Ji (Korean name)

Ji, also spelled Jee, Chi, or Chee, is a Korean family name, as well as a popular element in Korean given names. The meaning differs based on the hanja used to write it.


: pond
: wisdom

Given name only:
: only
: branch
: branch
: stop
: to go to
: to know
: earth
: to point
: intention
: to arrive
: paper
: hold
: to record
: late

Revised RomanizationJi

Family nameEdit

As a family name, Ji may be written with either of two hanja, one meaning "wisdom" (), and the other meaning "pond" (). Each has one bon-gwan: for the family name meaning "wisdom", Pongju Village, Pongsan County, North Hwanghae in what is today North Korea, and for the family name meaning "pond", Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do in what is today South Korea.[1] The 2000 South Korean census found 147,572 people with this family name.[2]

In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 79.5% of people with this surname spelled it in Latin letters as Ji in their passports. Another 9.0% spelled it as Jee, and 8.5% as Chi. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 3.0%) included Gi, Chee, Je, and Jy.[3]


People with this family name include:

  • Ji Cheong-cheon (1888–1959), Korean independence activist
  • Ji Han-jae (born 1936), South Korean hapkido instructor
  • Jee Yong-ju (1948–1985), South Korean amateur boxer
  • Jee Man-won (born 1942), South Korean political scientist and journalist
  • Ji Suk-jin (born 1966), South Korean entertainer and main cast member of variety show Running Man
  • Ji Sang-ryeol (born 1970), South Korean actor
  • Ji Jin-hee (born 1971), South Korean actor
  • Chi In-jin (born 1973), South Korean boxer
  • Ji Sang-jun (born 1973), South Korean swimmer
  • Ji Seung-hwan (born 1974), South Korean field hockey player
  • Ji Kyong-sun (born 1975), North Korean judo athlete
  • Ji Yun-nam (born 1976), North Korean footballer
  • Ji Seung-hyun (handballer) (born 1979), South Korean handball player
  • Ji Young-jun (born 1981), South Korean long distance runner
  • Ji Hyun-woo (born 1984), South Korean actor and musician
  • Jhi Yeon-woo (born 1984), South Korean female bodybuilder
  • Ji Eun-hee (born 1986), South Korean golfer
  • Ji Dong-won (born 1991), South Korean footballer
  • Ji Chang-wook (born 1987), South Korean actor
  • Ji Kyeong-deuk (born 1990), South Korean footballer
  • Ji So-yun (born 1991), South Korean footballer
  • Ji Yoon-ho (born Yoon Byung-ho, 1991), South Korean actor
  • Ien Chi (born 1991), American filmmaker of Korean descent
  • Ji Eun-sung (born 1991), South Korean actor
  • Ji Su-min (born 1994), stage name Sumin, South Korean singer from girl group Sonamoo
  • Ji Han-sol (born 1994), member of South Korean boy group Newkidd, former member of UNB
  • Ji Ha-yoon (born 1995), South Korean actress and model
  • Ji Suyeon (born 1997), South Korean singer from girl group Weki Meki
  • Ji Chang-min (born 1998), stage name “Q”, member of Cre.ker Ent. boyband The Boyz
  • Alexander Chee (fl. 2000s), American writer of Korean descent
  • Ji Jin-seok (born 1998), South Korean soloist, participant on Under Nineteen.

Given nameEdit

There are 46 hanja with the reading "ji" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be registered for use in given names. Some common ones are listed in the table at right.[4] Many names containing this syllable have been popular throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including:[5][6][7]

As name elementEdit

Historically-popular given names formed with the syllable "ji" include:

  • Ji-hoon (4th place in 1970, 1st place in 1980 and 1990, 2nd place in 2008, 3rd place in 2009, 8th place in 2011)
  • Ji-hu (2nd place in 2009, 7th place in 2011)
  • Eun-ji (3rd place in 1990)
  • Min-ji (4th place in 1990)
  • Ji-eun (4th place in 1980, 2nd place in 1990)
  • Ji-hye (1st place in 1980 and 1990)
  • Ji-hyun (10th place in 1990)
  • Ji-min (3rd place in 2008, 6th place in 2009 and 2011)
  • Ji-woo (8th place in 2008, 4th place in 2009, 5th place in 2011)
  • Ji-yeon (7th place in 1980)
  • Ji-yoon (9th place in 2011)
  • Ji-young (1st place in 1970, 3rd place in 1980, 10th place in 1990)

Other names containing this syllable include:

First syllable
Second syllable


People with the single-syllable given name Ji include:

  • Shin Ji (born 1981 as Lee Jee-seon), South Korean singer and lyricist

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "한국성씨일람" [List of Korean family names]. Kyungpook National University. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  2. ^ "성씨인구분포데이터" [Family name population and distribution data]. South Korea: National Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ 성씨 로마자 표기 방안: 마련을 위한 토론회 [Plan for romanisation of surnames: a preparatory discussion]. National Institute of the Korean Language. 25 June 2009. p. 61. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  5. ^ "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". babyname.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  6. ^ 이진희 (Yi Jin-hui) (2009-01-28). "너도 민준이니… 어! 또 서연이야". Hankook Ilbo. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  7. ^ "남자 → '민준' 여자 → '서연' 가장 많아". Law Times. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-09-19.