is the ninth most common family name
. The name is sometimes also transliterated as Yun
, or Youn
. The character means the eldest and is only used to denote the surname in Korea.
List of notable Yoons
The Papyeong (파평/坡平) Yoon clan, which has its seat in Papyeong-myeon, Paju
City, is the most well-known Yun clan. Several Papyeong Yoon women became queens during the early Joseon Dynasty
. The clan's founding ancestor is General Yun Sin-dal
, who assisted Wanggeon
in founding the Goryeo
Dynasty. The 2000 South Korean census found 221,433 households
claiming membership in the Papyeong clan, with a total population of 713,947.
When the tomb of Yoon Gwan
was rediscovered in the 18th century, it sparked a 300 year old family Feud between the Yoon and Shim Clan. The reason for the feud was because a member of the Shim clan was buried uphill from Yoon Gwan's tomb.
Quest for perfect grave keeps Korean feud alive