170 Korean Baby Names With Meanings


Korea is a country with complex and rich history and a diverse heritage background. And just like culture and people, even Korean baby names are unique. Just three surnames, namely Park, Lee, and Kim are used by over half of the Korean population. So if you wish your child to stand out from the crowd, you have to pick a unique name for your munchkin.

A Korean name comprises a family name, followed by a given name. The Korean first names are based on Hangul, which is alphabetical script and Hanja, which are logo-syllabic characters. Hanja are Chinese characters and Hangul are Korean native alphabets. For years, parents could select a name from the list of approved names issued by the government. The trend has fallen to the wayside now. Parents are now opting for names derived from traditional Korean words. Baby girls are generally given two-syllable names. It’s also important to note that given names are not used in day to day life. The given names are very private and are used only by close friends and family.

Below is MomJunction's list of Korean baby names with meanings for you to choose from. You can shortlist and save your favorites for future use.

Do HyunDo means Path Hyun means virtuous, ableBoy
Do YoonDo means Path, Yoon means Allow or ConsentBoy
Ha EunHa means Summer, Great, or Talented, Eun means Kindness, Mercy, Charity, and can also mean Silver, MoneyGirl
Ha JoonHa means Summer, Talented, Joon means HandsomeBoy
Ha RinHa means Summer, Great, or Talented, Rin means Female unicornGirl
Ha YoonHa means Summer, Great, or Talented, Yoon means Allow or ConsentGirl
Ji AhJi means Wisdom, Intellect, Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Ah means Beautiful, Bud, Sprout, Elegant, GracefulGirl
Ji WooJi means Wisdom, Intellect , Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Woo means Rain, House, or UniverseGirl
Ji YooJi means Wisdom, Intellect, Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Yoo means Abundant, Rich, PlentifulGirl
Joo WonJoo means Around or Circumference, Won means First or OriginBoy
Joon WooJoon means Handsome Woo means Divine intervention, Protection or RainBoy
Min JoonMin means Quick, Clever, Sharp, Joon means talented or handsomeBoy
Seo AhSeo means Auspicious, Ah means Beautiful, Bud, Sprout, Elegant, GracefulGirl
Seo JoonSeo means auspicious, Joon means handsomeBoy
Seo YeonSeo means Auspicious, Yeon means Beautiful or GracefulGirl
Seo YoonSeo means Auspicious, Yoon means Allow or ConsentGirl
Si WooSi means begin or start, Woo means divine intervention, protection or rainBoy
Soo AhSoo means Water, Sore, Bank, Ah means Beautiful, Bud, Sprout, Elegant, GracefulGirl
Ye JoonYe means Art, Talent, or Craft,Yoon means HandsomeBoy
Yoo JoonYoo is a variant of Yu or Yuu, meaning Tenderness, Evening, Friend, Qualified, Courage, Help, and Yoon means HandsomeBoy
Ae-ChaA loving daughterGirl
Baek HyeonBaek means older brother and Hyeon means worthy and virtuous. Hence, the name means virtuous brotherBoy
Beom SeokBeom means model, rule or pattern and Seok means like a rock. Hence, the name means pattern of a rock.Boy
BitgaramLight riverBoy
Bon-HwaOne who is glorious.Boy
BongA mythical bird, probably phoenixBoy
Bong-ChaThe ultimate girlGirl
Chin-HaeTruth or depth of the ocean.Boy
Chin-HwaThe most prosperous and wealthiest of all.Boy
Chin-MaeTruth, a person who always speaks the truth.Boy
Chin-SunThe one who seeks truth and goodness in everything, truth and goodnessGirl
Choon-HeeA girl born at the time of spring.Girl
ChulFirm; something that is neither soft nor very hardBoy
Chul-MooThe weapon of ironBoy
Chun HeiJustice and graceGirl
Chung AeNoble and loveBoy
Chung ChaNoble and daughterGirl
Chung-ChaA righteous and chaste girl.Girl
Chung-HeeOne who is righteous and dutiful.Boy
Chung-HoA righteous lakeBoy
CourageBravery; Strong; one with a lot of courageBoy
DaTo attainUnisex
DaeThe great one; shiningUnisex
Dae-HoA great personality, greatBoy
Dae-HyunGreat and honorBoy
Dae-JungGreat and righteous, honest.Boy
DaeshimGreatest mindBoy
DongIt means EastBoy
Dong-MinEast and clevernessBoy
Dong-SunGoodness of the east.Boy
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