Woo (Korean name)
As a family name, Woo may be written with either of two hanja (禹 and 於). Each has one bon-gwan: for the former, Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do, and for the latter, Mokcheon-eup (목천읍), Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, both in what is today South Korea. The 2000 South Korean census found 180,141 people with these family names. In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 97.0% of people with this surname spelled it in Latin letters as Woo in their passports, while only 1.6% spelled it as Wu. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 1.4%) included U and Wo.
People with these family names include:
Hyo-Won Woo (also Hyowon Woo, Hangul: 우효원; hanja: 禹孝元, born 1974) is a South Korean composer
- Woo Jang-choon (1898–1959), Korean-born Japanese botanist
- Woo Yong-gak (born 1929), North Korean commando held in South Korea as one of the unconverted long-term prisoners
- U Tong-chuk (born 1942), North Korean politician
- Woo Bum-kon (1955–1982), South Korean police officer and spree killer
- Meredith Jung-En Woo (born 1958), South Korean-born American political scientist
- Woo Hee-young (born 1963), South Korean footballer
- Sung J. Woo (born 1971), South Korean-born American writer
- Hyo-Won Woo (born 1974), female South Korean composer
- Woo Sung-yong (born 1974), South Korean footballer
- Woo Chul (born 1978), South Korean swimmer
- Woo Sun-hee (born 1978), South Korean handball player
- Masta Wu (born Woo Jin-won, 1978), South Korean rapper with YG Entertainment
- Woo Seung-je (born 1982), South Korean footballer
- Woo Seung-yeon (1983–2009), South Korean actress
- Woo Seung-jae (born 1986), South Korean wrestler
- Kevin Woo (born 1991), American singer of Korean descent
- Woo Do-hwan (born 1992), South Korean actor
- Woo Hye-lim (born 1992), South Korean singer and member of Wonder Girls
- Zico (rapper) (born Woo Ji-ho, 1992), South Korean rapper, member of Block B
- Woo Joo-sung (born 1993), South Korean footballer
- Woo Won-jae (born 1996), South Korean rapper
- Woo Ha-ram (born 1998), South Korean diver
- Woo Jin-young, former Produce 101 Season 2 contestant, also Mixnine Top 1 contestant, HF Music Company trainee
Other names containing this element include:
- "한국성씨일람" [List of Korean surnames]. Kyungpook National University. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
- "성씨인구분포데이터 (Surname population and distribution data)". South Korea: National Statistics Office. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
- 성씨 로마자 표기 방안: 마련을 위한 토론회 [Plan for romanisation of surnames: a preparatory discussion]. National Institute of the Korean Language. 25 June 2009. p. 60. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
- "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". babyname.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- 이진희 [Yi Jin-hui] (2009-01-28). "너도 민준이니… 어! 또 서연이야". Hankook Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
- "남자 → '민준' 여자 → '서연' 가장 많아". Law Times. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
- 2011년 인기 이름 리포트 (in Korean). Johnson's Baby Center. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
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