List of Korean given names

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This is a list of Korean given names by type. Most Korean given names consist of two Sino-Korean morphemes each written with one hanja. There are also names with more than two syllables, often from native Korean vocabulary. Finally, there are a small number of one-syllable names. Originally, there was no legal limitation on the length of names, but since 1993, regulations in South Korea have prohibited the registration of given names longer than five syllable blocks, in response to some parents giving their children extremely long names such as the 16-syllable Haneulbyeollimgureumhaennimbodasarangseureouri (하늘별님구름햇님보다사랑스러우리).[1] Lists of hanja for names are illustrative, not exhaustive.

Names by common first and second syllables[edit]

G or k (ㄱ), n (ㄴ), d (ㄷ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Kyung
경 ()
Kwang
광 ()
Kyu
규 ()
Ki
기 ()
Nam
남 ()
Da
다 ()
Dae
대 ()
Do
도 ()
Dong
동 ()
Kyung
Geun Dong-geun
Gi Nam-gi
Nam Ki-nam
Mi
Min Kyung-min Kwang-min
Bin Da-bin
Seok Kyung-seok Kwang-seok Dong-suk
Seon/Sun Kyung-sun Kwang-seon Nam-seon
Seong Dae-sung
Soo Kyung-soo Kwang-su Dong-soo
Sook Kyung-sook
Sik Kwang-sik
A Kyung-ah
Yeon Do-yeon
Young Ki-young
Ok Kyung-ok
Yong
Woo Ki-woo Dong-woo
Wook Dong-wook
Woong Ki-woong
Yoon
Won Kyung-won Kyu-won Dae-won Do-won Dong-won
Il Nam-il Dong-il
Eun
Ja Kyung-ja
Jae Kyung-jae
Jung Ki-jung
Joo Kyung-ju Dong-joo
Joon Kyung-joon Dong-jun
Ji
Jin
Chul Kyung-chul Kyu-chul Dong-chul
Tae Kyung-tae Ki-tae
Ha Ki-ha Dong-ha
Hyuk Kwang-hyok Dong-hyuk
Hyun Kwang-hyun Dae-hyun Do-hyun Dong-hyun
Hye
Ho Kyung-ho Kwang-ho
Hwa Kyung-hwa
Hwan Kyung-hwan Kwang-hwan
Hoon Kwang-hoon Do-hun Dong-hoon
Hee Kyung-hee Kwang-hee Da-hee Do-hee

M (ㅁ), b (ㅂ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Man
만 ()
Myung
명 ()
Mun/Moon
문 ()
Mi
미 ()
Min
민 ()
Bo
보 ()
Beom
범 ()
Byung
병 ()
Kyung Mi-kyung Min-kyung Bo-kyung
Geun
Gi Min-ki
Nam
Mi
Min
Bin
Seok Man-seok Min-seok Beom-seok
Seon/Sun Mi-sun Min-sun
Seong
Soo Man-soo Myung-soo Moon-soo Min-soo Beom-soo
Sook Myung-sook Mi-sook
Sik Man-sik Moon-sik
A Mina
Yeon Mi-yeon Bo-yeon
Young Mi-young Min-young Bo-young
Ok Myung-ok
Yong Myung-yong
Woo Min-woo Byung-woo
Wook Byung-wook
Woong
Yoon
Won
Il
Eun
Ja Mi-ja
Jae Min-jae
Jung Mi-jung Min-jung
Joo Min-ju
Joon Myung-jun Min-jun Byung-joon
Ji Min-ji
Jin
Chul Min-chul Byung-chul
Tae
Ha
Hyuk Min-hyuk
Hyun
Hye
Ho Min-ho Byung-ho
Hwa Myung-hwa
Hwan Myung-hwan
Hoon Myung-hoon Byung-hoon
Hee Man-hee Myung-hee Mi-hee Min-hee Byung-hee

