Most Popular Korean Last Names


As of February 3, 2007, the South Korean Supreme Court has announced that the most popular last names in Korea are Kim, Lee, Park and Choi for both non-Koreans who acquire citizenship as well as for native Koreans themselves. A relevant statistic also reported by the Supreme Court was that out of 110 individuals who became Korean citizens between October 2006 and December 2006, 51 chose the popular last name Kim.

All in all, Korean government statistics account for around 9.9 million Koreans with the surname Kim, which is roughly 21.6 percent of the country’s total population. Lee follows with 14.8 percent, and then comes Park with 8.5 percent and Choi with 4.7 percent. A Korean court official said that with the rise in popularity of international marriages, diversity within Korean last names is sure to increase.

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19 Responses to “Most Popular Korean Last Names”

  1. Zacky says:

    please give me a good name in korean

  2. Rod says:

    My Homie last name is Lee. :-)

  3. eune young says:

    i thought the name kwan was a popular last name

  4. Rachael says:

    It’s Kwon with an ‘o’
    Kwan, I think, is chinese, not Korean

  5. emily says:

    actaully, kwan is not a korean last name, its a chinese last name

  6. Suji Chae says:

    Well.. there’s only one family group with the last name kwan in South Korea.. So they’re rare^^

  7. issac says:

    my buddie’s girlfriend has the same last name as him.. They are both Kim :D

  8. 어현진 says:

    My last name is Eo.
    We’re rare, but we’re not that rare.
    haha.
    lol

  9. heyimkorean says:

    hi i think park- called pak sorda lol it is an old name that belonged 2 many kings and queens of korea in about well idk along time ago?

  10. hi im a half says:

    i think my name park is the bomb

  11. neha says:

    the korean names are ajib [hindi word] i am an indian girl i like the name kim chang because it sound so good

  12. kim hyung soo says:

    korean name girl:
    Ae-cha
    Ae-young
    bang-cha
    byung-soon
    chan-sook
    koo hye sun
    jandi
    korean name boy:
    bae
    bay
    baye
    bong-chol
    bong-Hwa
    beoung-keun
    kim hyung
    soo kim
    kim hyun joon
    chng-ho
    ch’anyom
    jonpyo

  13. kim hyung says:

    korean girls name:
    jandi
    koo hye sun
    Ae-cha
    Ae-yung
    bong-cha
    beoung-soon
    chan-sook

    korean boys name:
    bae
    baye
    bay
    bong-chol
    bong-hwa
    beoung-keun
    chahng-ho
    ch'anyom
    changhee
    chang-su
    chang-sun
    chang-uk
    chin
    chin-hae
    chin-hwa
    kim hyung
    soo kim
    kim hyun joon
    jonpyo
    lee min hoo

  14. Sarah says:

    SHIM FTW.

  15. my best friend's name is Yoon Soo Jee :3

    my last name is Park.

    i can't write in Korean that well, though, so anybody wanna help me write Park in Korean….?

  16. Lee Jaein says:

    This is how u should write park in korean: 팔코

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