Nam (Korean surname)

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Revised RomanizationNam

Nam is a Korean family name meaning "south". The 2000 South Korean census found 257,178 people with this family name, of whom 150,394 belonged to the Uiryeong Nam bon-gwan. According to the same census, the place with the highest frequency of people belonging to that bon-gwan was Eumseong County, North Chungcheong Province, where it accounted for 1,021 people, or 1.21% of the population; this represented a significant drop both in numbers and in proportion from the 1985 census, when it accounted for 1,427 people, or 1.71% of the population.[1]

Korean people with this surname include:

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A number of Korean given names also contain the same character "nam" meaning south, or another identically-pronounced one (男) meaning "man":


  1. ^ "성씨인구분포데이터 (Surname population and distribution data)". South Korea: National Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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