S (ㅅ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Sang
상 ()
Seo
서 ()
Seok/Suk
석 ()
Seon/Sun
선 ()
Seong
성 ()
Se
세 ()
So
소 ()
Soo
수 ()
Soon
순 ()
Shi
시 ()
Shin
신 ()
Seung
승 ()
Kyung Seong-gyeong Soo-kyung
Geun Sung-keun Soo-geun
Gi Sung-ki Seung-gi
Nam Sung-nam
Mi Sang-mi Sun-mi Sung-mi Su-mi
Min Sung-min Soo-min Seung-min
Bin Se-bin Su-bin
Seok
Seon
Seong
Soo Sung-soo Seung-soo
Sook Sung-sook
Sik
A Soo-ah Seung-ah
Yeon Seo-yeon Se-yeon So-yeon Soo-yeon Si-yeon Seung-yeon
Young Sun-young Se-young So-young Soo-young Shin-young
Ok Seon-ok Sun-ok
Yong Sung-yong Seung-yong
Woo Sang-woo Sun-woo Sung-woo Si-woo Seung-woo
Wook Sang-wook
Woong
Yoon Seo-yun Se-yoon Seung-yoon
Won Sang-won Suk-won Sung-won So-won Si-won Seung-won
Il Sung-il
Eun Sang-eun Seung-eun
Ja Seong-ja Soon-ja
Jae Sung-jae Seung-jae
Jung Soo-jung
Joo Seok-ju
Joon Sang-jun Seo-jun Seung-jun
Ji Su-ji
Jin Sung-jin Soo-jin
Chul Sang-chul Sung-chul Seung-chul
Tae
Ha Sung-ha
Hyuk
Hyun Sang-hyun Seo-hyeon Sung-hyun So-hyun Soo-hyun Seung-hyun
Hye Shin-hye
Ho Seok-ho Sung-ho Seung-ho
Hwa Sun-hwa Seung-hwa
Hwan Seung-hwan
Hoon Sang-hoon Seong-hoon Se-hun Seung-hoon
Hee Sun-hee Sung-hee So-hee Soo-hee Soon-hee Seung-hee

Vowels and semivowels (ㅇ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Yeon
연 (沿)
Young
영 ()
Ye
예 ()
Yong
용 ()
Woo
우 ()
Won
원 ()
Yoo
유 ()
Yoon
윤 ()
In
인 ()
Eun
은 ()
Kyung Yoo-kyung Eun-kyung
Geun Young-geun
Gi Young-gi Yong-gi
Nam Young-nam Yong-nam
Mi Young-mi Yumi Eun-mi
Min Young-min
Bin Yu-bin
Seok Yeon-seok Yoo-suk Yun-seok
Seon/Sun
Seong Woo-sung Yoon-sung Eun-sung
Soo Young-su In-soo Eun-soo
Sook Young-sook Yoon-sook In-sook Eun-sook
Sik Young-sik Won-sik In-sik
A Eun-ah
Yeon
Young In-young Eun-young
Ok Yeong-ok
Yong Won-yong
Woo Yeon-woo
Wook Young-wook
Woong
Yoon
Won Ye-won
Il Won-il
Eun Ye-eun
Ja Young-ja
Jae Young-jae Won-jae Eun-jae
Jung Yoo-jung Yoon-jung Eun-jung
Joo Young-joo Eun-ju
Joon Young-jun Ye-jun Yong-joon
Ji Ye-ji Eun-ji
Jin Young-jin Ye-jin Woo-jin Yu-jin Eun-jin
Chul Young-chul Won-chul
Tae Young-tae
Ha Young-ha Eun-ha
Hyuk
Hyun
Hye In-hye Eun-hye
Ho Young-ho Yong-ho Won-ho
Hwa Yong-hwa
Hwan Young-hwan
Hoon Young-hoon
Hee Yeon-hee Young-hee Yoon-hee Eun-hee

