Jeong (surname)

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For the Chinese family name, see Cheung.
Jeong (Jung)
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng
Approx. 50% of the Korean people bear the family name Kim, Lee, Park or Choi
  Kim, Gim
  Lee, Yi, Rhee
  Park, Pak
  Choi
  Jung, Jeong, Chung, Cheong

Jeong is a Latin alphabet rendition of the Korean family name "정", also often spelled Chung, Jung, or Jong. As of the South Korean census of 2000, there were 2,230,611 people by this name in South Korea, or roughly 5% of the population.[1]

Latin-alphabet spelling[edit]

In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on a sample of year 2007 applications for South Korean passports, it was found that 48.6% of people with this surname chose to have it spelled it in Latin letters as Jung in their passports. The Revised Romanization transcription Jeong was at second place with 37.0%, while Chung came in third at 9.2%. It was the only one out of the top five surnames (the others being Kim, Park, Lee, and Choi) for which the Revised Romanization spelling was used by more than a few percent of applicants.[2]

Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 5.2%) included, in order of decreasing frequency, Joung, Cheong, Chong, Jeoung, Jeung, Choung, Jong, Cheung, Juong, Jeng, Chyung, Jaung, Jueng, and Zheng.[2] The spelling Jong, rare in South Korea, is official in North Korea's modified version of the McCune–Reischauer transcription system.

Lineages[edit]

The Korean family name Jeong can be written with either of three homophonous hanja. Each of those three are broken down into a number of clans, identified by their bon-gwan (clan hometown, not necessarily the actual residence of the clan members), which indicate different lineages.

Most common (鄭)[edit]

(나라 정 nara jeong) is the most common of the three Jeong names. This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name Zheng, and before that the name of a vassal state of the Zhou Dynasty. In the 2000 South Korean census, 2,010,117 people and 626,265 households had this family name. These people identified with 136 different bon-gwan (not including those listed as "other" or "unreported" in the census).[1]

Second-most common (丁)[edit]

(고무래 정 gomurae jeong; 장정 정 jangjeong jeong) is the second-most common of the three Jeong names. This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name Ding. In the 2000 census, 187,975 people and 58,431 households had this family name. These people identified with 23 different bon-gwan, including:[1]

  1. Naju: 82,863 people and 25,786 households.[1]
  2. Jinju: 24,598 people and 7,661 households.[1]
  3. Yeonggwang: 21,774 people and 6,839 households.[1]
  4. Changwon: 16,141 people and 4,989 households.[1]
  5. Yeongseong: 10,429 people and 3,279 households.[1]
  6. Gukseong: 9,620 people and 2,984 households.[1]
  7. Haeju: 5,381 people and 1,683 households.[1]
  8. Aphae (押海): 3,335 people and 1,079 households.[1] They claim descent from Jeong Deok-seong (정덕성; 丁德盛; Pinyin: Dīng Déshèng), who was born in a village called Dingying (丁營) in Dengzhou, China and came to the Korean peninsula during the reign of Munjong of Goryeo. Later on, other Jeong clans branched off from them, and became more numerous.[3]
  9. Other or unreported: 13,834 people and 4,131 households.[1]

Least common (程)[edit]

(한도 정 hando jeong; 길 정 gil jeong) is the least-common of the three Jeong names. This character was originally used to write the Chinese family name Cheng. In the 2000 census, 32,519 people and 10,220 households had this family name. These people identified with 15 different bon-gwan, including:[1]

  1. Dongnae: 10,632 people and 3,321 households.[1]
  2. Gyeongju: 9,026 people and 2,934 households.[1]
  3. Hanam: 7,766 people and 2,355 households.[1]
  4. Other or unreported: 5,095 people and 1,610 households.[1]

Notable people[edit]

The following is a list of notable people with the Korean family name Jeong, grouped by area of notability and ordered by year of birth. Names are presented in the form they are given on the respective articles, which may have the family name first or last, or which may be a stage name or pen name. People should only be included in this list if they have their own Wikipedia articles or if they are discussed in a non-trivial fashion in Wikipedia articles on notable groups or events with which they are associated.

