Writing Adolescent Fiction/Character names/Korean

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Usage note[edit]

In Korea, last names come first. A Korean with a hyphenated name would be known by both parts of the name, not just the one before the hyphen. A girl would call her older brother Oppa and her older sister Unnie. A boy would call his older brother Hyung and his older sister Noona.

Girls' names[edit]

  1. Ae-young (애영)
  2. Ae-sook (애숙)
  3. Bo-hyun (보현)
  4. Bo-young (보영)
  5. Byung-soon (병순)
  6. Chan-hee (찬희)
  7. Chan-ri (찬리)
  8. Chan-sook (찬숙)
  9. Da-hee (다희)
  10. Dan-bee (단비)
  11. Da-som (다솜)
  12. Da-young (다영)
  13. Do-hee (도희)
  14. Doo-ri (두리)
  15. Eun-a (은아)
  16. Eun-i (은이)
  17. Eun-bi (은비)
  18. Eun-ji (은지)
  19. Eun-mi (은미)
  20. Eun-seong (은성)
  21. Eun-sook (은숙)
  22. Eun-young (은영)
  23. Hae-in (해인)
  24. Hae-won (해원)
  25. Hae-mi (해미)
  26. Ha-na (하나)
  27. Ha-ni (하니)
  28. Hee (희)
  29. Hee-won (희원)
  30. Hwa (화)
  31. Hye-joo (혜주)
  32. Hyung-soon (형순)
  33. Hye (혜)
  34. Hye-young (혜영)
  35. Hye-won (혜원)
  36. Hyo-soon (효순)
  37. Hyo-jin (효진)
  38. Hyo-yeon (효연)
  39. Hyun (현)
  40. Hyung-sook (형숙)
  41. Hyun-ji (현지)
  42. Hyun-joo (현주)
  43. Hyun-jung (현정)
  44. In-a (인아)
  45. Jae-eun (재은)
  46. Jae-won (재원)
  47. Jin-young (진영)
  48. Ji-hee (지희)
  49. Je-ni (제니)
  50. Ji-eun (지은)
  51. Ji-hye (지혜)
  52. Ji-hyun (지현)
  53. Ji-min (지민)
  54. Ji-na (지나)
  55. Jin (진)
  56. Jin-seon (진선)
  57. Jin-young (진영)
  58. Ji-soo (지수)
  59. Ji-sun (지선)
  60. Ji-yeon (지연)
  61. Jong-eun (종은)
  62. Jong-hee (종희)
  63. Joo-hee (주희)
  64. Jung-hye (정혜)
  65. Jung-min (정민)
  66. Keon-hee (건희)
  67. Ki-won (기원)
  68. Ki-yeon (기연)
  69. Kyung-hee (경희)
  70. Kyung-ja (경자)
  71. Kyung-min (경민)
  72. Kyung-sil (경실)
  73. Kyung-wook (경욱)
  74. Kyung-hwa (경화)
  75. Mi-jin (미진)
  76. Min (민)
  77. Min-a (민아)
  78. Min-ji (민지)
  79. Min-jung (민정)
  80. Min-na (민나)
  81. Min-soo (민수)
  82. Mi-sook (미숙)
  83. Mi-soon (미순)
  84. Mi-yeon (미연)
  85. Mi-young (미영)
  86. Moon-kyung (문경)
  87. Moon-sun (문선)
  88. Myeon-ji (면지)
  89. Myung-hee (명희)
  90. Myung-sun (명선)
  91. Nam-jin (남진)
  92. Na-rae (나래)
  93. Na-ra (나라)
  94. Na-ri (나리)
  95. Na-yeon (나연)
  96. Ok-hee (옥희)
  97. Ok-hwa (옥화)
  98. Ok-sun (옥선)
  99. Ri-na (리나)
  100. Sae-hyun (새현)
  101. Sae-rom (새롬)
  102. Sae-mi (새미)
  103. Sang-hee (상희)
  104. Sang-jin (상진)
  105. Sang-mi (상미)
  106. Seo-hyun (서현)
  107. Seon (선)
  108. Seon-hee (선희)
  109. Seon-hwa (선화)
  110. Seon-koo (선구)
  111. Seon-mi (선미)
  112. Seong-hee (성희)
  113. Seo-yeon (서연) (This name is a common name choice for women when they change their names.)
  114. Shin (신)
  115. Shin-young (신영)
  116. Soo-ae (수애)
  117. Soo-hyun (수현)
  118. Soo-jin (수진)
  119. Soo-jung (수정)
  120. Soo-kyung (수경)
  121. Soon-bok (순복)
  122. Soon-kyu (순규)
  123. Soon-yi (순이)
  124. Soo-yeon (수연)
  125. Soo-young (수영)
  126. Soo-ji (수지)
  127. Soo-jin (수진)
  128. Soo-mi (수미)
  129. So-young (소영)
  130. Tae-mi (태미)
  131. Tae-seon (태선)
  132. Tae-yeon (태연)
  133. Wan (완)
  134. Won (원)
  135. Woon (운)
  136. Ye-rim (예림)
  137. Ye-na (예나)
  138. Yeon-joo (연주)
  139. Ye-woon (예운)
  140. Yi-soo (이수)
  141. Yong-sook (용숙)
  142. Yoon (윤)
  143. Yoon-a (윤아)
  144. Yoon-ja (윤자)
  145. Yoon-ji (윤지)
  146. Yoon-kyung (윤경)
  147. Yoon-mi (윤미)
  148. Young-hee (영희)
  149. Young-ja (영자)
  150. Young-mi (영미)
  151. Yoo-jin (유진)
  152. Yoo-mi (유미)
  153. Yoo-na (유나)
  154. Yoo-min (유민)
  155. Yoo-ni (유니)
  156. Yoo-ri (유리)

