List of Korean given names

This is a list of Korean given names by type. Most Korean given names consist of two Sino-Korean morphemes each written with one hanja. There are also names with more than two syllables, often from native Korean vocabulary. Finally, there are a small number of one-syllable names. Originally, there was no legal limitation on the length of names, but since 1993, regulations in South Korea have prohibited the registration of given names longer than five syllable blocks, in response to some parents giving their children extremely long names such as the 16-syllable Haneulbyeollimgureumhaennimbodasarangseureouri (하늘별님구름햇님보다사랑스러우리).[1] Lists of hanja for names are illustrative, not exhaustive.

Names by common first and second syllables

G or k (ㄱ), n (ㄴ), d (ㄷ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
경 ()
광 ()
규 ()
기 ()
남 ()
다 ()
대 ()
도 ()
동 ()
Geun Dong-geun
Gi Nam-gi
Nam Ki-nam
Mi Da-mi
Min Kyung-min Kwang-min Dong-min
Bin Kyu-bin Da-bin Dong-bin
Seok Kyung-seok Kwang-seok Dong-suk
Seon/Sun Kyung-sun Kwang-seon Nam-seon Dae-sun
Seong Dae-sung
Soo Kyung-soo Kwang-su Dong-soo
Sook Kyung-sook
Sik/Shik Kyung-sik Kwang-sik Dae-sik
A/Ah Kyung-ah
Yeon Ki-yeon Da-yeon Do-yeon Dong-yeon
Young Kyu-young Ki-young Da-young Dae-young Do-young Dong-young
Ok Kyung-ok
Yong Ki-yong
Woo Ki-woo Dong-woo
Wook Dong-wook
Woong Ki-woong Dae-woong
Yoon Kyung-yoon Ki-yoon Do-yoon Dong-yoon
Won Kyung-won Kyu-won Ki-won Dae-won Do-won Dong-won
Il Kyung-il Kwang-il Kyu-il Nam-il Dae-il Dong-il
Eun Kyung-eun Da-eun
Ja Kyung-ja
Jae Kyung-jae
Jung Ki-jung Da-jung
Joo Kyung-ju Dong-joo
Joon Kyung-joon Kwang-joon Ki-joon Nam-joon Dae-joon Do-joon Dong-jun
Ji Nam-ji
Jin Kyung-jin Kwang-jin Do-jin Dong-jin
Chul Kyung-chul Kyu-chul Ki-chul Dae-chul Dong-chul
Tae Kyung-tae Kyu-tae Ki-tae
Han Dae-han
Ha Kyung-ha Kyu-ha Ki-ha Do-ha Dong-ha
Hyuk Kwang-hyok Kyu-hyuk Ki-hyuk Nam-hyuk Dae-hyuk Do-hyuk Dong-hyuk
Hyun Kyung-hyun Kwang-hyun Kyu-hyun Ki-hyun Da-hyun Dae-hyun Do-hyun Dong-hyun
Hye Kyung-hye Da-hye
Ho Kyung-ho Kwang-ho Ki-ho Nam-ho Dong-ho
Hwa Kyung-hwa
Hwan Kyung-hwan Kwang-hwan Kyu-hwan Ki-hwan Do-hwan Dong-hwan
Hoon, Hun Kyung-hoon Kwang-hoon Ki-hoon Dae-hoon Do-hun Dong-hoon
Hee Kyung-hee Kwang-hee Kyu-hee Nam-hee Da-hee Dae-hee Do-hee