J (ㅈ) and ch (ㅊ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Jae
재 ()
Jung
정 ()
Jong
종 ()
Joo
주 ()
Joon
준 ()
Ji
지 ()
Jin
진 ()
Chang
창 ()
Chae
채 ()
Chul
철 ()
Chun
춘 ()
Kyung Jae-kyung
Geun Jae-geun
Gi Joon-ki
Nam Jung-nam
Mi
Min Jung-min Ji-min Chang-min Cheol-min
Bin
Seok Jae-suk Jong-seok Jun-seok Ji-seok
Seon/Sun Jin-sun
Seong Jae-sung Jin-sung
Soo Jung-soo Jong-soo Ji-su Jin-soo Chul-soo
Sook Jung-sook
Sik Jung-sik
A Jung-ah Jina
Yeon Ji-yeon
Young Jun-young Ji-young Jin-young Chae-young
Ok Jong-ok
Yong Jae-yong
Woo Jae-woo Jung-woo Ji-woo Jin-woo Chang-woo Chul-woo
Wook Jae-wook Jin-wook
Woong Jae-woong Ji-woong
Yoon Jae-yoon Ji-yoon
Won Jae-won Jung-won Joo-won Ji-won Chae-won
Il Jung-il Jong-il
Eun Jae-eun Jung-eun Ji-eun
Ja Jeong-ja Chun-ja
Jae
Jung
Joo Jin-joo
Joon Jae-joon
Ji
Jin Jae-jin Jung-jin
Chul
Tae Joon-tae Ji-tae
Ha Jun-ha Ji-ha
Hyuk Jae-hyuk Jong-hyuk Joon-hyuk Jin-hyuk
Hyun Jae-hyun Jung-hyun Jong-hyun Joo-hyun Ji-hyun
Hye Ji-hye
Ho Jae-ho Jung-ho Joon-ho Ji-ho Jin-ho Chang-ho
Hwa Jung-hwa Chun-hwa
Hwan Jung-hwan Joo-hwan Ji-hwan Jin-hwan
Hoon Jung-hoon Jong-hoon Ji-hun Chang-hoon
Hee Jae-hee Jung-hee Joon-hee Jin-hee Chun-hee

T (ㅌ) and h (ㅎ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Tae
태 ()
Ha
하 ()
Han
한 ()
Hae
해 ()
Ho
호 ()
Hong
홍 ()
Hyo
효 ()
Hyun
현 ()
Hyung
형 ()
Hye
혜 ()
Hee
희 ()
Kyung Hyun-kyung Hye-kyung Hee-kyung
Geun
Gi Hong-gi
Nam
Mi Hyun-mi Hye-mi
Min Tae-min Hyung-min
Bin Han-bin Hye-bin
Seok Tae-suk Hyun-seok
Seon/Sun Ha-sun Hee-sun
Seong Tae-sung Hae-seong Ho-sung Hye-sung Hee-sung
Soo Tae-soo Hyun-soo Hye-su
Sook Hyun-sook
Sik Hyun-sik
A Hyun-a
Yeon Tae-yeon
Young Tae-young Hye-young
Ok
Yong Tae-yong
Woo Tae-woo Hyun-woo
Wook Tae-wook Hyun-wook
Woong Tae-woong
Yoon Ha-yoon
Won Tae-won Hae-won Hyung-won Hye-won
Il Tae-il Hae-il
Eun Ha-eun
Ja Hye-ja
Jae Han-jae
Jung Ho-jung Hyun-jung Hye-jung Hee-jung
Joo Hae-joo Hong-joo Hyo-joo Hyun-joo Hyung-joo
Joon Tae-joon Ha-joon Ho-jun Hyun-jun Hyung-joon Hee-joon
Ji
Jin Hae-jin Ho-jin Hyo-jin Hyun-jin Hye-jin Hee-jin
Chul Hee-chul
Tae Hyun-tae
Ha
Hyuk
Hyun Tae-hyun
Hye
Ho Tae-ho
Hwa
Hwan
Hoon
Hee Tae-hee Hyun-hee

Native Korean names[edit]

Native Korean names
Hangul고유어 이름
Hanja固有語 이름
Revised RomanizationGoyueo ireum
McCune–ReischauerKoyuŏ irŭm

Goyueo ireum are Korean given names which come from native Korean vocabulary, rather than Sino-Korean roots. These names have been used on occasion for centuries, but they only began to become widespread in South Korea in the late 20th century.[2][3] They do not have corresponding hanja, though in some cases, these names might be represented using hanja with the correct Korean pronunciation but an unrelated meaning (for example, , with hanja meaning "sunlight" and "net", for Sora). However, this is not possible for all names; for example, for Ha-neul, there are no hanja with the reading "neul" () on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be registered for use in given names.[4]

