Ahn (Korean surname)
Ahn, also romanized An, is a Korean family name. Origin of Korean surname Ahn is different from each clans of Ahn. There are 109 clans in Korean surname 'Ahn'. In 2000, there were 637,786 people bearing this surname in South Korea , making it the 20th most common family name in the country, with roughly 2% of the country's population. North Korea does not release figures for surnames, but the percentage is expected to be similar.
- 1 Clan
- 2 List of persons with the surname
- 3 See also
- 4 External links
In the traditional Korean clan system, which is still the basis of family registry in South Korea, each clan is distinguished by its bon-gwan, the notional ancestral seat of the clan. Typically each clan claims a different person as its founder, although there are exceptions. 109 Ahn clans are extant today. However, most of these are very small. The majority of Ahns claim membership in the Sunheung Ahn clan (the highest and most noble clan of Ahns). The Kwangju and Juksan clans are also quite large and are associated with "blue-blood" status; in addition to these, the Tamjin, Gongsan, Chungju, Dongju, Jeuongwon, Ansan, Jecheon, Angang, and Jucheon clans are significant.
They have enjoyed "blue-blood" status as nobility (Yang-Ban) since their earliest history in the Koryeo (Koryo) Dynasty and throughout the Chosun Dynasty (July 1392 - August 1910). The founder of the Sunheung Ahn was a famously petty and meticulous official of Koryeo named Ahn Ja-mi. The Neo-Confucian philosopher An Hyang, who introduced the Confucian social and government system to Korea, was his great-grandson, and is generally numbered among the clan's most illustrious members. During Colonial Japan and during the founding of the democratic government of Korea, the most influential and respected figure is Ahn Chang Ho (Title: Dosan) and his life ended shortly after his arrest and release by the Imperial Japanese Government.
The family descended from Ahn Jami who was commander of Hongwiwi. Hongwiwi is the troop that escort Imperial process, greet foreign envoys, participate national ceremonies, go to war, and guard the frontier(border area) in Goryeo Dynasty. and Ahn Jami conferred the title of the supreme commander of Samhowi(one of 3 Central Command) by Emperor Sinjong of Goryeo.
Founder Ahn Jami is great-grandfather of Ahn Hyang.
Founder Ahn Jami had three sons, Ahn Yeong-yu, Ahn Yeong-rin, Ahn Yeong-hwa. Ahn Hyang, who is grandson of Ahn Yeong-yu passed the Gwageo(State examination) in 1260(Wonjong 1). And he served as Docheomuijungchan(Vice-premier). An Hyang is considered the founder of Neo-Confucianism in Korea, introducing Song Confucianism to the Goryeo Empire.
Villages of Sunheung Clan
- Songcheon-ri, Hwaseong-myeon, Yeonbaek County, Hwanghae Province, North Korea
- Around the Shinanju-Myeon, Anju, South Pyongan Province, North Korea
- Dongseong Village, Hajeong-ri, Baeksan-myeon, Gimje, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
- Chukdong Village, Jambyeong-ri, Geumga-myeon, Chungju, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
- and others
surname Juksan Ahn clan came from Ahngukjishin which means "the general who made country peaceful". Three brothers Lee Jichun Lee Yeopchun and Lee Hwachun achieved a great deed in victory of war against Japan in 864. Juksan is a town name in Anseong city. Lee Jichun changed his name to Ahn Bangjun, and is founder of Juksan clan.
relation by marriage to Royal family
- Wife of Hoesan-gun (son of a concubine of Seongjong of Joseon)
- Ahn Maeng-dam (husband of princess Jeongui, second daughter of Sejong the Great)
- Ahn Hong-ryang (daughter of Shinseong-gun, fourth son of Seonjo of Joseon)
There's no place name Juksan in 9C.
Ahn Banggeol is the founder of Gwangju clan. population is 43,609 people in 2000 in South Korea, and 48,033 people in 2015 in South Korea. the population in North Korea is unknown.
