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I've heard this name used quite alot, the only meaning I know for it is "Tiger" in Turkish, its used as a name, usually a surname. Kaplan also exists in other Turkic dialects, however, I also have heard that the name is used among Jews aswell and I think its used in Pakistan and India but I'm not sure.

So where does the word derive from? how comes its so widely used in unrelated language groups?


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The Ashkenazi Jewish name is taken straight from the German 'Kaplan' which means (and is cognate with) 'chaplain', and therefore equivalent to the common Hebrew surname 'Cohen'.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Basmachi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-May-2009 at 16:02
Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

The Ashkenazi Jewish name is taken straight from the German 'Kaplan' which means (and is cognate with) 'chaplain', and therefore equivalent to the common Hebrew surname 'Cohen'.


Some Historians claim Askenazi Jewishs are actually Khazar Turks. Khazars was Jewish Turks, but they can be assimilated in Hebrews in progress of time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote King John Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-May-2009 at 18:30
Lot's of Historians see that theory as bunk.  But either way that comment has nothing to do with this thread.  Please stay on topic, Basmachi.
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