Business[edit]

  • Chung Ju-yung (1915–2001), South Korean entrepreneur, founder of Hyundai
  • Chung Mong-koo (born 1938), South Korean businessman, chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, son of Chung Ju-yung
  • Chung Joon-yang (born 1948), South Korean businessman, chairman of POSCO
  • Chung Mong-hun (1948–2003), South Korean businessman, son of Chung Ju-yung
  • Chung Mong-joon (born 1951), South Korean businessman, son of Chung Ju-yung
  • Chung Mong-gyu (born 1962), South Korean businessman, son of Chung Ju-yung
  • Chung Yong-jin (born 1968), South Korean businessman, vice-chairman and CEO of Shinsegae
  • Chung Eui-sun (born 1970), South Korean businessman, son of Chung Mong-koo
  • Soo Chung, Jin-Nam Chung and Ki Y. Chung, co-owners of a Washington, D.C. dry-cleaning company, defendants in the so-called "$67 million pants lawsuit" Pearson v. Chung

Classical music and dance[edit]

Design and visual arts[edit]

  • Jeong Seon (1676–1759), Joseon Dynasty landscape painter
  • Chung Sanghwa (born 1932), South Korean minimalist painter
  • Chung Yangmo (born 1934), South Korean art historian, former director of the National Museum of Korea
  • Peter Chung (Chung Kunshik, born 1961), South Korean-born American animator
  • Doo-Ri Chung (born 1971), American fashion designer of Korean descent
  • Young Yang Chung, South Korean textile historian and embroiderer

Entertainment industry[edit]

Screen actors[edit]

Film directors, producers, and screenwriters[edit]

Singers[edit]

  • Jung Jae-hyung (born 1970), South Korean singer-songwriter, pianist, and film music composer
  • Seo Taiji (Jeong Hyeon-cheol, born 1972), South Korean singer, musician, and record producer
  • J (Korean singer) (Chung Jae-young, born 1977), South Korean R&B singer
  • Shin Hye-sung (Jung Pil-kyo, born 1979), South Korean singer, member of the pop group Shinhwa
  • Chung Dong-ha (born 1980), member of the South Korean rock band Boohwal
  • Jung Ryeo-won (born 1981), South Korean-born Australian singer and actress in the South Korean entertainment industry
  • Rain (entertainer) (Jeong Ji-hoon, born 1982), South Korean singer and actor
  • Jung Yuri (born 1984), South Korean singer
  • Yunho (Jung Yun-ho, born 1986), also known as U-Know Yunho, South Korean singer and actor, member of the pop duo TVXQ
  • G.O (singer) (Jung Byung-hee, born 1987), South Korean singer, member of the boy band MBLAQ
  • Clara Chung (born 1987), American singer-songwriter of Korean descent
  • Jung Joon-young (born 1989), South Korean singer
  • Jessica Jung (Korean name Jung Soo-yeon, born 1989), American singer and actress in the South Korean entertainment industry, ex-member of Girls' Generation
  • Jung Yong-hwa (born 1989), South Korean singer-songwriter, member of the rock band CNBLUE
  • Jung Hana (born 1990), South Korean singer, member of the girl group Secret
  • Joo (singer) (Jung Min-joo, born 1990), South Korean singer
  • Leo (singer) (Jung Taek-woon, born 1990), South Korean singer, member of the boy band VIXX
  • Jeong Jinwoon (born 1991), South Korean singer, member of the vocal group 2AM
  • Jinyoung (singer) (Jung Jin-young, born 1991), member of the South Korean boy band B1A4
  • Nicole Jung (Korean name Jung Yong-ju, born 1991), American singer active in the South Korean entertainment industry
  • Jung Dae-hyun (born 1993), South Korean singer, member of B.A.P
  • Jung Eun-ji (born 1993), South Korean singer and actress, member of the girl group A Pink
  • Krystal Jung (born 1994), Korean American singer and actress, member of the girl group f(x)
  • Jung Il-hoon (born 1994), South Korean rapper and singer, member of BtoB
  • Jung Hoseok (born 1994), also known as J-Hope, South Korean rapper, member of Bangtan Boys
  • Jeong Inseong (born 1994), South Korean singer, member of KNK
  • Jung Seung-hwan (singer) (born 1996), South Korean singer
  • Jeong Ye-in (born 1998), South Korean singer, member of Lovelyz
  • Koo Chung, 21st-century American singer-songwriter of Korean descent

Voice actors[edit]

