I wanted to thank you all for the sweet comments oh Cohen’s name 🙂 We are SO excited to have a name picked out! We are talking to the little guy all the time!!
I don’t really think an anonymous commenter deserves a post directed towards them but since they feel as though they shouldn’t share their name or their contact information, I thought this might be a way for me to speak to them. However, they have clearly been checking back at the comments since they have since commented again towards another commenter
I do not mind opinions or advice. I welcome them. I can also take criticism just fine. I’ve always been that way. I was fine with the first comment. I understand if one may want me to be aware of the meaning of my child’s name. Hubby and I did look up the meaning. If you go to Google, the first site that comes up when you search “the meaning of the name Cohen” is this website:
Here is what it says…
Descendant of Cadhan
(KOE en) [Guide]
Form of: Itself (Cohen)
Irish Names, Jewish Names, Surnames Names, Celtic Names, Gaelic Names, Hebrew Names
English and Gaelic speaking countries
Cohen is either a Jewish surname from the Hebrew ‘kohen’ (priest) or an anglicised Irish surname from ‘Ó Cadhan’ (descendant of Cadhan).
Cohen is not a personal name in Hebrew. In the Jewish faith, a kohen is assumed to be a direct male descendant of the Biblical Aaron, brother of Moses.
During the existence of the Temple in Jerusalem, kohanim performed specific duties vis-à-vis the daily and festival sacrificial offerings. The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) played a special role during the service of Yom Kippur. Today, kohanim retain a distinct personal status within Judaism and are still bound by special laws in Orthodox and, to a lesser extent, in Conservative Jewish communities. For this reason many observant Jews find the use of Cohen as a first name disrespectful.
True, I understand this all. Does it worry me? No. Sorry.
To us, Cohen will mean – Our first and precious baby boy 🙂 and about a million other sweet mommy and daddy words.
First of all, I have friends who are Jewish. However, I do not practice Judaism. I do not study about religions other than my own. I put all my faith in one direction. I’m a Christian and I believe in God. There are actually people out there named Jesus and though it’s said different, people could certainly judge them and they may or may not be a Christian.
When my Cohen is in school, if he has a classmate that is Jewish, I HIGHLY HIGHLY doubt the classmate is going to confront him about his name. If he does, we will sit Cohen down and tell him to a nice response would be…. “I’m sorry you feel that way. My name is not meant to be disrespectful to you or anyone of the Jewish faith”.. I honestly think it would be as simple as that. If an adult or parent were to say something to Cohen, well, they can come deal with his mommy and daddy 🙂
I think in this generation, mine and that of which Cohen will be apart of, people have WAY more important things on their mind than someone’s name. Now, if I were to name my child, JESUS THE SAVIOR, I can see where we might have issues. Or even THE KOHEN GADOL (High Priest), yes, probably not okay.
Anonymous commenter, I’m not mad at you but I think one comment would have been fine. If you aren’t Jewish, I’m sure you gathered your advice off a message board. Actually, the very message board on the site I listed above, has people giving similar advice.
Now, if you want to share your name, maybe your kids names (if you have any), I’m SURE someone out there could find SOMETHING in response to those names. If you have a son and named him Timothy after 1995 people may think you were naming him after Timohty McVeigh and judge you. Were you even thinking or considering that when naming him? No. True, it’s not in regards to religion but that subject may but just as touchy for some people having lost loved ones in that bombing. You could waste your time defending the subject all day long, just as I have for the 5 minutes it took me to type this post.
In your SECOND comment, I do not think it was legit that you spoke in regards no another commenter’s comment. I do not think she was being rude. She left her opinion just like you left yours. If people thought your comments were rude, they haven’t returned to the commenting section and made a comment about it. They aren’t reading my blog or commenting to argue, sorry.
Frankly, I don’t want people to be afraid to leave comments on my blog. They can say whatever they want to say. I’m sure they know, I can say whatever I want to back. If they aren’t, after this post, they will know.
You said it best yourself, anonymous “History behind the name Cohen is not something that many people are aware of, and I think it’s important to fully research a name before bestowing it on your child.” EXACTLY my point…It’s not something many people are aware of. I haven’t bestowed anything negative on my child because of his name. I’m sorry, I have far more important things to worry about. I love his name.
To the general public….I just simply wouldn’t mess with a pregnant woman if I were you…this pregnant woman. We tend to be more hormonal and more sensitive…hence this post…hahahaha.
I’m open to comments. That is not what this post is about. I just feel if you are going to be anonymous you don’t really have the right to judge other’s comments. That’s what I didn’t really care for. So, if you wish, continue to float around blogland leaving anonymous comments, but just remember you are hiding or posing, and we don’t know who you are or what you are about. For all we know, you may LOVE the name Cohen and want to use it yourself. Maybe your trying to have it be less popular and just hoping I’ll change my mind and not use it! WHO KNOWS! See my point, though?
I did not intend for this to be so long. I type quick and it came off my mine quickly. It probably won’t return to mind either.
xoxo ~ Megan