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Kpop Groups: Meaning behind their Names

Kpop Groups: Meaning behind their Names
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Kpop Groups bring out uniqueness and charm through their names, though some may sound new or even weird like Momoland or Weki Meki, some may even come up from acronyms like BTS, NCT, AOA or scientific inspired like Cross Gene and f(x).

Let us look into the following bands and check out the meaning behind their names.

1NB — 1 New Best

1PS — 1 Piece Score

1TYM — 1 Time for Your Mind

15& — 15 was their age of debut while the “&” means that they can achieve success in the future.

24K — The group consists of 2 dancing machines and 4 main vocalists.

2AM — Is when people get emotional as they reflect alone upon the things that happened during the day. The group’s aim is to feature songs which express such emotional depth and sensitivity.

2Eyes — The idea of the members; communicating with people through their eyes.

2NE1 — To any one; New Generation of the 21st Century.

2PM — 2pm is the most active and pumped time of the day. The group’s aim is to make such energetic and passionate music.

2YOON (4MINUTE subunit) — The group is composed of Gayoon and Jiyoon.

4L — 4 Ladies

4MINUTE — Means that the girls will captivate the fans with their charms within 4 minutes. It also signifies ‘for minute,’ that they will always try their best for every minute.

æspa — Their name comes from combining ‘æ’ derived from ‘Avatar X Experience’ & ‘aspect’. The meaning behind the name is various innovative activities to come with the theme of ‘Experiencing a new world via the encounter of the ‘avatar’, your other self’.

After School — Signifies the sense of freedom that students feel ‘after school’ and how they show off their talents and have a fun time while enjoying such freedom.

Akdong Musician — Literally meaning ‘mischievous child musician’.

ANSAngel N Soul

AOA — Ace of Angels

Apink — Portmanteau of A (to be the best) and Pink (image of innocence).

APIAwesome Pretty Idol

APRIL — It means, “the girl you can’t help but love”, because ‘A’ means the best, while ‘Pril‘ means a lovable girl.

AST’1 — A STar 1

ASTRO — Means star in Spanish.

ATEEZ — A TEENagers Z. Where teenagers from A-Z (everyone) can be fans.

AZM  This girl group makes music from A to Z.

A-JAX — It is in reference to the mythological Greek hero that helped bring victory to the Greeks during the Trojan War.

A.C.E — Adventure Calling Emotions, meaning that the group wants to cause emotions that urge people to go on adventures and make the dreams come true.

A.CIAN — Asia of Ace & Musician

A.N.D.S — Aneun Dongsang (A Dear Young Sister)

B1A4 — 1 member (Baro) has the blood type B, while his 4 other bandmates (Jinyoung, Sandeul, Gongchan, and CNU) have blood type A.

B2Y— Babyboys 2 Yearninggirls

Baby V.OX — Baby  Voices Of Xpression

Baby V.OX Re.V— Baby  Voices Of Xpression Renaissance Voices

BB.BOYS — Best of Best Boys

BBde Girl — Beauty Blessed de Girl

BEAST/ B2ST — Boys of East Standing Tall / Boys 2 Search for Top

Berry Good — The name indicates that the groups is formed to fullfill good fruition

Bestie — Short for bestfriend. They also wanted to use the name as a way of being closer to their fans.

Be. A — Be an Artist or Be Artist

BgA — Boys Generally Asian

BIGBANG —  The group’s name was inspired by the Big Bang Theory, thus the group will make a big impact in the music industry.

BLACK6IX — Six boys of infinite possibilities

BLACKPINK —  The color Pink is often used as a shorthand for prettiness, while the color Black often connotes sophistication and skill. It symbolizes that that the group is not only pretty, but has great talent as well.

BLK — Beyond Limit Key

Block B — Short for BLOCKBuster, aiming their desire to become blockbusters of the Korean music industry.

