hi, minako here ! โ™ก
so well, i've been wanting to write an article about this for quite a while to be honest. i'm into creating ocs and participating in apply fics and there's this thing that has been pissing me off for a century.

you guys do understand that korean surnames do not consist only of kim, park, lee and choi...right?
it's true that they're the most used surnames in korea but as a korean-japanese living in korea since my five years of life i mean; i've met tons of koreans who have different surnames.

so here i will list some of them + some cute extras about them and cool name combinations for you to use when creating ocs (or whatever else) :D

๐ŸŒˆ โ€” common
๐Ÿ’โ€” less common/uncommon
๐Ÿƒ โ€” rare

ka (๊ฐ€) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
kan (๊ฐ„) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (baby vox feels man)
kal (๊ฐˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
kam (๊ฐ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
kang (๊ฐ•) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
gae (๊ฐœ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (this is probably the less used last name & whoever has this surname is going to be bullied for their whole life bc it literally means dog)
geon (๊ฑด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
kyeon (๊ฒฌ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
kyung (๊ฒฝ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
gye (๊ณ„) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (pronounciation is very similar to gae/dog so it's not a very fortunate surname as well rip)
go (๊ณ ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
gok (๊ณก) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
gong (๊ณต) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
goong (๊ถ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
kwak (๊ณฝ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
gwan (๊ด€) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
kyo (๊ต) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
goo (๊ตฌ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
gook (๊ตญ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
goon (๊ตฐ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
kwok (๊ถ‰) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
kwon (๊ถŒ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
geun (๊ทผ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
geum (๊ธˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
ki (๊ธฐ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
gil (๊ธธ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
kim (๊น€) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (most common surname in korea)
na (๋‚˜) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
nam (๋‚จ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
nang (๋‚ญ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
nae (๋‚ด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (means my actually lol ;; imagine being called "my _____" ; a cool combo would be nae haneul lmao)
no (๋…ธ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (if the given name's first syllable is ye (์˜ˆ) for example; yejin and the surname is no which makes the full name no yejin its kinda funny because ๋…ธ์˜ˆ (noye) means slave in korean:o)) no is often romanized as roh too
noo (๋ˆ„) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
da (๋‹ค) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
dan (๋‹จ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
dam (๋‹ด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
dang (๋‹น) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (dAnG lmao)
dae (๋Œ€) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
do (๋„) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
don (๋ˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (means $_$)
dong (๋™) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (pronounciation is similar to sh*t lol)
doo (๋‘) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
ryu (๋ฅ˜) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
ma (๋งˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (ma is often used as a diminutive of ์ž„๋งˆ which means rascal/brat + in some contexts can mean hey!?? its similar to yah lol so in conclusion people who have this surname do get a lil bit teased for it but since its a lowkey common one people dont really care that much)
man (๋งŒ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
mae (๋งค) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
maeng/meng (๋งน) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (people who have this surname most likely have chinese roots in their family)
myung (๋ช…) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
mo (๋ชจ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
mok (๋ชฉ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
myo (๋ฌ˜) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
moo (๋ฌด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (means radish lmao)
mook (๋ฌต) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
moon (๋ฌธ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
mi (๋ฏธ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (the people who have this surname most likely have chinese roots as well)
min (๋ฏผ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
park (๋ฐ•) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
ban (๋ฐ˜) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
bang (๋ฐฉ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
bae (๋ฐฐ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
baek (๋ฐฑ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
beon (๋ฒˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
beom (๋ฒ”) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
byun (๋ณ€) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
bo (๋ณด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
bok (๋ณต) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
bong (๋ด‰) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
boo (๋ถ€) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (seungkwanieโ™ก)
bi (๋น„) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (means rain) โ†’ names which start with the syllable ๊ฐ€ (ga) sound the coolest with this surname !!
bin (๋นˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
bing (๋น™) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (people who have this surname most likely have chinese roots)
sa (์‚ฌ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
sam (์‚ผ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
sang (์ƒ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
seo (์„œ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
seok (์„) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
seon (์„ ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
