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Okay, But Why Are There So Many Kims?

Interesting fact of the day, guys!

Do you wonder why Kim, Lee, and Park (and a few others) and really popular Korean last names?!

Time to open the history books:

Back in ancient Korea, only the elite (land owners) in Korea had last names. It seems a little weird to imagine but back then it was totally normal!
Then Korea hit the 19th century and started to get rid of their class system. People socially below the elite were allowed to adopt last names - and here's where we see the birth of the "Kim, Park, Lee" families.

Kim, Park, and Lee were all linked to ancient Korean royalty.

So if you're allowed to pick any name you want in the whole world, of COURSE you're going to want to pick a royal name! Who knows what that can do for you socially in the future :)
Not all Lees are part of the same family though! Each 'clan' has a distinct family history, even though their last names are the same!

Do you have any cool history related to YOUR last name!?

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Not really cool history related to my last name but I do have some really cool heritage. I am half Native American from my mom who is full blooded by Cherokee and Apache. My family stretches all the way to when the British and Spaniards decided to settle in America. Geronimo is my great----great----grandfather and I have the documentation to prove it. My family was then taken to Spain and forced into slavery but we were able to buy our freedom and were given the Spanish last name 'Uresti'. Here where I live in San Antonio, the 'Uresti' family is one of the biggest families in the city. I love my family and I love my family's history.
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My family's last name was originally Williams, named after the slave owner, because slaves weren't aloud to have their own last name, so they took their "Masters" last name instead. then when slaves became free in a sense, my ancestor changed his last name to Peacock instead of keeping Williams. So my full name is Emily Grace Peacock instead of Emily Grace "Williams"
2 years agoReply
my last name is pretty funny. the direct translation of Halama in Hawaiian is The Breath of Alcohol. And funny as it seems my family can definitely live up to the name. its broken into two parts in Hawaiian "Ha" means the breath of Life, and Lama is meant as any type of alcohol. im not entirely sure how my family came to have the name, but it has been passed down generations before me. and funny as it seems when my grandmother got married and took my grandfather's last name Hobbs, she told me that the meaning behind that name was...To Consume Alcohol...(but just to let you all know i am NOT ALCOHOLIC!!!!) although my last name is very strange, it's my name and i am very proud to call my self a HALAMA!!
2 years agoReply
Mine links back to a conquistador that came to Mexico 馃槷
2 years agoReply
My last name came from people that lived by a ridge of alder trees. It has changed over time and there are now different distinct lines from all the different spellings: Alldredge, Aldrich, Aldridge, etc. My mom is a genealogist and so I got to grow up leaning about these things - name origins can be fascinating. I am loving getting to learn more about the world with everyone's answers.
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