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Kwon (권)
Pronunciation /kwʌ̹n/
Language(s) Korean
Revised Romanization Gwon
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn

Kwon () is a Korean family name. Some sources[who?] list as many 56 clans, but most of them were merged with the Andong Kwon clan under the Sijeung-gong faction soon after the establishment of the Republic of Korea.

Andong Kwon clan[edit]

The founder of Andong Kwon clan, Kim Haeng (金幸), was originally a royalty of Silla Gyeongju Kim clan. He participated in the Battle of Gochang and helped Taejo who established the Kingdom of Goryeo in 918, the new king bestowed upon Kim Haeng a new surname: Kwon (權), as he could judge the situation correctly and achieve a purpose flexibly (能炳幾達權).[1]

Yecheon Kwon clan[edit]

One account has in’s original surname was Heun (昕). However, in 1197, the name Heun (昕) was chosen as the posthumous name for the Goryeo kingdom's King Myeongjong. To avoid the use of a king’s posthumous name, the Heun(昕) family were directed to change their name to Kwon (權). The head of the Heun clan at this time became Kwon So, the founding ancestor of the Yecheon Kwon clan. Approximately two thirds of clan members live in the Gyeongsang provinces. All members of the Heun(昕) clan disappeared before the founding of Joseon.[citation needed]

Another account states that the Yecheon Heun (昕) clan's Jeoksin, Suchang, Seungdan, and Seungjo married into the Andong Kwon Clan and afterward their descendants took their mothers' surname Kwon (權). Yecheon Kwon clan called an Obongmun (五福門) in late Goryeo.

Notable people[edit]


  • Yul Kwon (born 1975), American reality television star, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
  • Kwon Sang-woo (born 1976), South Korean actor
  • Kwon Yul (actor) (born Kwon Se-in, 1982), South Korean actor
  • Sol Bi (born Kwon Ji-an, 1984), South Korean actress and singer, former member of Typhoon
  • BoA (born Kwon Boa, 1986), South Korean actress, dancer, composer, model, singer and songwriter
  • Kwon So-hyun (actress) (born 1987), South Korean actress
  • G-Dragon (born Kwon Ji-yong, 1988), South Korean musician, leader of Big Bang
  • Kwon Yuri (born 1989), South Korean singer and actress, member of Girls' Generation
  • Kwon Nara (born 1991), South Korean singer, member of Hello Venus
  • Kwon Ri-se (1991–2014), South Korean singer, member of Ladies' Code
  • Dean (South Korean singer) (born Kwon Hyuk, 1992), South Korean R&B singer, songwriter, and producer
  • Kwon Mina (born 1993), South Korean singer and actress, member of AOA
  • Kwon So-hyun (born 1994), South Korean singer and dancer, former member of 4Minute
  • Kwon Soon-young (born 1996), stage name Hoshi, member of South Korean boy group Seventeen
  • Kwon Chae-won (born 1999), stage name Eunchae, member of South Korean girl group DIA
  • Kwon Eunbin (born 2000), South Korean singer, member of South Korean girl group CLC
  • Kwon Da Hae (Born 1981), South Korean, Fashionista, Accomplished Pianist, Voted 100 Most Beautiful People in the World by People Magazine.
  • Kwon Hyuk Dong (Born 1979), South Korean, Father, Brother and Oppa to Kwon Da Hae.
  • Kwon Hyun Bin (Born 1997), South Korean Model and Singer, member of South Korean boy group JBJ
  • Loco (rapper) ,(Born Kwon Hyuk-woo 1989), South Korean rapper


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Looking for Roots". Segye Ilbo (66). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2018.