Gim clan of Gimhae
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Gim clan of Gimhae (Korean: 김해 김씨; Hanja: 金海 金氏) is one of the Korean clans. Their Bon-gwan is in Gimhae. Today, Gim clan of Gimhae is the largest clan group. Their founder was Suro, the king of Gaya confederacy. Gim Yu-sin who unified Silla was well known among his clan members. The Gimhae Heo clan and Incheon Lee clan appointed the founders as Suro, and the Gimhae Heo clan also made Gimhae their Bon-gwan. The two sons of Suro who call themselves by Heo Hwang-ok's surname, queen of Suro, also founded Gimhae Heo clan.
The Gimhae Heo clan queen was Suro. Her clan dates back to Pandya’s clan in India. She set sail from India, later arriving at Gimhae. In 2004, scientific proof demonstrated that Heo Hwang-ok was a person of Indian origin. 徐廷송, professor of the Faculty of Medicine at Seoul University, and 김정일, professor at Faculty of Medicine at Hallym University, reported their finding to the Korean Society of Genetics academy. Having analyzed remains in an old burial mound containing what they assumed are remains of the Heo Hwang-ok clan, they concluded that Heo Hwang-ok's ancestor was not from Northern Mongolia (origination of Koreans) but from Southern Indian. These findings were based on analyses of sampled Mitochondrial DNA. Heo Hwang-ok may be a queen of the Satavahana dynasty in India. She came to the Gaya confederacy in the year CE 48. Some suggest that Heo came from Tamil Nadu, as many Koreans words that sound similar to the words used in the region. Academics are split as to her true origin. The connection between the two cultures is believed to date back to the reign of King Suro and Ayi of Pandya Kingdom in CE 45. Experts don't rule out the possibility of queen Huh bringing Tamil culture to Korea with her when she left India, according to Korean envoy Kygsoo Kim.  Heo Hwang-ok bore ten children. Two of them were given Heo's surname, and they were the origin of Gimhae Heo clan.