QUESTION: My last name is Cohalan, and I've
heard reference to a horse with a similar name.
Do you have any information?
ANSWER: In one of my Arabian books, I found a
reference to kehilan, which means the Arab breed.
"As long ago as 1300 a.d., the sultan el
Naseri wrote of various famous horses, but of
no strains other than the old breed, 'Kehilan-Ajuz,'
or the new breed, 'Kehilan-Jadeed." ...."The
Kkehilan is an all-encompassing term in a general
sense that means "Arabian horse" to
us, and "the purebred" to the Bedouins."
from KNOW THE ARABIAN HORSE, Gladys Brown Edwards
(a renowned painter of Arabians), 1972.
Kehilan would be pronounced very similarly to
your name, I would think. This entire chapter
has a lot of references to Kehilan, and is still
considered one of the main strains.