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Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part VIII: Sohn (손/孫)

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Son (손/孫), sometimes romanized Sohn is a common Korean Surname which means 'descendant' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Sun in Chinese. The surname Sun (Chinese)/Son (Korea) is the 12th most common family name in contemporary China and 25th most common family name in Korean Peninsula. According to the historic record, the origin of the surname Sun can be traced back to Emperor Wen of the Zhou Dynasty, dating back more than 3,000 years.
The origin of the surname Sun is generally believed to have three sources. One story is that the grandson of Huisun, offspring of Emperor Wen, adopted the surname Sun to commemorate his grandfather. Another story is that the surname Sun originated from a later generation of Sun Shu'ao. The last and most important story is that surname Sun stems from the descendants of Tian Wan. When Tian escaped to the state of Qi from the state of Chen, Emperer Huan of the state of Qi was about to designate him as minister for his noble mind. However, Ti…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part VII: Uhm (엄/嚴)

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Uhm (엄/嚴), sometimes romanized Eom or Ŏm is a common Korean Surname which means 'strict and rigid' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Yán in Chinese Pinyin. Uhm Clan traced its origins from Zhejiang Province, PROC. During Spring and Autumn period, a monarch called Xiong Lu in the State of Chu in today's central China's Hubei Province was awarded with the title of King Zhuang of the Chu posthumously, and from then on, his descendants began to surname themselves Zhuang.
In Eastern Han Dynasty, Emperor Ming had a given name Zhuang. So he ordered the ordinary Zhuang-surnamed people to change their surnames to Yan in order to avoid the taboo of his personal name. This move contributes another part of surname Zhuang. Some people with surname Yan shifted back to surname Zhuang during Northern and Southern Dynasties. Thus Yan and Zhuang came from the same family tree.
According to historical records, Yan people originated from Tianshui in today's Gansu Province, Fengyi and …

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part VI: Yook (육/陸)

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Yuk (육/陸), sometimes romanized Yook, Ryook or Ryuk  is an uncommon Korean Surname which means 'continental' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Chinese Pinyin Lù. This surname is listed 198th in the Song Dynasty classic text Hundred Family Surnames. Yuk is one of the Korean Surnames which followed Korean Beginning Sound Rule System a.k.a Du-eum Beopchik (두음 법칙/頭音法則).
The most dominant designated clan (본관/本貫) for this surname is Okcheon Yook Clan (옥천 육씨/沃川陸氏), originated from Okcheon County, Northern Chungcheong Province. Based on the 2015 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT), there are 23,455 people who bear the surname of Yook, mostly originated from Okcheon Yook Clan. Hence, this clan is placed at 85th place in Korean Surnames List.
Okcheon Yook Clan, also known as Gwanseong Yook Clan (관성 육씨/管城陸氏) was founded by Yook Bo/Lu Pu (육보/陸普), a scholar who born at Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. He migrated from Tang D…