Korean family names are the names of the clan to which the family belongs. In 2000, there were around 280 family names in use, and the family name of nearly half the population is either Kim, Lee, or Park. Between 2000 and 2015, there was an influx of more than 4,800 new surnames due to foreign-origin families and naturalization of citizens. In total, there are 5,582 different surnames, though not all of them have the corresponding characters. Despite all these new surnames, a majority of the Korean population has the same ones. Kim is used by almost 21% of the population, Lee by 14.8%, Park by 8.5%, Choi by 4.7%, and Jung by 4.4% of the Koreans.

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