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[edit]

G or k (ㄱ), n (ㄴ), d (ㄷ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Gyeong
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Gwang
광 ()
Gyu
규 ()
Gi
기 ()
Nam
남 ()
Da
다 ()
Dae
대 ()
Do
도 ()
Dong
동 ()
Gun/Geon (건) Kyung-geon Dong-gun
Kyung (경) Kyung-kyung
Guk/Kook (국) Kyung-kook
Gyu/Kyu (규) Kyung-kyu Nam-kyu
Geun (근) Kyung-geun Dong-geun
Gi/Ki (기) Kyung-gi Nam-gi
Nam (남) Kyung-nam Ki-nam
Mi (미) Kyung-mi Da-mi
Min (민) Kyung-min Kwang-min Dong-min
Bin (빈) Kyung-bin Kyu-bin Da-bin Dong-bin
Seok/Suk (석) Kyung-seok Kwang-seok Dong-suk
Seon/Sun (선) Kyung-sun Kwang-seon Nam-seon Dae-sun
Seong/Sung (성) Kyung-seong Dae-sung
Se (세) Kyung-se
Soo/Su (수) Kyung-soo Kwang-su Dong-soo
Sook/Suk (숙) Kyung-sook Dong-suk
Sik/Shik (식) Kyung-sik Kwang-sik Dae-sik
A/Ah (아) Kyung-ah
An/Ahn (안)
Eon (언)
Yeon/Yun (연) Ki-yeon Da-yeon Do-yeon Dong-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Kyu-young Ki-young Da-young Dae-young Do-young Dong-young
Ok (옥) Kyung-ok
Yong (용) Ki-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Ki-woo Dong-woo
Wook (욱) Dong-wook
Woong (웅) Ki-woong Dae-woong
Won (원) Kyung-won Kyu-won Ki-won Dae-won Do-won Dong-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Kyung-yoon Ki-yoon Do-yoon Dong-yoon
Eun (은) Kyung-eun Da-eun
Il (일) Kyung-il Kwang-il Kyu-il Nam-il Dae-il Dong-il
Ja (자) Kyung-ja
Jae (재) Kyung-jae
Jung (정) Ki-jung Da-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Kyung-ju Dong-joo
Joon/Jun (준) Kyung-joon Kwang-joon Ki-joon Nam-joon Dae-joon Do-joon Dong-jun
Ji (지) Nam-ji
Jin (진) Kyung-jin Kwang-jin Do-jin Dong-jin
Chul (철) Kyung-chul Kyu-chul Ki-chul Dae-chul Dong-chul
Tae (태) Kyung-tae Kyu-tae Ki-tae
Ha (하) Kyung-ha Kyu-ha Ki-ha Do-ha Dong-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한) Dae-han
Hyuk (혁) Kwang-hyok Kyu-hyuk Ki-hyuk Nam-hyuk Dae-hyuk Do-hyuk Dong-hyuk
Hyun (현) Kyung-hyun Kwang-hyun Kyu-hyun Ki-hyun Da-hyun Dae-hyun Do-hyun Dong-hyun
Hye (혜) Kyung-hye Da-hye
Ho (호) Kyung-ho Kwang-ho Ki-ho Nam-ho Dong-ho
Hwa (화) Kyung-hwa
Hwan (환) Kyung-hwan Kwang-hwan Kyu-hwan Ki-hwan Do-hwan Dong-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Kyung-hoon Kwang-hoon Ki-hoon Dae-hoon Do-hun Dong-hoon
Hee (희) Kyung-hee Kwang-hee Kyu-hee Nam-hee Da-hee Dae-hee Do-hee

M (ㅁ), b (ㅂ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Man
만 ()
Myung/Myong
명 ()
Moon/Mun
문 ()
Mi
미 ()
Min
민 ()
Bo
보 ()
Beom/Bum
범 ()
Byung
병 ()
Gun/Geon (건) Byoung-gon
Kyung (경) Mi-kyung Min-kyung Bo-kyung
Guk/Kook (국) Min-guk
Gyu/Kyu (규) Min-kyu Beom-gyu
Geun (근) Mi-kyung Min-kyung Bo-kyung
Gi/Ki (기) Man-ki Min-ki
Nam (남)
Mi (미)
Min (민)
Bin (빈)
Seok/Suk (석) Man-seok Min-seok Beom-seok
Seon/Sun (선) Myung-sun Mi-sun Min-sun Bo-sun
Seong/Sung (성) Min-seong
Se (세) Man-se
Soo/Su (수) Man-soo Myung-soo Moon-soo Min-soo Beom-soo Byung-soo
Sook/Suk (숙) Myung-sook Moon-sook Mi-sook Min-sook
Sik/Shik (식) Man-sik Moon-sik
A/Ah (아) Min-a, Min-ah Bo-a
An/Ahn (안)
Eon (언)
Yeon/Yun (연) Mi-yeon Bo-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Moon-young Mi-young Min-young Bo-young
Ok (옥) Man-ok Myung-ok Moon-ok Mi-ok Min-ok Byung-ok
Yong (용) Myung-yong Moon-yong Min-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Myung-woo Min-woo Beom-woo Byung-woo
Wook (욱) Myung-wook Min-wook Byung-wook
Woong (웅) Min-woong
Won (원) Myung-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Byung-yoon
Eun (은) Min-eun
Il (일) Byung-il
Ja (자) Myung-ja Mi-ja Min-ja
Jae (재) Min-jae Byung-jae
Jung (정) Moon-jung Mi-jung Min-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Mi-joo Min-ju
Joon/Jun (준) Myung-jun Min-jun Beom-joon Byung-joon
Ji (지) Min-ji Byung-ji
Jin (진) Myung-jin Mi-jin
Chul (철) Moon-chul Min-chul Beom-chul Byung-chul
Tae (태) Min-tae
Ha (하) Min-ha Byung-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한)
Hyuk (혁) Moon-hyuk Min-hyuk
Hyun (현) Byung-hyun
Hye (혜) Moon-hye Min-hye
Ho (호) Man-ho Moon-ho Min-ho Beom-ho Byung-ho
Hwa (화) Myung-hwa
Hwan (환) Myung-hwan Min-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Myung-hoon Min-hoon Byung-hoon
Hee (희) Man-hee Myung-hee Moon-hee Mi-hee Min-hee Byung-hee

