Korean Name Creation- 5 Killer Ways to Write Your Name in Korean

Korean Name Creation: 5 Killer Ways to Write Your Name in Korean

What’s in a name? Well, in Korea — quite a bit actually!

Many Korean parents will spend a lot of time and money to come up with the perfect name for their child. They believe that a person’s name can determine their destiny. With a child’s future on the line, it’s important to come up with a good name.

If you’re not used to pronouncing Korean names it’s best to brush up on that before diving in!

Parents want a good name for their kids

Parents want a good name for their kids

Here at 90 Day Korean, we want you to have a Korean name as well. While it can be tough to come up with the perfect name, we’re going to help point you in the right direction so that it becomes much more likely. 

As an expat living or traveling in Korea (or even living in your home country and interacting with Koreans), it’s easy to notice a barrier at times due to cultural differences. 

Having a Korean name is a great way to break the ice with Koreans and get started on the right foot. It adds just a little extra layer of comfort and Koreans will have fun calling you by your Korean name. It sounds familiar to them!

You may have seen Korean names before. Maybe you have a favorite KPOP star, Korean drama character or athlete. Any of these names ring a bell?

Kim Yuna is a famous Korean name

Kim Yuna

Kim Yuna  (김연아)

Lee Hyo-ri(이효리)

Lee Min-ho (이민호)

Bae Yong-joon (배용준)

As you can see, most Korean names have three syllables. There are some names with more and some with less, but the huge majority of names have three syllables.

You should probably stick with three as well when coming up with a Korean name for yourself! 

In Korean, the surname is written first. So the first syllable you see is the family name. By far the most common Korean surnames are 김 (Kim), 이 (Lee) and 박 (Park).

Korean Name Structure

The second two syllables you see are the given name.

We’ve come up with a list of five methods you can use to make your very own Korean name. 

Take a look through, try out the different methods, and hopefully come out with a Korean name you can start introducing yourself with starting tomorrow! 

It’s going to be lots of fun. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Write Your Given Name in Korean Characters

The first method you can use to make a Korean name is not to make one at all! You can simply take your name and write it in Korean based on the way it sounds.

While this isn’t a Korean name per se, it is a first step you can take to make it easier for Koreans to pronounce and read your name. It makes things comfortable! 

No matter which method you choose to go with for making your Korean name, you should probably go through this step first anyway. There are many situations when knowing your name’s spelling in Korean will come in handy! If you can’t yet read Korean or don’t know the Korean characters, you can learn them in about an hour by taking our 90 Minute Challenge.

When writing your name in Korean, it all comes down to vowel sounds. It’s important to sound it out just right! 

Sound out your name in Korean just right

Make sure to sound your name out just right!

When you do this, sometimes an English name with only a few letters can have many syllables in Korean. 

Let’s take the English name Michael for example. To write it in Korean, we need to sound it out. 

The first thing we could do is break it into two syllables.

English korean name

For the first syllable, we need to think which Korean characters could make that ‘long i’ sound. No single Korean character has that sound on its own. 

How about + ? That sounds right. Let’s add in the “m” sound in front of the and we’ll be good to go! 

First part: 마이

Now let’s focus on the second syllable. If you sound it out, it sounds more like “keul.” As you remember from the 90 Minute Challenge, the character that makes the “k” sound is . It looks like a key! Let’s use that one.

The final step is to add in the “eul” sound. That should be easy! The Korean character that makes the “eu” sound is ㅡ and the “l” ending we can make with . Shall we stack them together?

Second part: 클

There we have it, we’re all finished! We ended up with three syllables:

Korean Name Michael

Let’s take a look at some more common names in English as examples:

Boys Girls Korean NamesSo go ahead and give it a try yourself! Write out your name in English and then break it into syllables. Work on deconstructing it piece by piece.

There is a smartphone app  called “Write Your Name In…” and it has a Korean function. The main problem we have found with it is that it doesn’t have that many names in its database. However, if you have a common Korean name, this is one way you can check your work once you’re done. 

You can find it here:

Write Your Name In…

Definitely try writing it yourself first though. Not only is it great practice, but it’s a lot of fun! 

Method 2: Use a Korean Name Application

There are some applications and websites out there that can help you come up with a Korean name of your own.

