Kang (Korean surname)

Kang is a Korean family name. All together, the holders of this name number are 1,176,847 in South Korea, according to the 2015 national census, ranking 6th largest Korean family name.[1] The name "Kang" can actually represent any of 5 different hanja, or Chinese characters. However, the great majority (more than 1 million) bear the surname 姜, related to the Chinese surname pronounced Jiāng.[1]


The Royal Seal of the Jinju Kang (姜) Family in the Kingdom of Goguryeo

Clans whose surname uses the Hanja character 姜 include the clans of Jinju and Geumcheon seat. The majority belong to the Jinju Kang clan (ko) (Hangul: 진주 강씨; Hanja: 晉州姜氏) is said to be descended from Goguryeo commander Kang Isik. The Gumcheon Kang clan (ko) (Hangul: 금천 강씨; Hanja: 衿川 姜氏) is descended from an ancestors whose ancestral seat was Geumcheon, now part of Seoul.

Clans whose surname uses the Hanja character 康 include Sincheon (ko) and Youngkang/Yeonggang (ko). The Sincheon Kang clan is further subdivided into Goksan (ko) (Hangul: 곡산 강씨; Hanja: 谷山 康氏) and Chaeryeong (Hangul: 재령 강씨; Hanja: 載寧 康氏).

Notable individualsEdit


  • Kang Yisik, Lord General and Military Official of the Kingdom of Goguryeo.
  • Kang Gamchan, Lord General and Military Official of Goryeo dynasty.
  • Kang Jo (died 1010), general who served under Emperor Mokjong and Emperor Hyeonjong of Goryeo
  • Kang Hongrip, a military official of the Choson Dynasty.
  • Kang Huian (1417?-1464), a prominent and painter of the early Choson period
  • Kang Sehwang (1713–1791), a mayor of Hansung (now the capital city of Seoul), high government official and the Royal Representative Artist and Calligrapher in the mid-Choson dynasty.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Korean Family Names". KOSIS. 2000. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2013-10-22.; "행정구역(시도)/성씨·본관별 가구 및 인구" (in Korean). KOSIS. Retrieved 2016-03-16.

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