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#1 SNK_1408

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 06:53 AM

Here folks, if you have Korean ancestry, check out your ancestor and their clans.
Before checking your clan, make sure know your place of origins.

http://www.surname.info/surnames.html

My ancestor goes back to general that served King Jumong of Kogureyo.
역사를 보면 결국 힘있는 자가 힘없는 자를 정복하고 약탈하는 것입니다.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:54 AM

Not all Koreans have ancestry line or surnames from Silla, remember Koreans did not have surnames but only identified themselves with clan-ships or kinships.

Almost 1/2 of Korean population of Korean peninsula were Goguryeo clans, and rest are from Silla & Baekje. During times of Silla's domination; most clans who swallowed by Silla had to adopt Silla's clan-ships in order to survive or to continue their lines.

And when new landlords were selected by royal regime, they usually adopted new surnames or surnames were given by King.

Most modern Koreans surnames are adopted names rather than their real surnames.

This surname family registry only started widely during Goryeo's period and most lower class folks did not even had surnames, only family with royal & noble or landlords had surnames.

It's true almost half of modern Koreans surnames are Chinese names, but only very few actually traced back to Chinese ancestry line. Most Chinese who settled in Korea were from Dongbei origins and later from Han, Tang, Yuan, Ming and Qing.

Here is good examples,

- The Wang family later adopted Ok & Jun (aka Chun) and some later adopted Kim as surname.
- Dae family from Balhae kingdom, later adopted new surname called Tae
- common surnames such as Lee (aka, Rhee, Li, Yi), Kim, Pak (aka Park), Ko (aka Go), etc.. are all adopted names

This is why it's very important for Korean to trace themselves to the clan-ship or Kin-ship rather than their surnames, because surnames by itself doesn't show anything.

All foreigners who become Korean citizenship before late 1990s adopted new Korean surnames, most of them adopted Kim, Lee etc..

Btw, Kong or Gong surname in Korea isn't common name, very few Koreans have this name. With this Kong or Gong name, there are over 9 different clans in Korea, all have different ancestry, not all of them have direct Chinese ancestry and some of them are adopted name by kin-ship (thru marriage, cousin adoption, servants adopting his master name etc..)

Edited by SNK_1408, 26 December 2007 - 06:58 AM.

역사를 보면 결국 힘있는 자가 힘없는 자를 정복하고 약탈하는 것입니다.
역사를 왜곡하는 민족은 반드시 멸망한다.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:47 PM

That's an interesting flag in your signature. Is that a fusion of North and South Korean flag?
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 03:55 PM

Heosuabi, that was a pointless post that was not pertinent to the topic and merely another trumpeting of political agenda. You would be well advised to stop; this is your last infraction of rules before you are banned. Why don't you post some discussion relevant to history anyways?
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:59 PM

I looked up surname on both my mom & dad side of the grandparents and.. I have lineages to Koguryo, Silla, Pekjae.

#6 SNK_1408

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:18 PM

That's an interesting flag in your signature. Is that a fusion of North and South Korean flag?


Yeah, I've got this from some Korean dude.
역사를 보면 결국 힘있는 자가 힘없는 자를 정복하고 약탈하는 것입니다.
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:22 PM

I looked up surname on both my mom & dad side of the grandparents and.. I have lineages to Koguryo, Silla, Pekjae.


I've checked mine too, I don't have any Silla lineage, but do have Goguryeo and Baekje lineages.
Actually my surname is not adopted name, it's same clan name for 1500 years in Korean peninsula.
Now that's long time for single clan to survived.
역사를 보면 결국 힘있는 자가 힘없는 자를 정복하고 약탈하는 것입니다.
역사를 왜곡하는 민족은 반드시 멸망한다.
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