Last name origins & meanings:
- Korean: There is one Chinese character for the Kil surname. In
the 1930 census, there was a significantly larger number of Kils
living in Korea; it was the 62nd most common name in Korea. In a
census taken after the Korean War, however, it had dropped to
72nd. The postwar census includes only South Korea, so it can be
assumed that a relatively large number of Kils live in North Korea.
There is only one Kil clan, Haep’yŏng. The origins of the surname
are uncertain; it is believed to have originated in China. The surname
Kil appears in Shilla period records, and so it is known to be old and
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin;
perhaps a nickname from Yiddish kil ‘cool’.
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