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Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part XVI: Jang (장/張)

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Jang (장/張), sometimes romanized Chang in McCune Script is a common Korean Surname which means 'stretch and expand' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Zhang in Chinese. Zhang was listed 24th in the famous Song Dynasty's Hundred Family Surnames. Today, it is one of the most common surnames in the world and listed by the People's Republic of China's National Citizen ID Information System as the third-most-common surname in mainland China in April 2007, with 87.50 million bearers. A commonly cited but erroneous factoid in the 1990 Guinness Book of Records listed it as the world's most common surname, but no comprehensive information from China was available at the time and more recent editions have not repeated the claim.
As mentioned above, Zhang is the third-most-common surname in mainland China, making up 6.83% of the population of the People's Republic of China. On Taiwan, it is the fourth-most-common surname, making up 5.26% of the population of the Republ…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part XV: Cottage Roh (노/盧)

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Roh (노 in South Korean Format or 로 in North Korean Format/盧) sometimes romanized No, Noh or Ro is a common Korean Surname which means 'cottage' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Chinese Pinyin Lú. Roh Clan traced its origins from Hebei Province, PROC. It 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).
Noh Su (노수/盧穗), the Scholar from Chinese Tang Dynasty is the progenitor for all Roh Clans in Korea. He had nine sons and they were travelled to all regions in Korean Peninsula which is controlled by Unified Silla Kingdom to establish the Locality Clan. Nine Principal Lineages of Roh Clan with their progenitors (Noh Su's sons) as shown on below in chronological order: Noh Hae (노해/盧垓), Count of Gwangju-Jeolla (광주백/光州伯) - Gwangju-Gwangsan Roh Clan (광주-광산 노씨/光州-光山盧氏) = Originated from Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju Metropole, ROKNoh Oh (노오/盧塢), Count of Gyoha (교하백/交河伯) - Gyoha-Jangsan Roh Clan (교하-장산 노씨/交河-章山盧氏) = Originat…

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part XIV: Jo (조/趙) - Remnants of the Royal House of Chinese Song Dynasty in Korean Soil

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Jo (조/趙) sometimes romanized Cho in McCune Script is a common Korean Surname which means 'city-state of Zhao' in Sino-Korean Language, similar to Zhao in Chinese. Zhao is a common Chinese family name, ranking as the 7th most common surname in Mainland China and Korean Peninsula. Zhao is the first surname in the famous Hundred Family Surnames – the traditional list of all Chinese surnames – because it was the royal surname of the Song Dynasty (960–1279) when the list was compiled.
Zhao is one of the most ancient of Chinese surnames, and its origins are partly shrouded in legend. During the reign of King Mu of Zhou (976/956 BCE – 922/918 BCE), an officer named Zaofu (Chinese: 造父) proved exceptionally adept at training horses and driving chariots and won the respect of King Mu. During a battle with the eastern state of Xu, an ethnically different state which was resisting Zhou rule, Zaofu drove a chariot into the battle and escorted King Mu back to the Zhou capital. In gratitude, …

Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part XIII: Jegal (제갈/諸葛)

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Jegal (제갈/諸葛) or Zhuge in Chinese is an uncommon Korean Surname which means literally as 'various vines' in Sino-Korean Language. There are about a dozen "double-barreled" surnames, composed of two syllables and two Chinese characters. Coincidentally, Jegal Clan is included in this list. This surname can be tricky to non-Koreans upon first encountering them, especially if the person has a single character given (first) name. The foreigners, expecting all Korean names to have a single character family name and a two character first name, can easily be confused.
It is ranked 314th in Chinese Hundred Family Surnames. The surname has often been synonymous with wisdom in Chinese culture, due to the fame of Shu Kingdom's Strategist during Chinese Three Kingdoms Period, Zhuge Liang. In the other hand, Jegal Clan is ranked 122nd in Korean Surnames List where 5,655 people bear the surname of Jegal; based on the 2015 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계…

Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Patriots, Part VI: Liu Bei and Lieutenant General Yoo Jae-heung (1921-2011) - Commander of Two Battalions during Korean War

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Lieutenant General Yoo Jae-heung (Hangul/Hanja: 유재흥/劉載興; Born: August 3rd 1921 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan - Died: November 26th 2011 in Seoul Special City, Republic of Korea), known with his pen name of Gukheon (국헌/菊軒) or Jaheon (자헌/自軒) is Republic of Korea (ROK) military officer who commanded the ROK II Corps and ROK III Corps in the Korean War. He is the son of Major General Yoo Seung-ryeol (유승렬/劉升烈), participated World War II (1939-1945) under Imperial Japanese Army(IJA) and Korean War (1950-1953) under Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) with his father. He is a member of Gangneung Yoo Clan (강릉 유씨/江陵劉氏), a clan which is originated from Gangneung City, Gangwon Province.
Yoo Jae-heung was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan on August 3rd 1921. When he was four years old, he moved to his father's hometown in Gongju City, Southern Chungcheong Province. He graduated from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. He was the 55th Batch who gradua…