[KS] R: Corea - Korea

Andrea Campana md3206 at mclink.it
Mon Sep 13 17:49:34 EDT 1999


I am working on the origins of the name, and will be more clear in due
time. I know that the sound Corea has another meaning, stemming from Greek
and Latin, but I don't think, obviously, that the origins of the name used
for the peninsula in the far east has any Greek-Latin origin!

I would be grateful to you or to any Koreanist which can tell me when the
name Korea or Corea was for the first time used in translitterations...

I would be also interested in knowing when the equivalent for Corea was for
the first time used in Russian sources or in Arab ones (or...others)

(but maybe I am asking too much...)


> Da: Henny Savenije <adam&eve at henny-savenije.demon.nl>
> A: korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk
> Oggetto: Re: Corea - Korea
> Data: mercoledì 15 settembre 1999 10.09
> Of course you may, but as long there is no proof, it's just a hypothesis.
> am curious though in what context that might be. On a different note, the

> name Corea was a common one in Portugal as well, I don't think all these 
> "Corea"s are "from Corea" or have been there, or stem from one person who

> has been there. Corea in Portuguese also means sint-vitusdans==>> chorea:
> decease (can't find the English name, sorry) comes originally from Greek:

> choreia = dance.
> At 09:04 PM 09/13/1999 , you wrote:
> >May I vindicate the origins of the transitteration of the name "Corea"
> >(from Japanese) to latin people? Italian documents testify the use of
> >the name "Corea" at the very beginning of the XVII Century, and it
> >is strongly possible that the use of that name, starting with
> >"C" came in fact from portuguese missionaries that went to
> >Korea with Japanese soldiers during Hideyoshi's invasion
> >(as reported in the aforementioned documents).
> As far as I know there was only one, but if there are more I am curious.
> >As everybody know, the letter K is not used very much
> >in latin languages.
> I do, but since my Latin is not THAT great, I am curious what the Latin 
> meaning of Corea might be.
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