S (ㅅ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Sang
상 ()
Seo
서 ()
Seok/Suk
석 ()
Seon/Sun
선 ()
Seol
설 ()
Seong/Sung
성 ()
Se
세 ()
So/Soh
소 ()
Soo/Su
수 ()
Soon
순 ()
Shi/Si
시 ()
Shin
신 ()
Seung/Sung
승 ()
Gun/Geon (건)
Kyung (경) Seong-gyeong Soo-kyung Si-kyung
Guk/Kook (국)
Gyu/Kyu (규)
Geun (근) Sung-keun Soo-geun Seung-geun
Gi/Ki (기) Sung-ki Seung-gi
Nam (남) Sung-nam Seung-nam
Mi (미) Sang-mi Sun-mi Sung-mi Se-mi So-mi Su-mi Seung-mi
Min (민) Sang-min Seok-min Sun-min Sung-min So-min Soo-min Seung-min
Bin (빈) Sun-bin Sung-bin Se-bin So-bin Su-bin Seung-bin
Seok/Suk (석)
Seon/Sun (선)
Seong/Sung (성)
Se (세) Sang-sik
Soo/Su (수) Sang-soo Sung-soo Seung-soo
Sook/Suk (숙) Sun-sook Sung-sook
Sik/Shik (식) Sang-sik Seung-sik
A/Ah (아) Sang-ah Sun-ah Seol-ah Sung-ah Soo-ah Si-ah Seung-ah
An/Ahn (안) Si-an
Eon (언) Seo-eon Si-eon Seung-eon
Yeon/Yun (연) Seo-yeon Seok-yeon Se-yeon So-yeon Su-yeon Si-yeon Seung-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Seo-young Sun-young Se-young So-young Soo-young Si-young Shin-young
Ok (옥) Seon-ok Sung-ok Sun-ok Seung-ok
Yong (용) Sung-yong Shi-yong Seung-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Sang-woo Seo-woo Sun-woo Sung-woo Si-woo Shin-woo Seung-woo
Wook (욱) Sang-wook Sun-wook Sung-wook Se-wook Shi-wook Seung-wook
Woong (웅) Sun-woong Se-woong Si-woong
Won (원) Sang-won Seo-won Sung-won Se-won So-won Su-won Si-won Seung-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Sang-yoon Seo-yun Sung-yoon Se-yoon Si-yoon Seung-yoon
Eun (은) Sang-eun Seo-eun Sung-eun Se-eun So-eun Si-eun Seung-eun
Il (일) Sung-il Shin-il Seung-il
Ja (자) Sun-ja Seong-ja Soon-ja
Jae (재) Sun-jae Sung-jae Soon-jae Seung-jae
Jung (정) Seo-jung Se-jung So-jung Soo-jung Si-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Seok-joo Sun-ju Sung-ju Seung-ju
Joon/Jun (준) Sang-jun Seo-jun Seok-jun Sun-jun Sung-jun Se-joon Shi-jun Seung-jun
Ji (지) Su-ji Shin-ji
Jin (진) Sang-jin Seo-jin Seok-jin Sun-jin Sung-jin Se-jin Soo-jin Seung-jin
Chul (철) Sang-chul Sung-chul Seung-chul
Tae (태) Sung-tae Seung-tae
Ha (하) Seo-ha Sung-ha Si-ha Seung-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한)
Hyuk (혁) Sang-hyuk Sung-hyuk Se-hyuk Su-hyuk Si-hyuk Seung-hyuk
Hyun (현) Sang-hyun Seo-hyun Seol-hyun Sung-hyun So-hyun Su-hyun Si-hyun Seung-hyun
Hye (혜) Sun-hye Sung-hye Su-hye Shin-hye Seung-hye
Ho (호) Sang-ho Seok-ho Sun-ho Sung-ho Se-ho Su-ho Shi-ho Seung-ho
Hwa (화) Sang-hwa Sun-hwa
Hwan (환) Seok-hwan Sung-hwan Se-hwan Shi-hwan Seung-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Sang-hoon Seok-hoon Sung-hoon Se-hoon So-hoon Si-hoon Seung-hoon
Hee (희) Sang-hee Seo-hee Seok-hee Sun-hee Sung-hee Se-hee So-hee Soo-hee Soon-hee Seung-hee