M (ㅁ), b (ㅂ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
만 ()
명 ()
문 ()
미 ()
민 ()
보 ()
범 ()
병 ()
Kyung Mi-kyung Min-kyung Bo-kyung
Gun/Geon Byoung-gon
Guk/Kook Min-guk
Gyu/Kyu Min-kyu Beom-gyu
Gi/Ki Man-ki Min-ki
Seok Man-seok Min-seok Beom-seok
Seon/Sun Myung-sun Mi-sun Min-sun Bo-sun
Seong Min-seong
Soo Man-soo Myung-soo Moon-soo Min-soo Beom-soo Byung-soo
Sook Myung-sook Moon-sook Mi-sook Min-sook
Sik/Shik Man-sik Moon-sik
Se Man-se
A/Ah Mina, Min-ah Bo-a
Yeon/Yun Mi-yeon Bo-yeon
Young Moon-young Mi-young Min-young Bo-young
Ok Man-ok Myung-ok Moon-ok Mi-ok Min-ok Byung-ok
Yong Moon-yong Min-yong
Woo Myung-woo Min-woo Beom-woo Byung-woo
Wook Myung-wook Min-wook Byung-wook
Woong Min-woong
Yoon Byung-yoon
Won Myung-won
Il Byung-il
Eun Min-eun
Ja Myung-ja Mi-ja Min-ja
Jae Min-jae Byung-jae
Jung Moon-jung Mi-jung Min-jung
Joo Mi-joo Min-ju
Joon Myung-jun Min-joon Beom-joon Byung-joon
Ji Min-ji Byung-ji
Jin Myung-jin Mi-jin
Chul Moon-chul Min-chul Beom-chul Byung-chul
Tae Min-tae
Ha Min-ha Byung-ha
Hyuk Moon-hyuk Min-hyuk
Hyun Byung-hyun
Hye Moon-hye Min-hye
Ho Man-ho Moon-ho Min-ho Beom-ho Byung-ho
Hwan Myung-hwan Min-hwan
Hoon Myung-hoon Min-hoon Byung-hoon
Hee Man-hee Myung-hee Moon-hee Mi-hee Min-hee Byung-hee

S (ㅅ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
상 ()
서 ()
석 ()
선 ()
설 ()
성 ()
세 ()
소 ()
수 ()
순 ()
시 ()
신 ()
승 ()
Kyung Seong-gyeong Soo-kyung Si-kyung
Geun Sung-keun Soo-geun Seung-geun
Gi Sung-ki Seung-gi
Nam Sung-nam Seung-nam
Mi Sang-mi Sun-mi Sung-mi Se-mi So-mi Su-mi Seung-mi
Min Sang-min Sun-min Sung-min So-min Soo-min Seung-min
Bin Sun-bin Sung-bin Se-bin So-bin Su-bin Seung-bin
Soo Sang-soo Sung-soo Seung-soo
Sook Sun-sook Sung-sook
Sik/Shik Sang-sik Seung-sik
A/Ah Sang-ah Sun-ah Seol-ah Sung-ah Soo-ah Si-ah Seung-ah
An/Ahn Si-an
Eon Seo-eon Si-eon Seung-eon
Yeon Seo-yeon Seok-yeon Se-yeon So-yeon Su-yeon Si-yeon Seung-yeon
Young Seo-young Sun-young Se-young So-young Soo-young Si-young Shin-young
Ok Seon-ok Sung-ok Sun-ok Seung-ok
Yong Sung-yong Shi-yong Seung-yong
Woo Sang-woo Seo-woo Sun-woo Sung-woo Si-woo Shin-woo Seung-woo
Wook Sang-wook Sun-wook Sung-wook Se-wook Shi-wook Seung-wook
Woong Sun-woong Se-woong Si-woong
Yoon/Yun Sang-yoon Seo-yun Sung-yoon Se-yoon Si-yoon Seung-yoon
Won Sang-won Seo-won Sung-won Se-won So-won Su-won Si-won Seung-won
Il Sung-il Shin-il Seung-il
Eun Sang-eun Seo-eun Sung-eun Se-eun So-eun Si-eun Seung-eun
Ja Sun-ja Seong-ja Soon-ja
Jae Sun-jae Sung-jae Soon-jae Seung-jae
Jung Seo-jung Se-jung So-jung Soo-jung Si-jung
Joo/Ju Seok-joo Sun-ju Sung-ju Seung-ju
Joon/Jun Sang-jun Seo-jun Seok-jun Sun-jun Sung-jun Se-joon Shi-jun Seung-jun
Ji Su-ji Shin-ji
Jin Sang-jin Seo-jin Seok-jin Sun-jin Sung-jin Se-jin Soo-jin Seung-jin
Chul Sang-chul Sung-chul Seung-chul
Tae Sung-tae Seung-tae
Ha Seo-ha Sung-ha Si-ha Seung-ha
Hak Sang-hak
Hyuk Sang-hyuk Sung-hyuk Se-hyuk Su-hyuk Si-hyuk Seung-hyuk
Hyun Sang-hyun Seo-hyun Seol-hyun Sung-hyun So-hyun Su-hyun Si-hyun Seung-hyun
Hye Sun-hye Sung-hye Su-hye Shin-hye Seung-hye
Ho Sang-ho Seok-ho Sun-ho Sung-ho Se-ho Su-ho Shi-ho Seung-ho
Hwa Sang-hwa Sun-hwa
Hwan Seok-hwan Sung-hwan Se-hwan Shi-hwan Seung-hwan
Hoon Sang-hoon Seok-hoon Sung-hoon Se-hoon So-hoon Si-hoon Seung-hoon
Hee Sang-hee Seo-hee Seok-hee Sun-hee Sung-hee Se-hee So-hee Soo-hee Soon-hee Seung-hee

