Min (Korean name)

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Min is an uncommon Korean family name as well as a common syllable in Korean given names.

Revised RomanizationMin

As a family nameEdit

The family name Min is written with only one hanja (). The 2000 South Korean Census found 159,054 people in 48,935 households with this name (about 0.35% of the South Korean population at the time), making it the 47th-most-common surname among the 286 surnames listed in the census.[1] This represented growth of 3.8 percent from 137,317 in the 1985 census, a far smaller increase than the fifteen percent growth in the overall South Korean population over the same period.[2] The family name Min has one major clan lineage, the Yeoheung Min clan, whose bon-gwan (origin of the lineage, not necessarily the residence of living members) is Yeoheung-gun (now in Yeoju City), Gyeonggi Province. The 2000 census found 142,752 people in 43,887 households belonging to this clan.[1] The Yeoheung Min clan itself has several other smaller sub-lineages such as the Gyeongju Min clan (5,169 members in 1,606 households) and the Yeongju Min clan (3,694 members in 1,149 households), and roughly 30 other sub-lineages recorded historically, though not all have survived to modern times.[3][4]

People with the family name Min include:

  • Queen Wongyeong (1365–1420), queen consort of King Taejong
  • Queen Inhyeon (1667–1701), queen consort of King Sukjong of Joseon
  • Stephen Min Kuk-ka (1787–1840), Korean Roman Catholic saint
  • Queen Min (1851–1895), queen consort of King Gojong of Joseon
  • Min Young-hwan (1861–1905), Korean Empire official
  • Min Yeong-chan (1873–?), Korean Empire official
  • Min Won-sik (1886–1921), Korean male journalist of the Japanese colonial period
  • Aleksandr Min (1915–1944), first Korean awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union
  • Min Byung-dae (1918–1983), South Korean male football defender
  • Min Hyun-sik (born 1946), South Korean male architect
  • Min Young-sam (born 1954), South Korean sport shooter
  • Min Byung-doo (born 1958), South Korean male politician
  • Min Gyeong-seung (born 1962), South Korean male fencer
  • Min Hae-kyung (born 1962), South Korean female singer
  • Min Joon-ki (born 1968), South Korean male film director
  • Min Hae-kyung (born 1962), South Korean female singer
  • Min Se-hun (born 1963), South Korean male discus thrower
  • Janice Min (born 1969), American female writer of Korean descent
  • Min Hye-sook (born 1970), South Korean female team handball player
  • Min Kyu-dong (born 1970), South Korean male film director
  • Min Kyung-gab (born 1970), South Korean male wrestler
  • Min Byeong-sun (born 1974), South Korean male rower
  • Klara Min (born 1976), South Korean female pianist
  • Min Young-ki (born 1976), South Korean male football defender
  • Min Ryoung (born 1982), South Korean male short track speed skater
  • Min Kyung-hoon (born 1984), South Korean male singer
  • Min Ji-hyun (born 1984), South Korean actress
  • Min Young-won (born Jo Hyo-kyung, 1984), South Korean actress
  • Min Jin-woong (born 1986), South Korean actor
  • Zizo (born Min Ju-hong, 1986), South Korean male rapper
  • Min Hyo-rin (born Jung Eun-ran, 1986), South Korean actress
  • Min Byung-hun (born 1987), South Korean male baseball outfielder
  • Min Sun-ye (born 1989), South Korean female singer, former member of Wonder Girls
  • Min Na-on (born 1988), South Korean female golfer
  • Min Ok-ju (born 1990), North Korean female volleyball player
  • Min Sang-gi (born 1991), South Korean male football midfielder
  • Suga (rapper) (born Min Yoon-gi, 1993), South Korean rapper, member of BTS
  • Min Do-hee (born 1994), South Korean actress
  • Grace Min (born 1994), American female tennis player of Korean descent
  • Yura Min (born 1995), South Korean female ice dancer
  • Min Kyeong-ho (born 1996), South Korean male track cyclist
  • Anna Min, 21st-century American photographer of Korean descent
  • Min Jong-gi, 21st-century South Korean male politician
  • Pyong Gap Min, 21st-century American sociologist

In given namesEdit

Hanja and meaningEdit

In given names, the meaning of Min differs based on the hanja used to write it. There are 27 hanja with the reading Min, and four variant forms, on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names; they are:[5]

  1. (백성; baekseong min): "the people"
  2. (민첩할 민; mincheophal min): "agile"
  3. (민망할 민; minmanghal min): "pity"
  4. (아름다운 ; areumdaun dol min): "beautiful gemstone"
  5. (하늘; haneul min): "heaven"
  6. (화할 민; hwahal min): "gentle"
  7. (성씨; seongssi min): the surname Min
  8. (; okdol min): "jade"
  9. (이름; san-ireum min): the name of a mountain
  10. (힘쓸; himsseul min): "to exert"
    • : variant form
  11. (총명할; chongmyeonghal min): "intelligence"
  12. (강인할 민; gang-inhal min): "tough"
  13. (근심할 민; geumsimhal min): "concerned"
  14. ( 졸졸 흘러 내릴; mul joljol heulleo naeril min): "trickling water"
  15. (굳셀 민; gutsel min): "robustness"
  16. (강할; ganghal min): "strong"
  17. (망할; manghal min): "to perish"
  18. (답답할; dapdaphal min): "stifling"
  19. (낚싯; naksitjul min): "fishing line"
  20. 𩔉 (, a variant form of )[6]
  21. (돈꿰미 민; donkkwemi min): "coin string"
  22. (물결 가없는 모양; mulgyeol ga-eomneun moyang min)
  23. (종족 이름; jongjok ireum min): name of a tribe
  24. (; bol min): "sight"
  25. (그물; geumul min): "net"
  26. ( 민); okdol min): "jade"
  27. ( 민); okdol min): "jade"

As name elementEdit

Many names containing the syllable Min have been popular for newborn children in South Korea in recent decades:

Other given names with this syllable include:


People with the single-syllable given name Min include:

  • Geum Min (born 1962), South Korean politician
  • Namkoong Min (born 1978), South Korean film and television actor
  • Kang Min (born 1982), South Korean professional StarCraft player
  • Sung Min (swimmer) (born 1982), South Korean swimmer
  • Park Min (born 1986), South Korean football player

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "행정구역(구시군)/성씨·본관별 가구 및 인구" [Family names by administrative region (district, city, county): separated by bon-gwan, households and individuals]. Korean Statistical Information Service. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  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. ^ "여흥민씨" [Yeoheung Min clan]. JoongAng Ilbo. 22 January 1983. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ "민(閔)" [Min]. Daejeon: Jokbo Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2019. The Jokbo Museum cites the following work for their pages on family names: 김진우 (2009). 한국인 의 역사 [The History of Koreans]. 春秋筆法 [Chunchu Pilbeop]. OCLC 502157619.
  5. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF) (in Korean). South Korea: Supreme Court. August 2007. p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  6. ^ "𩔉". zdic.net. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". babyname.co.kr. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  8. ^ a b c 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.
  9. ^ a b c "남자 → '민준' 여자 → '서연' 가장 많아". Law Times. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  10. ^ a b c 2011년 인기 이름 리포트 (in Korean). Johnson's Baby Center. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22.