BoM — Blooming of Our Music

BotopassBorn To Be Passion

Boys Republic — Onejunn: “From the beginning we were told to choose our group name, Boys Republic become the final name after a few names. The meaning behind it, I would say is to fulfill the dreams, as when we get older we try to get it right, we have to keep up our dream, within our national republic everything can be done, like performance to show our color as a group or individually and we finally pursue it under Boys Republic name.“

BP RaNia — Black Pearl RegulAtioN of Idol in Asia

BPPOP — Bright Playful POP

BTOB — Born to Beat

BtL — Beyond the Limit

BTS — Short for “Bangtan Sonyeondan” which means bulletproof boy scouts. Their English name is Beyond The Scene

BVNDIT — Be Ambitious N Do It

B.A.P — Best Absolute Perfect

B.Dolls — Bustling Dolls

B.I.G — Boys In Groove

CHI CHI — Creative electronic House Idol

Chocolat — French word for chocolate, the name also stems of the idea that each member is reminiscent of different flavors of chocolate.

CLC — CrystaL Clear

CNBLUE — Code Name Blue. The “Blue” signifies the image of each member. Burning represents Jonghyun. Lovely represents Minhyuk. Untouchable represents Jungshin. Emotional represents Yonghwa.

CRAVITY — Combined word of ‘CReativity’ and ‘GrAVITY’. It’s also an abbreviation of the phrase ‘center of gravity’. – Serim (Leader)

Crayon Pop — The group’s members have unique individuality like the colors of  crayon. Pop means to hang-out and they have catchy songs.

C-Clown — Crown-Clown

C-REAL —  Chemi Redee Effie AnnJ Lenny       

Dal Shabet — literally meaning moon sherbet. The name was inspired by a legend about a grandmother who makes sherbet out of a moon.

Davichi — Korean word which means “the light”

DAY6 — There were originally six members representing the first six days of the week with their fans representing the seventh day; after a member left, they changed the meaning: 5 of the days represent the 5 members, and the 6th day represent the fans (it’s only 6 days because the Sunday is a rest day)

DIADo It Amazing , short for DIAmond


DMTN Desire Motivation Timing Now

ELRIS — Excellent Lovely Rainbow Innocent Sisters, it also means Alice (as in Alice In Wonderland).

EPEX — It is described as “the gathering of eight youths reaches eight different apexes.” It represents the 8 members forming a collective, powerful new team.

EvoL — Effective Voice of Ladies

EXID — EXceed In Dreaming

EXO — Short for EXOplanet

Fin K.L — Fin Killing Liberty

Fiestar — The name was derived from the Spanish word ‘fiesta’ which means festival – aiming to give excitement and energy to its listeners.

Fromis_9 — From Idol School; the 9 represents the number of members.

FT Island — Five Treasure Island

f(x) — FlowerDouble  X Chromosome

F.Cuz —  For Century Ultimate Zest

F.I.X — Four Immaculate Xtraordinaries

(G)I-DLE — (G) = Girl, I = Represents each individual member, DLE = represents the Korean word ‘deul’, which is used to make plural forms of noun words, so (G)I-DLE means “A group of six individuals” – Minnie.

GFRIEND — They want to be sweet girlfriends to boys and a good friend to girls.

GI — Global Icons

Girl Friends — The idea came from true-life bestfriends.

Girls’ Generation — The name signifies “the time (generation) has come for the girls to take over the world”.

GLAM — GirLs be AMbitious

GP Basic — Girl  Power Basic

Golden Child — Refers to a perfect child who is born once in 100 years and they are named so to lead the K-POP industry for the next 100 years as well as the future trend of music. We’ve named them so for that”- CEO Lee Jungyeop

GOT7 — They have 7 members and 7 is considered a lucky number.

GreatGuys — Each member has his individual trait, and when you combine all the members you get one Great Guy.

GWSN — Gongwon Sonyeo (Girls in the Park)

g.o.d — Groove OverDose

HALO — Hexagon of Absolute Light and Organization

HAM — Heart And Mind

HITT — Here Is The Top

HOT ISSUEHonest Outstanding Terrific Issue

Hotshot — someone who does really well in the world of music

H.O.T — High-five Of Teenager

H.U.B — Hope U Bounce

Hi-L — High Insight Libre

iKON — They will be the icons who will represent Korea worldwide. The C was replaced with K to present that the icon were from Korea.

