40 Meaningful Korean Names for Boys and Girls
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Korean baby names offer a beautiful collection of sounds and meanings for the modern babe, and baby-naming in Korean culture is full of tradition. Korean names tend to be made up of three syllables, with the first syllable representing the family name and the other two standing for the given name (one syllable of this given name often is what’s called a “generational” name and may be shared among family members of the same generation, while the second is unique to that person). For a long time, each syllable of a name had a corresponding Chinese character which also gave the name its meaning, but recently, more and more Korean families are opting to use a purely Korean word instead.
Currently, the top 10 names for boys and girls in Korea each have a suffix (for boys, most commonly -joon or -woo; for girls most commonly -ah or -yoon). These add meaning to the first portion of the name and emphasize them accordingly. You can add these as desired to customize or enhance your baby’s name; the simplified versions focus on the root names as shared below.
These Korean baby names work well in that traditional three-syllable-name context. They also blend beautifully with names from other cultures (whether used as a first or middle name), for families who are looking to impart a baby name that reflects multiple backgrounds. If you’re considering a Korean baby name for your bundle-to-be, take a look at our list of top Korean baby names for boys and girls.
Korean Baby Names for Boys
Beom-seok: Korean parents love to impart strong names on their baby boys, and this one meaning “like a rock” is a perfect example.
Chul: This Korean given name for boys means “firm,” and we like its resemblance to the English word “chill” for a handsome and relaxed, one-syllable baby name.
Doh: It’s a word name translating to “accomplishment” which is a great meaning to instill in your little boy’s life.
Geon: Similar in sound to the name Gideon, this Korean boy’s name has three meanings: “to construct,” “strong,” and “respect.”
Haneul: Meaning “heaven,” it’s a gorgeous Korean baby boy name to consider.
Hei: This three-letter Korean baby name means “wisdom.” It pairs well with a long middle name, but even by itself, it speaks volumes.
Hwan: A Korean boy’s name with lots of potential; it means “bright.”
Hyuk: This one is not as common in Korea, but definitely cute; Hyuk means “radiant.”
Ji: This is a popular baby boy name translating to “wisdom.” Due to its short length, it’s a nice choice in the first position for seeking a hyphenated Korean boy name. (See more short baby names!)
Jin: A well-loved Korean name for boys meaning “jewel” or “truth.”
Kija: The name of an ancient historical figure (there’s some debate about his role, but according to some, this 2nd-century leader mightily influenced Korean culture when he came from China), Kija also has Chinese roots, making it an especially cool choice for a child with both Korean and Chinese heritage.
Kwan: The name means “strong one” and if you add a g to the end, the very similar name, Kwang, translates to “wild.” Two cute K name ideas for your baby boy!
Kyong: A very popular name for boys in Korea, it means “brightness.”
Minjun: This Korean chart-topper has been popular for years and has plenty of meanings to love, including “handsome, sharp, quick, clever, and talented.” No wonder it’s so well loved!
Myung: Another popular Korean name for boys, this one translates to “clear and bright.”
Shin: Super sweet and often-used name for Korean boys, meaning “belief.”
Tae: “A great individual” is a pretty good meaning for your little boy to grow into. This one is quite popular with Korean parents.
Yi: Yi-joon was the top boy name in Korea for 2021 and shows no signs of slowing down; written in Chinese characters, Yi translates in Korean to “plum.”
Korean Baby Names for Girls
Aera: A beautiful Korean name for girls that means “love.”
Ari: A beautiful girl’s name with multicultural appeal, the Korean translation is “pretty, lovely, beautiful.”
Bitna: It’s more rarely used but very powerful and sweet. Bitna means “shining.”
Bora: This baby girl name refers to a shade of purple, making it a cute choice if you’re looking for a feminine and rare color name.
Dasom: Another Korean baby girl name meaning “love,” this one is very pretty sounding.
Hana: Similar to Hannah, the Korean version means “my favorite.” Maybe a fraught choice if you have other children who may take issue with the meaning, but it sure is cute!
Hea: This lovely one-syllable Korean baby girl name means “grace.”
Jae: Short and sweet baby girl name meaning “respect.”
Kyong: The bold Korean name for girls translates to “brightness.”
Mi Cha: We love this two-part girls’ name which means “gorgeous.” It would lend easily to the nickname Mimi as well.
Min: A classic Korean baby name for girls with the dual meaning “sharp-minded” or “quick response.”
Nabi: It means “butterfly,” and this pretty nature name would be a very cute choice for a little girl.
Nari: A very pretty sounding Korean girls’ name which means “lily flower.”
Sena: While the alluring baby girl name of Korean origin is ultra-rare, it offers a sound that could fit right in with trendy picks of the present like Lena and Sienna. It means “the world’s beauty” and is outside the top 1,000 names, perfect for those who like rare baby names.
Seo: A sweet baby girl name meaning “younger sister,” when amplified with the suffix “-ah,” it finds itself in the top spot for Korean baby girl names of 2021.
Sook: This Korean baby name means “pure and natural,” and would be lovely paired with just about any other name.
Yong: This is a popular Korean baby girl name which means “the perpetual and brave one.”
Young: Young is a special Korean name for girls that translates to “valiant.”
Gender-Neutral Korean Baby Names
Balam: Meaning “wind,” it’s a Korean word that has recently found popularity as a baby name for both boys and girls.
Cho: A cute one-syllable baby name given to Korean boys and girls, it means “handsome” for a boy and “beautiful” for a girl. This simple but chic Korean baby name would also be precious in the middle spot.
Dae: This gender neutral Korean name is often used in South Korea; it means “a great one.”
Joon: Popular for Korean boys and girls, this sweet name’s pronunciation may conjure up summery feels and translates to “very talented.” The name, belonging to K-Pop superstar Joon Park, is definitely on the rise thanks to its celeb status.
Final Thoughts on Korean Baby Names
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