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80 Awesome Korean Names for Your Baby Boy

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With the popularity of K-Pop and K-Dramas, it can’t be helped that many parents would want to give their children a Korean name. There are so many Korean names out there that can serve as the inspiration for your child’s name. Some are from popular actors, some are from singers, and others are from historical figures.

Keep in mind that when you pick a Korean name, it’s written in hanja. Hanja is the Korean name for Chinese characters, and thus each name has a hanja meaning. However, a Korean name can have many different hanja meanings depending on how it’s written in hanja. So when you pick out a name, make sure you know which hanja meaning you would pick for that particular name.

Below are some of the most popular and well-loved Korean names that you can choose from.

Baek Hyeon baek means “older brother” and hyeon means “worthy and virtuous.”

Beom Seok beom means “model, rule or pattern” and seok means “like a rock.” Hence, the name means
“pattern of a rock.”

Bon-Hwa means “one who is glorious.”

Byung-Hee byeong means “grasp, hold,” “bundle,” “authority,” or “third” and hui means “bright, splendid, glorious””



Chang-Min chang means “a long day; bright; extended; clear” or “light of sun; good, proper”  and min means “strong, robust, tough” or “stone resembling jade.” A famous bearer of this name is South Korean singer Shim Chang-min (1988-).”

Chin-Hae means “truth or depth of the ocean.”

Chin-Hwa means “the most prosperous and wealthiest of all.”

Chin-Mae means “truth, a person who always speaks the truth.”

Chul means “firm; something that is neither soft nor very hard”

Chul-Moo means “the weapon of iron”

Chun-Soon cheol means “philosophy, wise” and sun meanings “pure, honest, genuine.”

Chung Ae means “noble and love”



Chung-Hee means “one who is righteous and dutiful.”

Chung-Ho means “a righteous lake”

Da means “to attain”

Dae means “the great one; shining”

Dae-Ho means “a great personality, great”

Dae-Hyun means “great and honor”

Dae-Jung means “great and righteous, honest.”

Dae-Seong dae means “big, great, vast, large, high” and seong means “completed, finished, fixed”, “sound, voice, noise; tone; music” or “castle; city, town; municipality.”

Daeshim means “greatest mind”

Dong means “east”

Dong-Min means “east and cleverness”

Dong-Sun means “goodness of the east.”

Dong-Yul means “one having the passion of the east.”

Du-Ho means “head and goodness”

Geon means “to construct,” “strong,” or “respect.” It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name.”

Gook means “nation”

Ha-joon ha means “summer, great, grand,” and jun means “talented, handsome.” Famous bearers of this name include Seo Ha-joon, a South Korean actor. Ha-joon was the third most popular name for Korean baby boys in 2015.

Hak-Kun means “One with literate roots.”

Haneul means “heavenly”

Hoon means “teaching”

Hwan means “bright”

Hye means “a bright and intelligent man”

Hyuk means “radiant”

Hyun means “bright or “intelligent” or “virtuous”

Hyun Ki means “wise,” “astute,” “intelligent,” “shrewd,” “expert,” or “clever”

Hyun Shik means “clever, smart, brilliant”

Hyun-Ki means “the foundation of wisdom.”

Il means “superiority”

In-Su means “preserving wisdom”

Iseul means “dew”

Jae-Sang jae means “load; carry; transport, convey” and sang means “mutual, reciprocal, each other.” A famous bearer is South Korean singer Psy, born Park Jae-sang (1977-).”

Jee means “to know or the wisdom”

Jeong-Eun jeong means “straight, proper, upright,” “court” or “chaste, pure, loyal” and eun means “kindness, mercy, charity.” A famous bearer is Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since 2011.

Jeong-Gwon means “From Sino-Korean jeong meaning “court,” “heavy, weighty; double,” or “right, proper, correct” and gwon meaning “power, right, authority.

Ji means “wisdom, intellect”

Jihun ji means “wisdom, intellect” or “will, purpose, ambition,” and hun means “meritorious deed, rank.” Jihun was the most popular baby name for Korean baby boys in 1980 and 1990. In 2008 it became the second most popular. Famous bearers of this name include actors Lee Ji-hoon, Kim Ji-hoon, and Ju Ji-hoon.

Joon means “A man who is exceptionally talented or handsome and talented”

Joon-su jun means “talented, handsome” and seo means “open up, unforld, comfortable” or “felicitous omen, auspicious.” It was the 4th most popular name for Korean baby boys in 2008 and 2009.

Joo-Won ju means “circumference,” and won means “first, origin” or “beautiful.” It’s a unisex name, but it became the second most popular name for Korean baby boys in 2011 and the 5th most popular in 2015. Famous barers of this name include Go Joo-won, a South Korean actor.

Jung means “a righteous man”

Jung-Hwa means “one who is rich and righteous.”

Kang-Dae means “one who is mighty and strong.”

Kwan means “one who is Strong”

Kwang means “wild”

Kyong means “brightness”

Kyu means “standard”

Kyung means “respect”

Man-Shik means “deeply rooted into something.”

Man-Young means “ten thousand years of prosperity.”

Min-jun can also be spelled Min-joon. Min means “quick, clever, sharp” or “gentle, affable,” and jun means “talented, handsome.” Popular bearers of this name include actor and DJ Kim Min-joon and 2PM lead singer Jun K. Min-joon was the most popular name for Korean baby boys in 2015.

Myung means “bright and clear”

Myung-Dae means “great righteousness”

Myung-Sook means “foundation of ages”

Sang-Ook means “one who is always well and healthy.”

Seojun seo means “felicitous omen, auspicious or “open up, unfold, comfortable,” and jun means “talented, handsome.” Popular bearers of this name include actor Park Seo-joon. Seojun was one of the most popular names for baby boys in Korea in 2015.

Seok means “like a rock”

Seung means “successor or winning”

Shik means “planting”

So means “smile”

Seok means “hardness”

Seuk-Chin means “an unshakeable rock.”

Tae means “one who is a great person”

Won-Shik means “head or the root, the head of the family.”

Ye-joon ye means “art, talent, craft,” and joon means “talented, handsome.” Famous bearers of this name include Buzz member Kim Ye-jun and F.Cuz member Shim Ye-jun. Ye-joon was the 7th most popular name for Korean baby boys in 2008 and rose to 6th place in 2009 to 2015.”

Yong-sun means “the dragon in the first position.”

Young means “forever unchanging.”

Young-Jae means “one who is destined to be ever prosperous.”

Young-Soo means “keeping prosperity”

Which of these Korean names for boys do you like the best?

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