Boys' names[edit]

Brothers are often given names in which one part is the same for all and one part is different for all. For example, two brothers may be named Song-Won and Song-ho, or Kum-Shik and Won-Shik.

  1. An (안)
  2. Bin (빈)
  3. Chae-koo (채구)
  4. Chang-ho (창호)
  5. Chang-min (창민)
  6. Chang-soo (창수)
  7. Chang-seon (창선)
  8. Cheol (철)
  9. Cheol-soo (철수)
  10. Chi-won (치원)
  11. Dae-hyun (대현)
  12. Dae-in (대인)
  13. Dae-jung (대정)
  14. Dae-seok (대석)
  15. Dae-seong (대성)
  16. Dan (단)
  17. Do-kyun (도균)
  18. Dong-hyun (동현)
  19. Dong-ju (동주)
  20. Dong-moon (동문)
  21. Dong-soo (동수)
  22. Dong-wook (동욱)
  23. Dong-woo (동우)
  24. Doo-hwan (두환)
  25. Kil (길)
  26. Ki-soo (기수)
  27. Hae-in(해인)
  28. Hae-seob (해섭)
  29. Han (한)
  30. Han-bin (한빈)
  31. Han-kil (한길)
  32. Han-jae (한재)
  33. Han-sol (한솔)
  34. Han-wool (한울)
  35. Ha-woong (하웅)
  36. Him-chan (힘찬)
  37. Hong-cheol (홍철)
  38. Hong-il (홍일)
  39. Hoon (훈)
  40. Ho-soo (호수)
  41. Ho-won (호원)
  42. Hwan-seok (환석)
  43. Hyun (현)
  44. Hyun-ho (현호)
  45. Hyun-jung (현정)
  46. Hyung (형)
  47. Hyun-ki (현기)
  48. Hyun-sik (현식)
  49. Hyun-tae (현태)
  50. Hyun-woo (현우)
  51. In-cheol (인철)
  52. In-jung (인정)
  53. In-soo (인수)
  54. In-tak (인탁)
  55. Jae-hwa (재화)
  56. Jae-hyun (재현)
  57. Jae-kyung (재경)
  58. Jae-seon (재선)
  59. Je-no (제노)
  60. Je-yong (제용)
  61. Ji-young (지영)
  62. Ji-ho (지호)
  63. Ji-hoon (지훈)
  64. Ji-kwang (지광)
  65. Ji-min (지민)
  66. Jin (진)
  67. Jin-ho (진호)
  68. Jin-sol (진솔)
  69. Jin-soo (진수)
  70. Jin-seong (진성)
  71. Jin-woo (진우)
  72. Jin-yong (진용)
  73. Jin-young (진영)
  74. Ji-seong (지성)
  75. Ji-tae (지태)
  76. Ji-woong (지웅)
  77. Ji-young (지영)
  78. Jong-dae (종대)
  79. Jong-in (종인)
  80. Jong-kyu (종규)
  81. Jong-hyun (종현)
  82. Joon (준)
  83. Joon-ho (준호)
  84. Joon-il (준일)
  85. Joon-o (준오)
  86. Joon-soo (준수)
  87. Joon-yeob (준엽)
  88. Joo-seob (주섭)
  89. Jung-il (정일)
  90. Jung-ho (정호)
  91. Jung-hwa (정화)
  92. Jung-keun (정근)
  93. Jung-kyu (정규)
  94. Jung-mo (정모)
