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Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part V: Plaintiff Cho (조/曺)

Cho (조/曺) sometimes romanized Jo in Korean Revised Romanization is a common Korean Surname which means 'plaintiff official' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Cao (曹) in Chinese. It originated from the Zhou-era Duchy of Cao founded by Ji Zhenduo. He was later claimed to have descended from the Yellow Emperor via the Zhuanxu Emperor and – in some accounts – via the Shun Emperor as well. It was the origin of the modern Cāo and Zhu families.
At last count, Cao was the 30th-most-common surname in mainland China, 58th-most-common surname in Taiwan and 27th-most-common surname in Korean Peninsula. Based on the 2015 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT), there are 398,260 people who bear the surname of Cho. There are twelve designated clans (본관/本貫) for this clan which are: Gaheung Cho/Jiaxing Cao Clan (가흥 조씨/嘉興曺氏) = Originated from Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, PROCGangneung Cho Clan (강릉 조씨/江陵曺氏) = Originated from Gangneung City, Gangw…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part IV: Jeon-Fields (전/田)

Jeon (전/田) sometimes romanized Jun, Chun or Chon is a common Korean Surname which means 'field', similar to Chinese Pinyin Tián. Jeon clan traced its origins from Zibo City, Shandong Province, PROC - the ancient capital of Chinese Qi State. The number of Koreans who bear the surname of 田 (field) are three times lesser than the Koreans who born with the surname of 全 (all or whole). Ironically, these two Hanja Characters are pronounced as Jeon (전) in Hangul.
Tián (田) is 34th most common Chinese surname. It appeared in the Hundred Family Surnames text from the early Song Dynasty. Back in Korea, Jeon (田) Clan is ranked 45th place in Korean Surnames List where 186,469 people bear the surname of 田; based on the 2015 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT). There are eight designated clans (본관/本貫) for this clan which are: Namyang Jeon Clan (남양 전씨/南陽田氏) = Originated from Namyang-eup, Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province, ROK - originally from the…

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans - REBOOTED, Part IV: Guo Jia and Ji Sung

Ji Sung (지성/地成) whose born as Kwak Tae-geun (곽태근/郭太根; Born: February 27th 1977 in Seoul) is a South Korean actor. Apart of his stage name, he is a member of Hyeonpung Kwak Clan (현풍 곽씨/玄風郭氏), a clan which is originated from Hyeonpung-myeon Commune, Dalseong County, Daegu Metropole. He is best known for his roles in the television dramas All In (2003), Save the Last Dance for Me (2004), New Heart (2007), Protect the Boss (2011) and Secret Love (2013).
Kwak Tae-geun's parents were both educators, and they expected him to also enter the teaching profession. But in his sophomore year in high school, his father bought him a VCR and the first movie he rented was Rain Man. Dustin Hoffman's acting left such an impression on him that he decided to become an actor. He later studied Theater and Film at Hanyang University.
Kwak first auditioned for the 1999 campus drama KAIST, where he met screenwriter Song Ji-na. Song took an interest in the young upstart and wrote a new character for him, …