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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Korean : there is only one Chinese character used for the surname Kwak. Some sources list 52 clans for Kwak, but only two clans can be documented. The founder of the Ch’ŏngju Kwak family was an official during the reign of Shilla King Hŏn’gyŏng (875–886) named Kwak Sang. The founder of the other Kwak clan, the Hyŏnp’ung clan, was named Kwak Kyŏng, and migrated to Korea from Song China in 1133.

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