Choi (Korean surname)
|Pronunciation||Ch'oe, Tchoi, Chye|
|Region of origin||North and South Korea|
|Language(s) of origin||Korean|
|Related names||Cui, Thôi|
Choi (Korean: 최, Chinese: 崔) is a common Korean family name. In English speaking countries, it is most often anglicized Choi, and sometimes also Choe. Ethnic Koreans in the former USSR prefer the form Tsoi (Tsoy) especially as a transcription of the Cyrillic Цой.
- According to Samguk Sagi, the Gyeongju clan originates from chief Sobeoldori (소벌도리, 蘇伐都利) of Goheochon (고허촌, 高墟村), one of six villages that united to found Silla; The Gyeongju clan traces their origin back to Choi Chiwon (857-10th century), a noted Korean scholar, philosopher, and poet of the late Unified Silla period (668-935).
- The Haeju clan is an offshoot of the Gyeongju clan; one theory of origin suggests that Haeju clan's progenitor Choi Choong (최충, 崔沖, 984–1068) was given the surname 崔 during the reign of Goryeo king Mokjong.
- The progenitor of the Chungju clan is General Choi Seung (최승, 崔陞), also known as Choi Woo (최우, 崔偶), of Silla (known as Cui Sheng in Tang Dynasty)
- The progenitor of the Nangju clan is Choi Heun (최흔, 崔昕) of Silla who was a native of Yeongam (Nangju) of the southern Jeolla region.
- Choi Ri (최리, 崔理) is leader of Lelang Commandery at Han Dynasty.
- Choi gyutae
There are roughly 160 clans of Chois. Most of these are quite small. However, Choi is the 4th most common surname in Korea. The largest by far is the Gyeongju Choi clan, with a 2000 South Korean population of 976,820. The Gyeongju Choe claim the Silla scholar Choe Chi-won as their founder.
- Gyeongju clan - Choe Chiwon
- Jeonju clan - Choe Bu
- Dongju clan
- Haeju clan
- Saknyeong clan - Choe Hang, Choi Byung Ju (founding member modern era Korean Supreme Court)
- Gangneung clan
- Hwasun clan
- Ganghwa clan
- Yeongcheon clan
- Tamjin clan
- Ubong clan - Choe Hang
- Suwaon clan
- Yeongheung clan
- Suseong clan
- Chungju clan
- Goesan clan - Choe Sejin
- Heunghae clan
- Yeongam clan
Choi (崔), originally written in Hanja, is derived from the combination of 2 ancient Chinese characters:
In Korean, 최 is usually pronounced [tɕʰwe] except by some older speakers who pronounce it [tɕʰø] (this vowel sound is similar to the German ö [ø]). In English-speaking countries, it is pronounced most often as "Choi" // in its anglicized form (rhymes with "soy").
List of prominent people with the surname Choi
- Choe Chung-heon, military dictator of the Goryeo period
- Choe Yeong, (1316–1388), aka Choi Young, military general under King Gongmin of Goryeo
- Choe Mu-seon, a 14th-century Korean inventor
- Choe Manri, an early critic of hangul
- Choe Sejin, a 15th-century linguist
- Choe Sung-chol, former vice chairman of the DPRK Asia-Pacific Peace Committee; as of 2008, he was purged and is undergoing “severe” communist training at a North Korean chicken farm
- Choe Nam-seon (1890-1957), Korean historian and independence activist
- Choi Cheol-han, South Korean professional Go player
- Choi Dong-Wook, Real name of Korean singer, Se7en.
- Choi Sung-Kuk
- Choi Chol-Su, North Korean boxer
- Choe Jennie, an Asian-American idealist and cultural entrepreneur from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
- Choi Eun-hee, South Korean actress once abducted to the North
- Choi Eun-Kyung, South Korean speedskater
- Choi Geesung, high-ranking Samsung executive
- Choi Han, South Korean voice actor
- Choi Jong Hoon, the leader, lead guitarist, keyboardist, of F.T. Island, a popular South Korean rock band.
