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!

 

Photo Credit: Robert McLane

 

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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

  • 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?