Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2010:July:23 Friday <Thursday, Saturday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2010/7/23-8/9 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Korea] UID:53895 Activity:nil
7/22    What's the quick rule to determine if a Korean name is male or
        female? I'd hate to address Mr/Ms incorrectly. For example, is
        Ji Hoon a male or female name? What about He Joon? Does "joon"
        have any gender connotation?
        \_ That's like asking a non-English speaker about difference
           between John and Jane.  There's no quick rule that can be
           applied.  I suppose there is a long list of rules that can
           be applied, but I'm not going to come up with it.  He-Joon
           is almost certainly a female name.  Ji-Hoon is a bit vague.
           I'd guess male, but I can't say for sure.  Joon has no
           connotation.  "He-Joon" is female, but "Kang-Joon" is likely
           \_ "Jayne" and "Jean".  God help you if you don't actually
              see it spelled in the original language.
        \_ I don't think there is an easy way, you just have to put your
           hand down there and check.
           \_ Not sure that is sufficient in these days of EZMode xgender
        \_ There's no good way.  Even Koreans have trouble with this.  When
           I was in Korea the Koreans would write a designation of male
           or female when writing a name on the board at a meeting to clear
           this up.  As the above poster said, some names do become obvious
           when you get used to either the patterns, but some don't. -jrleek
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