Vowels and semivowels (ㅇ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Yeon/Yun
연 (沿)
Young/Yeong
영 ()
Ye
예 ()
Yong
용 ()
Woo/Wu
우 ()
Won
원 ()
Yoo/Yu
유 ()
Yoon/Yun
윤 ()
In
인 ()
Eun
은 ()
Gun/Geon (건)
Kyung (경) Won-kyung Yoo-kyung In-kyung Eun-kyung
Guk/Kook (국)
Gyu/Kyu (규)
Geun (근) Young-geun
Gi/Ki (기) Young-gi Yong-gi Won-gi Yoon-gi Eun-gi
Nam (남) Young-nam Yong-nam Eun-nam
Mi (미) Young-mi Won-mi Yumi Yoon-mi Eun-mi
Min (민) Young-min Woo-min Yoo-min Yoon-min
Bin (빈) Young-bin Ye-bin Woo-bin Won-bin Yu-bin Yoon-bin Eun-bin
Seok/Suk (석) Yeon-seok Young-seok Yong-seok Woo-seok Won-seok Yoo-suk Yun-seok In-seok Eun-seok
Seon/Sun (선) Young-sun Woo-sun Yu-sun Yoon-sun Eun-sun
Seong/Sung (성) Ye-sung Yong-seong Woo-sung Yoo-sung Yoon-sung In-sung Eun-sung
Se (세)
Soo/Su (수) Yeon-su Young-su Yong-su Yoon-su In-soo Eun-su
Sook/Suk (숙) Yeon-suk Young-suk Ye-sook Won-suk Yoon-suk In-sook Eun-sook
Sik/Shik (식) Young-shik Yong-sik Woo-shik Won-sik Yoon-sik In-sik Eun-sik
A/Ah (아) Yun-ah Young-ah Yoon-ah Eun-ah
An/Ahn (안)
Eon (언)
Yeon/Yun (연) Young-yeon Woo-yeon Yu-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Ye-young Woo-young Won-young Yu-young Yoon-young In-young Eun-young
Ok (옥) Yeong-ok Won-ok Yoon-ok In-ok Eun-ok
Yong (용) Won-yong In-yong Eun-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Yeon-woo Young-woo Yong-woo Won-woo Yoon-woo In-woo Eun-woo
Wook (욱) Young-wook Yong-wook In-wook Eun-wook
Woong (웅) Yeon-woong Won-woong In-woong
Won (원) Young-won Ye-won Woo-won Yu-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Young-yun
Eun (은) Young-eun Ye-eun
Il (일) Young-il Yong-il Woo-il Won-il Yoon-il Eun-il
Ja (자) Yeon-ja Young-ja Yong-ja Won-ja Yoon-ja Eun-ja
Jae (재) Yeon-jae Young-jae Yong-jae Woo-jae Won-jae Yoo-jae Yoon-jae Eun-jae
Jung (정) Yeon-jung Woo-jung Won-jung Yoo-jung Yoon-jung In-jung Eun-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Yeon-ju Young-joo Woo-ju Won-ju Yu-ju Yoon-ju Eun-ju
Joon/Jun (준) Yeon-jun Young-jun Ye-jun Yong-jun Woo-jun Won-jun Yoo-jun Yoon-jun In-jun
Ji (지) Yeon-ji Young-ji Ye-ji Yoon-ji Eun-ji
Jin (진) Yeon-jin Young-jin Ye-jin Yong-jin Woo-jin Won-jin Yu-jin Yoon-jin Eun-jin
Chul (철) Young-chul Yong-chul Woo-chul Won-chul Yoon-chul In-chul Eun-chul
Tae (태) Young-tae Yong-tae Woo-tae Won-tae Yoon-tae In-tae
Ha (하) Young-ha Yong-ha Yoon-ha In-ha Eun-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한)
Hyuk (혁) Woo-hyuk Yoon-hyuk In-hyuk Eun-hyuk
Hyun (현) Young-hyun Yong-hyun Woo-hyun Yoo-hyun
Hye (혜) Young-hye Yoon-hye In-hye Eun-hye
Ho (호) Young-ho Yong-ho Won-ho Yoon-ho In-ho
Hwa (화) Young-hwa
Hwan (환) Young-hwan Yong-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Young-hoon Ye-hoon
Hee (희) Yeon-hee Young-hee Yong-hee Woo-hee Won-hee Yoon-hee Eun-hee

