11 K-Pop Idols Who You Might Not Have Known Have Legally Changed Their Birth Names
K-Pop idols having a stage name is quite common, as many idols share the same birth name, so a stage name can make it easier to differentiate idols. Some idols have changed their birth name for personal reasons as well, here are 10 of those idols.
1. Lee Jinhyuk (UP10TION)
Jinhyuk has gone through several names throughout his life. His birth name is Lee Sung Joon, but he legally changed his name to Lee Jinhyuk. Jinhyuk’s stage name also changed, as his original stage name was Wei. He later changed his stage name to Jinhyuk after he participated in Produce X 101.
2. Jeongyeon (TWICE)
Jeongyeon‘s birth name is Yoo Kyung Wan. She was teased about her name sounding boyish, so she legally changed her name to Jeongyeon in elementary school.
3. Kang Daniel
Kang Daniel‘s birth name is Kang Eui Geon. He later decided to legally change his name to Daniel, as people had a hard time pronouncing his birth name.
Hoya‘s birth name is Lee Ho Dong. He later legally changed it to Lee Ho Won, as he was teased for sharing the same name as Kang Ho Dong.
5. Jihyo (TWICE)
The leader of TWICE is also someone who has gone through a name change. Jihyo‘s birth name is Park Ji Soo, but she legally changed her name to Jihyo before the start of SIXTEEN.
6. Yoon Jisung
Jisung‘s birth name is Yoon Byeong Ok. Before Produce 101 Season 2, he decided to legally change his name to Yoon Jisung.
7. Jun. K (2PM)
Jun. K was originally born as Kim Jun Su. His name was later legally changed to Kim Min Jun due to family reasons.
8. Seoham (KNK)
Seoham is someone who has gone through multiple names in his life. His birth name is Park Gyeong Bok, but he got teased a lot because of his name. He legally changed his name to Park Seung Jun. He later changed his name again, this time to Park Seoham.
9. Eunji (Apink)
Eunji‘s birth name is Jung Hye Rim. She later changed her name to Eunji, which is the name she has been using for her whole career as a celebrity.
10. Yesung (Super Junior)
Yesung‘s birth name is Kim Jong Woon. His mother decided to legally change his name to Kim Jong Hoon, as she felt that his original birth name had an unlucky meaning.
11. Nancy (MOMOLAND
In 2019, Nancy changed her legal name from Lee Seungri to Lee Geuroo. The meaning behind her new name is that the word geuroo is used to count trees in Korean, and she wants to become a big tree as the grows up.