Some of them use your real name to help generate a similar-sounding Korean name, while some use your birthday.  Others seem to come up with a Korean name at random — when you refresh the page, you’ve got a completely different name!

Those are the main reasons we recommend against using this method. However, you never know — you might just get a great-sounding Korean name that suits you or at the very least, it could be the starting point for improvement.

For example, maybe you get a first name you like but the surname sounds strange to you. You could simply customize it yourself by swapping out the surname and putting in one of your choice.

In any case, these apps can be fun to play around with. Here are four of the Korean name applications floating around the internet that you may wish to try out:

AndKPOP’s Get Your Korean Name Facebook Application

Korean Name Generator

Auto Korean Name Generator Application

Random Profile – South Korea

Method 3: Choose Your Korean Name From a List

Choose your name from a list

Choosing a name from the click of a button not for you?

When Koreans choose English names, they often choose the names of English-speaking stars that they admire. Maybe you have a favorite KPOP star or actor. You can start to get name ideas from them!

Of course, you probably don’t want to take their entire name including family name (imagine meeting a Korean who introduced himself as “Tom Cruise!”), but you could easily switch out the surname to one of your choosing. 

Here are links to lists of Korean names. The first is just a list of baby names like you often see on the internet for English names. They are romanized, however, so if you see one you like, you will have to change it into 한글. That’s the fun part! 

List of Korean Names

The second is a list of popular Korean names. You can see which names parents choose most often. Maybe you’ll find one that suits you! 

Popular Korean Names

Finally, here is a list of Korean family names. Take a browse through and give some thought to which matches you best. 

List of Korean Family Names

Method 4: Choose a Korean Name That Sounds Like Your English Name

Another method for choosing a Korean name is finding a Korean name that sounds like your name in English.

This may require some help from a Korean, however, but you can make use of the name lists and other resources to try for yourself. 

For example, maybe your name is Kimberly Johnson. Through the name lists or from the help of a Korean friend, you come up with the following name:

korean name example

Some expats may wish to choose a last name that sounds similar to their given name in English! One student named Joe chose the surname 조 when making his Korean name. He then just chose a modern and cool-sounding given name in Korean. 

Be creative!

Method 5: Choose a Korean Name With a Special Meaning

This method may also require some assistance from a Korean friend but it’s a great way to come up with a Korean name that has a story or meaning behind it versus an arbitrarily chosen name!

Some names in Korean have special meanings. For example, these common names in Korean have the following meanings:

korean name meaningsCool! Why not ask a Korean to help you come up with a name that has a special meaning? Don’t have many Korean friends? There are easy ways to make Korean friends whether you’re in Korea or outside Korea.

He is happy that his Korean name means victory

He is happy that his Korean name means “victory”

Many Koreans are also concerned with a name’s meaning in Chinese characters. This requires added research, but can help you come up with a Korean name that has meaning behind it.

Remember how we said Korean names usually have three syllables? You could look up the meaning of each in Chinese characters or have someone assist you. This would help you have a cool backstory for the meaning of your name and what it represents!

Korean Name Fun Facts

Here are a few bonus fun facts about Korean names. You can use them to help you choose your Korean name, or to impress your friends with your knowledge of Korea!

  1. Korean family names are usually one syllable. However, sometimes there two syllable family names, but they are rare. Some examples are 사공 and  남궁
  2. There are about 250 family names in Korea. The most common family name (김, 최, 이, 박) make up over half of all of the family names
  3. The same name is usually not passed down from generation to generation (i.e. from father to son, mother to daughter)
  4. Parents will sometimes name their kids with the same first syllable if the genders are the same (i.e. 지우 and 지훈, 유진 and 유림)
  5. Although the first names (given names) of Koreans are typically two syllables, it is possible to have one syllable (i.e. 삭) and three syllable (빛나리) names
Most Korean names have three syllables

Most Korean names have three syllables, but that’s not always the case!

Wrap Up

Regardless of which method you choose for coming up with your Korean name, it’s important to get feedback from a  Korean. Having a trusted ally on your side can make all the difference in the world to choosing the right-sounding name. 

This guide will help set you off on the right track. Get started by writing your first name in Korean characters. Then try your last name. This will be a fantastic starting point and you may wish to stop there! For those of you that want an authentic-sounding Korean name, however, you can continue on and try the other methods.