Vowels and semivowels (ㅇ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
연 (沿)
영 ()
예 ()
용 ()
우 ()
원 ()
유 ()
윤 ()
인 ()
은 ()
Kyung Won-kyung Yoo-kyung In-kyung Eun-kyung
Geun Young-geun
Gi Young-gi Yong-gi Won-gi Yoon-gi Eun-gi
Nam Young-nam Yong-nam Eun-nam
Mi Young-mi Won-mi Yumi Yoon-mi Eun-mi
Min Young-min Woo-min Yoo-min Yoon-min
Bin Young-bin Ye-bin Woo-bin Won-bin Yu-bin Yoon-bin Eun-bin
Seok/Suk Yeon-seok Young-seok Yong-seok Woo-seok Won-seok Yoo-suk Yun-seok In-seok Eun-seok
Seon/Sun Young-sun Woo-sun Yu-sun Yoon-sun Eun-sun
Seong/Sung Ye-sung Yong-seong Woo-sung Yoo-sung Yoon-sung In-sung Eun-sung
Soo/Su Yeon-su Young-su Yong-su Yoon-su In-soo Eun-su
Sook/Suk Yeon-suk Young-suk Ye-sook Won-suk Yoon-suk In-sook Eun-sook
Sik/Shik Young-shik Yong-sik Woo-shik Won-sik Yoon-sik In-sik Eun-sik
A/Ah Yun-ah Young-ah Yoon-ah Eun-ah
Yeon/Yun Young-yeon Woo-yeon Yu-yeon
Young/Yeong Ye-young Woo-young Won-young Yu-young Yoon-young In-young Eun-young
Ok Yeong-ok Won-ok Yoon-ok In-ok Eun-ok
Yong Won-yong In-yong Eun-yong
Woo/Wu Yeon-woo Young-woo Yong-woo Won-woo Yoon-woo In-woo Eun-woo
Wook Young-wook Yong-wook In-wook Eun-wook
Woong Yeon-woong Won-woong In-woong
Yoon/Yun Young-yun
Won Young-won Ye-won Woo-won Yu-won
Il Young-il Yong-il Woo-il Won-il Yoon-il Eun-il
Eun Young-eun Ye-eun
Ja Yeon-ja Young-ja Yong-ja Won-ja Yoon-ja Eun-ja
Jae Yeon-jae Young-jae Yong-jae Woo-jae Won-jae Yoo-jae Yoon-jae Eun-jae
Jung Yeon-jung Woo-jung Won-jung Yoo-jung Yoon-jung In-jung Eun-jung
Joo/Ju Yeon-ju Young-joo Woo-ju Won-ju Yu-ju Yoon-ju Eun-ju
Joon/Jun Yeon-jun Young-jun Ye-jun Yong-jun Woo-jun Won-jun Yoo-jun Yoon-jun In-jun
Ji Yeon-ji Young-ji Ye-ji Yoon-ji Eun-ji
Jin Yeon-jin Young-jin Ye-jin Yong-jin Woo-jin Won-jin Yu-jin Yoon-jin Eun-jin
Chul Young-chul Yong-chul Woo-chul Won-chul Yoon-chul In-chul Eun-chul
Tae Young-tae Yong-tae Woo-tae Won-tae Yoon-tae In-tae
Ha Young-ha Yong-ha Yoon-ha In-ha Eun-ha
Hyuk Woo-hyuk Yoon-hyuk In-hyuk Eun-hyuk
Hyun Young-hyun Yong-hyun Woo-hyun Yoo-hyun
Hye Young-hye Yoon-hye In-hye Eun-hye
Ho Young-ho Yong-ho Won-ho Yoon-ho In-ho
Hwa Young-hwa
Hwan Young-hwan Yong-hwan
Hoon Young-hoon Ye-hoon
Hee Yeon-hee Young-hee Yong-hee Woo-hee Won-hee Yoon-hee Eun-hee