IMFACT — I’m Fact  + Impact.

INFINITE — “Our name, INFINITE, means ‘limitless’. We never put a restriction on our possibilities, and we will always improve.” – Leader Sunggyu

IN2IT — Intuit/Into it; “the boys will make fans fall into their intuitive charms”.

I.B.I — Comes from the Korean word 일반인 [il-ban-in], meaning “normal people”. It also stands for I Believe It.

I.C.E — International Center of Issue

I.GInside Glory

I.O.I — Ideal  Of Idol

I.M.U — Inspire. Music. Unite

IZ*ONE — 12 (IZ) girls as ONE

JeVice — JEwelry  VoICE

JBJ — Just Be Joyful

JJCC — Jackie Chan Joint Cultures

JJ Project — members names are JB and Jinyoung

JQT — J is a common letter in the members’ names, QT – Quality or Quartet

jtL — Jang Woohyuk, Tony, Lee Jaewon

Kara — Sweet Melody

K.A.R.D — (K)ing = BM, (A)ce = J.Seph, Colored/B&W Joke(R) = Jiwoo and Somin, Hi(D)den KARD = fans

KISS — Korea International Super Star

KNK — Stands for K-pop kNocK. It means “to knock on the door of K-pop with their music.”

LABOUM — French word meaning “the party”.

LC9 — League Competition #9

LPG — Lovely Pretty Girls

LUSTY — Lively, Sturdy, and Robust

LOOΠΔ — 이달의소녀, literally meaning ‘girl of the month’. The vowels were removed and scramble the letters that form the word LOOΠΔ.

Lovelyz — They named the girls, Lovelyz because they are lovely.

MAIN — Music Aspire Impressive Narrative

Mamamoo — “It signifies the sound that babies make. ‘MAMA’ means mother. So it means that we want to approach our listeners organically and instinctively with our music.”

MASC — Short for MASCuline

MaskOT — Mask Of Thetis

MBLAQMusic Boys  Living in Absolute Quality

MCND — Music Creates New Dream

Miss A —It signifies that the girls will cultivate A-class talents in everything they do and become the best in Asia.

MONSTA X — They are the monsters who will dominate the K-POP scene. And ‘mon’ meaning ‘my’ in French, thus ‘My Star’.

Moonlight Girls / DBSN — M.Light.G / Dalbit Sonyeo

MYTEEN — Short for MYTEENager

MXM — More X More; Mix & Match

M4M — Mystical Formula; M– passion, mystery and infinite possibilities, 4– number of members

M.I.B — Most Incredible Busterz (originally known as Bastardz)

M.I.L.K — Made In Lovely Kin

M.I.S.O — MagIc Souls of Oriental

M.Pire — Combination of music and vampire

NCT — Neo Culture Technology

Ne-P — New Passion

Nine Muses — The group’s name was derived from Nine Muses in Greek Mythology.

New F.O — New Five Order

N.CUS — No. Competitors Under The Sky

N.E.X.T — New EXperiment Team

N.Flying — means New Flying

N.O.M — No Other  Man

N-Sonic — Neo Sonic

N.TiC — New Trend Icon

NCT U -—The “United” team where songs are assigned to any NCT member or members based on who is the best fit.

NCT 127 — NCT 127 is based in Seoul, South Korea with the number “127” representing the longitude coordinate of Seoul.

NCT Dream — “We want teenagers to have dream and hope through our songs.” – Mark (NCT Dream Member)

NRG — New Radiancy Group

NTB — New Town Boyz

NTB — Naughty Boys

NU’EST —New Established Style Tempo

O-24 — Means the group is thinking about Hip Hop songs all day long (from 0 to 24 hours)

ONF — On N Off

Pascol — Pastel Color

PENTAGON — It means that all members excel in five areas (Vocal/Rap, Dance, Mind, Talent and Team Work).