In either case, we wish you the best in the quest for your new Korean name! Let us know which name you came up with for yourself below in the comments!

 

Writing Your Name in Korean

Many Korean learners want to write their name in Korean, and we’d be happy to help! Please follow these instructions:

1. Do your best to sound out and write your name in Korean in the comments below. If you can’t read Korean, you can learn the Korean alphabet for free in 1 hour using this guide.  You can learn how to type in Korean here. (Example: If your name is Gina, then please type “지나” in the comments. )

2. Include the English pronunciation of your name, with dashes between syllables (Example: “Jeen-uh”)

3. We will reply and make sure you have the correct way of writing your name in Korean

 

A comment might look something like this:

“My name is Gina (Jeen-uh). Is 지나 the correct way to write it in Korean?”

 

Now you know how to read AND write your name in Korean! ^^

 

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  • dhez

    Hey, Can ypu write my name please?

  • dhez

    Can you write my name? Please. Here’s my name: Odessa Mae

  • Micaiah

    Could you write my name in Korean? Micaiah Skudder

    • Hi Micaiah, I’m not sure how to pronounce your name, so I’ll do my best guess: 머카야 스커드

      • 1246

        I may be wrong, but I think Micaiah is more like “me-kiyah”?
        In which case it would be 미카야 스커더

        • Hi 미카야! Yes, if your name is pronounced “Me-Ka-Ya” it would be spelt that way. If it is pronounced “Me-Kee-Ya” it would be 미키야. ^^

  • Kevser Ozdil

    can you please write my name in korean? : Kevser Ozdil

  • choije kyu

    can you please write my name in korean? : maricor mondares

    • idk my username

      마리코르 몬다레스

      • choije kyu

        okay thanks

      • choije kyu

        thank you

  • Laissa Nascente Rodrigues

    Could you, please, write my name in Korean? Laíssa Nascente. “Nascente” means headspring, in English, so then can I use 수원? Does it have a good meaning?

  • jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

    Could you, please, write my name in Korean? Jeanrie – pronouced as Janrey

    • idk my username

      잔레이

  • Oxana

    I’d recommend http://randomprofile.com/south-korea-random-names for generating Korean names, as well as addresses and other country specific information.

  • Mariz

    can you write my korean name???

    • Jenilyn

      Mariz – 마리스
      Tolentino – 터렌티너
      Koreans called your name as Mariseu or Mari_ssi ..

    • Mary

      Jenilyn Ornopia Bulan Mariz Tolentino = 마리즈 톨렌티노

    • Chai

      Mary Kim can you write my name?

      • Jenilyn

        데나 카이시

      • Mary

        데나 케이시

  • Dena

    디나 케이시 (Dena Casey)

    • Jenilyn

      데나 카이시

    • Mary

      데나 케이시

  • Hajar

    Can you write my korean name too 🙂

    • Jenilyn

      Hajar – 하이자르
      Lamine – 라미네

  • Jayvee

    Can you Write my name?

    • Jenilyn

      Jayvee – 제이비
      Mapote – 마포에

    • Len

      It depends on how you prenounce your name.

      Jey-vee: 제이비
      J-ah-y vee: 자이비

      M-ah-poh*-teh: 마포테
      M-ah-poh*-tee: 마포티
      M-eh-poh*-teh: 메포테
      M-eh-poh*-tee: 메포티
      M-ah-poht: 마폿

      *Poh is meant to show a pronounciacion with a short ‘o’, not an english ‘o’. (An english ‘o’ has the ‘ooh’ sound in it.)

  • Kent

    Do I have a real korean name or I can make-up my own kroean name?

  • Jenilyn

    안녕 ! 나는 문 제린 입니다 🙂
    kpopis.com gave my Korean Name.
    you can try ask your name on them too but you need to wait in a days before they will give you a korean name with meaning.

    My name is ..
    Hangul Written: 제린
    English Written: Ye Lin
    Read as: Je Lin
    Meaning: Je – Bright and Clever
    Lin – crystal clear pure person

    BTW, based on my research on the web..
    In chinese ‘Lin’ is a surname and the meaning is Forest.
    In Korean names with meaning I’ve found out that the meaning of ‘Je’ is Respect.
    And also kpopis.com gave me the hangul of ‘Je Lin’ as ‘에린’ but I change it as 제린.
    What do you think is better hangul?
    Is it 에린 or 제린?

