There are several websites and Facebook applications that give you your "Korean name", just input your real name, and after a click, "ta-da", your instant Korean name. However, click the button again, and you are given another set of a Korean name. Quite intriguing, isn't it?
If you will ask me, getting a Korean name isn't easy as clicking a button. As compared to English names or Filipino names, they also need to be thought of carefully, in order for you to get the name you wanted for your child. These names may determine their future, and possibly how they will be treated in the future. Imagine yourself named as Crap Smith, would you be happy with that? Of course, no. That's why names should be thought of carefully before giving it to your child.
So what's with a Korean name? We normally encounter Korean names such as Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyeong, Dong-hae, and many more in the K-pop industry and in Korean dramas. Did you know that the first word you encounter is their surname? As Koreans start from general to specific when it comes to names, that's why they start with the surname. Taking the name of Lee Min-ho, that means that Lee is his surname, and Min-ho is his first name.
There was a patient before who named her son Lee Min. Looking from the first name that she gave, I told her "You took that from Lee Min-ho, didn't you?", and she smiled and said "Yes." Well, I could've told her that Lee is a surname in Korea, but the name is already in the child's birth certificate, and I can't do anything about it.
Their first names are also being carefully thought of. Some names even have their meaning. Take "Ha-seon", a first name, as an example. It is composed of two Korean words joined together to form a first name. "Ha" is taken from the word "Haneul" which is "heaven" in Korea, and "Seonmul", which is "gift" in Korea. Considering both words, the name "Ha-seon" means "Gift from heaven". What a sweet name.
So what's your Korean name? I had one of my students give me my Korean name. Jang Jun-ho, which is his whole name. I asked him why he gave me such, and he told me that he wants both of us to have the same name because we are friends. Nice name, eh?
Another Korean name trivia. How they are written in Romanized form (the letters that we usually use, like Lee, Song, Lim), are not exactly how they are read in Korean. For example:
- Lee - this is a very famous Korean surname, and the way we pronounce it, "Li" is not the proper way to do it. It is pronounced in Korea as "Ee". So read "Lee Min-ho" as "Ee Min-ho."
- Lim - this is not quite famous, but is a Korean surname too. Same as above, it's not pronounced as "Lim", but is read as "Im".
- Jang - it may or may not be pronounced as "Jang", but is most commonly read as "Chang" in Korea.
- Choi - we will read it as "Choy", the way we see it, but it's not read as it is. Koreans read it as "Chwe".
- Park - we usually read it as "Park" outside Korea, but is read as "Phhak" in Korea.
- Kim - this is another famous Korean name. It may or may not be pronounced as "Kim" outside, but is more pronounced as "Gim" inside.
Another trivia again, (oh, I love trivias!) the surnames "Lee, Park, and Kim" are the most famous Korean surnames.
So, did you get some info about Korean names? You might want to get your Korean name from a Korean himself, for a more meaningful, more suitable name for you! And for those who want their own custom-made Korean name, I have prepared a small contest below, where 10 lucky readers can win their own custom-made Korean name~!! Join now!!~~a Rafflecopter giveaway
Note: The Korean names being given in this blog are names that are meant for fun and enjoyment, and can't be used in legal documents, like letters and certificates. Thanks!