This is a quick guide to getting Korean names right.
Do you ever read Korean comics or the credits of Korean films and wonder, "Why do so many parents name their kids 'Kim' in Korea?" Actually, Kim is just a very common last name. After reading this quick guide you can write your favorite Korean artists fan letters and know that you addressed them correctly.Name Order:
In Korea, family names are placed before given names. So Park Min Sun was born into a family of Parks. And the name his parents gave him is Min Sun. You could call him Mr. Park if you want to be professional. Or you could call him Min Sun if you are his friend. Park is a very common family name, along with Kim and Lee.
Very rarely will somebody have less syllables in their given name, such as Park Min (not to be confused with Park Min Sun).
Just as rare is having more syllables, such as Hong Jemina.
Sometimes names are written without a space: Park MinSun
Sometimes names are written with a hyphen in the first name: Park Min-Sun
Sometimes people just use their initials to be cool: PMS or MSP
This blog uses this format: Park Min Sun
Sometimes overseas, names are presented in reverse order. For example, Park Min Sun may be noted as Min Sun Park in another country. However, this isn't always the case. Yes, this can be confusing!
A common practice is to choose a nonKorean name for using when interacting with English speakers. Example: Christine Yu.
Of course, there are people who create an artist name for themselves. Example: Skitsch.
Lastly, never write names in red. It is considered bad luck.
You may already know this, but I thought those who didn't might find it useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.