List of the most popular given names in South Korea

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This is a list of the most popular given names in South Korea, by birth year and gender for various years in which data is available.

Aside from newborns being given newly popular names, many adults change their names as well, some in order to cast off birth names they feel are old-fashioned. Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 844,615 people (about 1 in every 60 South Koreans) applied to change their names; 730,277 were approved. In 2010, 552 men changed their name to Min-jun, and 1,401 women changed their name to Seo-yeon.[1]

2017[edit]

Boys[2]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Count
Do-yun Doyun Toyun 도윤 2,120
Ha-joon Hajun Hajun 하준 2,084
Seo-jun Sŏjun Seojun 서준 1,891
Si-woo Siu Siu 시우 1,786
Min-jun Minjun Minjun 민준 1,771
Ye-jun Yejun Yejun 예준 1,658
Ju-won Juwŏn Juwon 주원 1,637
Yu-jun Yujun Yujun 유준 1,488
Ji-ho Chiho Jiho 지호 1,458
Joon-woo Chunu Junu 준우 1,339
Girls[2]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Count
Ha-yoon Hayun Hayun 하윤 1,946
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seoyun 서윤 1,871
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seoyeon 서연 1,659
Ha-eun Haŭn Ha-eun 하은 1,594
Ji-yoo Chiyu Jiyu 지유 1,582
Ji-woo Chiu Jiu 지우 1,469
Ha-rin Harin Harin 하린 1,441
Soo-ah Sua Sua 수아 1,416
Ji-a Chia Jia 지아 1,371
Seo-a Sŏa Seoa 서아 1,289

2015[edit]

Boys[3]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Count
Min-jun Minjun Minjun 민준 3,741
Seo-jun Sŏjun Seojun 서준 3,422
Ha-joon Hajun Hajun 하준 3,007
Do-yun Toyun Doyun 도윤 2,782
Joo-won Chuwŏn Juwon 주원 2,664
Ye-jun Yejun Yejun 예준 2,635
Joon-woo Chunu Junu 준우 2,174
Ji-ho Chiho Jiho 지호 2,095
Ji-hu Chihu Jihu 지후 1,968
Jun-seo Chunsŏ Junseo 준서 1,930
Total births of boys 222,854
Girls[3]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Count
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seoyun 서윤 3,048
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seoyeon 서연 2,936
Ji-woo Chiu Jiu 지우 2,668
Ji-yoo Chiyu Jiyu 지유 2,468
Ha-yoon Hayun Hayun 하윤 2,356
Seo-hyeon Sŏhyŏn Seohyeon 서현 2,212
Min-seo Minsŏ Minseo 민서 2,209
Ha-eun Haŭn Haeun 하은 2,161
Ji-a Chia Jia 지아 2,140
Da-eun Taŭn Daeun 다은 2,000
Total births of girls 211,403

2013[edit]

Boys[4]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Min-jun Minjun Minjun 민준
Seojun Sŏjun Seojun 서준
Joo-won Chuwŏn Juwon 주원
Ye-jun Yejun Yejun 예준
Si-woo Siu Siu 시우
Jun-seo Chunsŏ Junseo 준서
Do-yun Toyun Doyun 도윤
Hyun-woo Hyŏnu Hyeonu 현우
Gun-woo Kŏnu Geonu 건우
Ji-hun Chihun Jihun 지훈
Girls[4]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seoyeon 서연
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seoyun 서윤
Ji-woo Chiu Jiu 지우
Seo-hyeon Sŏhyŏn Seohyeon 서현
Min-seo Minsŏ Minseo 민서
Yun-seo Yunsŏ Yunseo 윤서
Chae-won Ch'aewŏn Chaewon 채원
Ha-yoon Hayun Hayun 하윤
Ji-a Chia Jia 지아
Eunseo Ŭnsŏ Eunseo 은서

2011[edit]