J (ㅈ) and ch (ㅊ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
재 ()
정 ()
종 ()
주 ()
준 ()
지 ()
진 ()
창 ()
채 ()
철 ()
춘 ()
Kyung Jae-kyung Jin-kyung
Geun Jae-geun
Gi Joon-ki Jin-gi Chang-gi
Nam Jae-nam Jung-nam Jong-nam
Mi Ju-mi Jin-mi
Min Jae-min Jung-min Jun-min Ji-min Chang-min Cheol-min
Bin Jae-bin Ji-bin
Seok Jae-suk Jong-seok Jun-seok Ji-seok Jin-suk
Seon/Sun Jae-sun Ji-sun Jin-sun
Seong/Sung Jae-sung Jun-sung Ji-sung Jin-sung
Soo/Su Jung-soo Jong-soo Jun-su Ji-su Jin-soo Chang-soo Chul-soo Chun-soo
Sook Jae-sook Jung-sook Ji-sook Jin-sook
Sik/Shik Jae-sik Jung-sik Jong-sik Joon-sik Chang-sik
A/Ah Jae-ah Jung-ah Joo-ah Ji-ah Jin-a
Yeon Jung-yeon Jong-yeon Ju-yeon Ji-yeon
Young Jae-young Ju-young Jun-young Ji-young Jin-young Chae-young
Ok Jung-ok Jong-ok Joo-ok Jin-ok
Yong Jae-yong Jun-yong Ji-yong Jin-yong
Woo Jae-woo Jung-woo Jong-woo Jun-woo Ji-woo Jin-woo Chang-woo Chul-woo
Wook Jae-wook Jung-wook Jun-wook Jin-wook Chang-wook
Woong Jae-woong Jun-woong Ji-woong Jin-woong
Yoon Jae-yoon Jung-yoon Ju-yoon Ji-yoon Chae-yoon
Won Jae-won Jung-won Joo-won Ji-won Chang-won Chae-won
Il Jung-il Jong-il Joon-il
Eun Jae-eun Jung-eun Ju-eun Ji-eun Chae-eun
Ja Jeong-ja Chun-ja
Jae Jung-jae Jun-jae Chang-jae
Jung Jae-jung Chul-jung
Joo Jung-joo Jin-joo
Joon/Jun Jae-ju Chang-jun Chul-jun
Jin Jae-jin Jung-jin Jong-jin Chang-jin Chul-jin
Chul Jae-chul Jung-chul Jong-chul Joon-chul Jin-chul
Tae Jung-tae Jun-tae Ji-tae Jin-tae
Ha Jae-ha Jong-ha Joo-ha Jun-ha Ji-ha Jin-ha Chang-ha
Hyuk Jae-hyuk Jung-hyuk Jong-hyuk Joo-hyuk Jun-hyuk Ji-hyuk Jin-hyuk
Hyun Jae-hyun Jung-hyun Jong-hyun Joo-hyun Jun-hyun Ji-hyun Chang-hyun
Hye Ju-hye Ji-hye
Ho Jae-ho Jung-ho Jong-ho Ju-ho Jun-ho Ji-ho Jin-ho Chang-ho Chul-ho
Hwa Jung-hwa Chun-hwa
Hwan Jae-hwan Jung-hwan Jong-hwan Ju-hwan Ji-hwan Jin-hwan Chang-hwan
Hoon/Hun Jae-hun Jung-hun Jong-hoon Ji-hun Chang-hoon
Hee Jae-hee Jung-hee Jong-hee Ju-hee Joon-hee Ji-hee Jin-hee Chang-hee Chul-hee Chun-hee

T (ㅌ) and h (ㅎ)

