South Korean Girl Names and Meanings
Mostly Korean names are a combination of the family name and the last name. Like Chinese names, Korean names are also made of two Sino-Korean morphemes. Traditionally, family names consisted of only one syllable which was later sub-divided into clans that are identified by specific places and origin.
Many K-Pop idols use stage names instead of their nationality names given at birth. The reasons are various from having a name that is easier for their Korean fans to pronounce to just wishing to convey a different image than their given names. Nevertheless, their real names (Korean name) actually have some great meanings behind them. Let’s check out some of the female idols’ and singers’ name meaning!
Female Idols’ And Singers’ Name Meanings
K-Pop idols are not just musically talented, but are also naturally beautiful. Some of them even have a beautiful meaning in their names. If you are curious to find out the meaning behind the names of some of the popular female idols and singers keep scrolling down.
BoA: Precious Jewel
Kwon Bo-ah (권보아), known professionally as BoA, was born on November 5th, 1986. BoA is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. BoA has been recognized as one of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers throughout her career. The name is an acronym of “Beat of Angel” and “Best of Asia,” though it later became a backronym of “Bring on America” when she was being promoted for her American debut. BoA’s multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and English along with native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin) have contributed to her commercial success throughout East Asia.
Park Bom (박봄) was born on March 24th, 1984. She was previously known mononymously as Bom. Bom is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1. In an interview, Bom has said, “Spring means a new beginning. My mom made my name like that. My name is “Bom,” which is “spring” in Korean. New flowers grow up in the spring. It’s a new start, a new beginning.”
Recently, Bom competed in Mnet’s reality television competition Queendom. She released three singles throughout her run in the competition: covers of “Hann (Alone)” by fellow competitor (G)I-dle and “Eyes, Nose, Lips” by former labelmate Taeyang, and an original song titled “Wanna Go Back.”
Bomi: Universal Beauty
Yoon Bo-mi (윤보미), better known as Bomi, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on August 13th, 1993. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Apink. The name Bomi means springtime, as evident from the word ‘bom’ (which is spring), this name has a nice ring to it. It is a popular choice for many Koreans.
Moon Byul-yi is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the main rapper of South Korean girl group Mamamoo. She was born on December 22nd, 1992. Most commonly known as Moonbyul, she made her debut as a solo artist with the release of the digital single, “Selfish” featuring Seulgi in May 2018. The name means Moon Star. “Byul” is the Korean word for “star.” Recently, Byul released her debut EP, Dark Side of the Moon, on February 14th, 2020.
Kim Chan-mi, simply known as Chanmi, is a South Korean singer. She is best known for her work as a member of the South Korean girl group AOA. She was recruited by FNC Entertainment and became an FNC trainee during middle school.
Chanmi means “praise.” The similar words of Chanmi are gamtan, yeong-gwang, ching-chan. Another idol who has Chanmi as a real name is Chung-ha.
Kim Chung-ha (김청하) was born with the name Kim Chan-mi [김찬미] on February 9th, 1996. Chung-ha is a South Korean singer, dancer, songwriter, and choreographer.
Kim Da-som is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a former member of the popular South Korean girl group Sistar under Starship Entertainment. She has also acted in films and television dramas. In June 2010, Dasom made her debut as a member of Sistar on KBS Music Bank with their debut single “Push Push.” The name of Dasom in Korea means “Love, Wisdom, Wisdom of Love.”
Jung Eun-bi was born on May 30th, 1997. She is better known by her stage name Eunha. She is a South Korean singer and actress. She is the lead vocalist of the girl group GFriend.
The name Eunha is from Sino-Korean 銀 (eun) meaning “silver” combined with 河 (ha) meaning “river, stream, creek” or 銀河 (eunha) meaning “galaxy,” as well as other hanja combinations. Eunha means galaxy or milky way.
Hahm Eun-jung, known professionally as Eunjung and also Elsie, is a South Korean singer and actress. She won the Little Miss Korea competition at the age of seven and debuted as a child actress in the same year getting a part in the television drama A New Generation of Adults in 1995. The name Eun Jung means grace and affection.
Gaeun: Beautiful and Kind
Cho Ka-eun (조가은) is a South Korean singer. She is a former singer of the Korean Girl Group Dal Shabet. She left the group in December 2015 when her contract expired.
Ka-eun got married to her longtime non-celebrity boyfriend in Seoul in 2018. The name Gaeun means beautiful and kindness. From Sino-Korean 佳 “good, auspicious; beautiful; delightful” and 恩 “kindness, mercy, charity.”
Heejin: Precious Pearl
HeeJin (희진) is the first revealed member of LOONA and a member of its first subunit, LOONA 1/3. She debuted on September 26th, 2016 as a member and subsequently released her solo single album HeeJin on October 5th, 2016.
Heejin was named by combining her parent’s names: taking “Hee” from her mom and “Jin” from her dad, w/ Chinese characters “田姬振”. Hee means girl and Jin means to make fame/power, to be known widely. So her name means: “Girl whose fame will be known.” Also, the meaning of Heejin is “pleasure” or “precious,” as “hee” means “enjoyment” and “jin” means “pearl.”
Hyerin: Beautiful Jade
Seo Hye-lin (서혜린) is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group EXID.
The name Hyerin means intelligent and pure. The other meaning of Hyerin is vocal queen. From Sino-Korean 慧 “bright, intelligent” or 惠 “favor, benefit, confer kindness” (hye), and 潾 “clear water” or 璘 “luster of jade” (rin).
HyunA: Shining and Elegant
Kim Hyun-ah (현아) is a South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, and model. She debuted as a member of the girl group Wonder Girls in February 2007. Hyuna has released six extended plays since her professional solo debut and has collaborated with several artists under Cube Entertainment. Recently, she released a single titled “Flower Shower,” her first release under P-Nation.
The name Hyun-A means Elegant. From Sino-Korean 泫 “weep; cry; shine, glisten” (hyeon) and 我 “our, us, I, me, my, we” or 雅 “elegant, graceful, refined.”
Miyoung: Everlasting Beauty
Stephanie Young Hwang, famously known professionally as Tiffany or Tiffany Young, is an American singer. At the age of fifteen, she was discovered by South Korean entertainment agency SM Entertainment. After two years of training, Tiffany debuted as a member of the girl group Girls’ Generation (and later its subgroup Girls’ Generation-TTS) in August 2007. The Korean name of Tiffany is Hwang Mi Yeong. Hwang Mi Yeong means Beautiful flower. It can also mean Everlasting Beauty.
Sooyeon: A Perfect Lotus Flower
Jessica Jung, widely known as Jessica, is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer known for her work as a former member of South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation. Soon, Jessica is to publish her debut novel, Shine, in the fall of 2020 as part of a two-book deal with Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Jung revealed that her birth name, as on her passport, is Jessica Jung, whereas her Korean name Jeong Soo-yeon was only obtained on a later date due to necessity. She describes herself as “Christian curious” and goes to church. The name Sooyeon is composed of “Soo” which means “luxurious/elegant” and “yeon” which means “beauty,” so Sooyeon means “Elegant beauty.”