Boys[5]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Min-jun Minjun Minjun 민준
Joo-won Chuwŏn Juwon 주원
Jun-seo Chunsŏ Junseo 준서
Si-woo Si'u Siu 시우
Ye-jun Yejun Yejun 예준
Seo-jun Sŏchun Seojun 서준
Ji-hu Chihu Jihu 지후
Ji-hoon Chihun Jihun 지훈
Hyun-woo Hyŏnu Hyeonu 현우
Do-hyun Tohyŏn Dohyeon 도현
Girls[5]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seoyeon 서연
Seo-hyeon Sŏhyŏn Seohyeon 서현
Min-seo Minsŏ Minseo 민서
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seoyun 서윤
Ji-woo Chi'u Jiu 지우
Ji-min Chimin Jimin 지민
Yun-seo Yunsŏ Yunseo 윤서
Ha-eun Ha'ŭn Haeun 하은
Ji-yoon Chiyun Jiyun 지윤
Eun-seo Ǔnsŏ Eunseo 은서

2009[edit]

Boys[6]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Number
Min-jun Minjun Min-jun 민준 3,096
Ji-hu Chihu Ji-hu 지후 2,159
Ji-hoon Chihun Ji-hun 지훈 1,929
Jun-seo Chunsŏ Jun-seo 준서 1,876
Hyun-woo Hyŏnu Hyeon-u 현우 1,841
Ye-jun Yejun Ye-jun 예준 1,747
Kun-woo Kŏnu Geon-u 건우 1,727
Hyun-jun Hyŏnjun Hyeon-jun 현준 1,681
Min-jae Minjae Min-jae 민재 1,509
Woo-jin Ujin U-jin 우진 1,506
Girls[6]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Number
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seo-yeon 서연 3,474
Min-seo Minsŏ Min-seo 민서 2,972
Seo-hyeon Sŏ-hyŏn Seo-hyeon 서현 2,678
Ji-woo Chi-u Ji-u 지우 2,493
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seo-yun 서윤 2,476
Ji-min Chimin Ji-min 지민 2,435
Su-bin Subin Su-bin 수빈 2,208
Ha-eun Ha'ŭn Ha-eun 하은 2,156
Ye-eun Ye'ŭn Ye-eun 예은 1,993
Yun-seo Yunsŏ Yun-seo 윤서 1,921

2008[edit]

Boys[7]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Number
Min-jun Minjun Min-jun 민준 2,641
Ji-hoon Chihun Ji-hun 지훈 2,185
Hyun-woo Hyŏnu Hyeon-u 현우 1,943
Jun-seo Chunsŏ Jun-seo 준서 1,908
Woo-jin Ujin U-jin 우진 1,811
Kun-woo Kŏnu Geon-u 건우 1,722
Ye-jun Yejun Ye-jun 예준 1,704
Hyun-jun Hyŏnjun Hyeon-jun 현준 1,636
Do-hyun Tohyŏn Do-hyeon 도현 1,572
Dong-hyun Tong-hyŏn Dong-hyeon 동현 1,571
Girls[7]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul Number
Seo-yeon Sŏyŏn Seo-yeon 서연 3,270
Min-seo Minsŏ Min-seo 민서 2,881
Ji-min Chimin Ji-min 지민 2,792
Seo-hyeon Sŏhyŏn Seo-hyeon 서현 2,625
Seo-yun Sŏyun Seo-yun 서윤 2,514
Ye-eun Ye'ŭn Ye-eun 예은 2,323
Ha-eun Ha'ŭn Ha-eun 하은 2,109
Ji-woo Chi'u Ji-u 지우 2,107
Su-bin Subin Su-bin 수빈 2,069
Yun-seo Yunsŏ Yun-seo 윤서 1,980

1990[edit]

Boys[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Ji-hoon Chihun Ji-hun 지훈
Hyun-woo Hyŏnu Hyeon-u 현우
Sung-min Sŏngmin Seong-min 성민
Sung-hyun Sŏnghyŏn Seong-hyeon 성현
Min-soo Minsu Min-su 민수
Jun-young Chunyŏng Jun-yeong 준영
Joon-ho Chunho Jun-ho 준호
Min-kyu Min'gyu Min-gyu 민규
Dong-hyun Tonghyŏn Dong-hyeon 동현
Seung-hyun Sŭnghyŏn Seung-hyeon 승현
Girls[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Ji-hye Chihye Ji-hye 지혜
Ji-eun Chi'ŭn Ji-eun 지은
Eun-ji Ŭnji Eun-ji 은지
Min-ji Minji Min-ji 민지
Hye-jin Hyejin Hye-jin 혜진
Soo-jin Sujin Su-jin 수진
Yu-jin Yujin Yu-jin 유진
Seul-ki Sŭlgi Seulgi 슬기
Ji-hyun Chihyŏn Ji-hyeon 지현
Ji-young Chiyŏng Ji-yeong 지영