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
태 ()
하 ()
한 ()
해 ()
호 ()
홍 ()
효 ()
현 ()
형 ()
혜 ()
희 ()
Kyung Ho-kyung Hyo-kyung Hyun-kyung Hye-kyung Hee-kyung
Gi Tae-gi Hong-gi Hyo-gi Hyun-gi Hyung-gi
Nam Hae-nam Hyo-nam Hyung-nam
Mi Hyun-mi Hye-mi
Min Tae-min Ha-min Hyo-min Hyun-min Hyung-min Hye-min
Bin Ha-bin Han-bin Hae-bin Hyo-bin Hyun-bin Hyung-bin Hye-bin
Seok/Suk Tae-suk Ho-seok Hong-seok Hyun-seok Hyung-suk Hee-suk
Seon/Sun Ha-sun Hyo-sun Hyun-sun Hye-sun Hee-sun
Seong/Sung Tae-sung Hae-seong Ho-sung Hyo-sung Hyun-sung Hye-sung Hee-sung
Soo/Su Tae-su Hyun-su Hyung-su Hye-su Hee-soo
Sook Hyun-sook Hye-sook
Sik/Shik Tae-sik Hong-sik Hyun-sik Hyung-sik
A/Ah Hyun-ah Hee-ah
Yeon Tae-yeon Hyo-yeon Hye-yeon
Young Tae-young Ha-young Hae-young Ho-young Hyun-young Hye-young Hee-young
Ok Hae-ok Hyun-ok Hee-ok
Yong Tae-yong Hee-yong
Woo Tae-woo Hyun-woo Hyung-woo Hee-woo
Wook Tae-wook Hyun-wook Hyung-wook Hee-wook
Woong Tae-woong Hyun-woong Hee-woong
Yoon Tae-yoon Ha-yoon Hae-yoon Hye-yoon Hee-yoon
Won Tae-won Hae-won Hyo-won Hyung-won Hye-won Hee-won
Il Tae-il Hae-il Hong-il Hyung-il
Eun Tae-eun Ha-eun Hyo-eun Hye-eun Hee-eun
Ja Hong-ja Hyun-ja Hye-ja Hee-ja
Jae Hong-jae Ho-jae Hyun-jae Hee-jae
Jung Ho-jung Hyo-jung Hyun-jung Hye-jung Hee-jung
Joo/Ju Tae-ju Hae-ju Hong-joo Hyo-joo Hyun-joo Hyung-joo Hye-ju Hee-ju
Joon/Jun Tae-jun Ha-jun Hae-jun Ho-jun Hong-jun Hyo-jun Hyun-jun Hyung-joon Hye-jun Hee-joon
Ji Tae-ji Hyun-ji Hye-ji
Jin Tae-jin Ha-jin Hae-jin Ho-jin Hyo-jin Hyun-jin Hyung-jin Hye-jin Hee-jin
Chul Hyun-chul Hyung-chul Hee-chul
Tae Hyun-tae Hyung-tae Hee-tae
Ha Tae-ha
Hyun Tae-hyun Ha-hyun
Ho Tae-ho Hyun-ho Hyung-ho Hee-ho
Hwa Tae-hwa
Hwan Tae-hwan
Hoon/Hun Tae-hoon Ha-hoon Hye-hoon Hee-hoon
Hee Tae-hee Hyun-hee

Native Korean names

Native Korean names
고유어 이름
固有語 이름
Revised RomanizationGoyueo ireum
McCune–ReischauerKoyuŏ irŭm

Goyueo ireum are Korean given names which come from native Korean vocabulary, rather than Sino-Korean roots. These names have been used on occasion for centuries, but they only began to become widespread in South Korea in the late 20th century.[2][3] They do not have corresponding hanja, though in some cases, these names might be represented using hanja with the correct Korean pronunciation but an unrelated meaning (for example, , with hanja meaning "sunlight" and "net", for Sora). However, this is not possible for all names; for example, for Ha-neul, there are no hanja with the reading "neul" () on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be registered for use in given names.[4]

