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David M. Cohen (65.203.36.222 - 65.203.36.222)
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2003 - 04:13 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I am trying to take the family name "Cohen" back to its root "Caoin." My problem is that no one who is alive knows how it was originally pronounced, and I can't seem to get a consensus from other sites, where I have been alternately told the pronunciation is "KEE-in," "KEEN" and "QU-een" / "qu-EEN" / "QUEEN." Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Maidhc Ó G. (67.235.185.13 - 67.235.185.13)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 09:44 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello David,
Are you sure about that origin "Caoin"?
According to Edward MacLysacht, in his book, "The Surnames of Ireland", the name 'Cohen' is a synonym of the names 'Coyne' and 'Kyne' in Connacht and occasionally of 'Cowan' in Co. Down.
"Coyne" comes from Ó Cadhain (cadhan, wild goose). And the pronunciation of the vowel would be between 'Coyne' and 'Kyne'.
"Cowan" comes from Ó Comhdhain. And would be pronounced as 'Cow (the animal) uhn'.
-Maidhc.

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PAD (12.75.178.195 - 12.75.178.195)
Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 - 10:17 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I knew several Irish people named Coen, pronounced Cone

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Maidhc Ó G. (67.235.185.24 - 67.235.185.24)
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 09:44 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Coen is also a synonym originating from Ó Cadhain.
-Maidhc.

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