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Kyung-ja, also spelled Kyoung-ja, is a Korean feminine given name. The meaning differs based on the hanja used to write each syllable of the name.[1] There are 54 hanja with the reading "kyung" and 28 hanja with the reading "ja" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names.[2] Typically, "ja" is written with the hanja meaning "child" (). The characters used to write this name can also be read as a Japanese female given name Keiko.[3]

Hangul 경자
Hanja , , , and others
Revised Romanization Gyeong-ja
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏng-ja

Kyung-ja is one of a number of Japanese-style names ending in "ja", like Young-ja and Jeong-ja, that were popular when Korea was under Japanese rule, but declined in popularity afterwards.[4] According to South Korean government data, it was the third-most popular name for newborn girls in 1940.[5] However, by 1950 there were no names ending in "ja" in the top ten.[6]

People with this name include:

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  1. ^ "경자, 이름검색". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  2. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ Breen, Jim (2011). Japanese Names Dictionary. Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ "가장 흔한 이름은? 男 영수→민준ㆍ女 영자→서연". Korea Economic Daily. 2007-03-20. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  5. ^ "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Retrieved 2012-11-09.