Bae (surname)

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See also: Pae and Pai
Revised Romanization Bae
McCune–Reischauer Pae

Bae, also spelled Bai or Pae, is a Korean family name. The South Korean census of 2000 found 372,064 people by this surname, or slightly less than 1% of the population. .[1] In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 96.8% of people with this family name spelled it in Latin letters as Bae. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 3.2%) included Bai, Pae, and Bea.[2]

There are two different ways to write the name in hanja: the most common (), and an alternative () which lacks the "stem" (, Radical 8) at the top. A common question when people sharing this surname meet is, "Does your pear have a stem or not?", as the Korean word for "pear" is also bae.

There are also people with surnames written with the same character in China (Pei) and Vietnam (Bùi).

Notable people[edit]

  • Bae Doona (배두나, born 1979), South Korean model and actress
  • Bae Eun-sik (배은식), South Korean actor who often portrays Kim Jong-il
  • Pae Kil-su (배길수, born 1972), North Korean gymnast
  • Bae Jeong-min (배정민, born 1975), South Korean voice actor
  • Bae Jong-ok (배종옥, born 1964), South Korean actress
  • Bae Seul-ki (배슬기, born 1986), South Korean pop singer
  • Bae Soo-bin (배수빈, born 1976), South Korean actor
  • Pae Tal-jun (배달준, born 1936), high-ranking North Korean politician and bureaucrat
  • Bae Yong-joon (배용준, born 1972), South Korean actor
  • Bae Yong-kyun (배용균, born 1951), South Korean film director
  • Bae Young-soo (배영수, born 1981), South Korean baseball player
  • Bae Hae-min (배해민, born 1988), South Korean footballer
  • Bae Ki-jong (배기종, born 1983), South Korean footballer
  • Bae Suzy (배수지, born 1994), South Korean actress and a member of girl group Miss A
  • Bae Sang-moon (배상문, born 1986), South Korean professional golfer
  • Irene Bae (Bae Joo-hyun 배주현, born 1991), member of South Korean girl group Red Velvet
  • Woohee (Bae Woo-hee 배우희, born 1991), member of the South Korean girl group Dal Shabet

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