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My full name is Haeju Oh Jee Hyun, written 해주 오 지 현 in Korean. Haeju is my bon-gwan and Oh is my family name.




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Korean surnames are the combination of a bon-gwan (regional clans) and a family name (clan name). Bon-gwan is the concept of clan in Korea and it is a group of people that share the same paternal ancestor. It distinguishes clans that happen to share a same family name. For example, the Gyeongju Kim and the Gimhae Kim are considered different clans. Since Korea was for long a Buddhist country, this clan system is cognate with Gotra in Sanskrit texts and shares most features.