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Surname meaning for "Kim"
Korean: there is one Chinese character for the surname Kim. Kim
is the most common Korean surname, comprising about 20 percent of the
Korean population. According to some sources, there are over 600
different Kim clans, but only about 100 have been documented. Kims can
be found in virtually every part of Korea. The two largest Kim clans,
the Kim family of Kimhae and the Kim family of Kyongju, are
descended from semi-mythological characters who lived two thousand
years ago. According to legend, the Kimhae Kim family founder, Kim
Suro, came in answer to a prayer offered by the nine elders of the
ancient Karak Kingdom. In 42