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanisation Hangul Meaning
Ga-eul Feminine Kaŭl Ga-eul 가을 Autumn, fall
Gyeo-wool Feminine Kyŏul Gyeo-ul 겨울 Winter
Go-eun Feminine Koŭn Go-eun 고은 From goun (고운), meaning "delicate".
Gu-reum Feminine Gurŭm Gu-reum 구름 Cloud
Kkot Feminine KKot Kkot Flower
Na-rae Feminine Narae Na-rae 나래 From nal-gae (날개), meaning "wing".
Na-moo Masculine Namu Na-mu 나무 From jeonnamu (전나무), meaning "fir".
Na-ri Feminine Nari Na-ri 나리 Lily
Na-bi Feminine Napi Na-bi 나비 Butterfly
No-eul Feminine Noŭl No-eul 노을 Sunset
Noo-ri Unisex Nuri Nu-ri 누리 Ancient Korean variation of the word ubak (우박), meaning "hail".
Da-rae Feminine Tarae Da-rae 다래 Fruit of the actinidiaceae.
Da-som Feminine Tasom Da-som 다솜 Ancient Korean variation of the word sarang (사랑), meaning "love".
Dal Masculine Tal Dal Moon
Dal-rae Feminine Talrae Dal-rae 달래 From dalraeda (달래다), meaning "soothing, lull".
Du-ri Unisex Turi Du-ri 두리 Two, couple
Ra-on Feminine Raon Ra-on 라온 Ancient Korean variation of the word jeulgeoun (즐거운), meaning "joyful".
Ra-woom Feminine Raum Ra-um 라움 From areumdaum (아름다운), meaning "beautiful".
Ma-eum Feminine Maŭm Ma-eum 마음 Mind, heart
Mi-rae Feminine Mirae Mi-rae 미래 Future
Mit-eum Masculine Mitŭm Mit-eum 믿음 Belief, trust
Ba-da Feminine Pata Ba-da 바다 Sea
Ba-ram Unisex Param Ba-ram 바람 Wind
Beo-deul Masculine Pŏtŭl Beo-deul 버들 From beodeunamu (버드나무), meaning "willow".
Byeol Feminine Pyŏl Byeol Star
Bom Feminine Pom Bom Spring
Bo-da Feminine Poda Bo-da 보다 From the verb boda (보다), meaning "to see, to look at".
Bo-ra Feminine Pora Bo-ra 보라 Purple
Bo-ram Feminine Poram Bo-ram 보람 Valuable, worthwhile
Bit-na Feminine Pitna Bit-na 빛나 Shining
Bi Feminine Pi Bi Rain
Sa-rang Feminine Sarang Sa-rang 사랑 Love
Sandara Feminine Santara San-da-ra 산다라 Wise, clever
Saem Masculine Saem Saem Spring, fountain.
Sae-ron Feminine Saeron Sae-ron 새론 From saeroun (새로운), meaning "new".
Sae-rom Feminine Saerom Sae-rom 새롬 From saeroun (새로운), meaning "new".
Sae-byeok Feminine Saepyŏk Sae-byeok 새벽 Dawn, daybreak
So-ra Feminine Sora So-ra 소라 Conch shell
So-ri Feminine Sori So-ri 소리 Voice
Sol Unisex Sol Sol Pine
Seul-ki Unisex Sŭlgi Seul-gi 슬기 Wisdom
Ah-reum Feminine Arŭm A-reum 아름 Beauty
Ah-ri Feminine Ari Ah-ri 아리 Beloved
Yeo-reum Feminine Yŏrŭm Yeo-reum 여름 Summer
Woo-ri Unisex Uri U-ri 우리 We
I-seul Feminine Isŭl I-seul 이슬 Dew
Jo-eun Feminine Choŭn Jo-eun 조은 From joheun (좋은), meaning "good".
Cho-rong Feminine Ch'orong Cho-rong 초롱 Silk-covered lantern.
Ha-na Feminine Hana Ha-na 하나 One
Ha-neul Unisex Hanŭl Ha-neul 하늘 Sky
Ha-nui Feminine Hanŭi Ha-nui 하늬 Westernly winds
Ha-da Unisex Hata Ha-da 하다 From the verb hada (하다), meaning "to do".
Ha-ru Unisex Haru Ha-ru 하루 Day
Ha-yan Unisex Hayan Ha-yan 하얀 White, pure, pale
Han-gil Masculine Hankil Han-gil 한길 One way
Han-wool Unisex Hanul Han-ul 한울 Ancient Korean variation of the word haneul (하늘), meaning "heavenly".
Him-chan Masculine Himch'an Him-chan 힘찬 Strong

There are also some mixed names: those in which a single name contains both a Sino-Korean element and a native Korean element.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanisation Hangul Sino-Korean part Native Korean part
Eun-byul Feminine Ŭnbyŏl Eun-byeol 은별 , star ()
Eun-bi Feminine Ŭnbi Eun-bi 은비 , rain ()

Other names[edit]

