Korean names remained one of the more popular posts in this blog. Many readers continue to asked through emails regarding the meaning of Korean clebrities. This time round, more people are asking names of actors as compared to my previous posts, which more are interested with idols. Seems like the popularity of actors(배우/탈렌트) are rising internationally.
As mentioned in my previous post, Korean names comprise of the surname/family name or seong(성/姓) in Korean, usually one character. Exceptions include Seonwoo (선우/鮮于), Namgoong (남궁/南宮) etc. Most given names are Hanja based. Hence, to understand Korean names, we ought to know what is the true meaning of the Hanja (Chinese characters) that are being formed. More commonly, names are two syllables. There are also individuals with only one-syllable given name, such as the case of Jo Kwon (조권). Rarely, there are also Koreans with native Korean names such as Sarang (사랑; Love), Byul (별; Star), Haneul (하늘; Sky),such as the case of Actress Jang Nara. Nara (나라) means Land in native Korean. There are even Koreans using English names, such as the case of Actor Choi Daniel (최다니엘), Choi being his surname and Da-Ni-El being his given name. Let us see some of the examples of the meaning of Korean names which some of my readers had enquired.
Song Hye-gyo and Zo In-Sung (That Winter The Wind Blows/그겨울, 바람이 분다)