Other[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Jeong In-ji (1396–1478), Joseon Dynasty Neo-Confucian scholar who wrote the colophon of the Hunmin Jeong-eum Haerye
  • Chung Nanjung (died 1565), Joseon Dynasty philosopher, concubine of Prime Minister Yun Won-hyung
  • Chung In-hong (1535–1623), Joseon Dynasty Neo-Confucian scholar and writer
  • Jeong Yak-yong (1762 –1836), Joseon Dynasty Silhak philosopher
  • Jeong Ji-yong (1902–?), Korean poet of the Japanese colonial era, believed to have died in North Korean custody in Pyongyang during the Korean War
  • Jung Hansuk (born 1922), South Korean writer and literary critic
  • Chung Ho-sung (born 1950), South Korean poet
  • Jung Chan (author) (born 1953), South Korean writer
  • Jeong Do-sang (born 1960), South Korean writer
  • Jung Mikyung (born 1960), South Korean novelist
  • Ook Chung (born 1963), Japan-born Canadian writer of Korean descent
  • Jung Young-moon (born 1965), South Korean writer
  • Jane Jeong Trenka (born 1972), South Korean-born American writer and adoptees' rights activist
  • Jung Ihyun (born 1972), South Korean novelist
  • Catherine Chung, American novelist of Korean descent
  • Jung Eun-gwol, South Korean novelist
  • Philip W. Chung, American playwright of Korean descent

Politics and government[edit]

  • Jeong Jung-bu (1106–1179), Goryeo Dynasty soldier and military dictator
  • Jeong Mong-ju (1337–1392), Goryeo Dynasty minister and writer
  • Jeong Do-jeon (1342–1398), Joseon Dynasty politician
  • Jeong Hyun-jo (1440–1504), Joseon Dynasty politician and writer
  • Jeong Cheol (1536–1593), Joseon Dynasty statesman and poet
  • Jeong Gu (1543–1620), Joseon Dynasty philosopher, politician, historian and writer
  • Jeong Bal (1553–1592), Joseon Dynasty naval captain
  • Jeong Rip (1574–1629), Joseon Dynasty scholar-official, diplomat, and ambassador
  • Jeong Yeo-rip (1546–1589), Joseon Dynasty politician
  • Jeong Ki-ryong (1562–1622), Joseon Dynasty general
  • Jeong Mun-bu (1565–1624), Joseon Dynasty statesman who formed a militia to resist Japanese invasion
  • Chung Chil-sung (1897–1958), Korean dancer, feminist, and independence activist, resided in South Korea after the division of Korea
  • Chung Il-kwon (1917–1994), Manchukuo and later South Korean general, Prime Minister of South Korea (1964–1970)
  • Chung Eun-yong (1923–2014), South Korean policeman and activist who investigated the No Gun Ri Massacre
  • Chung Won-shik (born 1928), South Korean politician, educator, and writer; Prime Minister of South Korea (1991–1992),
  • Jeong Seung-hwa (1929–2002), South Korean general, 22nd Army Chief of Staff
  • Jeong Ho-yong (born 1932), South Korean general and politician
  • Chung Hong-won (born 1944, South Korean politician and lawyer; Prime Minister of South Korea (2013–2015)
  • Jeong Se-hyun (born 1945), South Korean politician in the Ministry of Unification
  • Chung Un-chan (born 1947), South Korean politician and economist; Prime Minister of South Korea (2009–2010)
  • Chung Dong-young (born 1953), South Korean politician; United New Democratic Party candidate for President of South Korea (2007)
  • Jeong Seung-jo (born 1953), South Korean general, 37th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Chung Doo-un (born 1957), South Korean politician Vice-Mayor of Seoul (2000–2003)
  • Roy Chung (born c. 1957), South Korean-born American soldier who disappeared in 1979
  • Jeong Yol (born 1978), South Korean LGBT rights activist
  • Jong Thae-yang, North Korean diplomat
  • Jeong Kwang-il, North Korean defector

Religion[edit]

Science[edit]

Sport[edit]

Association football[edit]