Since the late 1970s, the frequency of parents giving their children names that are native Korean words, usually of two syllables, has increased. Popular given names of this sort include Haneul (하늘; "Heaven" or "Sky"), Areum (아름; "Beauty"), Yiseul (이슬; "Dew") and Seulgi (슬기; "Wisdom").[5] Between 2008 and 2015, the proportion of such names among South Korean newborns rose from 3.5% to 7.7%. The most popular native names in 2015 were Hangyeol (한결; "Unity") for boys and Sarang (사랑; "Love") for girls.[6] Despite this trend away from traditional practice, people's names are still recorded in both hangul and hanja (if available) on official documents, in family genealogies, and so on.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Revised Romanisation Hangul Meaning
Ga-ram Unisex Karam Ga-ram 가람 River
Ga-eul Unisex Kaŭl Ga-eul 가을 Autumn, fall
Gyeo-wool Feminine Kyŏul Gyeo-ul 겨울 Winter
Go-eun Feminine Koŭn Go-eun 고은 From goun (고운), meaning "delicate".
Gu-reum Feminine Gurŭm Gu-reum 구름 Cloud
Gu-seul Feminine Gusŭl Gu-seul 구슬 Glass bead, crystal ball, jewel
Geu-roo Unisex Gŭru Geu-roo 그루 Tree, plant, crop
Gi-ppeum Feminine Gippŭm Gi-ppeum 기쁨 From the adjective gippeuda (기쁘다), meaning "to be happy".
Kkot Feminine KKot Kkot Flower
Na-gil Masculine Nakil Na-gil 나길 My way
Na-ra Unisex Nara Na-ra 나라 Country, nation, kingdom
Narabit Unisex Narapit Na-ra-bit 나라빛 Shining country, shining nation
Narauram Masculine Narauram Na-ra-woo-ram 나라우람 Robust or vigorous country, robust or vigorous nation
Na-rae Feminine Narae Na-rae 나래 Wing
Na-moo Unisex Namu Na-mu 나무 Tree, wood, firewood
Na-ri Feminine Nari Na-ri 나리 Lily
Na-bom Feminine Napom Na-bom 나봄 My spring
Na-bi Feminine Napi Na-bi 나비 Butterfly
Na-bit Feminine Napit Na-bit 나빛 My light
No-eul Feminine Noŭl No-eul 노을 Sunset
Noo-ri Unisex Nuri Nu-ri 누리 Ancient Korean variation of the word ubak (우박), meaning "hail".
Da-rae Feminine Tarae Da-rae 다래 Gooseberry
Da-som Feminine Tasom Da-som 다솜 Ancient Korean variation of the word sarang (사랑), meaning "love".
Da-woon Masculine Taun Da-un 다운 From the adjective dapda (답다), meaning "to have the property/feeling of [something]".
Dan-bi Feminine Talpi Dan-bi 단비 Sweet rain, welcome rain, timely rain.
Dal Masculine Tal Dal Moon
Dal-rae Feminine Talrae Dal-rae 달래 From dalraeda (달래다), meaning "soothing, lull". Also, Korean wild chive.
Dam-bi Feminine Tampi Dam-bi 담비 Marten, sable
Du-ri Unisex Turi Du-ri 두리 Two, couple
Ra-on Feminine Raon Ra-on 라온 Ancient Korean variation of the word jeulgeoun (즐거운), meaning "joyful".
Ra-woom Feminine Raum Ra-um 라움 From areumdaum (아름다운), meaning "beautiful".
Ru-da Feminine Ruta Ru-da 루다 From iruda (이루다), meaning "to achieve, to accomplish, to fulfill".
Ru-ri Feminine Ruri Ru-ri 루리 Meaning "[I will] achieve/accomplish/fulfill". Also from iruda (이루다), with causitive suffix ~ri (~리).
Ma-ri Feminine Mari Ma-ri 마리 Ancient Korean version of the word choiseon (최선), meaning "the best".
Ma-eum Feminine Maŭm Ma-eum 마음 Mind, heart
Mi-reu Masculine Mirŭ Mi-reu 미르 Dragon
Mit-eum Masculine Mitŭm Mit-eum 믿음 Belief, trust