  • Fazly

    can anyone help me name the korean… plsss PM me tq…..
    * fazly
    * hidayu
    * mikael

    • Anesa

      팢리
      히다유
      미카엘

    • Mary

      *파즈리
      *히다유
      *마이클- mikael turns “maikul

  • Sophie

    please can i have help writing my korean name?

    • Len

      Sophie- 소피
      Hepworth- 햅월트
      That’s your name, but written in korean. Check out the lists on this page to find a real korean name.

      • Sophie

        Len Thank you!! x

    • Mary

      소피 햅워트-silent “r”. As in like how it pronounce

  • LØvêly JØy

    i understand

  • Talia-Marie

    Can you write my korean name? 🙂

    • Mary

      탈리아 마리 엘르페즈

  • Astrid

    i tried to make my own korean name. I used my first name Victoria
    Victoria -> Victory
    They said that victory was a guy name. Can you make a korean name for me?

  • Julie

    This is so cool! I’ve actually been using the name 지 윤, for awhile now, haven’t decided for sure on a family name, been going between Park and Choi. I would like to know, I have tried to pick a meaing in Hanja awhile back, but am not really sure of my meaning, as I did it online. I’m hoping this http://imgur.com/9Re4wKb means something close to wise and pretty or wise and pleasent.

  • 송효진

    how about my name John Louiese Mata?

    • Mary

      전 로위스 마타

  • Go Myun

    My name is Aishah . can you write my name in korean

    • Mary

      에이샤 – nice sounding like ‘Asia’ huh. ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Alana

    Nice!! Annyong! ^.^

  • Mariano

    Would you plz write my name in Korean my name is Mohammed

    • Mary

      모함메드

  • Bérangère

    Bonjour from Paris ! My name is very French and difficult to adapt to any other language! Who wants to try and translate it into Korean??? 😉
    Here it is :
    Family/Last name : Roche (sounds like Rosh) it means “rock”, like in kai bai bo !
    First name : Bérangère (sounds like Bae ran jael)
    Gamshabnida !

    • Mary

      로즈 배란젤레

      • Bérangère

        김은영 Merci beaucoup ! (thanks a lot in French :))

  • சுதிப்

    my name is sudip biswas can you write my korean name????

    • Mary

      수디프 빗으와스

  • Alex

    How would you write Afifa in Korean?

    • Mary

      아피파

  • Cheryl

    i have a one syllable name cheryl im no sure how to write this

  • JM

    I decided on “An” for my family name (Andrews) and “Je See” for my given name (Jesse). I would like to know if Je See means anything. What if I just named myself something weird, like “cow poop”? I tried looking it up on Naver but I’m not that good at using it yet. Can you tell me if it means anything or if it is just random sounds?

  • Emina

    can anyone help me with my korean name?

  • Gefflarry

    Can you write my name in hangul gefflary mahicon..

  • Pedriña

    Can anyone write my name in Korea? Lamech Pedriña 🙂

  • JaspEr

    can you translate CHUCKIE DE GUZMAN

  • Kin

    My name is complicated to write in korean. Could someone help me out, please?

  • Virak

    can you write my korean name???

  • Viona

    can you write my name please?

  • Jill

    can u write for me genelyn

  • Pankaj

    My name is Ruhi Agarwal
    what would be my korean name??

  • Kevser

    Can you write my korean name please?

  • Jeverlyn

    can iyou write my korean name

  • Chaimae

    can you write my name please??
    my name is Chaimae by the way …..

  • Diamond

    Can someone please write my name?

  • Diamond

    Can someone do my name?

  • Bts Cor

    Can you write my korean name too @Jenilyn Ornopia Bulan

  • Sophia

    can you write my name please?

  • Eugene

    Hi, may I recommend https://www.koreannamegenerator.org to be featured in the list of korean name generators as well?

  • lee jia

    oooh…what about anakha in korean?

  • Sah

    I’m Sergei Gusakov. Do I write my name as 세르게이 구사겁?

    • It depends on your pronunciation, but I think it’s best to write: 세르게이 구사코브

      • Sah

        Thank you! Actually I remembered when I worked at Daewoo, they made me a sticky badge with my name. I’ve found it, and it’s written just as you say, 세르게이 구사코브. Kamsamnida!

