Cohen for a girl?

Wondering if any of you have used [name_m]Cohen[/name_m]/[name_m]Coen[/name_m] for a girl? Does it seem neutral enough?

I wouldn’t recommend [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] for a boy or girl.

What about [name_f]Cora[/name_f], [name_f]Coleen[/name_f], [name_f]Corinne[/name_f], [name_f]Colette[/name_f], [name_f]Coral[/name_f] if it’s the sound you like.

Cohen is all-boy to me, but before that is all Jewish in the sense that it would be disrespectful and cultural appropriation for you to use unless it’s a name from your family tree or of someone you’d like to honor.

I like the suggestion of Corinne and Cora. Coraline is also an idea, Corina, Corie, Cobie, Coco and Corinth too.

Arden, Arwen, Gwen, Olwen, Seren, Wren, Fern, Wynn, Winona, Clover, Aspen, Elm, Eden, Haven, Vivian or Vivien…

I agree with @aureliana. Unless you have Jewish heritage, I wouldn’t use it.

You might like similar more neutral sounding names - how about about [name_u]Rowan[/name_u], [name_f]Callie[/name_f] or [name_u]Connolly[/name_u]?

[name_m]Cohen[/name_m] is a controversial name for any gender. The name holds special significance in Judaism, and not everyone takes kindly to its use by non-Jews as a first name. I would steer clear of [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] for that reason.

I’d say go for it! I know plenty of Cohens (however all boys) and I’ve never heard 1 mention of an issue with Jews. So if you’re not Jewish and don’t know anything about their background and don’t have any Jewish friends that you may be offending for some reason, use it! It’s a cute name!

I’m in the minority but I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] for a girl. I also love [name_u]Luca[/name_u] for a girl which is also not received well on here. I’m used to these surname sounding names for girls though perhaps because I live in the deep south where it’s pretty common.

If you love it go for it. Once she’s here and they see her sweet face no one will think twice about it.

I wouldn’t recommend this name full stop.

[name_m]Cohen[/name_m] is 100% masculine. But I personally would not use the name.

Yes, I agree with this.

Wow, I had NO idea the name was controversial or had such significance for the Jewish community, thanks for bringing it to my attention! I obviously knew it was a common last name but wasn’t aware of its particular meaning in that context. We are definitely not interested in cultural appropriation.

I’d with [name_m]Calhoun[/name_m] or Calgary instead. Or perhaps Coheed.

I love [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] and is cute for a girl.

I’m sorry but I disagree with the others in saying do not use it because of the Jewish community. I for one wouldn’t want to disrespect them but I don’t think they would even reconsider a name if it offended us. So I say use it.

I also use to work for some specialist Drs who were all Jewish and they’re pretty smart men who would definitely know it wasn’t used to offend them.

If you love a name, then I believe you should use it :slight_smile:

Yikes. Who is this unspecified “us” you speak of? And obviously anyone who is offended by this name is just stupid and irrational.

Unwitting ignorance is still ignorance. OP didn’t know any better, but clearly you do.

Jew here! I think it’s lovely on a girl. I don’t think many people are going to hear her name and be offended. I certainly wouldn’t. Also, how would anyone know, just by looking at her, that she was or wasn’t Jewish?

Who is “us”? I’m assuming you are referring to Christians. Christianity doesn’t have anything close to a sacred name. “Bearing the surname indicates that one’s patrilineal ancestors were priests in the [name_u]Temple[/name_u] of Jerusalem. A single such priest was known as a [name_m]Kohen[/name_m], and the hereditary caste descending from these priests is collectively known as the Kohanim. Being a [name_m]Kohen[/name_m] imposes some limitations: by Jewish law a [name_m]Kohen[/name_m] may not marry a divorced woman, and may not marry a proselyte (someone who converted to Judaism). [name_f]Nor[/name_f] should an observant [name_m]Kohen[/name_m] come into contact with the dead.”

I love it for a girl but out of respect I wouldn’t use it. [name_m]How[/name_m] about [name_u]Sloane[/name_u]? It feels similar to [name_m]Cohen[/name_m] to me, in style, and I love it for a girl.

So it is okay to talk about Jews as a collective but not “us”/Gentiles??

[name_m]How[/name_m] is it suddenly inappropriate?!

And only Jews have religiously significant names?!

You are arrogant beyond belief.

I would definitely not pick this name.

Wow, that’s a SERIOUS overreaction. Ottertails was just explaining why it’s sacred. There are names that are exclusive to certain cultures and ethnicities because they are heavily tied to significant holy figures, for example [name_m]Cohen[/name_m], [name_m]Jesus[/name_m] and [name_m]Mohamed[/name_m]. As a result, it’s polite not to use those names if you’re not part of that culture/ ethnicity. [name_m]Rocket[/name_m] science, it ain’t.

Two separate issues with the name:
To me it’s more masculine of a name so even if it didn’t have the religious issue, I don’t like it as a girls name and think there are other similar sounding names that are more feminine sounding… [name_u]Rowan[/name_u], [name_f]Elowen[/name_f], [name_f]Corinne[/name_f], [name_f]Coral[/name_f], [name_f]Cora[/name_f] etc

Second, I do pay close attention to name meanings and wouldn’t want my child to have to explain my choices since at the end of the day I’m not the one wearing the name. [name_m]Case[/name_m] in point: I love [name_f]Mallory[/name_f] but can’t get over even that kind of meaning.