Mindeulle Feminine Mindŭlre Min-deul-re 민들레 Dandelion
Ba-da Feminine Pata Ba-da 바다 Sea
Ba-ram Unisex Param Ba-ram 바람 Wind
Beo-deul Masculine Pŏtŭl Beo-deul 버들 From beodeunamu (버드나무), meaning "willow".
Byeol Feminine Pyŏl Byeol Star
Byeolbit Feminine Pyŏlpit Byeol-bit 별빛 Starlight
Byeol-jji Feminine Pyŏl'tchi Byeol-jji 별찌 North Korea word meaning "meteor".
Bom Feminine Pom Bom Spring
Bo-da Feminine Poda Bo-da 보다 From the verb boda (보다), meaning "to see, to look at".
Bo-ra Feminine Pora Bo-ra 보라 Purple
Bo-ram Feminine Poram Bo-ram 보람 Valuable, worthwhile
Bo-reum Feminine Porŭm Bo-reum 보름 Half-month, two weeks, fortnight, fifteen days
Bitgaram Masculine Pitkaram Bit-ga-ram 빛가람 Shining river
Bit-na Feminine Pitna Bit-na 빛나 Shining
Bi Feminine Pi Bi Rain
Sa-rang Feminine Sarang Sa-rang 사랑 Love
Sandara Feminine Santara San-da-ra 산다라 Wise, clever
Saem Masculine Saem Saem Spring, fountain.
Sae-ron Feminine Saeron Sae-ron 새론 From saeroun (새로운), meaning "new".
Sae-rom Feminine Saerom Sae-rom 새롬 From saeroun (새로운), meaning "new".
Sae-byeok Feminine Saepyŏk Sae-byeok 새벽 Dawn, daybreak
Saetbyeol Feminine Saetbyŏl Saet-byeol 샛별 Morning star
So-ra Feminine Sora So-ra 소라 Conch shell
So-ri Feminine Sori So-ri 소리 Voice
Sol Unisex Sol Sol Pine
Song-yi Feminine Songi Song-i 송이 A bunch, a clump, a cluster, a group.
Seul-ki Unisex Sŭlgi Seul-gi 슬기 Wisdom
Ah-ra Feminine Ara Ah-ra 아라 From the verb ara (아라), meaning "to know, to be wise".
Ah-ram Feminine Aram Ah-ram 아람 Ripe chestnut, ripe acorn
Ah-rong Feminine Arong Ah-rong 아롱 Awkward
Ah-reum Feminine Arŭm A-reum 아름 Beauty
Ah-ri Feminine Ari Ah-ri 아리 Beloved
Yeo-reum Feminine Yŏrŭm Yeo-reum 여름 Summer
On Unisex On On 100
Woo-ram Masculine Uram U-ram 우람 Robust, vigorous, stately, imposing
Woo-ri Unisex Uri U-ri 우리 We
Eu-tteum Masculine Ŭttŭm Eu-tteum 으뜸 Basis, foundation, the best, the head, the top
Yire Feminine Ire Ire 이레 A week, seven days, the seventh day of the month
Yi-seul Unisex Isŭl I-seul 이슬 Dew
Ja-ram Unisex Charam Ja-ram 자람 From the verb jarada (자라다), meaning "to grow" or "growing".
Jan-di Feminine Chanti Jan-di 잔디 Grass
Jo-eun Feminine Choŭn Jo-eun 조은 From joheun (좋은), meaning "good".
Cho-rong Feminine Ch'orong Cho-rong 초롱 Silk-covered lantern, also from the onomatopoeia chorong chorong (초롱초롱), meaning "sparkling" or "bright".
Pu-reun Unisex Purŭn Pu-reun 푸른 Blue
Ha-na Feminine Hana Ha-na 하나 One
Ha-neul Unisex Hanŭl Ha-neul 하늘 Sky
Ha-nui Feminine Hanŭi Ha-nui 하늬 Westerly winds
Ha-da Unisex Hata Ha-da 하다 From the verb hada (하다), meaning "to do".
Ha-ru Unisex Haru Ha-ru 하루 Day
Ha-yan Unisex Hayan Ha-yan 하얀 White, pure, pale
Han-gyeol Masculine Hankyŏl Han-gyeol 한결 Unity
Han-gil Masculine Hankil Han-gil 한길 One way
Han-byul Unisex Hanpyŏl Han-byeol 한별 One star, also meaning "big/bright star".
Han-saem Unisex Hansaem Han-saem 한샘 One fountain
Han-wool Unisex Hanul Han-ul 한울 Ancient Korean variation of the word haneul (하늘), meaning "heavenly".
Haet-sal Feminine Haetsal Haet-sal 햇살 Sunlight
Haet-bit Feminine Haetbit Haet-pit 햇빛 Sunshine
Him-chan Masculine Himch'an Him-chan 힘찬 Strong

