Meaning and Origin of: Hyun

Family name origins & meanings

  • Korean (Hyŏn) : there is one Chinese character for the surname Hyŏn. Some records indicate that there are 106 Hyŏn clans, but only four can be documented, and these all descend from the same founding ancestor. The Hyŏn clan founding ancestor was a Koryŏ general named Hyŏn Tam-yun, who lived during the latter part of the 12th century. Members of the Hyŏn clan can be found throughout Korea, with high concentrations in Kyŏngsang North province, Kyŏnggi province, Ch’ungch’ŏng South province, and Chŏlla South province.