Im (Korean surname)

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Im (林)
PronunciationIm
Rim
Language(s)Korean
Origin
Region of originNorth and South Korea
Meaningforest
Other names
Variant(s)Lin
Im (任)
PronunciationIm
Language(s)Korean
Origin
Region of originNorth and South Korea
Meaningallow, appoint
Im
Hangul
or
Hanja
or
Revised RomanizationIm or Rim
McCune–ReischauerIm or Rim

Im or Rim, sometimes Lim, is a common Korean family name equivalent either to the Chinese surname Lin or Ren depending on the clan branch.

History[edit]

The first clan branch is the Supul Rim (수풀 림, meaning "Forest-Rim") and its Hanja character is 林. The Supul Rim branch consists of two large clan houses; the first is Naju (early Hoijin) and the second, which is the elder branch is Pyeongtaek. Members of this branch often write their names as both 임 (Im; more common) and 림 (Rim). The character 林 means "forest".

The second clan branch is the Matgil Im (맡길 임) or Mateul Im (맡을 임) and its Hanja character is 任. The Matgil Im/Mateul Im branch consists of one large clan house called Pungcheon Im clan and a smaller clan house called Jangheung (장흥). Members of this clan branch both write and pronounce their names as 임 (Im). The character 任 means "trusted/to bear, duty".

Romanization[edit]

When 林 (림 or 임) is romanized, it is spelled as "Rim" or "Im" in McCune–Reischauer and Revised Romanization of Korean, or sometimes as "Lim".

When 任 (임) is romanized, it is spelled as "Im" in McCune–Reischauer and Revised Romanization of Korean, or sometimes spelled "Yim".

Statistics from the year 2000 show that there were 762,767 수풀 림 (林, Rim) and 172,726 맡길 임 (任, Im) in South Korea.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 7, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)