J (ㅈ) and ch (ㅊ)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Jae
재 ()
Jung
정 ()
Jong
종 ()
Joo/Ju
주 ()
Joon/Jun
준 ()
Ji
지 ()
Jin
진 ()
Chang
창 ()
Chae
채 ()
Chul
철 ()
Chun
춘 ()
Gun/Geon (건)
Kyung (경) Jae-kyung Jin-kyung
Guk/Kook (국)
Gyu/Kyu (규) Jae-gyu Jin-gyu
Geun (근) Jae-geun
Gi/Ki (기) Joon-ki Jin-gi Chang-gi
Nam (남) Jae-nam Jung-nam Jong-nam
Mi (미) Ju-mi Jin-mi
Min (민) Jae-min Jung-min Jun-min Ji-min Chang-min Cheol-min
Bin (빈) Jae-bin Jung-bin Ji-bin
Seok/Suk (석) Jae-suk Jong-seok Jun-seok Ji-seok Jin-suk
Seon/Sun (선) Jae-sun Ji-sun Jin-sun
Seong/Sung (성) Jae-sung Jun-sung Ji-sung Jin-sung
Se (세)
Soo/Su (수) Jung-soo Jong-soo Jun-su Ji-su Jin-soo Chang-soo Chul-soo Chun-soo
Sook/Suk (숙) Jae-sook Jung-sook Ji-sook Jin-sook
Sik/Shik (식) Jae-sik Jung-sik Jong-sik Joon-sik Chang-sik
A/Ah (아) Jae-ah Jung-ah Joo-ah Ji-ah Jin-a
An/Ahn (안)
Eon (언)
Yeon/Yun (연) Jung-yeon Jong-yeon Ju-yeon Ji-yeon Chae-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Jae-young Ju-young Jun-young Ji-young Jin-young Chae-young
Ok (옥) Jung-ok Jong-ok Joo-ok Jin-ok
Yong (용) Jae-yong Jun-yong Ji-yong Jin-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Jae-woo Jung-woo Jong-woo Jun-woo Ji-woo Jin-woo Chang-woo Chul-woo
Wook (욱) Jae-wook Jung-wook Jun-wook Jin-wook Chang-wook
Woong (웅) Jae-woong Jun-woong Ji-woong Jin-woong
Won (원) Jae-won Jung-won Joo-won Ji-won Chang-won Chae-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Jae-yoon Jung-yoon Ju-yoon Ji-yoon Chae-yoon
Eun (은) Jae-eun Jung-eun Ju-eun Ji-eun Chae-eun
Il (일) Jung-il Jong-il Joon-il
Ja (자) Jeong-ja Chun-ja
Jae (재) Jung-jae Jun-jae Chang-jae
Jung (정) Jae-jung Chul-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Jung-joo Jin-joo
Joon/Jun (준) Jae-ju Chang-jun Chul-jun
Ji (지)
Jin (진) Jae-jin Jung-jin Jong-jin Chang-jin Chul-jin
Chul (철) Jae-chul Jung-chul Jong-chul Joon-chul Jin-chul
Tae (태) Jung-tae Jun-tae Ji-tae Jin-tae
Ha (하) Jae-ha Jong-ha Joo-ha Jun-ha Ji-ha Jin-ha Chang-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한)
Hyuk (혁) Jae-hyuk Jung-hyuk Jong-hyuk Joo-hyuk Jun-hyuk Ji-hyuk Jin-hyuk
Hyun (현) Jae-hyun Jung-hyun Jong-hyun Joo-hyun Jun-hyun Ji-hyun Chang-hyun
Hye (혜) Ju-hye Ji-hye
Ho (호) Jae-ho Jung-ho Jong-ho Ju-ho Jun-ho Ji-ho Jin-ho Chang-ho Chul-ho
Hwa (화) Jung-hwa Chun-hwa
Hwan (환) Jae-hwan Jung-hwan Jong-hwan Ju-hwan Ji-hwan Jin-hwan Chang-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Jae-hun Jung-hun Jong-hoon Ji-hun Chang-hoon
Hee (희) 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)[edit]

First syllable →
Second syllable ↓
Tae
태 ()
Ha
하 ()
Han
한 ()
Hae
해 ()
Ho
호 ()
Hong
홍 ()
Hyo
효 ()
Hyun
현 ()
Hyung
형 ()
Hye
혜 ()
Hee
희 ()
Gun/Geon (건)
Kyung (경) Ho-kyung Hyo-kyung Hyun-kyung Hye-kyung Hee-kyung
Guk/Kook (국)
Gyu/Kyu (규)
Geun (근)
Gi/Ki (기) Tae-gi Hong-gi Hyo-gi Hyun-gi Hyung-gi
Nam (남) Hae-nam Hyo-nam Hyung-nam
Mi (미) Hyun-mi Hye-mi
Min (민) Tae-min Ha-min Hyo-min Hyun-min Hyung-min Hye-min
Bin (빈) Ha-bin Han-bin Hae-bin Hyo-bin Hyun-bin Hyung-bin Hye-bin
Seok/Suk (석) Tae-suk Ho-seok Hong-seok Hyun-seok Hyung-suk Hee-suk
Seon/Sun (선) Ha-sun Hyo-sun Hyun-sun Hye-sun Hee-sun
Seong/Sung (성) Tae-sung Hae-seong Ho-sung Hyo-sung Hyun-sung Hye-sung Hee-sung
Se (세)
Soo/Su (수) Tae-su Hyun-su Hyung-su Hye-su Hee-soo
Sook/Suk (숙) Hyun-sook Hye-sook
Sik/Shik (식) Tae-sik Hong-sik Hyun-sik Hyung-sik
A/Ah (아) Hyun-ah Hee-ah
An/Ahn (안)
Eon (언)
Yeon/Yun (연) Tae-yeon Hyo-yeon Hye-yeon
Young/Yeong (영) Tae-young Ha-young Hae-young Ho-young Hyun-young Hye-young Hee-young
Ok (옥) Hae-ok Hyun-ok Hee-ok
Yong (용) Tae-yong Hee-yong
Woo/Wu (우) Tae-woo Hyun-woo Hyung-woo Hee-woo
Wook (욱) Tae-wook Hyun-wook Hyung-wook Hee-wook
Woong (웅) Tae-woong Hyun-woong Hee-woong
Won (원) Tae-won Hae-won Hyo-won Hyung-won Hye-won Hee-won
Yoon/Yun (윤) Tae-yoon Ha-yoon Hae-yoon Hye-yoon Hee-yoon
Eun (은) Tae-eun Ha-eun Hyo-eun Hye-eun Hee-eun
Il (일) Tae-il Hae-il Hong-il Hyung-il
Ja (자) Hong-ja Hyun-ja Hye-ja Hee-ja
Jae (재) Ho-jae Hong-jae Hyun-jae Hee-jae
Jung (정) Ho-jung Hyo-jung Hyun-jung Hye-jung Hee-jung
Joo/Ju (주) Tae-ju Hae-ju Hong-joo Hyo-joo Hyun-joo Hyung-joo Hye-ju Hee-ju
Joon/Jun (준) Tae-jun Ha-jun Hae-jun Ho-jun Hong-jun Hyo-jun Hyun-jun Hyung-joon Hye-jun Hee-joon
Ji (지) Tae-ji Hyun-ji Hye-ji
Jin (진) Tae-jin Ha-jin Hae-jin Ho-jin Hyo-jin Hyun-jin Hyung-jin Hye-jin Hee-jin
Chul (철) Hyun-chul Hyung-chul Hee-chul
Tae (태) Hyun-tae Hyung-tae Hee-tae
Ha (하) Tae-ha
Hak (하)
Han (한)
Hyuk (혁)
Hyun (현) Tae-hyun Ha-hyun
Hye (혜)
Ho (호) Tae-ho Hyun-ho Hyung-ho Hee-ho
Hwa (화) Tae-hwa
Hwan (환) Tae-hwan
Hoon/Hun (훈) Tae-hoon Ha-hoon Hye-hoon Hee-hoon
Hee (희) Tae-hee Hyun-hee

