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".
BUYEO Korean
Archaic surname of the ancient Buyeo Kingdom
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]
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".
CHOO Korean
Alternative spelling of Chu, a Korean surname meaning "autumn". A famous bearer is Malaysian-American fashion designer Jimmy Choo (1948-).
DAE Korean
From Sino-Korean 大 meaning “great”.
DOKGO Korean
Korean form of Dugu, from Sino-Korean 獨孤
Originated from the Gaya Confederacy
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)
HWANG Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
Korean form of Huangfu, from Sino-Korean 皇甫
HYUN Korean
From the Sino-Korean 玄 (hyeon) meaning "deep, profound, mysterious".
Originated from the Gaya Confederacy
IM Korean
Korean form of Lin, from Sino-Korean 林 (im) "forest". It is also a Korean form of Ren, derived from Sino-Korean 任 (im).
INOE Korean
Royal designation
Korean form of Zhuge, from Sino-Korean 諸葛
JUNG Korean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KHVAN Korean (Russified)
Russified form of Hwang used by Koryo-saram.
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]
KOGAI Korean (Russified)
Variant transcription of Kogay.
KOGAY Korean (Russified)
Form of Ko used by Koryo-saram (Koreans in the former Soviet Union) including the particle -gay of unknown meaning.
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]
Royal designation
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.
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)
From Sino-Korean 南 (nam) meaning "south" combined with 宮 (gung) "palace, house". This is the most common Korean compound surname.
Variant transcription of Namgung.
O Korean
North Korean variant of Oh.
OGAY Korean (Russified)
Form of Oh used by Koryo-saram using the particle -gay of unexplained meaning.
OH Korean
Korean cognate of Wu.
PAK Korean
Variant transcription of Park (1).
PYAK Korean (Russified)
Russified form of Baek, used by Koryo-saram (ethnic Koreans living in the former Soviet Union) and Sakhalin Koreans (residing on Sakhalin Island in Russia).
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".
SEONU Korean
From the Taewon Sunwoo Clan, written using the hanja 鮮于
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 Chinese, Korean
Korean form of Shen and Chinese variant romanization of Shen.
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.
SUR Korean
A variant of (see So).
TSOY Korean (Russified)
Russified form of Choi used by Koryo-saram (ethnic Koreans living in the former Soviet Union).
YEE Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YOON Korean
From Sino-Korean 尹 (yun) meaning "to govern, to oversee" or "eldest".