  • Chung Kook-chin (1917–1976), South Korean football player and manager
  • Chung Nam-sik (1917–2005), South Korean football player
  • Chung Yeong-hwan (born 1938), South Korean football player
  • Jung Byung-tak (born 1942), South Korean football forward and manager
  • Jung Hae-seong (born 1958), South Korean football manager (K-League classic)
  • Chung Hae-won (born 1959), South Korean football coach and former striker
  • Chung Yong-hwan (born 1960), South Korean football player and manager
  • Chung Jong-soo (born 1961), South Korean football player
  • Jeong Gi-dong (born 1961), South Korean football goalkeeper (K-League Classic)
  • Chung Jong-son (born 1966), South Korean football player
  • Jung Sung-hoon (born 1968), South Korean football manager and former defender (K-League)
  • Chung Sang-nam (born 1969), South Korean football manager and former Pohang Steelers player
  • Jung Jeong-soo (born 1969), South Korean football player (K-League)
  • Jung Jae-kwon (born 1970), South Korean football manager and former player (Challengers League)
  • Jung Kwang-seok (born 1970), South Korean football manager (Korea National League)
  • Jung Kwang-min (born 1976), South Korean football midfielder (K-League)
  • Chung Seok-keun (born 1977), South Korean football player
  • Chung Yoo-suk (born 1977), South Korean football player
  • Jeong Shung-hoon (born 1979), South Korean football striker (Korea National League)
  • Jung Yong-hoon (1979–2003), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Classic)
  • Chung Kyung-ho (born 1980), South Korean football striker
  • Jung Jong-Kwan (1981–2011), South Korean football midfielder (K-League)
  • Jung Jung-suk (1982–2011), South Korean football player (WK-League)
  • Jung Hong-youn (born 1983), South Korean football defender and midfielder (K-League)
  • Jeong Kwang-sik (born 1984), South Korean football forward (Indonesia Super League)
  • Jung Ho-jin (born 1984), South Korean football centre back (Thai Premier League)
  • Jong Tae-se (born 1984), Zainichi Korean footballer who represented North Korea at the 2012 Olympics
  • Jung Jo-gook (born 1984), South Korean football striker (K-League Classic)
  • Jung Yoon-sung (born 1984), South Korean football forward (K-League)
  • Jung Hoon (born 1985), South Korean football centre back and defensive midfielder (K-League)
  • Jung Min-mu (born 1985), South Korean football forward (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung Sang-hoon (born 1985), South Korean football midfielder (K-League)
  • Jung Sung-ryong (born 1985), South Korean football goalkeeper
  • Jeong Hyuk (born 1986), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung Chul-woon (born 1986), South Korean football centre back (Thai Premier League)
  • Jung In-whan (born 1986), South Korean football centre back (K-League)
  • Jung Myung-oh (born 1986), South Korean football midfielder (K-League)
  • Jong Su-hyok (born 1987), North Korean football midfielder
  • Jung Da-hwon (born 1987), South Korean football wingback (K-League)
  • Jung Dae-sun (born 1987), South Korean football striker (K-League)
  • Jung Eui-do (born 1987), South Korean football goalkeeper (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung Soo-jong (born 1987), South Korean football forward (Korea National League)
  • Jeong Ho-jeong (born 1988), South Korean football defender (K-League)
  • Jeong Seok-min (born 1988), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Challenge)
  • Jeong Woo-in (born 1988), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Challenge)
  • Jong Chol-min (born 1988), North Korean football player
  • Jung Jong-gwan (born 1988), South Korean football forward (Korea National League)
  • Jung Keun-hee (born 1988), South Korean football defender (K-League)
  • Chung Woon (born 1989), South Korean football left back
  • Jeong Jun-yeon (born 1989), South Korean football defender (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung San (born 1989), South Korean football goalkeeper (K-League)
  • Jung Seon-ho (born 1989), South Korean football midfielder (K-League)
  • Jung Sung-min (born 1989), South Korean football forward (K-League)
  • Jung Woo-young (born 1989), South Korean football midfielder (J. League)
  • Jeong Jun-yeon (born 1990), South Korean football defender (K-League Classic)
  • Jung Jae-yong (born 1990), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung Ji-soo (born 1990), South Korean football striker (Thai Division 1 League)
  • Jung Seol-bin (born 1990), South Korean football midfielder (WK-League)
  • Jung Seok-hwa (born 1991), South Korean football midfielder (K-League Classic)
  • Jung Seung-yong (born 1991), South Korean football forward (K-League)
  • Jong Il-gwan (born 1992), North Korean football player
  • Jung Gi-woon (born 1992), South Korean football forward (K-League Challenge)
  • Jung Min-woo (born 1992), South Korean football forward (K-League Challenge)
  • Jeong Seung-hyun (born 1994), South Korean football defender (K-League Classic)
  • Jung Sung-ho, South Korean football defender (FC Seoul)

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Boxing and martial arts[edit]

Fencing[edit]

Handball[edit]

Racket sports[edit]

Running[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]