Other names[edit]

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

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanization 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
Eunhasu Feminine Ŭnhasu Eun-ha-su 은하수
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

Names derived from Sino-Korean words[edit]

This section is for names derived from Sino-Korean words, which mostly have specific meanings.

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanization Hangul Meaning
Ae-jeong Feminine Aechŏng Ae-jeong 애정 Love, affection.
Ahn-jeong Feminine Anchŏng An-jeong 안정 Stability.
Baek-hap Feminine Paekhap Baek-hap 백합 Lily flower.
Bo-bae Feminine Popae Bo-bae 보배 Treasure.
Do-hwa Feminine Tohwa Do-hwa 도화 Peach blossom.
Geum-seong Feminine Kŭmsŏng Geum-seong 금성 The planet Venus.
Gwang-chae Unisex Kwangch’ae Gwang-chae 광채 Radiance.
Haeng-bok Unisex Haeng-pok Haeng-bok 행복 Happiness.
Jang-mi Feminine Changmi Jang-mi 장미 Rose.
Jeong-won Unisex Chŏngwŏn Jeong-won

정원

From the Sino-Korean word jeongweon (정원), which means “garden”.
Jeong-han Masculine Chŏnghan Jeong-han 정한 From the adjective jeonghada (정하다), which means “clear”.
Ji-hye Feminine Chihye Ji-hye 지혜 Wisdom.
Jin-ju Feminine Chinchu Jin-ju 진주 Pearl.
Chan-yang Masculine Ch’anyang Chan-yang 찬양 Praise.
Cheon-sa Unisex Ch’ŏnsa Cheon-sa 천사 Angel.
Mi-rae Feminine Mirae Mi-rae 미래 From the Sino-Korean word mirae, which means “future”.
Mok-hwa Feminine Mokhwa Mok-hwa 목화 Cotton.
Mo-ran Feminine Moran Mo-ran 모란 Peony flower.
On-yu Unisex Onyu On-yu 온유 From the adjective onyuhan (온유한), meaning “gentle”.
Eun-ha-su Feminine Ŭnhasu Eun-ha-su 은하수 Milky Way.
Eun-ha Feminine Ŭnha Eun-ha 은하 Shortened form of Eun-ha-su.
Hui-mang Feminine Hŭimang Hui-mang 희망 Hope.
Yeong-gwang Unisex Yŏnggwang Yeong-gwang 영광 Glory.
Yeong-woong Masculine Yŏngung Yeong-ung 영웅 Hero.
Pyeong-gang Masculine P’yŏnggang Pyeong-gang 평강 Peace.
Pyeong-hwa Feminine P’yŏnghwa Pyeong-hwa 평화 Peace.
Tae-yang Masculine Taeyang Tae-yang 태양 The planet Sun.
Yoo-ra Feminine Yura Yu-ra 유라 Silky.
San Masculine San San Mountain.
Seong-woon Masculine Sŏngun Seong-un 성운 Nebula.
Seon-yool Feminine Sŏnyul Seon-yul 선율 Melody.
Sin-bi Feminine Sinpi Sin-bi 신비 Mystery.
So-mang Feminine Somang So-mang 소망 Hope.
So-won Feminine Sowŏn So-won 소원 Wish.
Su-han Masculine Suhan Su-han 수한 From the Sino-Korean word sunsuhan (순수한), meaning “pure” or “innocent”.
Su-ho Masculine Suho Su-ho 수호 Guardian.
Woo-jeong Masculine Uchŏng U-jeong 우정 Friendship.
Woo-joo Unisex Uchu Uju 우주 The Universe.
Wol Feminine Wŏl Weol The planet Moon.

Single-syllable names[edit]

Common spelling Sex McCune–
Reischauer
Revised Romanization Hangul Hanja
Gun Masculine Kŏn Geon (), (, ), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Kwang Masculine Kwang Gwang (, ), (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Ran Feminine Ran Ran , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Lee Unisex Ri Ri , , , , , , (), (), , , , , (), , , , , , , , (), , , 𢻠, (), , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Lin Feminine Rin Rin (), , , (𪊭), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
San Masculine San San 山, 産, 傘, 珊
Sang Unisex Sang Sang , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Seol Feminine Sŏl Seol , , , , , , , , , , , , (), , , , , , , , , , , ,
Seong Unisex Sŏng Seong , , , , , , , (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (, ), 𦖤,
Woong Masculine Ung Ung ,
Eun Unisex Ŭn Eun , , , , , , , , , , , , 𤨒, , , , , , , 泿, , , , , 𪙤, 𰜩, , , , , ,
Jae Unisex Chae Jae , , , , (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Ji Unisex Chi Ji , , , , , (𥎵), , , , , , , , , 𥏾), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Jin Unisex Chin Jin , (), , (), , , , , (), , (), (𤨁), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Chan Masculine Ch’an Chan (), (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (), (), , , , , ,
Chul Masculine Ch’ŏl Cheol (), (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Hyuk Masculine Hyŏk Hyeok , , , , , , , 𧹽, , , ,
Hyun Unisex Hyŏn Hyeon , , , , , , , (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Ho Masculine Ho Ho ,
Hoon Masculine Hun Hun ,

