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Seok, also spelled Suk, is a rare Korean family name held by about 56,500 South Koreans, as well as an element in some Korean given names.


Family or given:
: "stone"
: "ancient"

Given name only:
: "evening"
: "regret"
: "seat"
: "eminent"
: "divide"
: "interpret"

Revised RomanizationSeok

As a family nameEdit

The family name Seok can be written with either of two hanja, one meaning "stone" (), and the other meaning "ancient" (). The former version is the more widespread of the two. The 2000 South Korean census found 46,066 people by this name.[1] Of these, the great majority are members of the Gyeongju Seok clan and the Chungju (also called Hongju) Seok clan. The latter had a 2000 South Korean population of 9,544. The Gyeongju Seok clan claims descent from certain of the early rulers of Silla; the first Gyeongju Seok to sit on the throne was the fourth Silla king, Talhae.

In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 61.3% of people with that surname spelled it in Latin letters as Seok in their passports, vs. 30.6% as Suk. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 8.1%) included Seog, Sok, Souk, and Sock.[2]

People with this family name include:

  • Seok Joo-myung (1908–1950), Korean entymologist of the Japanese colonial period
  • Seok Cheoljoo (born 1950), South Korean painter
  • Suk Jong-yul (born 1968), South Korean professional golfer
  • Suk Min-hee (born 1968), South Korean Olympic team handball player
  • Jeannie Suk (born 1973), Korean American law professor
  • Seok Eun-mi (born 1976), South Korean Olympic table tennis player
  • Suk Jin-wook (born 1976), South Korean volleyball player
  • Suk Hyun-jun (born 1991), South Korean footballer

In given namesEdit

There are 20 hanja with the reading Seok on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names; common ones are shown in the table above.[3]

People with the single-syllable given name Seok include:

  • Baek Seok (1912–1995), South Korean poet
  • Yi Seok (born 1941), descendant of the Joseon Dynasty royal family
  • Jo Seok (born 1983), South Korean webcomic artist
  • Kim Seok (born 1991), South Korean football player
  • Kim Seok (equestrian) (born 1992), South Korean equestrian

Names containing this syllable include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2007-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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. 61. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  3. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. p. 23. Retrieved 2013-10-17.