  95. Jung-sik (정식)
  96. Ki-hyuk (기혁)
  97. Ki-sang (기상)
  98. Keon-woo (건우)
  99. Kwang-joon (광주)
  100. Kwang-soo (광수)
  101. Kyung-joo (광주)
  102. Kyu-hwang (규황)
  103. Kyu-hyuk (규혁)
  104. Min (민)
  105. Min-ho (민호)
  106. Min-joon (민준)
  107. Min-ki (민기)
  108. Min-seok (민석)
  109. Min-soo (민수)
  110. Myung-bok (명복)
  111. Myung-dae (명대)
  112. Myung-soo (명수)
  113. Se-cheol (세철)
  114. Se-hoon (세훈)
  115. Se-jin (세진)
  116. Seon (선)
  117. Seong (성)
  118. Seong-cheol (성철)
  119. Seong-han (성한)
  120. Seong-ho (성호)
  121. Seong-hyun (성현)
  122. Seong-jin (성진)
  123. Seong-jong (성종)
  124. Seong-kyu (성규)
  125. Seong-min (성민)
  126. Seong-won (성원)
  127. Seong-woo (성우)
  128. Seong-yeol (성열)
  129. Seon-kyu (성규)
  130. Seon-yeol (선철)
  131. Seon-young (선영)
  132. Seung (승)
  133. Seung-hwa (승화)
  134. Si-hyun (시현)
  135. Si-won (시원)
  136. Si-woo (시우)
  137. Soo-an (수안)
  138. Soo-hwan (수환)
  139. Soo-hyun (수현)
  140. Soo-bin (수빈)
  141. Tae-ho (태호)
  142. Tae-hyun (태현)
  143. Tae-hyung (태형)
  144. Tae-wan (태완)
  145. Tae-woo (태우)
  146. Tae-yeon (태연)
  147. Won (원)
  148. Won-myung (원명)
  149. Won-sik (원식)
  150. Woo-hyun (우현)
  151. Woo-il (우일)
  152. Yi-hwan (이환)
  153. Yi-soo (이수)
  154. Yong (용)
  155. Yong-jin (용진)
  156. Yong-joon (용준)
  157. Yong-seon (용선)
  158. Yoo (유)
  159. Yoo-jin (유진)
  160. Yoon (윤)
  161. Yoon-bok (윤복)
  162. Yoon-ho (윤호)
  163. Yoon-soo (윤수)
  164. Yo-seob (요섭)
  165. Young-bin (영빈)
  166. Young-il (영일)
  167. Young-beom (영범)
  168. Young-cheol (영철)
  169. Young-ho (영호)
  170. Young-hoon (영훈)
  171. Young-jae (영재)
  172. Young-joon (영준)
  173. Young-min (영민)
  174. Young-sam (영삼)
  175. Young-wook (영욱)
  176. Young-soo (영수)

Surnames[edit]

In instances where two surnames are identical except that one begins with N and the other with R, the R version is North Korean only, but the N version can be either North or South Korean.

Top 5[edit]

  1. Kim (김)
  2. Lee (이)
  3. Park (박)
  4. Jung (정)
  5. Choi (최)

Others[edit]