Native Korean names[edit]

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Native Korean names
Hangul
고유어 이름
Hanja
固有語 이름
Revised Romanization Goyueo ireum
McCune–Reischauer Koyuŏ irŭm

Eric is a North Korean given name which comes 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–
Reischauer
Revised Romanization Hangul Meaning
Ga-on Unisex Kaon Ga-on 가온 The center of the world
Ga-ram Unisex Karam Ga-ram 가람 River
Ga-eul Feminine Kaŭl Ga-eul 가을 Autumn, fall
Gal Feminine Kal Gal Shortened form of gaeul (가을).
Gyeo-wool Unisex Kyŏul Gyeo-ul 겨울 Winter
Gyeo-woon Masculine Kyŏun Gyeo-un 겨운 From the adjective jeonggyeoun (정겨운), which means “to be warm and friendly”.
Gyeol Unisex Kyŏl Gyeol Shortened form of gyeoul (겨울). It also means “wave”.
Gyeo-re Feminine Kyŏre Gyeore 겨레 Korean word which means “the people”.
Go-eun Feminine Koŭn Go-eun 고은 From goun (고운), meaning “pretty”.
Gu-reum Feminine Gurŭm Gu-reum 구름 Cloud
Gu-seul Feminine Gusŭl Gu-seul 구슬 Glass bead, crystal ball, jewel
Geu-rin Unisex Gŭrin Geu-rin 그린 From the Korean word geuriun (그리운), meaning “the person I deeply miss/I’m longing to see again”.
Geu-roo Unisex Gŭru Geu-roo 그루 A word used when counting trees
Gi-ppeum Feminine Gippŭm Gi-ppeum 기쁨 From the adjective gippeuda (기쁘다), meaning “joy”.
Kkot Feminine KKot Kkot Flower
Na-gil Masculine Nakil Na-gil 나길 My way
Na-ra Feminine Nara Na-ra 나라 Country, nation, kingdom
Narabit Unisex Narapit Na-ra-bit 나라빛 Modern derivation of nara (나라) combined with bit (빛), formed to mean “shining country, shining nation”.
Narauram Masculine Narauram Na-ra-u-ram 나라우람 Modern derivation of nara (나라) combined with uram (우람), formed to mean “robust or vigorous country, robust or vigorous nation”.
Na-rae Feminine Narae Na-rae 나래 Wing
Na-ri Feminine Nari Na-ri 나리 Lily
Na-moo Unisex Namu Na-mu 나무 Tree, wood
Na-na Unisex Nana Na-na 나나 My child
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
Na-eol Masculine Naŏl Na-eol 나얼 My soul
Na-byeol Feminine Napyŏl Na-byeol 나별 My star
No-eul Unisex 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-son Unisex Tason Da-son 다손 From the ancient Korean adjective form of the verb dasoda (다소다), meaning “loving”.
Dasoni Unisex Tasoni Da-so-ni 다소니 From the ancient Korean adjective form of the verb dasoda (다소다), meaning “a loving and affectionate person”.
Dasol Feminine Tasol Da-sol 다솔 A young pine tree.
Da-ye Feminine Taye Da-ye 다예 A person that has a pretty face.
Da-won Unisex Tawŏn Da-won 다원 The person that everyone wants and loves.
Da-woon Masculine Taun Da-un 다운 From the adjective dapda (답다), meaning “to have the property/feeling of [something]”.
Dan-bi Feminine Tanpi Dan-bi 단비 Sweet rain, welcome rain, timely rain.
Dan-mi Feminine Tanmi Dan-mi 단미 Beautiful and lovely woman.
Dan-a Feminine Tana Dan-a 단아 From the combination of adjective dalda (달다), and word ai (아이), meaning “sweet child”.
Dal Unisex Tal Dal Moon
Dalbit Unisex Talpit Dal-bit 달빛 Moonlight
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, second
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”.
Ro-woon Masculine Roun Ro-un 로운 From the adjective iroun (이로운), meaning “to be beneficial/advantageous”.
Ru-da Feminine Ruta Ru-da 루다 From the verb iruda iruda (이루다), meaning “to achieve, to accomplish, to fulfill”.
Ru-ri Feminine Ruri Ru-ri 루리 Meaning “[I will] achieve/accomplish/fulfill”. Also from the verb iruda (이루다), with causative 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
Meari Feminine Meari Me-a-ri 메아리 Echo
Mi-reu Unisex Mirŭ Mi-reu 미르 Dragon
Mirinae Feminine Mirinae Mi-ri-nae 미리내 Milky Way, galaxy
Miri-byeol Feminine Miripyŭl Mi-ri-byeol 미리별 Modern derivation of miri (미리), shortened form of mirinae (미리내), meaning “galaxy” and byeol (별), which means “star”, together formed to mean “star of the Milky Way”.
Mit-eum Masculine Mitŭm Mit-eum 믿음 Belief, trust
Mindeulle Feminine Mindŭlre Min-deul-re 민들레 Dandelion
Ba-da Unisex 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
Byeol-bi Feminine Pyŏlpi Byeol-bi 별비 Rain of stars
Byeol-bit Feminine Pyŏlpit Byeol-bit 별빛 Starlight
Byeol-ha Unisex Pyŏlha Byeol-ha 별하 Modern derivation of byeol (별) combined with the relative pronoun ~haneun (~하는), formed to mean “a person who is like a star”.
