169 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.

Ae-Cha (애차)A loving daughterGirl
Baek Hyeon (백현)Baek means older brother and Hyeon means worthy and virtuous. Hence, the name means virtuous brotherBoy
Beom Seok (범석)Beom means model, rule or pattern and Seok means like a rock. Hence, the name means pattern of a rock.Boy
Bitgaram (비트 가람)Light riverBoy
Bon-Hwa (봉화)One who is glorious.Boy
Bong (봉)A mythical bird, probably phoenixBoy
Bong-Cha (봉차)The ultimate girlGirl
BoraSnow; Excellent; BraveBoy
Chin-Hae (친해)Truth or depth of the ocean.Boy
Chin-Hwa (친화)The most prosperous and wealthiest of all.Boy
Chin-Mae (친매)Truth, a person who always speaks the truth.Boy
Chin-Sun (친선)The one who seeks truth and goodness in everything, truth and goodnessGirl
Choon-Hee (천희)A girl born at the time of spring.Girl
Chul (쿨)Firm; something that is neither soft nor very hardBoy
Chul-Moo (철무)The weapon of ironBoy
Chun Hei (천 헤이)Justice and graceGirl
Chung Ae (청애)Noble and loveBoy
Chung Cha (정차)Noble and daughterGirl
Chung-Cha (충차)A righteous and chaste girl.Girl
Chung-Hee (정희)One who is righteous and dutiful.Boy
Chung-Ho (정호)A righteous lakeBoy
Da (다)To attainUnisex
Dae (대)The great one; shiningUnisex
Dae-Ho (대호)A great personality, greatBoy
Dae-Hyun (대현)Great and honorBoy
Dae-Jung (대정)Great and righteous, honest.Boy
Daeshim (대심)Greatest mindBoy
Do Hyun (도현)Do means Path Hyun means virtuous, ableBoy
Do Yoon ( 윤도)Do means Path, Yoon means Allow or ConsentBoy
Dong (동)It means EastBoy
Dong-Min (동민)East and clevernessBoy
Dong-Sun (동선)Goodness of the east.Boy
Dong-Yul (동율)One having the passion of the east.Boy
Du (뒤)HeadGirl
Du-Ho (뒤호)Head and goodnessBoy
Duck-Hwan (오리 환)Return of the virtueBoy
Duck-Young (오리 영)The virtue is unchanging and everlastingBoy
Eui (의)RighteousnessGirl
Eun (은)SilverGirl
Eun Ae (은애)Grace with loveGirl
Eun Jung (은정)Grace and affectionGirl
Eun-Kyung (은경)A graceful gem.Girl
Gi (미군 병사)One who is braveGirl
Goo (구)Complete, someone who completes youGirl
Ha Eun (하은)Ha means Summer, Great, or Talented, Eun means Kindness, Mercy, Charity, and can also mean Silver, MoneyGirl
Ha Joon (하준)Ha means Summer, Talented, Joon means HandsomeBoy
Ha Rin (하린)Ha means Summer, Great, or Talented, Rin means Female unicornGirl
Ha Yoon (하윤)Ha means Summer, Great, or Talented, Yoon means Allow or ConsentGirl
Hae (해)O girl who is like an oceanGirl
Hae-Won (해원)Graceful and beautiful garden.Girl
Hak-Kun (학쿤)One with literate roots.Boy
Haneul (하늘)HeavenlyBoy
Hee-Young (희영)Joy and prosperity, a girl who brings joy and prosperity wherever she goes.Girl
Hei Ryung (헤이 령)Grace and brightnessGirl
Hei-Ran (헤이 란)Grace and orchid, a graceful orchid.Girl
Ho-Sook (호숙)A clear lake.Girl
Hoe (괭이)A Garden Tool Used to Loosen Soil, A korean dish of raw fishGirl
Hoon (훈)TeachingBoy
Hwa-Young (화영)A beautiful flowerGirl
Hwan (환)BrightBoy
Hye (혜)A birght and intelligent manBoy
Hyo (효)One with a filial dutyGirl
Hyo-Sonn (효손)One who is filial and gentle.Girl
Hyuk (혁)RadiantBoy
Hyun (현)"Bright" or "intelligent" in Korean; Variant transcription of HYEON meaning virtuousUnisex
Hyun Jae (현재)Wise and respectGirl
Hyun Ki (현기)Wise; Astute; Intelligent; Shrewd; Expert; CleverBoy
Hyun Shik (현식)Korean - Clever; Smart; BrilliantBoy
Hyun-Ae (현애)A woman who is loving and clear.Girl
Hyun-Ki (현기)The foundation of wisdom.Boy
Hyun-Ok (현옥)A wise and beautiful pearl.Girl
Hyun-Shik (현식)The roots of wisdom.Boy
Il (일)SuperiorityBoy
In (에서)Humanity or wiseBoy
In-Su (인수)Preserving wisdomBoy
Jae Hwa (재화)Respect and beauty, One who is rich and prosperous.Girl
Jee (지)To know or the wisdomUnisex
Ji ( 지)The name Ji is a Korean name and means Wisdom and Itelect.Unisex
Ji Ah (지아)Ji means Wisdom, Intellect, Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Ah means Beautiful, Bud, Sprout, Elegant, GracefulGirl
Ji Woo (지우)Ji means Wisdom, Intellect , Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Woo means Rain, House, or UniverseGirl
Ji Yoo (유유)Ji means Wisdom, Intellect, Perceive, Comprehend, Will, Ambition, Yoo means Abundant, Rich, PlentifulGirl
JiiJii means wisdom. Or a sign of intelligence.Boy
Jin Ae (진애)Truth, treasure and loveGirl
Jin Kyong (진경)Truth, treasure and brightnessGirl
Joo Won (주원)Joo means Around or Circumference, Won means First or OriginBoy
JoonA man who is exceptionally talentedBoy
Joon Woo (준우)Joon means Handsome Woo means Divine intervention, Protection or RainBoy
JumJum means King, RulerBoy
JungA righteous manBoy
Jung-HwaOne who is rich and righteous.Boy
Kang-DaeOne who is mighty and strong.Boy
Ki (기)Ki means The One who has ArisenUnisex
KorainOne who is luminous and gloriousBoy
KwanKwan means One who is StrongBoy
Kwang-SunWide goodnessBoy
KyubokOne who is blessed by God.Boy
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