We took a look at the meanings behind some unusual female K-Pop idols’ names, and now it’s the boys’ turn! While a lot of idols go by stage names that are derived from their real names, there are many that seem completely unrelated. The following 7 K-Pop idols have some unusual stage names that may seem random at first, but they do all have some pretty interesting meanings behind them!
1. Agust D
Agust D is BTS member Suga‘s soloist name, which most fans of course know by now! His real name is Min Yoongi. He wanted to have an alternative name to use for his solo work, because the music he produces as a soloist is more “raw” than the songs with BTS. The meaning of his stage name is “DT Suga” backwards, with “DT” standing for “Daegu Town”, which is where he is from.
2. G-Dragon (BIGBANG)
G-Dragon’s real name is Kwon Jiyong, and though it might not be obvious at first, his stage name is directly related to his real name! “Yong” means “dragon” in Korean, so G-Dragon is simply a different way of saying “Ji-Yong”. Simple but so cool!
3. S.Coups (SEVENTEEN)
S.Coups’ real name is Choi Seungcheol, and his stage name can be broken down into two parts. The “S” part of his name can stand for both “Seungcheol” and “SEVENTEEN”, and the “Coups” part of his name is taken from the term “coup d’état“, which is a phrase used to define a takeover of a rival/government/etc., usually by a small force. So together, his stage name basically stands for him and SEVENTEEN having success over their rivals!
4. Feeldog (UNB)
Feeldog’s real name is Oh Kwangsuk. Though his stage name is quite unusual, there is a meaning behind it! It was actually given to him by a mentor, because when he dances, he’s said to have a “good feel”. In Korea, it also has the meaning of “a note you have to read” (필독, or pil-dok), which can be interpreted as something you should check out. So in short, it means that you should check this idol out!
5. BamBam (GOT7)
BamBam’s real name is Kunpimook Bhuwakul. His stage name actually has a really simple origin — his mom was apparently the one who gave him the name, after the character Bamm-Bamm Rubble from show The Flintstones! She allegedly wanted him to grow up strong, just like Bamm-Bamm in the show. Though it may seem a bit unusual, it does seem to suit him well.
6. Ravi (VIXX)
Ravi’s real name is Kim Wonsik. His stage name can actually be interpreted two different ways, depending on the language you’re using! It means “charming” in French, which definitely suits this charming idol. However, in India it can translate to “sun”, which is also pretty accurate for the energetic Ravi!
7. Haechan (NCT)
Haechan may sound like it’s the idol’s real name, but his birth name is actually Lee Donghyuk. He was given the stage name by Lee Sooman himself. Haechan can be broken down into two parts: “Hae” which means “sun” and “Chan” which means “full”, so together, it means “full sun”. Lee Sooman gave him this name because he wanted him to have a new image as an idol, and it really does suit him well!