K-Pop Girlgroup Names
K-Pop Groups bring out charms and uniqueness with their names. Some may sound new and creative, some may even come up from acronyms, and some of them, unexpectedly, have even been inspired by science. Let’s take a look at the meanings of some of the popular K-Pop Girl Groups’ names.
2NE1 (투애니원, IPA: [tʰu.ɛ.ni.wʌn]) was a South Korean girl group composed of Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy, formed by YG Entertainment in 2009. In April 2009, Yang Hyun Suk stated that 2NE1’s debut song would be a hip-hop and reggae oriented track. “Fire” was released on May 6th, 2009, and was accompanied by two music videos. The song also went to number one on various charts and garnered 2NE1 their first music station award on Inkigayo.
The group’s name was initially announced as 21, however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was quickly renamed 2NE1. The name, pronounced in Korean to approximate English as “To Anyone” or (US) “Twenty One,” combines the phrases “21st century” and “New Evolution.” In conclusion, 2NE1 is less an acronym and a unique stylization of the phrase “New Evolution of the 21st Century.”
4minute (포미닛) is a five-member South Korean K-Pop girl group under CUBE Entertainment. 4Minute consists of Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-ah, and Kwon So-hyun. They debuted through the Mnet M! Countdown show on June 18th, 2009 with the song “Hot Issue.”
The name 4minute has two meanings. One regarding the fact that each of the members will attract audiences in 4 minutes and this is why all of their songs are shorter than 4 minutes. 4Minute also signifies “for minute,” the meaning is that they will do their best for every minute (for every moment).