Common Korean Surnames

CHO 조, 趙 Korean
Korean form of ZHAO, from Sino-Korean 趙 (jo).

CHOE 최, 崔 Korean
Variant romanization of CHOI.

CHOI 최, 崔 Korean
From Sino-Korean 崔 (choe) meaning “high, lofty, towering”.

CHUNG 정, 鄭 Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 정 (see JEONG).

GANG 강, 姜 Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.

GIM 김, 金 Korean
Variant romanization of KIM.

HAN 한, 韓 Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 韩 (hán) referring to the ancient state of Han, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC in what is now Shanxi and Henan provinces.
I 이, 李 Korean
Variant of LEE (2).

IM 임, 林, 任 Korean
From Sino-Korean 林 (im) meaning “forest”, making it the Korean form of LIN, or 任 (im) of uncertain meaning, making it the Korean form of REN.

JEONG 정, 鄭 Korean
Korean form of ZHENG, from Sino-Korean 鄭 (jeong).
JO 조, 趙 Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 조 (see CHO).

JUNG (2) 정, 鄭 Korean
Alternate transcription of Korean Hangul 정 (see JEONG).

KANG 강, 姜 Korean
Korean form of JIANG (2), from Sino-Korean 姜 (gang).

KIM 김, 金 Korean
Korean form of JIN, from Sino-Korean 金 (gim) meaning “gold”. This is the most popular surname in Korea.

LEE (2) 이, 李 Korean, Chinese
Korean form of LI (1), from Sino-Korean 李 (i). It is also a variant Chinese romanization of LI (1).

MOON (1) 문, 文 Korean
Korean form of WEN, from Sino-Korean 文 (mun).

MUN 문, 文 Korean
Variant romanization of MOON (1).

PARK (1) 박, 樸, 朴 Korean
From Sino-Korean 樸, 朴 (bak) meaning “plain, unadorned, simple”.

RHEE 리, 李 Korean
North Korean form of LEE (2).

SONG 송, 宋 Chinese, Korean
From Chinese 宋 (sòng) referring to the Song dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279.

YI 이, 李 Korean
Variant of LEE (2).

YOON 윤, 尹 Korean
Variant romanization of YUN.

YUN 윤, 尹 Korean
From Sino-Korean 尹 (yun) meaning “govern, oversee”.

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