Byeol-jji Feminine Pyŏl’tchi Byeol-jji 별찌 North Korea word meaning “meteor“.
Bom Feminine Pom Bom Spring
Bomi Feminine Pomi Bom-i 봄이 A child born in 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
Ba-ron Unisex Paron Ba-ron 바론 From the verb bareuda (바르다), meaning “to be rightful, to be correct, to be honest”.
Ba-rom Unisex Parom Ba-rom 바롬 From the verb bareuda (바르다), meaning “to be rightful, to be correct, to be honest”.
Bo-reum Feminine Porŭm Bo-reum 보름 Half-month, two weeks, fortnight, fifteen days
Bitgaram Masculine Pitkaram Bit-ga-ram 빛가람 Modern derivation of bit (빛) combined with garam (가람), formed to mean “shining river”.
Bit-gyeol Unisex Pitkyŏl Bit-gyeol 빛결 From the combination of bit (빛) and gyeol (결), meaning “wave of light”.
Bit-na Feminine Pitna Bit-na 빛나 Shining
Bitnara Feminine Pitnara Bit-na-ra 빛나라 Modern derivation of bit (빛) combined with nara (나라), formed to mean “shining country, shining nation”.
Bi Feminine Pi Bi Rain
Sa-rang Feminine Sarang Sa-rang 사랑 Love
Sandara Feminine Santara San-da-ra 산다라 Wise, clever
San-deul Unisex Santŭl San-deul 산들 A cool breeze or zephyr.
Saem Masculine Saem Saem Spring, fountain.
Saeroi Masculine Saeroi Sae-ro-i 새로이 From saeroun (새로운), meaning “new”.
Saenu Masculine Saenu Sae-nu 새누 Modern derivation of saeroun (새로운), which means “new” and the ancient Korean word nuri (누리), meaning “world”.
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-i Feminine Saei Sae-i 새이 From the combination of saebyeok (새벽) and ai (아이), meaning “child of dawn”.
Sae-byeok Feminine Saepyŏk Sae-byeok 새벽 Dawn, daybreak
Saet-byeol Feminine Saetbyŏl Saet-byeol 샛별 Morning star
Seolleim Unisex Sŏlreim Seol-re-im 설레임 Means “heart flutter”, from the verb seolleda (설레다), meaning “excited”.
Som Feminine Som Som Cotton
Somi Feminine Somi Som-i 솜이 A child cute and soft a cotton.
So-ra Feminine Sora So-ra 소라 Conch shell
So-ri Feminine Sori So-ri 소리 Voice, sound
Sol Unisex Sol Sol Pine
Seul-ki Feminine Sŭlgi Seul-gi 슬기 Wisdom
Ah-ra Feminine Ara Ah-ra 아라 From the verb ara (아라), meaning “to know, to be wise”.
Ah-ryeon Unisex Aryŏn Ah-ryeon 아련 From old Korean ahryeon (아련) meaning “pretty” and “beautiful”.
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 A-ri 아리 Beloved
Arisol Feminine Arisol A-ri-sol 아리솔 Modern derivation of ari (아리) combined with sol (솔), formed to mean “beloved pine tree“.
Yoon-seul Unisex Yunsŭl Yun-seul 윤슬 A sparkling ripple on water caused by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight.
Yeo-reum Feminine Yŏrŭm Yeo-reum 여름 Summer
Yeo-wool Feminine Yŏul Yeo-ul 여울 Rapids
Yebin Feminine Yepin Ye-bin 예빈 It is derived from the attributive verb yeppida (예삐다), which is the Gyeongsang dialect form of yeppuda, meaning “to be pretty”.
Yechan Masculine Yechan Ye-chan 예찬 From yeppeugo (예쁘고) meaning “pretty” and chan (찬) which means “full”, formed to mean “full of beauty”.
Yedal Unisex Yetal Ye-dal 예달 From yeppeugo (예쁘고) meaning “pretty” and dal (달) which means “moon”, formed to mean “beautiful moon”.
Ye-da-um Feminine Yedaum Ye-da-um 예다움 To have a sense of beauty and affection.
Ye-ni Unisex Yeni Ye-ni 예니 Modern derivation from yeppeun (예쁜) combined with ai (아이), formed to mean “a beautiful child”.
Yerina Feminine Yerina Ye-ri-na 예리나 Modern derivation of yeppeuda (예쁘다) combined with ari (아리) and ai (아이), formed to mean “a beautiful beloved child”.
Ye-seul Feminine Yesŭl Ye-seul 예슬 Modern derivation of yeppeuda (예쁘다) combined with seulgi (슬기), formed to mean “beautiful and wise”.
On Unisex On On 100
Woo-ram Masculine Uram U-ram 우람 Robust, vigorous, stately, imposing
Woo-ri Unisex Uri U-ri 우리 We
Woo-seul Unisex Usŭl U-seul 우슬 From uram (우람) meaning “robust” or “vigorous” and seulgi (슬기) meaning “wisdom”.
Eu-tteum Unisex Ŭttŭm Eu-tteum 으뜸 Basis, foundation, the best, the head, the top
Yideun Masculine Idŭn I-deun 이든 Kind and trustworthy
Yi-re Feminine Ire I-re 이레 A week, seven days, the seventh day of the month
Yiroun Masculine Iroun I-ro-un 이로운 From the adjective iropda (이롭다), meaning “to be beneficial/advantageous”.
Yiruda Unisex Iruda I-ru-da 이루다 From the verb iruda (이루다), meaning “to achieve, to accomplish, to fulfill”.
