Korean name

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea.wikipedia
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Surname

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea.
The latter is often called the Eastern order because Europeans are most familiar with the examples from the East Asian cultural sphere, specifically Japan, China (mainland and Taiwan), Korea (Republic of Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and Vietnam.

Park (Korean surname)

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Fewer than 300 (approximately 280) Korean family names were in use in 2000, and the three most common (Kim, Lee, and Park) account for nearly half of the population.
Park, sometimes rendered as Pak or Bak, is the third most frequent Korean name, traditionally traced back to King Hyeokgeose Park and theoretically inclusive of all of his descendants.

Kim (Korean surname)

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Fewer than 300 (approximately 280) Korean family names were in use in 2000, and the three most common (Kim, Lee, and Park) account for nearly half of the population.
Kim (occasionally romanized as Gim) is the most common surname in the Korean Peninsula, accounting for nearly 22% of the population.

Lee (Korean surname)

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Fewer than 300 (approximately 280) Korean family names were in use in 2000, and the three most common (Kim, Lee, and Park) account for nearly half of the population.
Lee is the typical romanization of the common South Korean surname I ( Hangul undefined), North Korean surname Ri (undefined).

Li (surname 李)

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The common Korean surname, Lee (also romanized as Yi, Ri, or Rhee), and the Vietnamese surname, Lý, are both derived from Li and are historically written with the same Chinese character, 李.

Generation name

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Many Koreans have their given names made of a generational name syllable and an individually distinct syllable, though this practice is declining in the younger generations.
This is quite common for Korean names.

Hanja

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Early names based on the Korean language were recorded in the Three Kingdoms period (57 BCE – 668 CE), but with the growing adoption of the Chinese writing system, these were gradually replaced by names based on Chinese characters (hanja).
Korean personal names are generally based on Hanja, although some exceptions exist.

Given name

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea.
Korean names and Vietnamese names are often simply conventions derived from Classical Chinese counterparts.

Chinese characters

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Early names based on the Korean language were recorded in the Three Kingdoms period (57 BCE – 668 CE), but with the growing adoption of the Chinese writing system, these were gradually replaced by names based on Chinese characters (hanja).
Often a character not commonly used (a "rare" or "variant" character) will appear in a personal or place name in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese (see Chinese name, Japanese name, Korean name, and Vietnamese name, respectively).

Bon-gwan

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The family names are subdivided into bon-gwan (clans), i.e. extended families which originate in the lineage system used in previous historical periods. According to the population and housing census of 2000 conducted by the South Korean government, there are a total of 286 surnames and 4,179 clans.
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List of Korean surnames

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According to the population and housing census of 2000 conducted by the South Korean government, there are a total of 286 surnames and 4,179 clans.
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Sino-Korean vocabulary

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For a brief period after the Mongol invasion of Korea during the Goryeo dynasty, Korean kings and aristocrats had both Mongolian and Sino-Korean names.
During this time, male aristocrats changed their given names to Sino-Korean names.

Chinese name

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The usual presentation of Korean names in English is similar to those of Chinese names and differs from those of Japanese names, where they, in English publications, are usually written in a reversed order with the family name last.
Due to China's historical dominance of East Asian culture, many names used in Korea and Vietnam are adaptations of Chinese names, or have historical roots in Chinese, with appropriate adaptation to accommodate linguistic differences.

Article 809 of the Korean Civil Code

Article 809 of the Korean Civil Code
Article 809 of the Korean Civil Code (Korean: 민법 제 809조) was the codification of a traditional rule prohibiting marriage between men and women who have the same surname and ancestral home (bon-gwan). On 16 July 1997, the Constitutional Court of Korea ruled the article unconstitutional.

Korea under Japanese rule

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During the period of Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910–1945), Koreans were forced to adopt Japanese-language names.
By 1939, however, this position was reversed and Japan's focus had shifted towards cultural assimilation of the Korean people; an Imperial Decree 19 on Korean Civil Affairs (조선민사령; "勅令第19号「朝鮮民事改正令」") went into effect, whereby ethnic Koreans were forced to surrender their Korean family names and adopt Japanese surnames.

Jinmeiyō kanji

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The use of an official list is similar to Japan's use of the jinmeiyō kanji (although the characters do not entirely coincide).
*Inmyongyong chuga hanjapyo (Korean names)

Cheonmin

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It was not until the Gabo Reform of 1894 that members of the outcast class were allowed to adopt a surname.
early 16th century; family name Seo), originally an Uinyeo of the cheonmin class, became the first female Royal Physician in Korean history.

Teknonymy

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In addition, teknonymy, or referring to parents by their children's names, is a common practice.
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Posthumous name

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A complex system, including courtesy names and pen names, as well as posthumous names and childhood names, arose out of Confucian tradition.
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Seol Chong

Only a handful of figures from the Three Kingdoms period are recorded as having borne a courtesy name, such as Seol Chong.

Gongmin of Goryeo

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For example, King Gongmin had both the Mongolian name Bayan Temür and the Sino-Korean name Wang Gi (later renamed Wang Jeon .

Japanese name

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The usual presentation of Korean names in English is similar to those of Chinese names and differs from those of Japanese names, where they, in English publications, are usually written in a reversed order with the family name last.
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Koreans

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea.

South Korea

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A Korean name consists of a family name followed by a given name, as used by the Korean people in both South Korea and North Korea.