If past Mnet survival shows are anything to go by, Girls Planet 999‘s girl group Kep1er likely won’t get its official fandom name until the members make their debut together. That said, fans are already coming up with the best suggestions. Check out these nine great fandom name ideas—could you imagine calling yourself by one of them?
One of the most popular suggestions for Kep1er’s fandom name is “Keepers.” Similar in look and sound to Kep1er, the name “Keepers” represents fans of the group protecting the group’s dream and keeping it alive.
Over the course of the show, Girls Planet 999 voters and fans have been referred to as Planet Guardians. Keeping the name “Guardians” for the fandom would serve as a sweet reminder of the journey each member took to make it into Kep1er.
A similar suggestion is “Planets,” keeping the thread of Planet Guardians and the show’s name. It could also represent fans surrounding Kep1er in the same way planets orbit stars.
If the name Kep1er sounds familiar to you, it may be because of its similarity to Kepler; Johannes Kepler is one of the most famous astronomers in history and discovers the laws of planetary motion, tying into the title Girls Planet. As a tribute, NASA created the Kepler space telescope, which they used to discover habitable, Earth-like planets. As such, many fans think “Telescope” (or “Te1escope”) would be a cute name for Kep1er’s fandom, helping the group reach the stars.
Over the years, the Kepler space telescope discovered numerous planets, all of which were also given the name Kepler. One of the constellations where these planets were found is named Lyra. As a fandom name, “Lyra” (which is also the Latin name for a string instrument) could represent fans being Kep1er’s own shining stars. The other Kepler planet constellations are Cygnus and Draco, both of which could make interesting fandom names.
Before the name Kep1er was announced, Mnet asked Girls Planet 999 viewers to submit their own ideas for group names. One of the most popular was “9alaxy,” combining the show’s planetary theme with the number of members in the final lineup. For months now, many viewers have actually already been using “9alaxy” as an unofficial fandom name, so it would make a very seamless transition if the name became official.
Another popular group name suggestion that could make a cute fandom name is “CosmIX.” A play on the word “cosmos,” this space-themed name ends in IX—the Roman numeral for the number nine.
One of the more comedic suggestions from fans is “Johannes”—the first name of Johannes Kepler. However, humor aside, it is possible to spin “Johannes” to have a cute meaning. In Korean, the first two syllables sound like the word “요한” (yo-han), which can roughly translate to “needed,” showing how Kep1er need their fans for support and success.
Finally, one particularly funny fandom name suggestion making the rounds right now is “Stap1er”—no explanation needed.