  • Acumen Apexa

    how can i write my name ” Apexa “.

  • Marissa Jean Ostia

    How to write my name “Diosa”?

  • Marissa Jean Ostia

    Hi.. Thank you for being here.
    Can you write my name? “Diosa Incipedo”

    • Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the article for “Writing Your Name in Korean”, and we’ll be happy to help! ^^

      • Marissa Jean Ostia

        Okay thank you

  • Sabine Cates

    How would you spell my name, “Shin Ae Chan”?

    • Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the article for “Writing Your Name in Korean”, and we’ll be happy to help! ^^

    • Malabanan Joanna Marie

      신 애 찬?

  • Malabanan Joanna Marie

    My name is Joanna Marie Malabanan (마리바난 조안나 마리) and I came up with Ahn Na Ri (안 나리) from joAnNa maRie. What do you think?

    • You were really close with your name! (Depending on your pronunciation)

      You can write:
      말라바난 조안나 마리

      안나리 예뻐요 ^^

  • Malabanan Joanna Marie

    How can I write ‘Pascua’?

  • Malabanan Joanna Marie

    How can I write my friend’s name ‘Maxine’?

  • Road Blaster

    What about Yu Xing He , My name is in chinese and how to pronounce it?

    • Malabanan Joanna Marie

      I think it’s 유 싱 헤?

      • Malabanan Joanna Marie

        Yu is written like this 유 and I think Xing will be like this 싱 (Sing in romanized since there is X in korean alphabet) and He will be like this 헤

    • It depends on your pronunciation.

      Possibly it can be: 유씽희

      If you write it the way it is pronunced in Chinese it will be different. ^^

  • Elissa N Troy Powers

    펴-엿 일-있 (last name powers first elissa ) so hard but fun .. I know its probably not right but curious .. thanks 🙂

  • Nova

    My name is Nova. My Chinese name is 女娲. For my Chinese name, I think it’s
    여와? (is that right?) But for “Nova”, I only got 신성 (for my name’s meaning). How would I write and pronounce the English name, “Nova” in Korean phonetically? If I were to converse with a native Korean, what name would make more sense to use? Thanks!

    • 김지현

      No, 여와 is not right for 女娲. Do not trust google translate hahah. Pronunciation in Korean is 누와. “Nova” in phonetics is “노바”. I really suggest that you use “신성”, I think that is a nice name and sounds normal in Korean. 노바 is alright too but I don’t think you should use 누와 as your Korean name, it just doesn’t fit. Hope I helped^^

  • Kai

    Hi.
    So my name is Kai, and I was thinking about what my Korean name would be. I was thinking either Jeong Kai Yeong or Jeong Ki Yeong. I know in Hangul, Kai is spelled 카이 (Ka-ee). And if it was Ki it would be pronounced like Kee/Key
    Which one would be better sounding (like naturally), and what would the Hangul be?
    Thanks

  • Merry Chris Lugo

    can you please write my name in korean? Merry Chris Lugo (mer-ry ch-ris lu-go) THANKSSS!!

  • Gillien Delmonte

    How about my name? My lastname is delmonte and my firstname is gillien hazel how can i pronounced my name in korean and write it in hangul? Thankyou

  • Charlotte

    My name is Charlotte (char-lot-te). The name can be pronounced differently depending on in which country you are staying. I’m not sure if 샬롯 or 샤를로테 would be better.

    • You can use use 샬롯 or 샤를로테, but 샬롯 is better ^^

  • Zoe

    My name is Zoe. It can be pronounced differently but I pronounce ‘e’ as ‘e’ in bed and ‘z’ as ‘ts’. Is 조애 right? It sounds kinda weird

  • Annika

    Could you write my name in Korean?- Annika Brandt

  • River Zedekiah

    My name is Jessica (JES-i-kə) so I have used this to explain my name to my Korean friends and they usually get it right. (제시카) but I also go by my nickname of “Jess” (JES) which I use (제스). I was told by a Korean friend that I needed a real Korean name not just my English name in Hanguel. My biggest question is about the surname. I don’t understand just picking a surname that doesn’t at least have the same meaning as my English surname. What’s your advice?