This section is for names not included in the above sections. Names are listed in South Korean hangul alphabetical order.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanisation Hangul
Ga-young Feminine Kayŏng Ga-yeong 가영
Kang-min Masculine Kangmin Gangmin 강민
Kyung-gu Masculine Kyŏng'gu Gyeong-gu 경구
Kyung-lim Unisex Kyŏngnim Gyeong-nim 경님
Kyung-mo Masculine Kyŏngmo Gyeong-mo 경모
Kyung-wan Unisex Kyŏng'wan Gyeong-wan 경완
Kyung-taek Masculine Kyŏngtaek Gyeong-taek 경택
Kwang-jo Masculine Kwangjo Gwang-jo 광조
Na-young Feminine Nayŏng Na-yeong 나영
Nam-kyu Masculine Namgyu Nam-gyu 남규
Nam-sun Unisex Namsun Nam-sun 남순
Deok-su Masculine Tŏksu Deok-su 덕수
Dong-gun Masculine Tong'gŏn Dong-geon 동건
Mu-yeol Masculine Muyŏl Mu-yeol 무열
Mu-young Masculine Muyŏng Mu-yeong 무영
Mi-ran Feminine Miran Mi-ran 미란
Min-seo Feminine Minsŏ Min-seo 민서
Byung-hun Masculine Pyŏnghŏn Byeongheon 병헌
Seong-han Masculine Sŏnghan Seong-han 성한
Sook-ja Feminine Sukja Suk-ja 숙자
Seung-heon Masculine Sŭng'hŏn Seung-heon 승헌
Ae-jung Feminine Aejŏng Ae-jeong 애정
Yeo-jin Feminine Yŏjin Yeo-jin 여진
Young-shin Unisex Yŏng'sin Yeong-sin 영신
Young-ae Feminine Yŏng'ae Yeong-ae 영애
Oh-seong Masculine Osŏng O-seong 오성
Yo-han Masculine Yohan Yo-han 요한
Yu-ri Feminine Yuri Yu-ri 유리
Eun-chae Feminine Ŭnchae Eun-chae 은채
Yi-kyung Feminine Yigyǒng Yi-gyeong 이경
Yi-soo Masculine Yisu Yi-su 이수
Il-sung Masculine Ilsǒng Ilseong 일성
Ja-kyung Unisex Chagyŏng Ja-gyeong 자경
Jang-mi Feminine Changmi Jangmi 장미
Jae-gyu Unisex Chaegyu Jaegyu 재규
Jae-beom Masculine Chaebŏm Jaebeom 재범
Jae-seop Masculine Chaesŏp Jaeseop 재섭
Jae-shin Unisex Chaesin Jaesin 재신
Jae-in Unisex Chaein Jaein 재인
Ji-hae Unisex Chihae Ji-hae 지해
Chul-soon Masculine Ch'ŏlsun Cheol-sun 철순
Chi-won Masculine Ch'iwŏn Chi-won 치원
Hyun-seung Masculine Hyŏnsŭng Hyeonseung 현승
Hye-rin Feminine Hyerin Hye-rin 혜린
Hye-rim Feminine Hyerim Hye-rim 혜림

Single-syllable names[edit]

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanisation Hangul Hanja
Gun Masculine Kŏn Geon , , ,
Kwang Masculine Kwang Gwang ,
Lin Feminine Rin Rin , ,
Sang Unisex Sang Sang , ,
Seong Unisex Sŏng Seong
Eun Unisex Ŭn Eun
Jae Unisex Chae Jae ,
Ji Unisex Chi Ji , ,
Woong Masculine Ung Ung ,
Chul Masculine Ch'ŏl Cheol , , , ,
Hyuk Masculine Hyŏk Hyeok ,
Hyun Unisex Hyŏn Hyeon , ,
Ho Masculine Ho Ho ,
Hoon Masculine Hun Hun ,

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "한국에서 가장 긴 이름은?" [What's the longest name in Korea?]. Hankyoreh. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ 金文昌 [Kim Mun-chang] (1991). "고유어식 사람 이름에 대하여" [Regarding old Korean-style personal names]. 《새국어생활》. 1 (1). Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  3. ^ Jeon, Su-tae (2009-10-19). "사람 이름 짓기" [Making a name]. The Hankyoreh. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  4. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2014-04-15.

Further reading[edit]

  • Korean personal names. United States: Central Intelligence Agency. 1962. OCLC 453054.
  • Price, Fiona (2007). "Chapter 6: Korean names". Success with Asian names: a practical guide for business and everyday life. Intercultural Press. ISBN 9781857883787.