Korea has a very rich and complex cultural heritage with a diverse historic background. Korean names were derived from mixed script which uses Hangul (alphabetical script) and Hanja (logo- syllabic characters). Hangul is Korean native alphabet & Hanja are Chinese characters. No other language apart from Korean used this script. Chinese characters replaced the basis of naming owing to the adoption of the writing system in Chinese. Korean Names were brought to light during the Mongolian period due to the frequent use of Mongol vocabulary. In the Korean language, you will find a lot of Mongolian terms linked to military affairs. Batur, meaning “warrior”, was a popular Mongolian name embraced by the Koreans. It's quite evident, many changes have taken place during the Korean Romanization. A combination of surname and given name forms a typical Korean Name. The North Korean and the South Korean people had surnames followed by a first name. In modern times, names are pronounced in no particular order. While most names contain Chinese characters, North Koreans do not use these characters. Thus in modern times, most babies are named based on pure Korean alphabets. A Korean given name is unique to each baby. A first name usually consists of two syllables combined with the surname. For males, the first name comprises of one syllable with a distinctive character and the other syllable termed as generation names, which is a common character shared by all family members. This common character “dollimja” is very common in cousins. This naming system is not typically seen in naming female babies. Unlike surnames, which are passed on in the immediate families, “dollimja” are passed on for generations together. In modern times, the first names are separated by hyphens or the syllables of the first names are written separately. It’s common to find a name spelled Lee Bae Jung or Lee Bae-jung, rather than as, Lee BaeJung. Strict norms are followed in the Korean society when addressing an individual by a particular name. It’s considered rude to call your elders by their first names. The opposite person has to be of the same age, in order to address him by his given name. Koreans hold utmost value to seniority even during casual conversation. A person who is only a year older, shouldn’t be addressed by their first name. Children and friends are called out by their birth names. It’s seldom found that a person is addressed by his first name in the close family circle. Mom and Dad are common terms used by children for their parents. Parents provide unique nicknames to kids in their family. This nickname is only used among the family circle and not in the presence of outsiders. Korean families are male dominated. Most Korean male names depict qualities like strength, independence, or ambition. Feminine names are more subtle in their origin describing emotions, love, and romance. Married women often are domestically confined. Specific ancestral places mark the origins of these surnames categorizing them into clans. People belonging to one clan are considered blood relatives and aren’t eligible to marry in the same clan. This classification leads to identity of the family name. Many family names are in existence. Common among Korean surnames are Lee, Park, and Kim. People with non-Korean roots, living in Korea and married to a Korean often choose to use foreign names for their babies. However, this naming deviation is very rarely seen in Korea. Christianity has influenced the naming trend in Korea. Names such as, Yosep (Joseph), Yohan (John), and Hanna (Hannah), are being used more commonly to name babies in Korea. Most Popular Korean Names for Boys: Bae – Inspiration Chin Ho – Precious and Goodness Jung – Honored and Affection Shin – Belief, Faith and Trust Kang – Powerful Most Popular Korean names for Girls: Minji – Brightness & Wisdom Ae Sook – Love & Purity Bong Cha – Superior & Daughter Cho Hee -Beautiful & Joy Chun Hei – Justice & Grace