Um (Korean surname)

Um, also spelled as Uhm, Eom or Om, is a relatively uncommon family name in Korea. It is written using the same character as the Chinese surname, Yan (嚴). It has only one clan, the Yeongwol Eom clan, based in Yeongwol, Gangwon Province.[1] According to the 2015 census in South Korea, there were 144, 425 people carrying the Eom surname.[2][3]

Revised RomanizationEom


Eom is a surname that originated from China. The founding ancestor, Eom Im-ui, was sent to Korea by Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, during Gyeongdeok of Silla's reign.[4] He was said to be a descendant of the Han dynasty scholar, Yan Ziling (嚴子陵), known as Eom Ja-neung in Korean (엄자능).

A member of the Eom family, Gwi-in Eom [ko], became one of the royal consorts of King Seongjong of Joseon, but was later murdered by his successor, King Yeonsangun. Another member of this family became the consort of King Gojong, becoming the mother of the last crown prince of the Korean Empire, Yi Un.

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  1. ^ "성씨의 고향(10)영월 엄씨". 중앙일보 (in Korean). 19 March 1982. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ "2015년 인구주택총조사 전수집계결과 보도자료" [Results of the 2015 Census of Population and Housing survey]. Korean Statistical Information Service. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "엄정화·엄앵란 톱스타 배출한 당나라 예술가 후손". Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  4. ^ "엄". (in Korean). Retrieved 13 April 2020.