    • Hi 제스! Yes your name is spelt correctly in Korean. Choosing a Korean name is more of a personal choice but isn’t really necessary, it can just be a fun thing to do. ^^
      The most common Korean surnames are 김, 이, and 박.

  • Hi! My name is Arielle Gonzalez and I’ve read around that Arielle can be written 애리엘, but regarding my lastname: I don’t really know if there’s a way to change it into korean; and even if I do find a way, wouldn’t it be too long then?
    Maybe I should just choose a new korean full name?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi 애리엘! It’s ok to translate your full name into Korean. Choosing a Korean name is more of a personal choice, you can do it if you want but you’re not expected to. If you want to translate your family name into Korean just provide us with its phonetic pronunciation and write out how you think it would be spelt in Hangul and we’ll help you. ^^

  • christolhy

    Hey! My name is Christol (pronounced crystal) Henry and I’ve known for a while that my name written in hangul is 크리스탈 헨리 but it has been driving me crazy trying to shorten it to fit within the 3 syllable norm. If i shortened my last name to 헨 would that still make sense? Plus I would rather not change my name entirely so do you have any suggestions to shortening my first name??

    • HI 크리스탈! It’s probably better to just take a Korean name instead of shortening your western name. Koreans don’t expect foreigners to have 3 syllable names, but if you want a Korean name 수정 is the Korean version of Crystal. ^^

  • Camille Goyens

    Hello! My name is Camille Goyens, and I’ve been trying to find a Korean name that matches the meaning of my name (so prononciation isn’t important). Camille comes from the flower camomile, which represents energy and strength in adversity. As I’ve been doing research, I came across two names that would match :
    – 채영 (志英) (채 (志) means purpose, will, determination and 영 (英) means flower, petal, leaf).
    – 지영 (智英) (지 (智) means wisdom, intellect and 영 (英) means flower, petal, leaf). Another thing that I like about this one is that it’s gender neutral (Camille is also gender neutral in French).
    As for my surname, I was thinking of taking 고, which is the first syllable my surname (and a real Korean surname).
    Am I doing this right? Which name do you think is the best, 채영 or 지영? Do you have any tips?

    • Hi Camille, thanks for writing in!

      The names you’ve listed with their Hanja are actually both pronounced as 지영. And actually, it’s not exactly gender neutral. It’s a common girl’s name, but it would be unusual to meet a boy with that name. ^^;

      The meaning of the Hanja 志 (지) has a closer meaning to your name, so maybe that one would be a better choice. If you decide to use 채영, I’d recommend the Hanja 彩 (채) meaning colorful or 綵 (채) meaning silk. Keep in mind that choosing a name with a meaning is a little old-fashioned in Korea, most people just choose the name they think sounds nice these days.

      • Camille Goyens

        Thanks a lot for your answer! I will go with 지영 then 🙂

  • Rosemary Ramirez

    Hello, and great post! I am wondering if I should use my full name, Rosemary (rose-ma-ry) or my nickname, Rosa (ro-sa) when creating my Korean name. Thank you!🙂

    • It depends on what you want your Korean friends to call you. Rosa would definitely be easier.

      Remember:

      1. Do your best to sound out and write your name in Korean in the comments below. (Example: If your name is Gina, then please type “지나” in the comments. )

      2. Include the English pronunciation of your name, with dashes between syllables (Example: “Jeen-uh”)

      3. We will reply and make sure you have the correct way of writing your name in Korean

  • Regina Grace 🍂

    Thanks for this post! My name is Regina Grace. My friends usually call me Gina but I actually don’t like it so I don’t think I will choose 지나 as a Korean name lol. So, I want to go with my second name, Grace. Does 지혜 really mean Grace and is it romanized as Jihye (Ji Hye)?

    • Regina Grace 🍂

      I’m also finding names that means queen but I can’t find any.

    • Hi Grace! Actually 은혜 is the Korean name for “Grace”. It’s a Christian name meaning “Gift” in Korean and is common for girls. Very nice choice! ^^

  • V Y

    I’m having a bit of trouble with Veronica… perhaps Nica could be used since it’s a nick name, but it may look a bit odd.

