Im (Korean surname)

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Lim
Pronunciation Im (south official)
Rim (north)
Language(s) Korean
Origin
Region of origin North and South Korea
Meaning forest
Other names
Variant(s) Lin
Im
Pronunciation Im, Yim, Eem
Language(s) Korean
Origin
Region of origin North and South Korea
Meaning allow, appoint
Im
Hangul or
Hanja or
Revised Romanization Im or Rim
McCune–Reischauer Im or Rim

Im or Lim or Rim 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 (임/림) is romanized, it is usually spelled as "Rim", or occasionally as "Lim".

When 任 (임) is romanized, it is usually spelled as "Im", although is sometimes spelled "Yim".

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

Notable people[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 7, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2006.