1980[edit]

Boys[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Ji-hoon Chi-hun Ji-hun 지훈
Sung-min Sŏng-min Seong-min 성민
Jung-hoon Chŏng-hun Jeong-hun 정훈
Joon-ho Chun-ho Jun-ho 준호
Hyun-woo Hyŏn-u Hyeon-u 현우
Sung-hoon Sŏng-hun Seong-hun 성훈
Jin-ho Chin-ho Jin-ho 진호
Dong-hyun Tong-hyŏn Dong-hyeon 동현
Min-ho Min-ho Min-ho 민호
Jun-young Chun-yŏng Jun-yeong 준영
Girls[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Ji-hye Chi-hye Ji-hye 지혜
Hye-jin Hye-jin Hye-jin 혜진
Ji-young Chi-yŏng Ji-yeong 지영
Ji-eun Chi-ŭn Ji-eun 지은
Soo-jin Su-jin Su-jin 수진
Eun-jung Ŭn-jŏng Eun-jeong 은정
Ji-yeon Chi-yŏn Ji-yeon 지연
Eun-young Ŭn-yŏng Eun-yeong 은영
Sun-young Sŏn-yŏng Seon-yeong 선영
Hyun-jung Hyŏn-jŏng Hyeon-jeong 현정

1970[edit]

Boys[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Jung-hoon Chŏng-hun Jeong-hun 정훈
Sung-ho Sŏng-ho Seong-ho 성호
Sung-jin Sŏng-jin Seong-jin 성진
Ji-hoon Chi-hun Ji-hun 지훈
Sung-hoon Sŏng-hun Seong-hun 성훈
Joon-ho Chun-ho Jun-ho 준호
Jung-ho Chŏng-ho Jeong-ho 정호
Sung-min Sŏng-min Seong-min 성민
Sang-hoon Sang-hun Sang-hun 상훈
Young-jin Yŏng-jin Yeong-jin 영진
Girls[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Ji-young Ji-yŏng Ji-yeong 지영
Hyun-jung Hyŏn-jŏng Hyeon-jeong 현정
Eun-jung Ŭn-jŏng Eun-jeong 은정
Hyun-joo Hyŏn-ju Hyeon-ju 현주
Eun-young Ŭn-yŏng Eun-yeong 은영
Eun-ju Ŭn-ju Eun-ju 은주
Mi-kyung Mi-gyŏng Mi-gyeong 미경
Eun-kyung Ŭn-gyŏng Eun-gyeong 은경
Sun-young Sŏn-yŏng Seon-yeong 선영
Mi-young Mi-yŏng Mi-yeong 미영

1960[edit]

Boys[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Sung-ho Sŏng-ho Seong-ho 성호
Young-soo Yŏng-su Yeong-su 영수
Young-ho Yŏng-ho Yeong-ho 영호
Jung-ho Chŏng-ho Jeong-ho 정호
Young-chul Yŏng-chŏl Yeong-cheol 영철
Young-jin Yŏng-jin Yeong-jin 영진
Sung-soo Sŏng-su Seong-su 성수
Jin-ho Chin-ho Jin-ho 진호
Sang-hoon Sang-hun Sang-hun 상훈
Jung-hoon Chŏng-hun Jeong-hun 정훈
Girls[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Mi-kyung Mi-gyŏng Mi-gyeong 미경
Mi-sook Mi-suk Mi-suk 미숙
Kyung-hee Kyŏng-hŭi Gyeong-hui 경희
Young-sook Yŏng-suk Yeong-suk 영숙
Kyung-sook Kyŏng-suk Gyeong-suk 경숙
Jung-hee Chŏng-hŭi Jeong-hui 정희
Mi-young Mi-yŏng Mi-yeong 미영
Hyun-sook Hyŏn-suk Hyeon-suk 현숙
Young-hee Yŏng-hŭi Yeong-hui 영희
Young-mi Yŏng-mi Yeong-mi 영미

