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Get Your Own Korean Name!

When I was teaching in Korea, most of my students had English “names” in addition to their actual Korean names. Some were real English names like James, Julie or Kevin and some weren’t normal – like Unicorn, Computer Game (yep, I taught a kid named Computer Game in my first year) and my personal favourite, Eejit (I changed his name because there was no way I was calling a kid Eejit, it’s just wrong so he became Liam).

And not to be left out, my Korean co-workers in my first year (actually in my first month) gave me a Korean name – Ga Eun (가은) or more formally, Shin Ga Eun (신가은). Which was great because the hangul character (으) was the one I had the hardest time learning to pronounce properly so this forced me to practice it. Plus I’m told it’s a beautiful name. :)

Why am I talking about Korean names? A little while ago I found this fabulous new application on Facebook from Advanced Technology and Design Korea where you can design your own Korean name. It takes a bit of time to load at the beginning but it’s worth it.

What can you expect? Check out the pictures below for a walk through the process of getting your own Korean name! All the pictures are screenshots from Advanced Technology and Design Korea’s Facebook app.

I chose to create an authentic Korean name :)

I chose “happy” because being happy is more important to me than being wealthy or famous. Good thing I didn’t have to choose between happy and wisdom – that would have been hard!

But that’s not all!

And you can have your own “business card” with your new Korean name and your current Facebook picture. Here’s mine!

What do you think? Do you like my new Korean name? I love the meaning behind it but am too comfortable with my original Korean name to switch. But I love the application! It was easy and fun to use so if you don’t already have a Korean name, click here to create your very own!

53 Comments

  1. how d0 i can get a orean name huhh?

    • To get a Korean name, just click the link at the bottom of the article.

      • Hi Cindy , I just want to know what link did I have to click

      • Look at the bottom of the article where it says “click here” in blue :)

  2. I am curious, how did your coworkers choose 신가은 as your name? :)

    • 신 came from Cindy but 가은 was simply because my one co-worker really liked it. She thought it was beautiful. But even though I was given a Korean name, everyone still called me Cindy (신디) ^^

      • Thank you for the explanation.

  3. what did you do in korean name :)

    • I’m sorry but I’m not sure I understand your comment.

  4. can i know my real name in korea?bcause im not sure if this is my real name sin jee hee

  5. what i mean i want to know if this is true that the person can make their own name even though they are not born in the korea or not the citizen of korea

  6. and thank you for the informaiton or for being a good tutorial………kamsahamnida!

  7. hi i am eva. i just want to know if this is true that the person can make or creat their own name even though their are not born in the korea or they are not the citizen of korea,what is the porpuse of that?

    by the way thank for the information it can help me and thank you also for being a goo tutorial………..kamsahamnida!

    • Hi Eva! This is just for fun. Like many Koreans have an unofficial English name that they use while studying English, many people who are interested in Korean culture or who are studying Korean want an unofficial Korean name. Like a nickname. This is just a fun Facebook app – created by Advanced Technology and Design Korea – that can give people a Korean name (for fun).

      I wrote about it because it was fun to do :)

  8. Hi,Cindy.I would like to know why the application doesn’t work?
    I’ve tried in many times.

    • Hi Ruth, I haven’t used it in ages but just tried it out again to see. It does take quite a while (a minute or two) to load at the start so you have to be patient but it worked for me. Unfortunately, I just wrote about the application so I can’t actually help you but I’m sure if you contact Advanced Technology and Design Korea (the owners of the app) via Facebook, they will be able to help you.

  9. thx~^^

  10. Oooh this is cool! Can’t wait to get my own Korean name ;D but I’ve always wondered if there was an actual Korean name for an English name? If that makes any sense :P haha

    • Not sure what you mean by a Korean name for an English name?

  11. My Korean name is very similar to yours….and I grew up in South Korea for a part of my life. Yours if Ga Yun Eun. Mine is Ga Yun Eee. I just found it really cool how we have similar names ;).

    • Completely forgot the other part. How am I supposed to know what my Korean name mean? I’ve never thought about it until now. Caren means “pure” but I don’t think my Korean name means “pure” too.
      The beginning of my Korean name is Shin too. The first part of the name like Shin is the last name of your English name….

      • Wow, we do have similar Korean names :) and yeah, I was given Shin as my Korean family name because it’s from the first part of my English name (Cindy). As for finding out the Korean meaning for your Korean name, you could Google it (which is my answer for everything) or ask a native Korean speaker. Unfortunately I can’t help you with that.

  12. how do i get korean name?

    • Click the link at the bottom of the post, wait for the Facebook app to load (it takes a minute or two) and follow the instructions. It’s easy!

    • how do i know my korean name

      • Please read the article and the other comments for your answer.

  13. wow!it is so amazing!
    Thanks for a korean explanation.Actually i’m a 2nd year high school only and i want to study the korean language because its exciting.:)

    • You’re welcome! Good luck with studying Korean :)

    • yes youre right studying korean language is very exciting..

      • I should study more but it’s fun :) How long have you been studying Korean for?

  14. hey guys can anybody make this to korean (khyar)??

    • The app doesn’t change your name into Korean, but rather gives you a Korean name. Try it :)

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  16. how to get this app for my android phone.

    • Unfortunately, I just wrote about the fun app. Please visit their Facebook page and contact Advanced Technology and Design Korea (the owners of the app) for more info.

  17. Now, I know. Thank you Cindy. I’m a lil’ bit beginner in studying Hangul, but indeed, I already know how to speak, read and write in Korean characters. All I just wanted to know is the other Korean words.. *sigh* Sorry if you didn’t get my point.. I can’t explain it to you in a clear way, I’m so sorry.. Just try to understand my point, hihi.. Anyway, Cindy.. I’m Risha, Risha Jam Santiago, you can call me whatever you want, I just wanted to ask you how can I write my name “Risha” in Korean characters? I hope you’ll reply to me as soon as you can and as clear as you can. Gamsahamnida unni~ ^o^

    • I just wanted to add this, Cindy. Hihihi!

      I found out that the name Risha came from Sanskrit and meanwhile, the name Jam came from English. I just wanted to know how can I write my name into korean letters? Especially the name “Risha”. I need your help! Thank you ^o^ Hwaiting~

    • Hi Risha, while I’m no expert in Korean – my level is low intermediate – I would write your name in Hangul (what Korean characters are called) like this: 리시아 잠 산티아고. Risha (리시아) Jam (잠) Santiago (산티아고). I hope that helps!

      • I think 리샤 잠 산탸고 would be better? ^^

      • Lisya Jam Santyago? (Santiago?) Hm… I think I’m missing something.

  18. my korean name is Sung Mi Young!!
    thanks to you Cindy Zimmer

  19. hehe.. my name is KO HA NA :D :D cute isnt it?? It means “the one and only” <3

  20. Hi Cindy ! how can i know my name in korean ??

    • If you are looking to get your own Korean name, use the Facebook app mentioned in this article and follow the steps (or ask a Korean friend to name you). However, if you just want to write your name in Hangul, you can either leave you name in a comment (and I’ll reply with your name written in Hangul) or you can ask a Korean friend to do so. Hope that helps!

  21. can you please give my korean name?

    • You need to use the app to get your Korean name, just follow the instructions.

  22. I tried to “make” my own korean name by finding the meaning behind my english name and then finding the hanja for it. ^^

    • That’s a cool way of getting a Korean name!

  23. I like your Korean name. It is even better than mine b

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