Yoo (Korean surname)

Yoo or You, or sometimes Ryu or Ryoo is the English transcription of several Korean surnames written as or in hangul. Some of the family names written as Yoo are derived from the Chinese surnames or (Liu) and (Yu). As of 2000, roughly a million people are surnamed Yoo in South Korea, making up approximately 2% of the population. Of those, the most common is Ryu (Hanja: , Hangul: ),[1] with more than six hundred thousand holders, whereas Yoo (Hanja: , Hangul: ) accounts for about one hundred thousand.

Yoo or Ryu
유 or 류
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Revised RomanizationYu or Ryu
McCune–ReischauerYu or Ryu

The family name Yoo can be represented by any of the four hanja: (), , and , each with a different meaning. In Korean, only the character specifically refers to (Ryu) or (Yoo), whereas the characters , and refer to (Yoo) and are spelled as such; because of the first initial sound rule (두음 법칙) in Korean.

Notable (Ryu) clans include the Munhwa Ryu clan and the Pungsan Ryu.

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