Yǐn (surname)

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尹姓 - 楷体.svg
Yin surname in regular script
Pronunciation Yǐn (Pinyin)
Language(s) Chinese, Korean, Vietnam
Language(s) Chinese

(Yoon in Korea, Yǐn in China, Doãn in Vietnam) is a family name of the East Asian.

Korean surname Yoon[edit]

Revised Romanization Yun
McCune–Reischauer Yun

Yoon is the ninth most common family name in Korea. The name is sometimes also transliterated as Yun, Yune, or Youn. The character means "the eldest".

List of notable Yoons[edit]


See also: bon-gwan

The Papyeong (파평/坡平) Yoon clan, which has its seat in Papyeong-myeon, Paju City, is the most well-known Yun clan. Several Papyeong Yoon women became queens during the early Joseon Dynasty, and the last ruling Empress, Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire, was from another Yoon clan, Haepyeong Yoon. The clan's founding ancestor is General Yun Sin-dal, who assisted Wanggeon in founding the Goryeo Dynasty. The 2000 South Korean census found 221,433 households claiming membership in the Papyeong clan, with a total population of 713,947.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Sunjeong "Empress Sunjeong was born Lady Yun of Haepyeong in Seoul and her father was Marquis Yun Taek-yeong, the Lord of Haepung."

Family feud[edit]

When the tomb of Yoon Gwan was rediscovered in the 18th century, it sparked a 300 year old family Feud between the Yoon and Shim Clan. The reason for the feud was because a member of the Shim clan was buried uphill from Yoon Gwan's tomb.

Chinese surname Yǐn[edit]

Yǐn (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yǐn) originates from a pictogram of a royal headdress. It was first used in 2597 BCE by the son of Shao Hao (one of five kings in the "pre-China" Five Kings era), who took on the surname and became the Duke of Yin (a village in northeast China). In 1783 BCE, the Shang Dynasty created the Position of Yin (equivalent to First Minister, most-favored Minister, or Lord Protector). Lord Yi Chi of the Hua tribe helped orchestrate a near-bloodless coup bringing the Shang Dynasty to power, was rewarded with this title, and changed his name to Yi Yǐn (). In 800 BCE, Bo Jifu, a renowned judge during the reign of Zhou Xuan Wang, also held this position, and changed his name to Yin Jifu. During the era of the Imperial Examination System, three other magistrates took on the surname Yǐn (尹) to denote their Imperial rank and favoured status.

Notable people[edit]

  • Yin Fu, creator of a sub-branch of the Bagua martial art; bodyguard to the Empress Dowager Cixi and personal trainer of the Emperor.
  • Yin Han and Yin Zhen, members of the judiciary of the Han Dynasty.
  • Yin Lin, a painter of the Tang Dynasty.
  • Yin Zhongke, a member of the judiciary of the Song Dynasty.
  • Yin Zhangsheng, a painter of the Song Dynasty,
  • Yin Wen, a personal tutor of princes of the Ming Dynasty
  • Wan Kwong, a Hong Kongnese pop singer.

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