[Ads-l] [Marketing Mail] OT: names

Cleve Evans cevans at BELLEVUE.EDU
Thu Jun 8 12:33:51 EDT 2017


Well, even back in Mary Hartman's time the thigh-slapping would have been a little ignorant. :)

Though the large majority of families named Cohen in the USA have Jewish ancestry, there are a few who are Irish, with Cohen being a spelling variation of the Irish names which are more often spelled Cohan, Coen, Coyne, or Cowan.  And there are several male Hebrew names starting with K (Kaniel, Kenan, Kaniel, Kedar) that could have been "translated" as Kevin by Ashkenazic Jews. 

Since Mary Hartman Kevin has become hugely popular in many Western European countries. It was the #1 name for boy babies born in France between 1989 and 1994. A bit later it became very popular in Germany and Austria. Germans like to blame that on "Home Alone", but as the name was already #1 in France before that film came out I think it may be even more connected with all the famous American movie stars named Kevin (Bacon, Kline, Costner, Spacey, etc.)

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I'm watching a tale on the tube about one "Kevin Cohen."

Does anyone else recall the old TV show, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"?
There were a couple of episodes featuring a young, hip, new-age rabbi named "Kevin Cohen." This was a real thigh-slapper of a concept, at the time.
Like, what Jewish guy would ever be named "Kevin," let alone one who was not only a _rabbi_, but who was also a *Cohen*?! Har! Har! How much more ridiculous can you get?!

Well, as they say, "Time brings about a change."

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