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Kyung, also spelled Kyoung, Gyeong, Kyeong, or Kyong, is an uncommon Korean family name, as well as a single-syllable Korean given name and an element in many two-syllable Korean given names.



Given name only:

Variant forms:

Revised Romanization Gyeong
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏng
IPA [kjʌ̹ŋ]


As a family nameEdit

The 2000 South Korean Census found 15,784 people with the family name Kyung. It may be written with either of two different hanja. Those with the name meaning "scenery" () may belong to one of two different bon-gwan: Haeju, South Hwanghae, in what is today North Korea, and Taein (泰仁). There is only one bon-gwan for the other Kyung surname, meaning "celebration" (): Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, in what is today South Korea.[1] In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 69.2% of people with this surname spelled it in Latin letters as Kyung in their passports, while another 19.2% spelled it as Kyoung. The Revised Romanisation spelling Gyeong came in third place at 7.6%. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 4.0%) included Kyeong.[2]

People with the surname Kyung include:

In given namesEdit

Kyung is an element in many popular Korean given names. The meaning differs based on the hanja used. There are 54 hanja with this reading, and variant forms of six of those, on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names; they are listed in the table above (one variant is not included due to encoding issues).[3] In the 1940s through 1970s, many popular names for newborn girls in South Korea contained this element, including:[4][5]

Other names beginning with this element include:

Other names ending with this element include:

People with the given name Kyung include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "한국성씨일람" [List of Korean surnames]. Kyungpook National University. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  2. ^ 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. 57. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. p. 3. Retrieved 2013-10-17.  The missing character is 𠂎, a variant of .
  4. ^ "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Retrieved 2012-11-09.