Korean Surnames

Korean names are used in South and North Korea. Note that depending on the Korean characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Korean names.
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CHO조, 趙Korean
Korean form of ZHAO, from Sino-Korean (jo).
CHOE최, 崔Korean
Variant romanization of CHOI.
CHOI최, 崔Korean
From Sino-Korean (choe) meaning "high, lofty, towering".
CHUNG정, 鄭Korean
Korean form of ZHENG, from Sino-Korean (jeong).
GANG강, 姜Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GIM김, 金Korean
Variant romanization of KIM.
HAN한, 韓Chinese, Korean
From Chinese (hán) referring to the ancient state of Han, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now Shanxi and Henan provinces.
JEONG정, 鄭Korean
Variant transcription of CHUNG.
JO조, 趙Korean
Variant transcription of CHO.
KANG강, 姜Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KIM김, 金Korean
Korean form of JIN, from Sino-Korean (gim) meaning "gold". This is the most popular surname in Korea.
LEE (2)이, 李Korean, Chinese
Korean form of LI (1), from Sino-Korean (i). It is also a variant Chinese romanization of LI (1).
MOON (1)문, 文Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean (mun).
MUN문, 文Korean
Variant romanization of MOON (1).
PARK (1)박, 樸, 朴Korean
From Sino-Korean 樸, 朴 (bak) meaning "plain, unadorned, simple".
RHEE리, 李Korean
North Korean form of LEE (2).
SONG송, 宋Chinese, Korean
From Chinese (sòng) referring to the Song dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279.
YI이, 李Korean
Variant of LEE (2).
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