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Updated February 20, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Priest

What does Cohen mean and stand for?

The name Cohen is of Hebrew and Jewish origin and means "priest." It was derived from the Hebrew surname kohen, which also means "priest." It was associated with priests who claimed to descend from the biblical Aaron.

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How Popular Is The Name Cohen

Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish : from Hebrew kohen ‘priest’. Priests are traditionally regarded as members of a hereditary caste descended from Aaron, brother of Moses. See also Kaplan.

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What Does the Name Cohen Mean?

Cohen is of Hebrew origin and means "priest." It is a gender-neutral name that was among Jewish royalty in earlier times.

How Popular is the Name Cohen?

Cohen is the number 287 most popular boys name in the US, according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. Originally a surname, it has slowly increased in popularity, entering the top 300 just last year.

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Popularity of the Name Cohen in the United States

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Cohen was at its peak popularity in February 2019.

Cohen was searched for most often in the following states:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. New York
  3. Connecticut
  4. New Jersey
  5. Massachussetts

Famous People Named Cohen and Cohen in Pop Culture

Originally a surname, think Andy Cohen and Sacha Baron Cohen, Cohen hasn't really made waves as a given name just yet. It invokes images of namesakes Cohen Bramall and Cohen Griffith. The name has also appeared in The OC and the Discworld novels.

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