- Choi Han-bit, South Korean model
- Choi Hee-seop, a South Korean baseball player
- Choi Hong Hi, South Korean general considered the principal founder of taekwondo
- Choi Hong-man, South Korean kickboxer
- Choi Hwee-sung, birthname of South Korean RnB singer Wheesung
- Choi Jennie, 2005-2007 USA Women's Team Handball National Team and Iraq War Veteran
- Choi Jun Hong better known by his stage name Zelo, a South Korean rapper and dancer and a member of B.A.P
- Choi Jeong-yoon, South Korean actress
- Choi Ji Woo (b. 1975), South Korean actress and model
- Choi Jin-Cheul, a K-League footballer
- Choi Jinri (stage name: Sulli), actress, and member of South Korean girl group, f(x)
- Choi Jin-sil (1968-2008), a South Korean actress, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress"
- John Choi (21st century), American lawyer
- Choe Jun (1884-1970), businessman and philanthropist
- Choi Jung-won (b. 1981), South Korean actress
- Choi Kwang Jo Creator of Choi Kwang Do
- Choi Kyoung-hwan, a South Korean politician
- Choi Kyung-Ju (b. 1970), professional golfer more commonly known in Western countries as K.J. Choi
- Choi Kyu-hah (1919-2006), transitional President of South Korea following the assassination of Park Chung-hee
- Choi Minho, member of South Korean boy band SHINee
- Choi Minhwan, drummer and member of South Korean band F.T. Island
- Choi Minki, better known by his stage name Ren, member of South Korean boy band NU'EST
- Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor
- Choe Myong-ho, North Korean football player
- Choi Myung-Hoon (b. 1975), South Korean professional Go player
- Choi Na Yeon, South Korean female professional golfer
- Choi Pablo Ezequiel, Argentinian Lawyer
- Choi Sang Ki, South Korean voice actor
- Choi Seong Woo, South Korean voice actor
- Choi Seung Hyun, Real name of rapper from South Korean boy group Big Bang,stage name T.O.P
- Choi Siwon, actor, model, and member of South Korean boy band, Super Junior
- Choi Soo Jin, South Korean voice actress
- Choi Sooyoung, singer, actress, songwriter, member of South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation
- Steven Choi, American politician
- Choi Sungmin, K-pop singer member of Co-Ed School
- Choi Sung-Hee, K-pop singer known as "Bada."
- Choi Sung-Kuk, K-League footballer
- Choi Sung-Yong, K-League footballer
- Choi Tae-Uk, J-League footballer
- Choe U (d. 1249), military dictator of the Goryeo period
- Choi Won Hyeong, South Korean voice actor
- Choi Won-jong, Korean international archer
- Choi Won-Kwon, K-league footballer
- Choi Woo Hyuk, South Korean actor known as the young Junseo in k-drama Autumn in my heart
- Choi Woo-shik, South Korean actor famously known as Do Chi-San in Rooftop Prince
- Choi Yang-il a.k.a. Yoichi Sai, film director
- Choi Yeon-Sung, professional StarCraft player
- Choe Yeong, military leader of late Goryeo
- Choe Yeong-ui, founder of Kyokushin karate, better known as Masutatsu Oyama
- Choi Yong-kun (1903-1972), high-ranking North Korean official
- Choi Yong-Soo, J-League footballer
- Choi Yong Sul, founder of hapkido
- Choi Yun-Kyum, Football coach
- David Choi, a Korean-American singer popular in Youtube
- Gina Choi, Korean-Canadian K-pop singer known as G.NA
- Cui (Choi) Jian, Chinese rock musician (father was ethnic Korean and a professional trumpet player and mother was member of a Korean dance troupe)
- Viсtor Tsoi (Choi), a Soviet rock musician, leader of the band Kino
- Sergey Tsoi (Choi) a Russian politician
- Anita Tsoi (Choi), a Russian pop singer, wife of Sergey Tsoy
- Tony Choi - Male Model, Minnesota
- Anna choi-Entrepreneur from Florida
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- "최 崔" [Choe] (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1009-09-18.
- "최세진 崔世珍" [Choe Se-jin] (in Korean). Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Top North official said to be getting re-educated". JoongAng Ilbo. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-20.