Yeoheung Min clan

The Yeoheung Min clan (Korean여흥 민씨; Hanja驪興 閔氏) is a Korean clan that traces its origin (Bon-gwan) to Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province. The 2015 Korean Census counted 159,522 members of the Yeoheung Min clan. Yeoheung Min's founding ancestor was Min Ching do [ja], who settled down in Goryeo after coming to the country as an emissary from the Song dynasty of China. Min Ching-do was said to be a descendant of Min Sun, a major disciple of Confucius.

Yeoheung Min clan
여흥 민씨 종문.svg
Current regionYeoju
FounderMin Ching do [ja]
Connected membersQueen Wongyeong
Queen Inhyeon
Empress Myeongseong
Min Young-hwan
Empress Sunmyeong
Min Yeong-chan
Min Won-sik
Grand Internal Princess Consort Sunmok
Princess Consort Min
Royal Noble Consort Jeongbin
Royal Consort Suk-ui

Yeoheung Mins have produced 242 senior government officials and 3 queens throughout Joseon dynasty, including Queen Wongyeong (queen consort of King Taejong of Joseon and the mother of King Sejong the Great), Queen Inhyeon (queen consort of King Sukjong of Joseon), and Queen Min (queen consort and regent of King Gojong and the mother of Emperor Sunjong).[1][2] As well as 4 princess consorts, Princess Consort Min (Prince Yang’s wife during 17th century Joseon), Princess Consort Min (Heungseon Daewongun’s mother), Grand Internal Princess Consort Sunmok (Emperor Gojong’s mother and Heungseon Daewongun’s wife), and Crown Princess Consort Min (Emperor Sunjong's wife). Royal Noble Consort Jeongbin (a concubine of King Seonjo) and Royal Consort Suk-ui (a concubine of King Yeonsangun) were also members of the clan.

Empress Myeongseong was a member of the clan. She is a controversial figure, who is admired for her political crafts and her determination to resist Japanese influence towards the late 19th century of the Joseon dynasty, but also condemned for exacerbating the pervasive corruption of Joseon dynasty by appointing her fellow Yeoheung Mins to important positions within the government.

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  1. ^ Academy of Korean Studies 여흥민씨 驪興閔氏. Academy of Korean Studies.
  2. ^ JIN Guanglin [ja] (2014). A Comparison of the Korean and Japanese Approaches to Foreign Family Names (PDF). Journal of Cultural Interaction in East Asia Vol.5 Society for Cultural Interaction in East Asia.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)p20

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