Jeon (Korean surname)

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"Chun (Korean surname)" redirects here. For the rare surname () spelled Chun in the McCune–Reischauer romanisation, see Joon (Korean name). For other uses, see Chun (disambiguation).
Jeon / Jun
Family name
Pronunciation Korean pronunciation: [tɕʌn]
Language(s) of origin Korean
Jeon
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏn

Jeon (전), also often spelled Jun, Chun, or Chon, is a common Korean family name. As of the South Korean census of 2000, there were 687,867 people with this name in South Korea. It can be written with three different hanja, each with different meanings and indicating different lineages.[1]

  • (온전할 전 onjeonhal jeon, "whole"). This is the most common character, used by 493,419 people in 153,208 households according to the 2000 Census.[1] This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name now pronounced Quán in Mandarin.
  • (밭 전 bat jeon, "field"). This is the second-most common character, used by 188,354 people in 58,895 households.[1] This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name now pronounced Tián in Mandarin.
  • (돈 전 don jeon, "money"). This is the least common character, used by 6,094 people in 1,883 households.[1] This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name now pronounced Qián in Mandarin.

In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 67% of people with this family name spelled it in Latin letters as Jeon in their passports, while 23% spelled it Jun, and 4.9% spelled it Chun. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 5.1%) included Chon, Cheon, Jean, Jeun, Jen, Jhun, and Zeon.[2]

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