LE SSERAFIM onlyrecently announced their official new fandom name, but theories already abound, including one particularly fascinating one which the members themselves may have been hinting at.
On August 7, LE SSERAFIM revealed that their fandom will now officially be called “FEARNOT.”
르세라핌 공식 팬덤명
— LE SSERAFIM (@le_sserafim) August 7, 2022
In a statement, the group’s managing label, Source Music, explained the sweet meaning behind the name.
“FEARNOT,” which is a homonym of “blooming” in Korean, carries a meaning that LE SSERAFIM marching forward fearlessly and fans who do “not fear” loving and supporting LE SSERAFIM come together to “bloom” every new moment.
— Source Music
While there are some fans who find the name slightly disappointing, its reception has been largely positive, particularly given its spelling in Hangeul, which spells “bloom” or “to bloom.”
FEARNOT = no reason to be afraid, similar to FEARLESS (LE SSERAFIM)
피어나 (FEARNOT) = bloom in korean
Genius. I actually love it 🥲
— Divine | F̶E̶A̶R̶N̶O̶T̶ ❤️🔥 (@Kazuhaseyo) August 7, 2022
Additionally, fans have been enjoying the connection of the fandom name to Sakura‘s, as they seem to share a meaning!
Sakura's name (咲良) means "to bloom". LE SSERAFIM's fandom name is FEARNOT. And when you write FEARNOT in hangeul, it's 피어나 which also means "to bloom" !!!
— sha • 피어나 (@lesserafan) August 7, 2022
Of course, they’ve also been having some good-natured fun with it…
You can say "Fiona" instead of "FEARNOT" because that's how you spell it in Korean.
And if you want to be goofy, you can call yourself "Piona" or "Peeona".
— 保管 (@39storage) August 7, 2022
FEARNOT 피어나 pic.twitter.com/T9lD1xcua1
— 𖧷 (@LE_SSERAPHIMS) August 7, 2022
what's le sserafim's fandom name again? pic.twitter.com/rnUz9YFoGB
— eri (@amoursserafim) August 8, 2022
…but one detail has gotten the attention of many. Some fans intriguingly pointed out that the words “Fear Not” are exactly what angels often say in stories.
WHO ELSE MOVED. pic.twitter.com/r7AJkxUQXA
— michelle. FIRST FEARNOT. (@proyunjin) August 7, 2022
its linked to angels still.. like isnt that what angels say in the bible when they appear to humans at first?
— 0801 Fearnot (@cwkimm) August 7, 2022
Not only that, but the group’s name itself, LE SSERAFIM, sounds a lot like the word, “seraphim,” which refers to angels.
This possibly implies that LE SSERAFIM are like fans’ guardian angels, which is why they will call them by saying “fear not.”
LE SSERAFIM literally translates to 'the seraphim or 'the burning angels'. You know how biblically-accurate angels say "Be not afraid" and now our fandom name is "FEARNOT".
We're getting to the LE SSERAFIM original angel concept yall pic.twitter.com/s9faes5tbo
— joe | LE SSERAFIM (@elsserafim) August 7, 2022
And coincidentally, LE SSERAFIM’s recent July photoshoot with DAZED Korea saw them dress up as angels!
All this means that the name “FEARNOT” not only has an adorable meaning in Korean (“bloom”), but it is also potentially a lovely allusion to LE SSERAFIM’s hope of being there to help and protect their fans.
While not everyone can possibly be satisfied with the name, it really does seem like the members and their staff put a lot of thought into making a name that would hold special meaning!
Read further about LE SSERAFIM’s new fandom name right here.