Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Clans which are NOT SAFE to PRONOUNCE, Part I: AHN! (안/安)

Fewer than 300 (approximately 280) Korean family names are currently in use, and the three most common (Kim, Lee, and Park) account for nearly half of the population. For various reasons, there is a growth in the number of Korean surnames. Each family name is divided into one or more clans (bon-gwan), identifying the clan's city of origin. That means, people from the same clan are considered to be of same blood, such that marriage of a man and a woman of same surname and bon-gwan is considered a strong taboo, regardless of how distant the actual lineages may be, even to the present day.

However, there is a handful of Korean Surnames which is not safe to pronounce due to English-Translated H-Manga and H-Doujins. There are nine Korean Surnames which are included in those H-Manga but only two surnames which are correspond to Koihime Musou girls such as No and Ha. In this article, we will talk about one of the most prolific Korean Surname which is popped every time in English Translated H-Manga, AHN.

Ahn, also romanized An, is a Korean family name. Its literal meaning is "tranquility," from the Hanja character 安. Based on 2015 Korean Republic Census which is provided by Statistics Korea (KOSTAT), there were 685,639 people bearing this surname in South Korea, making it the 17th most common family name in the country, with roughly 2% of the country's population. North Korea does not release figures for surnames, but the percentage is expected to be similar. Coincidentally, the surname is also used in China.

In the traditional Korean clan system, which is still the basis of family registry in South Korea, each clan is distinguished by its bon-gwan, the notional ancestral seat of the clan. Typically each clan claims a different person as its founder, although there are exceptions. 109 Ahn clans are extant today. However, most of these are very small. The majority of Ahns claim membership in the Sunheung Ahn clan (the highest and most noble clan of Ahns). The Kwangju and Juksan clans (Old Juksan and New Juksan) are also quite large and are associated with "blue-blood" status; in addition to these, the Tamjin, Gongsan, Taewon, Suncheon, Pyeongan, Ansan, Gyeongju, Suwon, Jecheon, Andong and Jucheon clans are significant.

The 2015 South Korean census counted 520,384 members of the Sunheung Ahn clan (순흥 안씨/順興安氏), which is the most dominant among Ahn Clans. Their ancestral seat is in modern-day Sunheung-myeon Commune in Yeongju City, Northern Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. They have enjoyed "blue-blood" status as nobility (Yangban) since their earliest history in the Goryeo Dynasty and throughout the Joseon Dynasty (July 1392 - August 1910). 

The founder of the Sunheung Ahn was a famously petty and meticulous official of Goryeo named Ahn Ja-mi (안자미/安子美) who lived during the reign of King Sinjong Wang Tak, 20th King of Goryeo Dynasty. The Neo-Confucian philosopher Ahn Hyang, who introduced the Confucian social and government system to Korea, was his great-grandson, and is generally numbered among the clan's most illustrious members. 

During Colonial Japan and during the founding of the democratic government of Korea, the most influential and respected figure is Dosan Ahn Chang-ho and his life ended shortly after his arrest and release by the Imperial Japanese Government. Another Sunheung Ahn Clansman, Thomas Ahn Jung-geun was single-handedly assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the Japanese Resident-General of Korea who forced Koreans to sign Eulsa Treaty for the sake of Korean Independence. He was executed at Lushunkou, China in 1910 and his grave was never been found yet.


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