I understand that typically Korean Names are in the format LastName FirstName, and the first name often has two characters (words).

I have a LinkedIn connection that I want to email, and they have westernised their name on LinkedIn.

However, their name is formatted "Name1Name2 Name3" which makes me think they may have reversed the Korean order for a western audience?

(I don't want to post the name full name publicly, but it's "Name1Name2 An" if that helps).

What is the right way to start my email, if I'm sending in English?

My guess is

Hi Name1Name2

  • It is most likely that An is their family name. Many Koreans reverse the order of their name when they westernize it, but not always; also one-character given names and two-character family names do exist. So, "Hi Name1Name2" would work in most cases (99% of the time), but if you want to be 100% safe you can use their full name.
    – Absol
    Commented Sep 9, 2022 at 13:10
  • Does this answer your question? Are Korean names ever written camelcase in English, e.g., HaYoon
    – krim
    Commented Sep 9, 2022 at 15:31
  • @Absol I think this is really helpful. If you add it as an answer I'll mark accept it
    – user8210
    Commented Nov 2, 2022 at 18:21

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You can use anything. Because Korean ppl are used to both. If he/she can speak English or lived abroad, it would be more familiar. If you're not sure, just write it like this

Name1Name2 An

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