Seong, also spelled Song or Sung, is an uncommon Korean family name, a single-syllable Korean given name, as well as a common element in two-syllable Korean given names. The meaning differs based on the hanja used to write it.

Revised RomanizationSeong

Family name

The family name Seong is written with only one hanja, meaning "succeed" or "accomplish" (). The 2000 South Korean Census found 167,903 people with this family name, up by six percent from 158,385 in the 1985 census. This increase was far smaller than the fifteen percent growth in the overall South Korean population over the same period.[1] They traced their origins to only a single bon-gwan, Changnyeong County.[2] This was also the place where they formed the highest concentration of the local population, with 2,360 people (3.61%).[1]

In a study by the National Institute of the Korean Language based on 2007 application data for South Korean passports, it was found that 67.4% of people with this surname spelled it in Latin letters as Sung in their passports. The Revised Romanisation spelling Seong was in second place at 29.4%. Rarer alternative spellings (the remaining 3.2%) included Seung, Shung, and the Yale Romanisation spelling Seng.[3]

People with this surname include:

Fictional characters with this surname include:

  • Seong Mi-na, in Japanese fighting game series Soul

In given names


There are 27 hanja with the reading Seong on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names. Four of these are variant forms which use in place of a hook stroke in the standard form, and are grouped together with the standard character below, though they are treated as separate characters in the official list:[4]

  1. (성씨 성 seongssi seong): "family name"
  2. (성품 성 seongpum seong): "character", "personality"
  3. (이룰 성 irul seong): "accomplish"
  4. (재 성 jae seong): "city"
  5. (정성 성 jeongseong seong): "sincere"
  6. (성할 성 seonghal seong): "abundant"
  7. (살필 성 salpil seong): "to observe"
  8. (성인 성 seong-in seong): "holy"
  9. (소리 성 sori seong): "voice"
  10. (별 성 byeol seong): "star"
  11. (옥 이름 성 ok ireum seong): name of a kind of jade
  12. (아름다울 성 areumdaul seong): "beautiful"
  13. (옥빛 성 okbit seong): "brightness of jade"
  14. (깨달을 성 ggaedareul seong): "to realise"
  15. (깰 성 ggael seong): "to awaken"
  16. (서고 성 seogo seong): "library"
  17. (성성이 성 seongseong-i seong): "orangutan"
  18. (바디 성 badi seong): "reed"
  19. (비릴 성 biril seong): "rotting meat"
  20. (재물 성 jaemul seong): "property", "valuables"
  21. (비릴 성 biril seong): "victory"
  22. (밝을 성 balgeul seong): "bright"
  23. 𦖤: "sharp hearing"[5]


People with the monosyllabic given name Seong include:

As name element

Many names starting with this element have been popular names for newborn baby boys in earlier decades, according to South Korean government data:[6][7]

Other names containing beginning with this element include:

Other names ending with this element include:

See also


  1. "성씨인구분포데이터" [Family name population and distribution data]. South Korea: National Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. "한국성씨일람" [List of Korean family names]. Kyungpook National University. 2003-12-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  3. 성씨 로마자 표기 방안: 마련을 위한 토론회 [Plan for romanisation of surnames: a preparatory discussion]. National Institute of the Korean Language. 25 June 2009. p. 59. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. p. 23. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
  5. This character is part of the CJK Unified Ideographs Extension B block and might not be displayed or printed properly. It consists of the ear radical () + .
  6. "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  7. "한국인이 가장 줗아하는 이름은 무엇일까?". Retrieved 2012-11-09.
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