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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AHN 안, 安 Korean
Alternate romanization of AN.
AN 安, 안 Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 安 (ān) meaning "peace, quiet".
BAE 배, 裴 Korean
Korean form of PEI, from Sino-Korean 裴 (bae).
BAEK 백, 白 Korean
Korean form of BAI, from Sino-Korean 白 (baek) meaning "white".
BANGSONG 방송 Korean (Rare)
from the Korean word bangsong, meaning "broadcasting"
BUYEO 부여 Korean
Archaic surname of the ancient Buyeo Kingdom
CHA 차, 車 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]
CHEON 천, 天, 千 Korean
From Sino-Korean 天 (cheon) meaning "sky, heavens" or 千 (cheon) meaning "thousand, many".
CHOO 추, 秋 Korean
Variant romanization of CHU.
DAE Korean
From Sino-Korean 大 meaning “great”.
DOKGO 독고 Korean
Korean form of DUGU, from Sino-Korean 獨孤
DOSEOLJI 도설지왕 Korean
Originated from the Gaya Confederacy
GO 고, 髙, 高 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 황, 黄 Korean, Chinese
Chinese variant transcription and Korean form of HUANG.
HWANGBO 황보 Korean
Korean form of HUANGFU, from Sino-Korean 皇甫
HYUN 현, 玄 Korean
From Sino-Korean 玄 (hyeon) meaning "deep, profound, mysterious".
IHYOSO 이효소 Korean (Archaic)
Archaic title
ISAGEUM 이사금 Korean
Royal designation
JAEGAL 제갈 Korean
Korean form of ZHUGE, from Sino-Korean 諸葛
JANG 장, 張 Korean
Korean form of ZHANG, from Sino-Korean 張 (jang).
JONG 정, 鄭 Korean
Alternate romanization of JEONG chiefly used in North Korea.
JWI Korean
Jwi means mouse in Korean.
KAN 강, 姜 Korean (Russified)
Russified form of KANG used by ethnic Koreans living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
KHVAN 황, 黄 Korean (Russified)
Russified form of HWANG used by ethnic Koreans living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
KIL 해평리, 海坪里 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 곽, 郭, 霍 Korean
From Sino-Korean 郭 (gwak) meaning "outer city" (making it the Korean form of GUO) or 霍 (gwak) meaning "quickly, suddenly".
KWAN Korean
Korean Hanja: 管, 關 ... [more]
KWON 권, 權 Korean
Korean form of QUAN, from Sino-Korean 權 (gwon).
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.
MYUNG 명, 明 Korean
Korean form of Ming, from Sino-Korean 明 (myeong).
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 남궁, 南宮 Korean
From Sino-Korean 南 (nam) meaning "south" combined with 宮 (gung) "palace, house". This is the most common Korean compound surname.
NAMKOONG 남궁, 南宮 Korean
Variant transcription of NAMGUNG.
노어 Korean
NOE Medieval English, Korean
A patronymic form of the biblical male given name Noah from the Hebrew word "noach" meaning long-lived. Possible origins could be ... [more]
O 오, 吳 Korean
North Korean variant of OH.
OGAI 오, 吳 Korean (Russified)
Alternate transcription of OGAY.
OGAY Korean (Russified)
Form of OH used by Koryo-saram using the particle -gay of unexplained meaning.
OH 오, 吳 Korean
Korean cognate of WU.
PAE 배, 裴 Korean
Alternate romanization of BAE.
PAK 박, 樸, 朴 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 리, 李 Korean
Alternate romanization of LEE (2) chiefly used in North Korea.
RKHI 리, 李 Korean (Russified)
Russified form of RHEE used by ethnic Koreans living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
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).
SAKONG 사공 Korean
SEO 서, 徐, 西 Korean
From Sino-Korean 徐 (seo) meaning "slowly, quietly, calmly" or 西 (seo) meaning "west, western".
SEONU 선우 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 신, 申 Korean
Korean form of SHEN, from Sino-Korean 申 (sin).
SIM 沈, 심 Chinese (Hokkien), Korean
Hokkien romanization and Korean form 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.
SUN Korean
It’s a feminine & Masculine Korean name
SUR Korean
A variant of (see SO).
TSOI 최, 崔 Korean (Russified)
Alternate transcription of TSOY.
TSOY 최, 崔 Korean (Russified)
Russified form of CHOI used by ethnic Koreans living in parts of the former Soviet Union.
UM Korean
Transliteration of the Korean reading of hanja 嚴 from Chinese meaning “stern”
YEE Chinese, Korean
Yee is a variant of the Chinese Yu, and the Korean Yi.... [more]
YEONG 영, 楊 Korean
Korean form of YANG, from Sino-Korean 楊 (yeong) meaning "willow".
YONG 용, 龍 Korean
Korean form of LONG from Sino-Korean 龍 (yong).
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