There are also some mixed names: those in which a single name contains both a Sino-Korean element and a native Korean element.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Revised Romanisation Hangul Sino-Korean part Native Korean part
Saem-na Feminine Saemna Saem-na 샘나 , , Spring, fountain ()
Eun-byul Feminine Ŭnbyŏl Eun-byeol 은별 , star ()
Eun-bi Feminine Ŭnbi Eun-bi 은비 , rain ()
Eun-saem Feminine Ŭnsaem Eun-saem 은샘 , Spring, fountain ()

Other names

This section is for names not included in the above sections. Names are listed in South Korean hangul alphabetical order.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Revised Romanisation Hangul
Ga-young Feminine Kayŏng Ga-yeong 가영
Kang-min Masculine Kangmin Gangmin 강민
Kyung-gu Masculine Kyŏng'gu Gyeong-gu 경구
Kyung-lim Unisex Kyŏngnim Gyeong-nim 경님
Kyung-mo Masculine Kyŏngmo Gyeong-mo 경모
Kyung-wan Unisex Kyŏng'wan Gyeong-wan 경완
Kyung-taek Masculine Kyŏngtaek Gyeong-taek 경택
Kwang-jo Masculine Kwangjo Gwang-jo 광조
Na-young Feminine Nayŏng Na-yeong 나영
Nam-kyu Masculine Namgyu Nam-gyu 남규
Nam-sun Unisex Namsun Nam-sun 남순
Deok-su Masculine Tŏksu Deok-su 덕수
Dong-gun Masculine Tong'gŏn Dong-geon 동건
Mu-yeol Masculine Muyŏl Mu-yeol 무열
Mu-young Masculine Muyŏng Mu-yeong 무영
Mi-ran Feminine Miran Mi-ran 미란
Mi-rae Feminine Mirae Mi-rae 미래
Min-seo Feminine Minsŏ Min-seo 민서
Byung-hun Masculine Pyŏnghŏn Byeongheon 병헌
Seong-han Masculine Sŏnghan Seong-han 성한
Sook-ja Feminine Sukja Suk-ja 숙자
Seung-heon Masculine Sŭng'hŏn Seung-heon 승헌
Ae-jung Feminine Aejŏng Ae-jeong 애정
Yeo-jin Feminine Yŏjin Yeo-jin 여진
Young-shin Unisex Yŏng'sin Yeong-sin 영신
Young-ae Feminine Yŏng'ae Yeong-ae 영애
Oh-seong Masculine Osŏng O-seong 오성
Yo-han Masculine Yohan Yo-han 요한
Yu-ri Feminine Yuri Yu-ri 유리
Eun-chae Feminine Ŭnchae Eun-chae 은채
Yi-kyung Feminine Yigyǒng Yi-gyeong 이경
Yi-soo Masculine Yisu Yi-su 이수
Il-sung Masculine Ilsǒng Ilseong 일성
Ja-kyung Unisex Chagyŏng Ja-gyeong 자경
Jang-mi Feminine Changmi Jangmi 장미
Jae-gyu Unisex Chaegyu Jaegyu 재규
Jae-beom Masculine Chaebŏm Jaebeom 재범
Jae-seop Masculine Chaesŏp Jaeseop 재섭
Jae-shin Unisex Chaesin Jaesin 재신
Jae-in Unisex Chaein Jaein 재인
Ji-hae Unisex Chihae Ji-hae 지해
Chul-soon Masculine Ch'ŏlsun Cheol-sun 철순
Chi-won Masculine Ch'iwŏn Chi-won 치원
Hyun-seung Masculine Hyŏnsŭng Hyeonseung 현승
Hye-rin Feminine Hyerin Hye-rin 혜린
Hye-rim Feminine Hyerim Hye-rim 혜림

Single-syllable names

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Revised Romanisation Hangul Hanja
Gun Masculine Kŏn Geon , , ,
Kwang Masculine Kwang Gwang ,
Ran Feminine Ran Ran
Lee Unisex Ri Ri ,
Lin Feminine Rin Rin , ,
Sang Unisex Sang Sang , ,
Seol Feminine Sŏl Seol ,
Seong Unisex Sŏng Seong
Eun Unisex Ŭn Eun
Jae Unisex Chae Jae ,
Ji Unisex Chi Ji , ,
Jin Unisex Chin Jin , , , , , , ,
Woong Masculine Ung Ung ,
Chul Masculine Ch'ŏl Cheol , , , ,
Hyuk Masculine Hyŏk Hyeok ,
Hyun Unisex Hyŏn Hyeon , ,
Ho Masculine Ho Ho ,
Hoon Masculine Hun Hun ,

See also


  1. ^ "한국에서 가장 긴 이름은?" [What's the longest name in Korea?]. Hankyoreh. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ 金文昌 [Kim Mun-chang] (1991). "고유어식 사람 이름에 대하여" [Regarding old Korean-style personal names]. 《새국어생활》. 1 (1). Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ Jeon, Su-tae (19 October 2009). "사람 이름 짓기" [Making a name]. The Hankyoreh. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Search for hanja for use in personal names]. South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  5. ^ Jeon, Su-tae (19 October 2009). "사람 이름 짓기" [Making a name]. The Hankyoreh. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ 신생아 인기 이름 '민준·서연'…드라마 영향? [Popular names for newborns: Min-jun and Seo-yeon ... the effect of TV dramas?]. Seoul Broadcasting System. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 신생아에게 한글 이름을 지어주는 경우는 2008년 전체의 3.5%에서 지난해에는 두 배가 넘는 7.7%에 달했습니다. 가장 많이 사용된 한글 이름은 남자는 '한결', 여자는 '사랑'이었습니다.

Further reading

  • Korean personal names. United States: Central Intelligence Agency. 1962. OCLC 453054.
  • Price, Fiona (2007). "Chapter 6: Korean names". Success with Asian names: a practical guide for business and everyday life. Intercultural Press. ISBN 9781857883787.

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