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How to Tell If a Korean Name Is Male or Female

Updated April 11, 2017

The Korean language is, phonetically and linguistically, a mix between Japanese and Chinese. Seventy million people in the world, including many of Korean descent in the U.S. and other Western countries, speak Korean. Korean culture emphasises family bonds, Confucian principles, etiquette, and mutual respect. Koreans use a two-name system; there are no middle names. Non-Korean speakers may have trouble recognising by name alone whether an individual is male or female.

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  1. Learn to recognise common female first names, including Eun, Hee, and Kun.

  2. Identify typical male first names, such as Jung Hoon, Jong, or Kwang.

  3. Consult online name databases. There are many such name lists that classify Korean first names by gender. Match the name in question to one on the list.

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About the Author

David Ferris started writing professionally in 2006 and has been published in several newspapers. He has worked in a variety of fields including education and law. He strives to one day be an authority on all subjects, great and small. Ferris has a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

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