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My Korean1 2nd Ed

My Korean1 2nd Ed

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Korean names consist of a family name followed by a given name. Most
Korean given names are comprised of two syllables, though some only have
one.

The three most common family names in Korea are 김 (Kim), 이 (Yi, often

written Lee), and 박 (Park). Together, these three names account for around
45% of the population.

Family name groups are divided by patrilineal decent into branches or clans.
(There are about 280 such branches of Kim). Until recently, it was illegal
for people of the same branch to marry, no matter how distantly related.
Branches are usually identified by a place name where the clan is said to
have originated, such as ‘Kyeongju Kim’.

Common Korean family names:

Kim

Yi

Pak

Choe

Cheong Cho

Chang

Yun

Sin

Han

Hong

Yu

Kang

Song

Korean given names are typically comprised of Sino-Korean characters,

한자 (hanja), traditionally chosen with the help of a fortune-teller. Some

parents now give their children names that can only be written in the Korean
alphabet, 한글 (hangeul).

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Below are the top five baby names for boys and girls in 2006, often used in
television dramas:

남자

(Male)

민준

민재

지훈

현우

준서

Minjun

Minjae

Jihun

Hyeonu Junseo

여자

(Female)

서연

민서

수빈

서현

민지

Seoyeon Minseo

Subin

Seohyeon Minji

The following are common names in 1975 and 1945 respectively. Note the
female names from 1945 end with ‘ja’, equivalent to the ‘ko’ common in
Japanese female names. This reflects the Japanese colonial period, which
ended in that year:

1975 남자 (Male)

정훈

성호

성훈

Jeonghun

Seongho

Seonghun

여자 (Female)

미영

은정

은주

Miyeong

Eunjeong

Eunju

1945 남자 (Male)

영수

영호

영식

Yeongsu

Yeongho

Yeongsik

여자 (Female)

영자

정자

순자

Yeongja

Jeongja

Sunja

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