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.
From the Sino-Korean 安 (ān) meaning "calm, peaceful, tranquil, quiet".
Korean form of Pei.
Korean form of Bai, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek) meaning "white".
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]
CHANGChinese, Korean
This is the pinyin romanization of 常, Cháng ... [more]
From the Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens, celestial" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
Variant romanization of Ko.
Varient of Ko.
GUKorean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
HWANGKorean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of Huang.
From the Sino-Korean 玄 (hyeon) meaning "deep, profound, mysterious".
Korean form of Lin, from Sino-Korean 林 (im) "forest". It is also a Korean form of Ren, derived from Sino-Korean 任 (im).
JUNGKorean, Chinese
Korean variant transcription of Chung and Chinese variant transcription of Zheng.
KHVANKorean (Russified)
Russified form of Hwang used by Koryo-saram.
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]
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]
KOGAIKorean (Russified)
Variant transcription of Kogay.
KOGAYKorean (Russified)
Form of Ko used by Koryo-saram (Koreans in the former Soviet Union) including the particle -gay of unknown meaning.
Korean form of Guo, from Sino-Korean 郭 (gwak) meaning "outer part (of a city)".
Korean form of Quan, derived from Sino-Korean 權 (gwon) meaning "power, authority".
12th most common surname in Korea. ... [more]
Meaning: Sensitive, fast, quick, clever, smart. famous bearer of this name is kpop idol/rapper Min Yoongi also known as Suga from BTS.
Korean form of Ming, derived from Sino-Korean 明 (myeong) meaning "bright, light, brilliant".
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]
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.
North Korean variant of Oh.
OGAYKorean (Russified)
Form of Oh used by Koryo-saram using the particle -gay of unexplained meaning.
Korean cognate of Wu.
Variant transcription of Park (1).
PYAKKorean (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).
North Korean romanization of Lee (2).
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).
From the Sino-Korean 徐 (seo) meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" or "composed, poised" or 西 (seo) meaning "west, western".
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]
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]
SIMChinese, Korean
Korean form of Shen and Chinese variant romanization of Shen.
Variant of Shin.
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]
South Korean variant of So.
TSOYKorean (Russified)
Russified form of Choi used by Koryo-saram (ethnic Koreans living in the former Soviet Union).
YEEChinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
From Sino-Korean 尹 (yun) meaning "to govern, to oversee" or "eldest".