewish religion, standing for someone who is the priest in a temple. Cohen is now gaining an unlikely following as a first name among people unaware of its religious heritage, possibly because of the character Seth on TV's The O.C. who was commonly called by his last name Cohen. While many may be attracted to the name's fresh, modern, strong sound, you should be aware that its use as a first name may be offensive to some on religious grounds. Forms Coen, Koen, Cowan, and other spellings may stem from different sources.

Famous People Named Cohen

Cohen Bramall, English footballer
Cohen Griffith, Guyanese footballer
Cohen (b. 2009), stepson of golfer Sam Palmer Saunders

Pop Culture References for the name Cohen

Cohen the Barbarian aka Ghenghiz Cohen, character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels
Seth and Sandy Cohen, characters on TV's "the O.C."