Yun (Korean last name)

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Yun (윤) is the ninth most common family name in Korea. The name is sometimes also transliterated as Yoon, Yune, or Youn.

The Chinese character 尹 is also used for the surname Yǐn in China and Doãn in Vietnam. The Korean surname Yun or Youn has no relations with the Doãn surname of Vietnam or Yin of China.

Clans and history[edit]

The Papyeong (파평/坡平) Yun clan, which has its seat in Papyeong-myeon, Paju City, is the most well-known and largest Yun clan. The clan's founding ancestor is General Yun Sin-dal, who assisted Wanggeon in founding the Goryeo Dynasty.

Yoon Gwan was a renowned general in the Goryeo Dynasty. He helped form the Byeolmuban forces to fight and defeat the Jurchen tribes in 1107.

Several Papyeong Yun women became queens during the early Joseon Dynasty, they include Queen Munjeong and Queen Janggyeong.

Last ruling Empress, Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire, was from another Yun clan, Haepyeong Yun. The Haepyeong Yun clan was never a part of the Papyeong clan. There are six very distinct and original Yun family clans. Each which are different and unique in origins of their own right. The first Haepyeong Yun was a person named Yun Chungjeong who came from China during the Goryeo Danasty. There are very few surviving Haepyeong Yun's family members existing today.

"Empress Sunjeong was born Lady Yun of Haepyeong in Seoul and her father was Marquis Yun Taek-yeong, the Lord of Haepung."

Yun Bo-seon the second president of South Korea is a distant relative of Empress Sunjeong of the Korean Empire.

In 2002 a mummified woman with an unborn fetus was discovered in the Tomb of Yun Jeong-jeong.[1] It is believed she is the granddaughter of Yun Won-hyung the brother of Queen Munjeong.

The 2000 South Korean census found 221,433 households claiming membership in the Papyeong clan, with a total population of 713,947.

Family feud[edit]

When the tomb of Yoon Gwan was rediscovered in the 18th century, it sparked a 300-year-old family Feud between the Yoon and Shim Clan.[2][3][4][5] The reason for the feud was because a member of the Shim clan was buried uphill from Yoon Gwan's tomb.


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