Yeoheung Min clan

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Yeoheung Min clan
Current regionYeoju
FounderMin Ching do [ja]
Connected membersQueen Wongyeong
Queen Inhyeon
Empress Myeongseong
Min Young-hwan
Empress Sunmyeong
Min Yeong-chan
Min Won-sik
Min Yoongi

Yeoheung Min clan (Korean여흥 민씨; Hanja驪興 閔氏) is a Korean clan that traces its origin (Bon-gwan) to Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province. The 2000 Korean Census counted 142,572 Yeoheung Mins. Yeoheung Min's founding ancestor was Min Ching do [ja], who settled down in Goryeo after coming to the country as an emissary from the Song dynasty of China. Min Chingdo was said to be a descendant of Min Sun, a major disciple of Confucius.

Yeoheung Mins have produced 242 senior government officials and 4 queens throughout Joseon dynasty, including Queen Wongyeong (queen consort of King Taejong of Joseon and the mother of King Sejong the Great) and Queen Inhyeon (queen consort of King Sukjong of Joseon).[1][2]

Empress Myeongseong was a member of the clan. She is a controversial figure, who is admired for her political crafts and her determination to resist Japanese influence at the end of Joseon dynasty, but also condemned for exacerbating the pervasive corruption of Joseon dynasty by appointing her fellow Yeoheung Mins to important positions within the government.

In Korea it is commonly believed that the Yeoheung Min clan is the only Min clan in Korea, meaning all Koreans surnamed "Min" are distantly related.

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  1. ^ Academy of Korean Studies 여흥민씨 驪興閔氏. Academy of Korean Studies.
  2. ^ JIN Guanglin [ja] (2014). A Comparison of the Korean and Japanese Approaches to Foreign Family Names (PDF). Journal of Cultural Interaction in East Asia Vol.5 Society for Cultural Interaction in East Asia.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)p20

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