Korean naming system

Karrie6427

New Member
Japanese
Hi there! I've recently been watching a Korean TV program called Produce X 101 and in this show there is a trainee called 백진 (Baek Jin).

And a question popped up in my mind, is 백 his family name and 진 given name? Is it common for a Korean person to have a given name that is only one letter?

I thought he might have family name like Kim Bake Jin or something and he chose to go with his given name only, but then I saw his graduation photos with his name. So i assume this is his full birth name (or at least not a stage name)...

I'm not familiar with Korean naming system so any information would be helpful!

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  • Karrie6427

    New Member
    Japanese
    Hi there! I've recently been watching a Korean TV program called Produce X 101 and in this show there is a trainee called 백진 (Baek Jin).

    And a question popped up in my mind, is 백 his family name and 진 given name? Is it common for a Korean person to have a given name that is only one letter?

    I thought he might have family name like Kim Bake Jin or something and he chose to go with his given name only, but then I saw his graduation photos with his name. So i assume this is his full birth name (or at least not a stage name)...

    I'm not familiar with Korean naming system so any information would be helpful!

    감사합니다
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    pcy0308

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    Korean
    Hello Karrie6427,
    As you may know, Koreans put the surname or family name before the given name, so you are right in saying Baek is his family name and Jin the first name. One-syllable given names (i.e. two-syllable full names) are quite common in Korea though I must say the vast majority of people have three-syllable full names. Hope this helps.
     
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