Yiruri Feminine Iruri I-ru-ri 이루리 Meaning “[I will] achieve/accomplish/fulfill”. Also from the verb iruda (이루다), with causative suffix ~ri (~리).
Yi-seul Feminine 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
Ji-ye Feminine Chiye Ji-ye 지예 Modern combination of the word jihye (지혜), meaning “wisdom” and yeppeuda (예쁘다), which means “to be pretty”.
Jool Feminine Chul Jul From the ancient Korean word jeulgeoun (즐거운), meaning “joyful”.
Joo-ri Feminine Churi Ju-ri 주리 From the ancient Korean word jeulgeoun (즐거운) and ai (아이), meaning “joyful child”.
Joo-na Feminine Chuna Ju-na 주나 To spread joyfulness.
Chaoreum Masculine Ch’aorŭm Cha-o-reum 차오름 The spirit of flying with all your might.
Cho-rong Feminine Ch’orong Cho-rong 초롱 Silk-covered lantern, also from the onomatopoeia chorong chorong (초롱초롱), meaning “sparkling” or “bright”.
Cho-eun Unisex Ch’oŭn Cho-eun 초은 From the word chorong (초롱), meaning “bright” and eun-eunhan (은은한), meaning “soft”.
Cho-neul Unisex Ch’onŭl Cho-neul 초늘 From the combination of the word chorong (초롱), meaning “bright” and the last syllable of haneul (하늘), which means sky. Together it means “bright sky”
Chan-yeol Masculine Ch’anyŏl Chan-yeol 찬열 From the phrase “alchan yeolmae” (알찬 열매), which means “to bear fruits” or to “be profitable”.
Pu-reun Unisex Purŭn Pu-reun 푸른 Blue
Pu-reum Unisex Purŭm Pu-reum 푸름 Blue
Ha-na Feminine Hana Ha-na 하나 One, firstborn
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-ram Unisex Haram Ha-ram 하람 Modern derivation of haneul (하늘) combined with saram (사람), formed to mean “heavenly person”.
Ha-ru Unisex Haru Ha-ru 하루 Day
Ha-seul Unisex Hasŭl Ha-seul 하슬 Modern derivation of haneul (하늘) combined with seulgi (슬기), formed to mean “heavenly wisdom”.
Ha-yan Unisex Hayan Ha-yan 하얀 White, pure, pale
Hayana Feminine Hayana Ha-ya-na 하야나 Modern derivation of hayan (하얀) combined with ai (아이), formed to mean “white/pure/pale child”.
Ha-ye Feminine Haye Ha-ye 하예 Beautiful sky
Hayera Feminine Hayera Ha-ye-ra 하예라 Modern derivation of haneul (하늘) combined with yeppeuda (예쁘다) and jarada (자라다), formed to mean “to grow up beautifully like the sky”.
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”.
Hae-rang Feminine Haerang Hae-rang 해랑 Modern derivation of hae (해) combined with dative case ~rang (랑), formed to mean “one with the sun”.
Haeoreum Masculine Haeorŭm Hae-o-reum 해오름 Sunrise
Haet-nim Feminine Haetnim Haet-nim 햇님 Sun
Haet-sal Feminine Haetsal Haet-sal 햇살 Sunlight
Haet-bit Feminine Haetbit Haet-pit 햇빛 Sunshine
Hye-yum Feminine Hyeyum Hye-yum 혜윰 Ancient Korean variation of the word saenggak (생각), meaning “thought”.
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–
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Revised Romanization Hangul Sino-Korean part Native Korean part
Maruhan Masculine Maruhan Ma-ru-han 마루한 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 𡽜, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Mountaintop, hilltop (마루)
Saem-na Feminine Saemna Saem-na 샘나 , , , , , , , , , 𣃽, , , , 𡖔, , , , Spring, fountain (샘)
Onnuri Feminine Onnuri On-nu-ri 온누리 , , , (), , , , 𥠺, 𥁕 (), , , , , , , , , , , , Hail (누리)
Eun-byul Feminine Ŭnbyŏl Eun-byeol 은별 , , , , , , , , , , , , 𤨒, , , , , , , 泿, , , , , 𪙤, 𰜩, , , , , , , Star (별)
Eun-bi Feminine Ŭnbi Eun-bi 은비 , , , , , , , , , , , , 𤨒, , , , , , , 泿, , , , , 𪙤, 𰜩, , , , , , , Rain (비)
Eun-saem Feminine Ŭnsaem Eun-saem 은샘 , , , , , , , , , , , , 𤨒, , , , , , , 泿, , , , , 𪙤, 𰜩, , , , , , , Spring, fountain (샘)
Eun-som Feminine Ŭnsom Eun-som 은솜 , , , , , , , , , , , , 𤨒, , , , , , , 泿, , , , , 𪙤, 𰜩, , , , , , , Cotton (솜)
Channuri Masculine Ch’annuri Chan-nu-ri 찬누리 (), (), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (), (), , , , , , Hail (누리)
Hanarin Feminine Hanarin Ha-na-rin 하나린 (), , , (𪊭), , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , One, firstborn (하나)
Hannuri Unisex Hannuri Han-nu-ri 한누리 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 𡽜, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Hail (누리)

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  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[edit]

  • 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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