Shin (Korean surname)
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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. Members of the various Shin clans can be found throughout the Korean peninsula.
As with other Korean family names, the holders of the "Shin" family name are divided into various clans, each known by the name of a town or city, called bon-gwan in Korean. Usually that town or city is the one where the clan's founder lived. There are two lines of Shin: (1) Pyeongsan Shin and (2) Goryeong Shin. Although the two clans, Pyeongsan Shin and Goryeong Shin, share the same Chinese character, they are unrelated in heritage. The third line uses the Chinese character 辛.
Pyeongsan Shin makes up about 70% of all those with the name Shin using the Chinese character 申. The clan's founder was General Shin Sung-gyeom, originally named Samneungsan without a family name, before being given a surname by King Taejo of Goryeo.
According to the family legend, one day when King Taejo and his generals went out hunting in near Pyeongsan, Taejo saw three geese flying above them, and asked his generals whether any of them can shoot the geese down. Shin Sung-gyeom volunteered and asked Taejo which one he should shoot. Taejo asked Shin to shoot the third goose by the left wing, and to Taejo's surprise, Shin completed the task. Taejo was highly impressed and gave Shin 300 gyul (ancient measurement of area) of local land, which became Shin Sung-gyeom's hometown.
Shin Sung-gyeom also saved the life of King Taejo of Goryeo during a disastrous battle with Hubaekje near present-day Daegu in the early 10th century. Taejo awarded General Shin the clan name Pyeongsang Sin, after his hometown, for his loyalty and bravery he showed in the battle. Other prominent members of this clan in more recent times include the 19th-century pansori writer Shin Jae-hyo.
Each year a number of people, who claim to belong to the Pyeongsan Shin clan, gather at the memorial shrine of Shin Sung-gyeom in the South-Korean province of Kangwondo. Prior to the Korean war, the original shrine was situated in the now North-Korean province of Hwanghaedo, where the clan land of Pyeongsan is situated.
The other well-known line is the Goryeong Shin, descending from Shin Suk-ju**, who was the lead scholar to work with King Sejong the Great in the development of Hangul, the Korean written language. Shin Suk-ju was also a high ranking government minister and belonged to the Hall of Worthies. The Goryeong Shin makes up about 17% of all those who carry the Shin name using the Chinese character 申. Three of five members of Shin Suk-ju's 16th generation are known to have immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. One descendant of the Shin's to travel to the US is a famous and scholarly physician named David Sheen. Another prominent member of the clan is Danjae Shin Chaeho, a 19th-century nationalist historian. (** A notoriety surrounding communication with Mal Joo Shin, Suk-ju Shin's younger brother, who asked about his brother's whereabouts in China at one time resulted from his admission of Norwegian ancestry instead of English aristocrat ancestry.)
List of Shins
- Shin Sung-gyeom (died 927), general of the Later Three Kingdoms period.
- Shin Don (辛, died 1371), Buddhist monk and regent of the reign of King Gongmin of Goryeo.
- Shin Saimdang (1504–1551), painter, calligrapher, Yi Yulgok's mother
- Shin Gwang-su (poet) (1712–1775), poet
- Shin Yun-bok (1758–?), painter also known as "Hyewon"
- Shin Chaeho (1880–1936), Korean independence activist, historian, nationalist and the founder of the nationalist historiography of Korea
- Shin Sung-mo (1891–1960), politician
- Shin Hyun-joon (1915–2007), military officer and diplomat
- Shin Ik-hee, politician (1st and 2nd National Assembly Chairman of Republic of Korea, opposition party leader, presidential candidate)
- Shin Suk-ju, scholar and government minister
- Shin Olivia, number one donk of the donk clan
- Shin Youngok (born 1961) South Korean classical soprano singer
- Shin Kyuk-Ho (辛, born 1922), CEO and founder of Lotte Corporation
- Paull Shin (born 1935), member of the Washington State Senate
- Shin Jae Chul (born 1936), martial artist
- Shin Jung-hyeon (born 1938), rock guitarist and singer-songwriter
- Nelson Shin (born 1939), founder and president of Akom Production Co., Ltd
- Sin Son Ho (辛, born 1948), North Korean diplomat and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
- Shin Joon-Sup (born 1963), South Korean middleweight amateur boxer and Olympic Gold Medalist
- Shin Jae Ha (born 1964), South Korean managing partner of Vogo Capital Investors
- Shin Daechul (born 1967), South Korean rock/heavy metal guitarist and leader of Sinawe
- Shin Hae Chul (born 1968), singer
- Shin Hong-Gi (born 1968), South Korean former football player
- Shin Hyun-joon (born 1968), South Korean actor
- Shin Seung Hun (born 1968), South Korean ballad singer
- Shin Ae-ra (born 1969), actress
- Shin Tae-Yong (born 1970), South Korean attacking midfield footballer
- Shin Ha-kyun (born 1974), South Korean actor
- Shin Jung-hwan (辛, born 1975), Korean singer and entertainer
- Shin Myung-Chul (born 1978), second baseman in Korean baseball
- Shin Hye Sung (born 1979), lead vocalist of the group Shinhwa
- Outsider (born Shin Ok-Cheol, 1983), singer
- Shin Hwa-Yong (born 1983), South Korean football player
- Shindong (born Shin Donghee, 1985), singer, dancer, member of Super Junior
- Shin Hyung-Min (born 1986), South Korea football player
- Shin Kwang-Hoon (born 1987), South Korean football defender
- Shin KwangHo, South Korean artist
- Shin Young-Rok (辛, born 1987), South Korean football player
- Jiyai Shin (born 1988), professional golfer
- Shin Baek-cheol (born 1989), South Korean badminton player
- Sin Joon-sik (born 1980), South Korean taekwondoist and Olympic silver medalist
- Shin Min Ah (born 1984), South Korean actress and model.
- Shin Min Chul (born 1980), musician and former member of South Korean boy group T-max
- Shin Soo Hyun (born 1989), South Korean singer, leader and member of South Korean boy band U-KISS
- Shin Se-kyung (born 1990), South Korean actress
- Shin Dongho (born 1994), South Korean singer, ex-member of South Korean boy band U-KISS
- Shin Kuhn (辛), past director general of National Intelligence Service (South Korea)
- Peter Shin, Director of animation films, most notably "Family Guy"
- Shin Hyejeong, singer, actress, member of South Korean girl group AOA
- Shin Jimin, singer, member of South Korean girl group AOA
- Shin Dongwoo, South Korean singer, member of South Korean boy group B1A4 (better known as CNU)
- Shin Dong-hyuk (申, born 1982), is a North Korean refugee and human rights activist living in South Korea
- Shin Suk-ja (申, born 1942), is a South Korean political prisoner held in a North Korean political prison camp
- Shin Yoonjo (Born 1992), is a member of South Korean girl group Hello Venus
- Shin Won-ho (born 1991), is a South Korean actor and member of South Korean multinational boy band Cross Gene
- Shin Donggeun (born 1993), South Korean singer, rapper, member of South Korean boy band BtoB (better known as Peniel)