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This name has two distinct possible origins, the first being a Jewish name from the Hewbrew "Kohen", a priest. However not all Jews bearing this name belong to the priestly caste, descended from Aaron, the brother of Moses, as several members of the faith changed their name to Cohen to avoid forced military service in the Russian army, priests being the only males exempt from service. The second possibility is that Cohen is an Anglicized form of two Gaelic Irish surnames - O Cadhain of Connacht, and O Comhdhain of Ulster.

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I feel the Coens in Gleann Sooey Sligo made a good name for themselves. One--Patrick Coen, came to America and built the Elk Hotel 1925 NYC and was married to a Gunning related to two Duchesses in England This Patrick Coen had three children born w 42nd st NYC-----and Helen the oldest was a lt cmdr in Navy dying in uniform in Bermuda Triangle, And the only son of Patrick died on the LEOPOLDVILLE SHIP, the worse casualy for ww2 on water. Was a govt secret, now all on line.


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