Pristin — Portmanteau of prismatic (bright and clear) and elastin (flawless strength)

PRITZ — Pretty Rangers In Terrible Zone

Puretty — Portmanteau of Pure and pretty

P.O.P — Puzzle Of POP

Q.O.S — Queens Of Sound

RAINZ — RApturously INspiriting BoyZ

Re.F — Ruff Easy Flava

Red Velvet — The group’s name represents their different concepts and image. Red signifies their fierce and bold image, while Velvet shows their smooth and calm image.

Roo’Ra — Roots of Reggae

Rubber  Soul — Inspired by Beatles album, “Rubber Soul

Rumble.G — Rumble.Generation

SeeYa — See You Always / See You Againhh

SEVENTEEN — 13 members + 3  Units + 1 Team = 17

SG Wannabe — Simon Garfunkel Wannabe

SF9 — Sensational Feeling 9

SHINee — A combination of shine meaning light, and the suffix ee, therefore meaning “one who receives the light”

Shinhwa — Shinhwa is the Korean word for myth or legend.

SHU-I — So Hot Union of Idols

Sistar —  Portmanteau of sister and star

Skarf — The name came from the word ScarfS means Singapore while K means Korea, since they promote both in Singapore and Korea.

SKYLEShow the Kinetic & Youth Leading a new Episode

Snuper — Higher than Super

SOLIA — Special Our Light Influence Artist

Sonamoo — Literally meaning pine trees.

Spica — Named after Virgo’s brightest star

SS501 — Super  Star: 5 United As 1

STAYCStar To A Young Culture

Stray Kids — Their group name is sort of a play on the phrase “children out of the house” which means lost kids. Their concept is wild and carefree teens.

Super Junior — The name represents the time when the members were young as SM trainees and were considered the best (‘super’) in every field

S.E.S — Sea (Bada), Eugene , Shoo [named after the members’ names ]

S.I.S — Serependity In Stars

S.L.I.M —  SunLight In the Morning

TEEN TOP — Teenager Emoboy Emotion Next Generation Talent Object Praise

The Boss — The Boys Of Super Space

Tiny-G — Tiny Giant

TOUCH — The Original Undeniable Charismatic Homme

TRAX — Typhoon of the Rose Attack on XMas

TRCNG — Teen Rising Champion in a New Generation

TWICE — The group wants to capture people’s attention twice: through their eyes (with their looks) and ears (with their music).

Two X — The members’ name are Top, Win and One, the X stands for multiplication.

TVXQ — Tong Vfang Xien Qi


T.G.U.S — The Guys Using Sound

T.O.A — Top Of Asia


T-ara — The name connotes their aim to emerge as the queen in the music industry and wear a beautiful jeweled ‘tiara’

UN — United N-generation

UNB — You and Unit B

UNI.T  Unity

UNIQ — Unique + Unicorn

UP10TION — Unbelievable Perfect 10 members Teenagers Idol Open Now

U-KISS — Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Star

VICTON — VoICe TO New World

VAV — Very Awesome Voice

VIXX —Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis

VNT — Voice of Ninety-Two

VOISPER — Portmanteau of VOIce and whiSPER.

VOS — Voice Of Soul

W24 — World 24 Hours. Hoping their music would be heard all of the world for 24 hours.

Wanna One — Wanna One sounds like ‘101’, and they chose that name because the band was formed through the show Produce 101.

Weki Meki — Fantagio states that in one meaning of the name “WekiMeki,” “MeKi” refers to eight unique girls who each hold keys that identify one another and “WeKi” refers to the girls as a group once they meet and come to possess another key that opens a new world. The name is twofold, with another meaning for the name taking the “we” and “me” from the two words to form “WEME,” signifying the eight members coming together

WINNER — The name ‘WINNER’ was given to them (‘Team A’) after they won all three rounds of public voting.

WINGS – inspired by Little Mix’s song, “Wings”

XENO-T (Formerly known as Topp Dogg) — Xenogenic and ToppKlass (their fandom name)

XING — Crossing(X) in New Genre

X-5 — Xenos 5

YMGA — Young Men’s Gangsta Association

ZPZG — Zest Play Zest Grow

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