  • Martisha Cook

    Hi~ My name is Martisha (Mar-ti-sha) Cook.The way I tried to type it as “맣 팃 하” I believe may be incorrect, and I can’t find out a way to shorten it? I was wondering if there’s anything you know is similar or that is unique? I like names beginning with “m” or “y” if that helps. If not, I’ve decided on another name: Yeo Miyeon 여미연. Thank you!!

    • Hi Martisha, if you want to turn your name into Korean it would be spelt “마티샤”. If you want to shorten it you could do “마티” or “마샤” but the length of “마티샤” is just fine. ^^
      If you want to use a Korean name then “여미연” is a fine choice, but it’s a little old-fashioned.

  • Thalita Ar

    Hi my name is Thalita (Ta-Li-Ta) and I’m so confused how to write it on korean😂 터리터 <- is it true???😄

    • Hi Thalita, it should be “탈리타”, a second ㄹ is used to emphasize the L-sound in your name. ^^

      • Thalita Ar

        아~ I see, thank you very much😊

  • Yesenia Torres

    Hi! My Name is Yesenia (Je-Se-Niah). It is 재 새 냐 the correct way?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Yesenia, it should be 제세니아. If you want a Korean name that means “beautiful flower” then you can use “화영”.

  • Leann Wilson

    Hello, my name is 리엔 (Lee-AN) is this the correct way to write it in Korean? I have also considered 리앤 and 이앤 / 이엔 but I believe the closest pronunciation is the one I used first. Supposedly my name means light, or beautiful woman, but my parents didn’t name me with those meanings in mind so I am not sure whether I should use them to choose a true Korean name or not.

    • Hi 리엔! That’s the correct way to write your name. ^^
      If you want a Korean name that means “beautiful woman” you can use “가인” which would be a good choice if you’re a fan of the K-Pop group Brown Eyed Girls.

  • Lulu Anjanette17

    Hi! my name is Lulu. Is this how you write is in korean? 룰루

  • PizzaDragon

    Hi OoO/ So I have a character, and his name is: “Ezazuel” <I think it'd sound like this in Korean: "Ae sa seoul" ?? I'm trying to write his name, but I don't know how to keep it in 2 vowels.. and the zuel (seul) part is kinda tricky for me 🙁 Is it written like this: 애자 주엘 ?? Or should I just make it short like only "Ae Sa" or "Seul" ? Thanks for the help anyway and have a good day/night!

    • Hi PizzaDragon, it’s better to use “주엘” for your character’s name. The name you wrote before can have a negative meaning.

      • PizzaDragon

        Oh okay, I didn’t know that.. Thank you for the correcting!

  • It depends on how you pronounce your name in English. If it’s like “Jen-i-fer” it should be “제니퍼”

  • Emmie-Grace Sparks

    My name is Emmie-Grace (E-mmie-gra-ce) Sparks. How would my name be in Korean? I don’t think it would be possible with my name. Would Emmie be 에미?

    • Hi 에미!
      Yes that’s right, if you want to do the full name it would be 에미 그레이스 스팍스.

      • Emmie-Grace Sparks

        Thank you! This was really helpful

  • Mei Pheng

    Hi! My name is Teoh Mei Pheng. How would my name in Korean ?

  • Princess V.

    Hi my name is Princess. Would my Korean name be 브린세스?

  • PAPILLON 🦋🦋

    Hi my name is Rayan (Ray-Anne) would my Korean name be 라이안 ?

  • Habiba Hany

    my name is habiba,would it be 하비바??

  • Narciso Carig

    Hi! I was just wondering if you could help me figure out my Korean name (I don’t have any Korean friends that want to help me)… I wanted my Korean name mean free bird or bright flower either one with my surname being 박 cuz of my bias 박지민

    • Hi! It’s really difficult to know the meaning of a name without the Hanja for it (Chinese characters). For example, one of the possible Hanja combinations for “지진” is 地震 which means “earthquake”, this is probably what most Koreans would think when you say that, “Earthquake Park” ^^;;

      • Narciso Carig

        What are other possible Hanja of 지진? Is there one that is close to the meaning of helping others? I know 地震 means earthquake or “to shake the surface” but what other meanings are there?

        • Using Hanja for a Korean name is a little old-fashioned these days, most people choose names that they like rather than a meaning for them. If you find Hanja you’d like to use for your name we can -give you advice on how it sounds in a Korean name ^^

  • kogawa

    Hi! My name sounds very awkward and long when written in Korean. Can I use a Korean name while introducing myself?

