There are various reasons why idols would choose to use a stage name instead of their real names when promoting. Some may think that their stage name is more memorable than their real name, while others may want want to avoid having the same name as senior idols.
There are some idols with English-sounding stage names you may not know are actually their real names. Read on to see who they are!
1. BLACKPINK’s Jennie
BLACKPINK‘s Jennie was born in Anyang, South Korea, but she was raised in Aukland, New Zealand. She is fluent in Korean and English and also knows basic Japanese. Fans are often surprised when they learn that she does not have a Korean name.
2. NCT Dream’s Jeno
NCT Dream‘s Jeno was born and raised in Incheon, South Korea, but his name could easily pass as an English name. He is the lead dancer and rapper of the group.
3. Kang Daniel
The original name of former Wanna One member Kang Daniel is Kang Euigeon. He revealed in an interview that he legally changed it to “Daniel” because he would become stressed whenever people would have a hard time pronouncing his name.
4. Cosmic Girls’ Lee Luda
Cosmic Girls‘ Lee Luda was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is the lead rapper of the group, and she has a mystical-sounding name that could be mistaken for an English name.