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Is there an easy way to tell whether any given Korean name is typically male or female?

To preface my answer, let me first say that I am not myself Korean. I lived in Korea for 2 years and got a degree in Korean, but I obviously do not know every naming practice used in Korea. These are ...
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Is there an easy way to tell whether any given Korean name is typically male or female?

In general there's no rule. Moreover, there are several names used by both genders. But there are far fewer female names than male names. Feminine names tends to end with a vowel or ends with soft ...
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What is a polite term of address to use for a friend's mother?

In order to address my own mother, I would use the word "어머니." In order to address someone else's mother, I would use the word "어머님." It comes down to honorific usage; please refer to the section ...
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Is 회춘 a legit Korean name?

나쁜 이름은 아니지만 한국적인 이름은 아니에요. 한국 사람 입장에서 '회춘'이라는 이름을 들었을 때 드는 느낌: 나이가 엄청 많은 할머니 이름 '성춘향'이 살던 고전 시대처럼 되게 옛날 사람 이름 '오원춘'처럼 (별로 좋은 예는 아니지만) 중국계 한국인의 이름 HK Lee님이 말씀하신 것처럼 회춘했다는 말 같아서 웃기기도 하고요. It could ...
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Are there any traditional Korean names that don't have a Chinese character form?

Of course! Recently(since about 2000's), making name with original Korean words is a trend between young parents. Their family name is from Hanja, but the names are native Korean words. ex) 이하늬(...
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How are Korean baby names traditionally chosen?

I'm not an expert in baby-naming, so I hope other people would post better answers (or correct me if I'm wrong!!) A character shared between siblings is called a 돌림자, namely "Shared Character", or ...
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Are there any Korean names not in the format [single character family name] - [two character given name]?

Here is a wiki page of all family names in Korea. The common family names among them that be seen these days are '선우', '제갈', '남궁', '황보'.
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Is My Chinese Name Compatible With Korean?

Yes. A rare name though. 심沈 S(h)im 비겸丕謙 Bigyeom An interesting question! Your characters are included in the legal set of hanja for personal names published by the Supreme Court of South Korea, ...
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Has something that sounds like Jin-hee or jin-hae any meaning in Korean?

If I write two words you have given, jin-hee is 진희 or less likely 진히 jin-hae is 진해 First of all, 진희 a common last name especially for girls. I can't think of other use cases of 진희 other than a ...
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Is 회춘 a legit Korean name?

회춘하다 [回春] : 다시 젊어지다 grow younger When we use another Chinese character 회(return, back to the first position), 회춘 is healing sickness or being vivid. So when someone obtain a young wife, we use ...
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What is the hangeul for the personal name 金知桓?

An online method of finding 한글 for 한자: https://hanja.dict.naver.com/ Either draw the Chinese charater on the box given at the right, or copy and paste the character in the text box on the ...
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Are single character names common?

현 is a perfectly normal name. I even know someone with that name. Single-character given names are not that uncommon, and you could find many well-known people with single-character names: 김구 (...
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Are there any Korean names not in the format [single character family name] - [two character given name]?

As Kayla Kwon has indicated, there are several family names that are two characters. In my comment above, I gave two examples of people that I knew that only had a single character given name. I ...
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What is the hangeul for the personal name 金知桓?

金知桓 김지환 1) 知 : 알 지 => know example : 지성 = intelligence 2) 桓 : 씩씩할 환 => brave
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What do Koreans call Genghis Khan?

The name is 칭기즈 칸 chinggijeu kan. Where does it come from? The name is likely a direct transliteration from Genghis Khan's Mongolian name. According to Wikipedia, the name is pronounced as [...
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What do Koreans call Genghis Khan?

칭기즈 칸 Korea most likely received word of Mongols and their Khans from Chinese, rather than directly. Thus, pronunciation is based on rendering of Middle Mongolian original in Chinese and Chinese ...
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What is a polite term of address to use for a friend's mother?

아주머니 is the best word for this. 아줌마 is informal and sounds a little immature.
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Why do some Korean given names use the letter 漢?

Well.. I think only the person, who gave the name, knows the answer. 漢 has a lot of other meanings. As a native Korean, it's not odd to me at all. It's because we don't care about Hanja names ...
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How practical is it to live in Korea without a "Korean name"?

The widespread use of Roman letters does not mean that Koreans can pronounce non-Korean names properly. In addition, there are various languages that use Roman letters; how can a person distinguish ...
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Are there any Korean names not in the format [single character family name] - [two character given name]?

I think it has become more popular to diverge from the traditional 3 syllable names (1 family name 2 first name). I know people with fewer than 3 and more than 3. Names like 홍솔 or 최아름나라
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Are there any special ways to denote that a word in Korean is a person's name?

As others have pointed out, they are usually three or rarely two or four blocks long, and in terms of addressing someone, they are suffixed by the honorific -씨. Korean uses word spacing, which makes ...
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Are Korean names ever written camelcase in English, e.g., HaYoon

I haven't seen this suggested in any particular style guide. A one-off example I can think of is singer 권보아, written in Latin script as BoA. I do write names like this myself sometimes, and agree ...
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Why is Rob translated as 롭이 instead of 로비?

In the given Korean sentence, Rob corresponds to 롭, not 롭이. The closest transliteration of the English name Rob /rob/ [ɹ̠ɒb] would be 롭 /rob/ [ɾop̚] according to Korean phonology and phonetics (and ...
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Does Korean render Japanese names according to how they are read in Hanja?

First off: TL; DR. Transliterations are preferred. Well-known on’yomi音読み names are sometimes read with Hanja sounds. Foreign words in the Korean language By the standard of the NIKL, you should ...
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Is 회춘 a legit Korean name?

I think it can be a good strategy to write as the pronunciation of your name 懷春 as 화이천
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