Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Clans which are NOT SAFE to PRONOUNCE, Part II: HAHN! (한/韓)


Hahn (한/韓), also romanized Han is a Noble Korean family name which means 'leader' in Sino-Korean Language. Coincidentally, the Hanja Notation of Han is related to Korea in general (i.e: Hankook - 한국/韓國). Based on 2015 Korean Republic Census which is provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT), there were 773,404 people bearing this surname in South Korea, making it the 11th most common family name in the country. 

Many Korean historians believe that Gijun of Gojoseon was actually "Hanjun" (한준) of Gojoseon and had the surname Han (韓) not Gi and that all of the Kings of Gija Joseon were of the surname Han (韓). Gija Joseon, which was believed to be of surname Gi, but in reality was Han (韓).

There is a controversy on where Gija is from, which is believed to be from the Chinese Shang Dynasty, Gija as a paternal uncle (or brother) of the last emperor of the Chinese Shang Dynasty, King Zhou, however it is likely that Gija is a Dongyi, a native people in the East of China. Gija's and his descendants were also believed to have the surname Han (韓) as King Jun of Gojoseon the last King of Gojoseon and descendant of Gija claimed himself as the King of Han (한왕/韓王) with the foundation of Mahan part of the Samhan after fleeing from Wiman. With this it shows that the surname Han may have existed since the time of Gija Joseon or Gojoseon and establishes the Han (韓) clan as the oldest surname in Korea dating back to around 5000 years ago, and to have founded and ruled Gojoseon and Mahan.

Han (韓) is considered one of the Great surnames of Korea which have once been royalties consisting of Han (Gija Joseon), Go (Goguryeo), Buyeo (Present-day Buyeo Seo Clan - Baekje), Kim, Park, Seok (Silla), Dae or Tae (Balhae), Wang (Goryeo), Yi/Lee (Joseon). However, there are also many Korean historians which deny any existence of Gija and Gija Joseon, accepting it as a legend.

Some records indicate that there are 131 clans of the Han family, but only the most dominant clan - Cheongju Han (청주 한씨/淸州韓氏), can be documented. The Cheongju Han clan is originated at the Unified City of Cheongju, Northern Chungcheong Province and consists of 752,689 people. The official clan house of Cheongju Han is located at Bangseo-dong, Cheongju Sangdang-gu. The founding ancestor of the Cheongju Han family is Han Ran (한란/韓蘭). Han Ran is recognized as one of the men who assisted the first Goryeo King, King Taejo Wang Geon, in setting up the Goryeo Dynasty in 918.

There are two Korean surnames which are believed to be related and share common ancestry and origin with the Cheongju Han clan. The Taewon Seonwoo clan (태원 선우씨/太原鮮于氏) and the Haengju Gi clan (행주 기씨/幸州奇氏) are believed to have originated from the same root as the Cheongju Han clan. According to the genealogical records of Cheongju Han Clan (청주한씨세보/Cheongju Han-ssi Sebo), King Won of Mahan Confederacy is believed to have had three sons, U-Pyeong (우평), U-Seong (우성) and U-Ryang (우량). During Korea's Three Kingdoms period, U-Pyeong is said to have settled in Goguryeo and his descendants later established the Taewon Seonwoo Clan, U-Seong is said to have settled in Baekje and his descendants later established the Haengju Gi Clan and finally U-Ryang is said to have settled in Silla and his descendants later established the Cheongju Han Clan; establishing its designated clan in Cheongju.

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