seol (์„ค) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
sung (์„ฑ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
so (์†Œ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
son (์†) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
song (์†ก) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
soo (์ˆ˜) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
soon (์ˆœ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
seung (์Šน) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
si/shi (์‹œ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
shin (์‹ ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
shim (์‹ฌ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
ah (์•„) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
ahn (์•ˆ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
ae (์• ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
ya (์•ผ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ* (y'all this is awful lmao imagine being called that; it would be so awkward like someone could be saying your full name but it could also be them talking down to you so it's like ?__? omg this surname is super rare in sk though i've never met anyone with this one; people with rare ass last names tend to change them to their mother's because yeah)
yang (์–‘) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (means sheep:D)
eo/uh (์–ด) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
eom/uhm (์—„) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
yeo (์—ฌ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (coolest with names that start w ๋ณด (bo) cause ์—ฌ๋ณด (yeobo) which is a pet name between married couples lol its cute:~) or names that start with shin because ์—ฌ์‹  means goddess!)
yeon (์—ฐ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
yeom (์—ผ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
yeob (์—ฝ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
young (์˜) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
ye (์˜ˆ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (people who have this surname most likely have chinese roots in their family)
oh (์˜ค) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
ok (์˜ฅ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
on (์˜จ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (name your character something like on doyeon (์˜จ๋„์—ฐ) and the junction of the surname and the first character of the name (๋„/do) will literally mean temperature)
ong (์˜น) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (wannables where u at!!)
wang (์™•) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (wang isn't actually that common +the popular one is hwang)
yo (์š”) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (this sounds so fun lmao; it's super rare though)
yong (์šฉ) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
woo (์šฐ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
woon (์šด) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
won (์›) โ€” ๐Ÿ’
wi (์œ„) โ€” ๐Ÿ’ (people with this surname usually have chinese roots in their family)
yoo (์œ ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
yook (์œก) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
yoon (์œค) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
eum (์Œ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
eun (์€) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
lee (์ด) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (second most common surname in sk)
in (์ธ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
im (์ž„) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
ja (์ž) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ* (if anyone wants to name their character after this surname make sure the first character of their name is ji โ™กsike no don't do that ew)
jang (์žฅ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (can or not have chinese roots (most of the times they don't tho). the chinese ver of this is zhang)
jeo (์ €) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ (means that/over there; so for example if you name your character jeo byul it'll mean the star over there lol)
jeon (์ „) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ (one funny name would be jeon yeojin as it is similar to ์ „์—ฌ์นœ/jeon yeochin which means ex gf)
jeom (์ ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
jung (์ •) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆ
je (์ œ) โ€” ๐Ÿƒ
jo (์กฐ) โ€” ๐ŸŒˆย  (fun tip: a name like jo ahyoung/jo ahye would be really cute as the junction of the surname and the first character ah sound like (์ข‹์•„/joah) which means "i like it" or "do you like it?" depending on your intonation !! (also jo ahye sounds dead similar to i like u hehe imagine confessing to someone named this)
jong (์ข…) ๐Ÿƒ
jwa (์ขŒ) ๐Ÿƒ (comes mostly from jeolla and jeju)
joo (์ฃผ) ๐ŸŒˆ
joon (์ค€) ๐Ÿƒ
jeung (์ฆ) ๐Ÿƒ (sUpEr dUpEr RaRe AlmOsT mYsTic)
ji (์ง€) ๐Ÿ’
jin (์ง„) ๐ŸŒˆ (a nice one syllable name for this would be ju which would form jin joo (์ง„์ฃผ) = pearl
cha (์ฐจ) ๐Ÿ’
chang (์ฐฝ) ๐Ÿƒ
chae (์ฑ„) ๐Ÿ’
cheon (์ฒœ) ๐ŸŒˆ (try something like cheon sarang !! ์ฒœ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ โ†’ ์ฒœ์‚ฌ (cheonsa) : angel / ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ (sarang) : love
choi (์ตœ) ๐ŸŒˆ
chu (์ถ”) ๐ŸŒˆ
tan (ํƒ„) ๐Ÿƒ (this is rlly rare as well)
tae (ํƒœ) ๐Ÿƒ
paeng (ํŒฝ) ๐Ÿƒ
pyeon (ํŽธ) ๐Ÿƒ (cool idea = get ur character a given name that starts w ji ! that'll be ํŽธ์ง€_ (pyeonji) โ†’letter
pyung (ํ‰) ๐Ÿƒ
po (ํฌ) ๐Ÿƒ
pyo (ํ‘œ) ๐Ÿƒ (pyo hyemi my BBY:c)
pung (ํ’)
pi (ํ”ผ) ๐Ÿƒ (this is a gross surname lmao; it means blood and as y'all can guess it is super rare)
pil (ํ•„) ๐Ÿƒ (VERY rare as well)
ha (ํ•˜) ๐ŸŒˆ
hak (ํ•™) ๐Ÿƒ (if their given name starts with saeng it'd literally form haksaeng = student lol hm or maybe name them gyori which would form hakgyo = school lol)
ham (ํ•จ) ๐Ÿ’
hae (ํ•ด) ๐Ÿƒ
heo (ํ—ˆ) ๐Ÿ’
hyun (ํ˜„) ๐ŸŒˆ
hyung (ํ˜•) ๐Ÿƒ
ho (ํ˜ธ) ๐Ÿƒ (JESSI STANS!!)
hong (ํ™) ๐ŸŒˆ
hwa (ํ™”) ๐Ÿƒ
hwan (ํ™˜) ๐Ÿƒ
hwang (ํ™ฉ) ๐ŸŒˆ (get them a name like keumjo and it'll mean = golden jo ! hwang + geum makes the word golden. ex: hwanggeum (golden) maknae which is a nickname given to bts' jeongguk !)
hoo (ํ›„) ๐Ÿƒ
heung (ํฅ) ๐Ÿƒ

[ all of these are rare so I'm not really gonna mark them ! ]
namgoong (๋‚จ๊ถ) (probs the most used one of this list)
deungjung (๋“ฑ์ •)
dokgo (๋…๊ณ )
dongbang (๋™๋ฐฉ) (call your character shinki and you're getting dongbangshinki aka tvxq lol)
mangjeol (๋ง์ ˆ)
moobon (๋ฌด๋ณธ)
sagong (์‚ฌ๊ณต)
seomun (์„œ๋ฌธ)
seonwoo (์„ ์šฐ)
sobong (์†Œ๋ด‰)
eogeum (์–ด๊ธˆ)
janggok (์žฅ๊ณก)
jegal (์ œ๊ฐˆ)
hwangbo (ํ™ฉ๋ณด)
hwangmok (ํ™ฉ๋ชฉ)

and that's all ! there are more but since they're practically in desuse i just decided not to add them here ! hope you find this helpful lovlies โ™ก