    • Of course! You can choose to call yourself anything you like, many foreigners in Korea use a nickname in Korea but on official documents you may have to use your real name.

      • kogawa

        Thank you! Is 민준 a boy’s name or a girl’s name? I read once that it’s unisex.

        • 민준 is usually named after boys, but can also be used by girls. You can choose a name as you like. ^^

  • Dezső Nóra

    My name is Nora, probably is 노라 , right?

  • leanna

    hi, so i chose the name mun jangma, i was told that the given name means the korean rainy season, is that true? also, would it be 문장마?

    • Yes, that’s what it means. It’s a bit of an unusual name ^^;

  • Valerie

    My name is Huang Xian Fei (It’s chinese), but what would it be in Korean? 황신희?

  • Tracey

    My name is Tracey… Does 트레이시 sound right?
    I thought of the name 성민준 instead because it came out when I took the test and I liked the sound of it ^^
    But it seems weird to me to just come up with a name and pretend that it’s yours… Is that really normal?

    • Hi 트레이시, that’s right!

      You can choose any name you like to introduce yourself to Koreans. ^^

      Keep in mind that 성민준 is a guy’s name though.

      • Tracey

        Ah, really? ㅠㅠ That’s awkward XD
        Is there a special way of telling guys and girls names apart? And do girls names always have to sound cute?

        • It’s something you get used to as you become more familiar with Korean names ^^

          Girl names don’t always have to be cute but many girls and their parents want them to be cute and successful so cute names are popular

  • Hi Risa,

    Risa or Lisa is 리사 not 리서

    If you want that to be your name it it should be 키이슬, but that’s a very unique name. There isn’t a Korean surname of 키 so it would sound strange to most Koreans.

  • yt.alma

    I want my Korean name to mean golden spirit but I’m not sure if it’s correct. Can anyone help? My English name is very long but basically it’s alma giron but I wanted something meaningful & different. Kim Jeongsin : 김정신

    • Hi Alma!
      정신 means spirit. If you want to make it “golden”, it would be better to use “금” instead of “김.” ^^

  • Nikoleta Nikolova

    Hi, my name is Nikoleta Nikolova and im really curious how to spell it on Korean.
    I researched some links that might help but I always end up with different name.

  • Porsha Michelle

    My name is Porsha… in Korean, would my name be spelled something similiar to “봀하” or “볼사” ?

  • Hi, Paulina!
    It would be 폴리나. ^^

    • Paulina

      What would my last name be? My last name is Dau (it’s like saying ow in english and then adding a ‘d’ in front)

  • Daniel Dennis

    HI my name is Daniel and I will be traveling to Korea in a few weeks! I’ve been learning Korean and the name I came up with was 다니얼 (dah-nee-uhl). However upon doing a little research I found there are two official ways of spelling Daniel. An official American hangulized version 대니얼 which sounds more like (day-nee-uhl) and a hangulized version for biblical names 다니엘 which I’m not entirely sure how to pronounce (dah-nee-uheel?) It seems like the double vowel is redundant and unnecessary. Which should I use? I prefer the one I came up with because it has the “dah” and the simplified final syllable. Would it be okay to use this?

    • Hi Daniel!
      I think 다니엘 would be better. 엘 sounds like “L” so I don’t think it’s unnecessary, and it would confuse people if you use 다니얼 for Daniel. ^^

  • Asia Johnson

    Hi my name is Asia ^_^ I know Asia in Korean is 아시아, however, when I was learning Chinese, the literal translation of my name wouldn’t work. So, my Chinese friend gave me the name Àishā. But in Korean, would 아시아 be appropriate? If so, would I need to go without a Korean surname in order to keep the 3 syllable structure?

    • Hi Asia!
      아시아 is a pretty Korean name.^^ You can use surname if you want, you don’t have to keep it 3 syllables.

      • Asia Johnson

        Awesome! 감사합니다!

  • Malou

    HI my name is malou and i am really unsure of how to spell my name in korean. so i would really appreciate if you would reply and tell me how to spell my name. Thanks 😉

  • Cheyanne Totten

    hi my name is cheyanne but I’m unsure of how to write it in Korean. it is pronounced shy-anne