Korean Submitted 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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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AHN     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 安 (ān) meaning "calm, peaceful, tranquil, quiet".
BAE     Korean
Korean form of Pei.
BAEK     Korean
Korean form of Bai, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek) meaning "white".
CHA     Korean
Cha is a relatively uncommon family name in Korea. The Yeonan Cha clan is the only clan. The founding ancestor was Cha Hyo-jeon, son of Ryoo Cha-dal (류차달) (10th century AD). Most of the clan's members live in Gyeongsang, Hwanghae, and P'yŏngan provinces... [more]
CHAE     Korean
CHANG     Chinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
CHEON     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens, celestial" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
CHUN     Korean
GO     Korean
Variant romanization of Ko.
GOE     Korean
Varient of Ko.
GU     Korean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
HO     Korean
HWANG     Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
HYUN     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 玄 (hyeon) meaning "deep, profound, mysterious".
IM     Korean
A Korean surname meaning "woods, forest". Derived from the Chinese surname 林, (Lín)
JEON     Korean
JUNG     Korean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KA     Korean
KIL     Korean
There is one Chinese character for the Kil surname. In the 1930 census, there was a significantly larger number of Kils living in Korea; it was the 62nd most common name in Korea. In a census taken after the Korean War, however, it had dropped to 72nd... [more]
KO     Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the surname Ko. There are ten different Ko clans, but they are all descended from the Ko clan of Cheju Island. There is no historical information regarding the founder of this clan, but there is a legend which tells of three men who appeared from a cave on the north side of Cheju Island’s Halla Mountain... [more]
KWAK     Korean
Korean form of Guo, from Sino-Korean 郭 (gwak) meaning "outer part (of a city)".
KWON     Korean
Korean form of Quan, derived from Sino-Korean 權 (gwon) meaning "power, authority".
LIM     Korean
12th most common surname in Korea. ... [more]
MIN     Korean
Meaning: Sensitive, fast, quick, clever, smart. famous bearer of this name is kpop idol/rapper Min Yoongi also known as Suga from BTS.
MIN     Korean
Min means "Urge on". A famous bearer of this surname is Min YoonGi, also known as Suga.
MYUNG     Korean
Korean form of Ming, derived from Sino-Korean 明 (myeong) meaning "bright, light, brilliant".
NA     Korean
There is only one Chinese character for the Na surname. Some sources indicate that there are 46 different Na clans, but only two of them can be documented, and it is believed that these two sprang from a common founding ancestor... [more]
NAM     Korean
Means "south" in Korean. From the Korean word 南 (south). Akin to the Chinese surname Nan (南) and the Japanese surname Minami (南)
NAMGUNG     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 南 (nam) meaning "south" combined with 宮 (gung) meaning "palace, house". This is the most common Korean compound surname.
O     Korean
North Korean variant of Oh.
OH     Korean
Korean cognate of Wu.
PAK     Korean
Variant transcription of Park (1).
REE     Korean
RI     Korean
North Korean romanization of Lee (2).
SA     Korean
There are three Chinese characters associated with this surname. Two of these are extremely rare and are not treated here. The remaining Sa surname is also quite unusual. There are two distinct clans, one of Kyŏngsang South Province’s Kŏch’ang County and the other originating with a refugee from Ming China who came to Korea near the end of the Koryŏ period (ad 918–1392).
SEO     Korean
From the Sino-Korean 徐 (seo) meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" or "composed, poised" or 西 (seo) meaning "west, western".
SHIM     Korean
Korean: there is only one Chinese character for the surname Shim. Some sources indicate that there are 63 different Shim clans, but only six can be documented. Each of these clans claims a different founding ancestor... [more]
SHIN     Korean
There are three Chinese characters for the Shin surname. Between these three characters, there are five different clans. Each Shin clan descends from a different founding ancestor. One of the Shin clans traces its origins to China... [more]
SIM     Scottish, Dutch, Korean, Indonesian
Scottish and Dutch: from the personal name Sim, a short form of Simon.... [more]
SIN     Korean
Variant of Shin.
SO     Korean
Although there are two Chinese characters for the So surname, one of these is extremely rare and can be discounted (there are only about two hundred people in Korea who use this rare character). Some records indicate that the more common character for So has as many as 165 clans, but only eleven of them can be documented... [more]
SUH     Korean
South Korean variant of So.
YEE     Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEO     Korean
YOON     Korean
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