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Kaplan or Caplan is a family name common among Ashkenazi Jews, usually indicating descent from the priestly lineage (the kohanim). In Polish the term kapłan translates as priest, which is the meaning of the Hebrew word Cohen. In modern German and some related languages, the word Kaplan now carries the meaning chaplain. Additionally, Kaplan can be a Turkish surname meaning tiger. One of the earliest modern records of Kaplan as a family name is that of Abraham Kaplan in 1698. Distinguished bearers of the name include the Polish preacher and philanthropist Nachum ben Usiel Kaplan (1811-1879), the Latvian-born Hebrew poet Seeb Wolf Kaplan (1826-1887) and the Russian-born Zionist workers' leader Eliezer Kaplan (1891–1952), the first minister of finance of the state of Israel. The name "Kaplan" is an English transliteration. Alternative spellings include Caplan, Caplin, Koplen, Koplin, Kaploun, Kaplun and Copland. In the United States, immigrants of Jewish origin arriving at the port of Baltimore received a "C" - Caplan, whereas those who arrived at the port of New York City (Ellis Island) received a "K" - Kaplan.

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