I love [name]Cohen[/name], too, actually. I think part of my love for it is because it feels unusable to me–otherwise I’m not sure I would love it so much. It has such a cool sound I love it just as it is… but my best friend and her whole family are Jewish, and I know it is highly offensive to them and pretty much all the Jews they know. I just respect them too much (and the history of Jews) to use it despite my knowledge. I think you could use something like [name]Coen[/name], Cowan, etc., which have similar sounds but not the same strong connotations for Jews, but I agree they lose something in translation.
I think @sheflieswithherownwings brings up a great point about regret–for her, it would be regret not using a name she loves. For me, I couldn’t even consider it because if I used it, I would be absolutely full of regret for using something that is so offensive to so many people, and I doubt I could live with myself, since I know how meaningful [name]Cohen[/name] is to Jews. Which regret would it be for you? I think that would be your answer.
I think there are names like this for every culture… I mean, I can’t imagine considering [name]Trinity[/name] or [name]Messiah[/name] for a child, because those are just so completely sacrilegious to me, as a [name]Christian[/name]. I’m sure there are other names that other religions would feel are highly offensive to their beliefs. I try to remember that the people choosing these names have a reason for doing so and 99% of the time it’s not to offend–they just really like the name, or the name is meaningful to them. It sounds like that’s how some Jews see [name]Cohen[/name], from what I’ve heard, but about half of the Jewish population seems to be highly offended by it, so that’s something I just couldn’t deal with. I do absolutely love it, though.