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: "flourishing"
Given name only:
: "grace"

: "silver"
Revised Romanization Eun
McCune–Reischauer Ŭn

Eun is an uncommon Korean family name, a single-syllable Korean given name, and an element in many two-syllable Korean given names.

As a family name

The Korean family name Eun is written with only one hanja, meaning "flourishing" ().[1] The 2000 South Korean Census found 15,657 people with this family name.[2] They traced their origins to three different bon-gwan: Yonan County, South Hwanghae and Kangeum, Kumchon County, North Hwanghae in what is today North Korea, and Haengju (행주동), Goyang, Gyeonggi-do in what is today South Korea.[1]

People with this family name include:

In given names

There are 26 hanja with the reading Eun on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names; common ones are listed in the table above. The meaning differs based on the hanja which the name contains.[3] Since the 1970s, a number of given names containing this element have been popular for newborn girls in South Korea, including:

Other names containing this element include:

People with the single-syllable name Eun include:

  • Yi Un (1897–1970), Joseon Dynasty prince
  • Ko Un (born 1933), South Korean poet
  • Lee Eun (born 1961), South Korean film director
  • Eun Yang (born 1973), Korean American journalist

See also


  1. ^ a b "한국성씨일람" [List of Korean surnames]. Kyungpook National University. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  2. ^ "성씨인구분포데이터 (Surname population and distribution data)". South Korea: National Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  3. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. p. 32. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ a b 2011년 인기 이름 리포트 (in Korean). Johnson's Baby Center. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  6. ^ a b 이진희 (Yi Jin-hui) (2009-01-28). "너도 민준이니… 어! 또 서연이야". Hankook Ilbo. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  7. ^ a b "남자 → '민준' 여자 → '서연' 가장 많아". Law Times. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
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