  1. A (아)
  2. Ae (애)
  3. An (안)
  4. Bae (배)
  5. Baek (백)
  6. Ban (반)
  7. Bang (방)
  8. Beom (범)
  9. Beon (번)
  10. Bi (비)
  11. Bin (빈)
  12. Bing (빙)
  13. Bo (보)
  14. Bok (복)
  15. Bong (봉)
  16. Boo (부)
  17. Byun (변)
  18. Cha (차)
  19. Chae (채)
  20. Chang (창)
  21. Cheon (천)
  22. Cho (초)
  23. Choi (최)
  24. Choo (추)
  25. Da (다)
  26. Dae (대)
  27. Dam (담)
  28. Dan (단)
  29. Dang (당)
  30. Deung (등)
  31. Deungjeong (등정)
  32. Do (도)
  33. Dokko (독고)
  34. Don (돈)
  35. Dong (동)
  36. Dongbang (동방)
  37. Doo (두)
  38. Eo (어)
  39. Eogeum (어금)
  40. Eom (엄)
  41. Eum (음)
  42. Eun (은)
  43. Ka (가)
  44. Ha (하)
  45. Hae (해)
  46. Hak (학)
  47. Ham (함)
  48. Han (한)
  49. Heo (허)
  50. Ho (호)
  51. Hong (홍)
  52. Hoo (후)
  53. Hwa (화)
  54. Hwang (황)
  55. Hwangbo (황보)
  56. Hwangmok (황목)
  57. Hyun (현)
  58. Hyung (형)
  59. Im (S.Korea)/Lim (N.Korea) (임/림)
  60. In (인)
  61. Ja (자)
  62. Jang (장)
  63. Je (제)
  64. Jekal (제갈)
  65. Jeom (점)
  66. Jeon (전)
  67. Jeung (증)
  68. Ji (지)
  69. Jin (진)
  70. Jo (조)
  71. Jong (종)
  72. Joo (주)
  73. Jung (정)
  74. Jwa (좌)
  75. Kal (갈)
  76. Kam (감)
  77. Kan (간)
  78. Kang (강)
  79. Keum (금)
  80. Keun (근)
  81. Ki (기)
  82. Kil (길)
  83. Kim (김)
  84. Ko (고)
  85. Kok (곡)
  86. Kong (공)
  87. Koo (구)
  88. Kook (국)
  89. Koong (궁)
  90. Kwak (곽)
  91. Kwan (관)
  92. Kwok (궉)
  93. Kwon (권)
  94. Kye (계)
  95. Kyun (견)
  96. Kyung (경)
  97. Kyo (교)
  98. Lee (S.Korea)/Ri (N.Korea) (이/리)
  99. Ma (마)
  100. Mae (매)
  101. Maeng (맹)
  102. Man (만)
  103. Mangjeol (망절)
  104. Mi (미)
  105. Min (민)
  106. Mo (모)
  107. Mok (목)
  108. Moo (무)
  109. Moobon (무본)
  110. Mook (묵)
  111. Moon (문)
  112. Myung (명)
  113. Myo (묘)
  114. Na (S.Korea) / La (N. Korea) (나/라)
  115. Nae (내)
  116. Nam (남)
  117. Namkoong (남궁)
  118. Nan (S.Korea)/Ran (N.Korea) (난/란)
  119. Nang (S.Korea)/Rang (N.Korea) (낭/랑)
  120. No (S.Korea)/Ro (N.Korea) (노/로)
  121. Noe (S.Korea)/Roe (N.Korea) (뇌/뢰)
  122. O (오)
  123. Ok (옥)
  124. On (온)
  125. Ong (옹)
  126. Paeng (팽)
  127. Pan (판)
  128. Pi (피)
  129. Pil (필)
  130. Po (포)
  131. Poong (풍)
  132. Pyeon (편)
  133. Pyeong (평)
  134. Pyo (표)
  135. Ra (라)
  136. Ran (란)
  137. Rang (랑)
  138. Ri (리)
  139. Rim (림)
  140. Ro (로)
  141. Roe (뢰)
  142. Ryeo (려)
  143. Ryu (류)
  144. Sa (사)
  145. Sakong (사공)
  146. Sam (삼)
  147. San (산)
  148. Sang (상
  149. Seo (서)
  150. Seob (섭)
  151. Seok (석)
  152. Seol (설)
  153. Seomoon (서문)
  154. Seon (선)
  155. Seong (성)
  156. Seonwoo (선우)
  157. Seung (승)
  158. Si (시)
  159. Sim (심)
  160. Sin (신)
  161. So (소)
  162. Son (손)
  163. Song (송)
  164. Soo (수)
  165. Soon (순)
  166. Tae (태)
  167. Tak (탁)
  168. Tan (탄)
  169. Wan (완)
  170. Wang (왕)
  171. Wi (위)
  172. Won (원)
  173. Woo (우)
  174. Woon (운)
  175. Ya (야)
  176. Yang (S. Korea)/Ryang (N. Korea) (양/량)
  177. Ye (예)
  178. Yeo (S. Korea)/Ryeo (N. Korea) (여/려)
  179. Yeom (S. Korea)/Ryeom (N. Korea) (염/렴)
  180. Yeon (S. Korea)/Ryeon (N. Korea) (연/련)
  181. Young (영)
  182. Yeob (엽)
  183. Yo (요)
  184. Yong (S. Korea)/Ryong (N. Korea) (용/룡)
  185. Yoo (S. Korea)/Ryoo (N. Korea) (유/류)
  186. Yook (S.Korea)/Ryook (N.Korea) (육/륙)
  187. Yoon (윤)