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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CHO   조, 趙     Korean
Korean form of ZHAO, from Sino-Korean (jo).
CHOE   최, 崔     Korean
Variant romanization of CHOI.
CHOI   최, 崔     Korean
From Sino-Korean (choe) meaning "high, lofty, towering".
CHUNG   정, 鄭     Korean
Korean form of ZHENG, from Sino-Korean (jeong).
GANG   강, 姜     Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GIM   김, 金     Korean
Variant romanization of KIM.
HAN   한, 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.
JEONG   정, 鄭     Korean
Variant transcription of CHUNG.
JO   조, 趙     Korean
Variant transcription of CHO.
KANG   강, 姜     Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean (gang).
KIM   김, 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   문, 文     Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean (mun).
MUN   문, 文     Korean
Variant romanization of MOON.
PARK (1)   박, 樸, 朴     Korean
From Sino-Korean 樸, 朴 (bak) meaning "plain, unadorned, simple".
RHEE   리, 李     Korean
North Korean form of LEE (2).
SONG   송, 宋     Chinese, Korean
From Chinese (sòng) referring to the Song dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279.
YI   이, 李     Korean
Variant of LEE (2).
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