The 2015 South Korean census counted 26,098 people of the "Tamjin" Ahn clan. It is a native clan connected with the Gangjin. Tamjin is old name (before 14C) of Gangjin. Ahn Woo is the founder of Tamjin clan. Ahn Woo put down the rebellion of Cho Il-shin as a Gunbupanseo (kind of military officer) in 1362. Gi Cheol, who was brother of Empress Gi, exert his authority in Korea, he has Mongol Empire at his back. Ahn Woo put Gi Cheol to death. Ahn Woo put Red Turbans to rout who captured Uiju County and Chongju, as Northwest military commander. Also, Ahn Ji, who was a renowned scholar, who was one of writers of Yongbieocheonga is from Tamjin clan.
List of persons with the surname
- An Hyang(4th Descendant)
- Ahn Hye-jin, better known as Hwasa, member of South Korean girl group Mamamoo
- Jaehyo Ahn - A member of K-pop idol group Block B
- An Jung-geun(32th Descendant of Branch of Chumil-gong) - Korean independence activist. He assassinated Ito Hirobumi, a four-time Prime Minister of Japan and former Resident-General of Korea.
- Ahn Seung-ho, better known as Tony An, member of South Korean boy band H.O.T.
- Ahn Changho(26th Descendant of Branch of Champan-gong) - Korean independence leader and early Korean American organizer
- Charles Ahn(26th Descendant of Branch of Gamchal-gong) - South Korean politician, physician, and software entrepreneur,
- Ahn Hee-jung(29th Descendant of Branch of Yanggong-gong) - 36th and 37th(Current) Governor of Chungcheongnam-do Province, South Korea.
- Ahn Hyun-soo, three-time gold medalist in the Winter Olympics
- Ahn Eak-tai
- Viktor An
- An Baul, South Korean Olympic silver medalist
- Byong Man Ahn, South Korean academic
- An Chang-nam, first Korean pilot
- An Chang-rim, South Korean judoka
- Ahn Cheol-Soo, South Korean businessperson
- Ahn Chil-hyun, South Korean singer-songwriter, also known as KangTa, member of South Korean boy band H.O.T.
- Ahn Daniel, member of South Korean boy group Teen Top
- Ahn Shin-won, South Korean singer also known as Danny Ahn, member of g.o.d
- Ahn Eak-tae (1906–1965), Korean composer
- Ahn Eun-jin, member of the South Korean girl group DIA
- Ahn Hee-yeon, better known as Hani, b. 1992, member of Korean girl group EXID
- Ahn Hyo-jin, better known as LE, b. 1991 and member of Korean girl group EXID
- Ahn Hyo-seop, (born 1995), South Korean actor
- Ahn Jae-Hyun, (born 1987), South Korean model-actor
- Ahn Jae-wook (born 1971), Korean actor, composer and singer
- Ahn Ji-hwan, South Korean voice actor
- Ahn Ji-hye, South Korean actress
- Ahn Jin-ah (stage name: Kota), member of South Korean group Sunny Hill
- Ahn Jung-hwan (born 1976), South Korean football player
- Ahn Jung-hyo (born 1941), South Korean novelist and translator
- Kyongwon Ahn, founder of the United Taekwondo Association in the United States
- Mikhail An (1952–1979), Soviet footballer
- Ahn Minji (stage name: Cheska), former member of South Korean girl group Fiestar
- Philip Ahn (1905–1978), Korean-American actor and Ahn Chang Ho's son
- Priscilla Ahn (born 1984), Korean-American musician
- Ahn Sang-soo (born February 1946), former chairperson of the Grand National Party
- Ahn Sang-soo (born May 1946), former mayor of Incheon
- Ahn So-hee, actress and former member of South Korean girl group Wonder Girls
- Ahn Soo-kil (1911–1977), novelist
- Ahn Sung-ki, South Korean actor
- Ahn Sung-Nam, South Korean football player
- Ahn Tae-Eun, South Korean football player
- An Yeseul, South Korean singer
- Ahn Sol-bin, (born 1997), member of South Korean girls group singer Laboum
- Ahn Young-mi, South Korean comedian
- The Ahn Trio, classical piano trio.
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