Koihime Musou Girls and Related Korean Clans, Part XVII: Hwangbo (황보/皇甫)

Most dominant: Yeongcheon Hwangbo Clan (Yeongcheon City, Northern Gyeongsang)
and its association office in Pohang City at the same province

Hwangbo (황보/皇甫) or Huangfu in Chinese is an uncommon Korean Surname which means literally as 'Great Emperor' in Sino-Korean Language. Same as Jegal Clan, this surname is one of a dozen "double-barreled" surnames, composed of two syllables and two Chinese characters. In the early Zhou Dynasty, Huangfu is the name of Military Office of Zhou Dynasty period, the officer's descendants appended his name to their own to commemorate him, and thus the surname was born. In the middle Zhou Dynasty, some noble of Zheng Duchy Region became Officer of Zhou Dynasty Government. Thus, Post Huangfu (皇甫) family founded in from descendant of Wu Ji (武子) of Zheng. Some Huangfu (皇甫) family founded in the State of Song during Zhou Dynasty period.

Back to Korea, Hwangbo Clan is ranked 109th in Korean Surnames List where 10,383 people bear the surname of Hwangbo; based on the 2015 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT). There are two designated clans (본관/本貫) for this clan which are Yeongcheon Hwangbo Clan (영천 황보씨/永川皇甫氏; Originated from Yeongcheon City, Northern Gyeongsang Province, ROK) and Hwangju Hwangbo Clan (황주 황보씨/黃州皇甫氏; Originated from Hwangju County, Northern Hwanghae Province, DPRK).

The Yeongcheon Lineage is the largest among two, where this lineage consists of 10,001 people. Yeongcheon Lineage was founded by Hwangbo Neungjang (황보능장/皇甫能長) 3rd Generation Descendant of Hwangbo Gyeong (황보경/皇甫鏡) who become the General of Geumgang Fortress during the reign of King Taejo Wang Geon of Goryeo Dynasty. In 1453, Hwangbo In (황보인/皇甫仁), the Prime Minister who acted as the caretaker of Joseon Dynasty together with Vice-Prime Minister Kim Jong-seo during the reign of King Danjong the Young was killed during Gyeyu Rebellion - initiated by Grand Prince Suyang Yi Yoo a.k.a King Sejo.

Despite of the smaller number, Yeongcheon Hwangbo Clan set up the association which is known as Yeongcheon Hwangbo Clan Association (영천황보씨 대종회/Yeongcheon Hwangbo-ssi Daejonghoe), located at 4th Floor, Hwangbo Building, 347 Jungangno, Deoksu-dong 54-5 beonji, Pohang Buk-gu, Northern Gyeongsang Province. The Yeongcheon Hwangbo clansmen pay tribute to Hwangbo In, the caretaker of Joseon Dynasty during the reign of King Danjong the Young at two Confucian Private Academies: Imgo Seowon in Yanghyang-ri, Imgo-myeon, Yeongcheon and Gwangnam Seowon in Seongdong-ri, Guryongpo-eup, Pohang Nam-gu.

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