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Gender Masculine & Feminine
Scripts 우기(Korean Hangul)
Pronounced Pron. Ooo-gee, oogi, oogie, ugi  [key]

Meaning & History

The literal translation in Hangul (Koreas modern written language) for Ugi (우기) is Monsoon or Rainy season. Ugi (우기) is derived from the Hanja character 雨 (Yǔ meaning rain). Although it is possible that 雨 (Yǔ) was first used/ invented by a Korean during the Gojoseon period (likely established somewhere between 2333bce - 1101bce) as certain regions of modern china were technically considered parts of Ancient Korea (control of these regions switched and evolved over many years many times), it is still most likely the first use of 雨 was in a Chinese dynasty during the use of Old Chinese (Roughly 1766BCE - 256BCE). The Korean word/ name Ugi (우기) translates to Yǔjì and/or Yuqi (雨季) in Mandarin and Yuki and/or Uki (雨季) in Japanese. Since pronunciation and spelling varies depending on the language, Ugi would not retain its meaning in mandarin and Japanese unless Ugi is written in Hangul (우기) then translated directly to the appropriate language. When separated, Ugi could have different meanings for other languages making Ugi a Korean name. For example, in Mandarin, Yù translates to Jade but also Rain. This is not the case in Korean. Regardless, in Korea, China and Japan the name's definition is typically used in reference to its rainy season/ monsoon definition.
Added 7/4/2021 by Brian
Edited 1/27/2023 by Mike C