Concept

Korean name

Summary
A Korean name in the modern era typically consists of a family name followed by a given name, with no middle names. A number of Korean terms for names exist. For full names, seongmyeong (), seongham (), or ireum () are commonly used. When a Korean name is written in Hangul, there is no space between the family and given names. Most Korean family names consist of a single syllable, although multisyllabic family names exist (e.g. Sun-woo). Upon marriage, both partners keep their full names, but children inherit the father's family name unless otherwise specified during the marriage registration process. Family names have been historically grouped into bongwan (clans or extended families). Each bongwan is identified by a specific place and common patrilineal ancestor. For example, the Jeonju Yi clan comes from Jeonju and descends from Yi Han. In 2000, a census showed that there were a total of 286 surnames and 4,179 clans. However, the three most common surnames (Kim, Lee, and Park) a
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