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    Korean names

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Islander, Nov 6, 2010.

    Hi,

    I've tried to create a name for my Korean character, and would like to know if I've understood the Korean naming system.

    As I understand it, a Korean name consists of a given name and a clan name. For example, South Korea's president is named Lee Myung-Bak. Lee is the given name, and Myung-Bak is the clan name.

    The clan name consists of two parts: the clan's own name, and the city they came from, to distinguish them from other clans with the same name.
    So Myung-Bak is the Bak clan from the city Myung.

    Using these rules, I've created this name for a Korean woman: Haneul Suwon-Jun.

    If anyone could tell me if I got it right, and if the name sounds natural, I would be grateful.
     
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    Hmm. Well I am not Korean myself but there are a lot of Korean-Americans where I live and I've never seen evidence of said rule... Maybe its slightly more archaic? Or not for most common people?

    Even looking through my high school yearbook I can't find any evidence of joint surnames like you've listed. The most I've seen is joint first names on occasion. One of particular note is two guys in my graduating class: Hyun Kang and Hyun-Woo Kang. >.>'
     
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    Hi Islander,
    I'm happy because you ask me. But I'm so sorry, I can't help you right now. Because I'm Vietnamese not Korean.
    Then. In the next monday, I have class with my friends - all of them come from Korea. I'll ask them for you and have an answer in the nearly time.
    I hope you have a great day.
    Junior.
     
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    koreans who relocate to the west often simplify their names and/or reverse them, to fit in... but if you google for 'famous koreans' you'll find the norm is the triple name, with the the dual 'first' name coming second...
     
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    My friend was born in Korean. Her maiden name was Kim. And Kim is the Korean equivalent of Smith because there are a lot of Kims over there.
     
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    Thanks for your comments :)
     
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    kim and park are the korean smith and jones...
     
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    Hi Islander,

    Yesterday, when I came my ESL class, I asked my friend for you, she said that this name is right and sounds natural, it is common name in her country :). She asked me about your story and she had many curious about your story :)

    Btw, have a great day :)
     
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    Thanks, Junior!

    It's a story about a Korean who studies magic at an international school in Asia.
     

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