1950[edit]

Boys[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-soo Yŏng-su Yeong-su 영수
Young-ho Yŏng-ho Yeong-ho 영호
Sung-soo Sŏng-su Seong-su 성수
Young-chul Yŏng-chŏl Yeong-cheol 영철
Jung-ho Chŏng-ho Jeong-ho 정호
Sung-ho Sŏng-ho Seong-ho 성호
Young-sik Yŏng-sik Yeong-sik 영식
Byung-chul Pyŏng-chŏl Byeong-cheol 병철
Young-hwan Yŏng-hwan Yeong-hwan 영환
Sang-chul Sang-chŏl Sang-cheol 상철
Girls[8]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-sook Yŏng-suk Yeong-suk 영숙
Jung-sook Chŏng-suk Jeong-suk 정숙
Young-hee Yŏng-hŭi Yeong-hui 영희
Jung-hee Chŏng-hŭi Jeong-hui 정희
Myung-sook Myŏng-suk Myeong-suk 명숙
Hyun-sook Hyŏn-suk Hyeon-suk 현숙
Kyung-sook Kyŏng-suk Gyeong-suk 경숙
In-sook In-suk In-suk 인숙
Kyung-hee Kyŏng-hŭi Gyeong-hui 경희
Kyung-ok Kyŏng-ok Gyeong-ok 경옥

1945[edit]

Boys[9]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-su Yŏngsu Yeongsu 영수
Young-ho Yŏngho Yeongho 영호
Young-sik Yŏngsik Yeongsik 영식
Jung-woong Chŏng'ung Jeong-ung 정웅
Young-gil Yŏng'gil Yeong-gil 영길
Young-il Yŏng'il Yeong-il 영일
Jung-soo Chŏngsu Jeongsu 정수
Jung-nam Chŏngnam Jeongnam 정남
Kwang-su Kwangsu Gwangsu 광수
Joong-soo Chungsu Jungsu 중수
Girls[9]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-ja Yŏngja Yeongja 영자
Jeong-ja Chŏngja Jeongja 정자
Soon-ja Sunja Sunja 순자
Chun-ja Ch'unja Chunja 춘자
Kyung-ja Kyŏngja Gyeongja 경자
Ok-ja Okja Okja 옥자
Myung-ja Myŏngja Myeongja 명자
Sook-ja Sukja Sukja 숙자
Jung-soon Chŏngsun Jeongsun 정순
Hwa-ja Hwaja Hwaja 화자

1940[edit]

Boys[10]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-ho Yŏng-ho Yeong-ho 영호
Jong-soo Chong-su Jong-su 종수
Byung-ho Pyŏng-ho Byeong-ho 병호
Young-gi Yŏng-gi Yeong-gi 영기
Il-sung Il-sŏng Il-seong 일성
Young-sik Yŏng-sik Yeong-sik 영식
Kyung-soo Kyŏng-su Gyeong-su 경수
Young-chul Yŏng-chŏl Yeong-cheol 영철
Sung-ki Sŏng-gi Seong-gi 성기
Jong-yul Chong-yŏl Jong-yeol 종열
Girls[10]
Common
spelling
MR RR Hangul
Young-ja Yŏng-ja Yeong-ja 영자
Young-sook Yŏng-suk Yeong-suk 영숙
Kyung-ja Kyŏng-ja Gyeong-ja 경자
Jung-sook Chŏng-suk Jeong-suk 정숙
Sook-ja Suk-ja Suk-ja 숙자
Jeong-ja Chŏng-ja Jeong-ja 정자
Soon-ja Sun-ja Sun-ja 순자
Soon-hee Sun-hi Sun-hui 순희
Jung-soon Chŏng-sun Jeong-sun 정순
Chun-ja Ch'un-ja Chun-ja 춘자

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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