Recently, a post made on Theqoo, a popular Korean forum, highlighted an old Reddit thread where international fans were discussing the most common names among K-Pop idols. The post highlighted some of the most popular and recent responses, which left Korean netizens in awe of how much interest there is in K-Pop overseas.
Here are the top 10 highlighted answers from the thread:
1. TXT’s Yeonjun
Yeonjun is a rare name to come across, not only in K-Pop but in the country at large as well.
2. ITZY’s Ryujin
Ryujin is also a unique name in general, even outside of K-Pop.
3. MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul
Moonbyul’s real name is Moon Byul Yi. It stands out for many reasons. Firstly, “Byul” in Korean means “star,” which, combined with “Moon,” has given her the unique nickname of “Moonstar” among fans. “Byul Yi” also sounds like “Byul-ie,” which would usually be a nickname instead of the official one.
4. MAMAMOO’s Wheein
Wheein has a unique name that isn’t shared by anyone in the K-Pop industry so far.
5. Ex-Oh My Girl member Jiho
Jiho itself is not an uncommon name in Korea. But it is popular among males. There are very few women who have the name Jiho.
6. 2NE1’s Sandara Park
It is unusual to have three-syllable names in Korea. Apparently, when Sandara used to introduce herself early in her career, people mistook her first name as her full name.
7. MADTOWN’s Heojun
Heojun’s real name is Jun, a monosyllabic name, which is pretty uncommon in Korea. His stage name is a combination of his real name and surname!
8. WJSN Luda
Luda’s name stands out because it sounds foreign. Russian fans felt that there might be some connection with their country hiding behind this name since Luda is a very common name in Russia. In Korea, people often mistake Luda to be the stage name of the WJSN member.
9. ATEEZ’s San
San is a pretty uncommon name in Korea since names are usually two-syllables long. The meaning of his name in Korean is “mountain.”
10. ONEUS’ Yeo Hwanwoong
Yeo Hwanwoong is named after the god of Heaven in Korean mythology! It is such an uncommon name that people often mistake it for a stage name.