Blackpink (블랙핑크) is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment that debuted on August 8th, 2016. The group consists of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. They debuted with the release of the single album Square One, which spawned “Whistle,” their first number-one song in South Korea, as well as “Boombayah,” their first number-one hit on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart.
The name of the group was conceived to contrast with the concept of femininity generally associated with the pink color. When Blackpink debuted, their label YG Entertainment said the name intends to express more than the attractiveness of the group.
On June 28th, a representative of YG provided more details regarding the rookie group, including the meaning behind the unique group name. The rep stated, “The meaning of Blackpink aims to contradict the common perception of the color pink. Pink is commonly used to portray prettiness, but Blackpink actually means to say that ‘Pretty isn’t everything.’ It also symbolizes that they are a team that encompasses not only beauty, but also great talent.”
DIA (다이아) is a South Korean girl group formed by MBK Entertainment. The group is currently composed of seven members: Eunice, Jueun, Huihyeon, Yebin, Chaeyeon, Eunchae, and Somyi. DIA officially debuted on September 17th, 2015, with their lead single “Somehow” from the self-titled debut studio album, Do It Amazing.
DIA is shortened from DIAMOND and a backronym of Do It Amazing. MBK Entertainment stated, “The new girl group’s team name has been decided as DIA, short for diamond. The meaning of their group name carries our hope that like diamonds, they will be the most valuable of all jewels and will continue to receive love and shine even after time passes.”
(G)I-dle ((여자)아이들; RR: Yeoja Aideul) is a South Korean multinational girl group formed by Cube Entertainment in 2018. The group consists of six members: Miyeon, Minnie, Soojin, Soyeon, Yuqi, and Shuhua. On May 2nd, 2018, the group debuted with their first extended play titled I Am.
In an interview with The Star, the leader of the group, Jeon So-yeon, revealed that the name “Idle” (아이들) came to her when she was composing the Idle Song. She submitted it to the company and the name was finalized after going through the company’s competition. The name, however, received mixed reactions in South Korea and internationally because “아이들” means “children” and “idle” in English refers to someone who avoids work. The group was thus renamed (G)I-dle, with the “I” standing for individuality, “‐” to show that the name has been divided into two parts and “Dle” which represents the Korean Word ‘deul’ which is used to make plural forms of noun words meaning of “I” in Korean, and the “(G)” means “girl.” The group name is read as “IDLE.” In conclusion, G(IDLE) stands for a group of six different personalities gathered together.
Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) also known as SNSD, is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group is composed of eight members: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun. Originally a nine-piece group, Jessica departed from the group in September 2014. Girls’ Generation debuted with their eponymous Korean album and a single “Into the New World” in August 2007. The group rose to fame in 2009 with the single “Gee,” which for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks occupied the top spot on KBS’ Music Bank and became Melon’s most popular song of the decade of the 2000s.
The group’s Korean name is So-nyuh Shi-dae (Korean: 소녀시대, Romanized: Sonyeo Sidae), from the Sino-Korean root meaning “Generation of Girls”; they are also known as SoShi (Korean: 소시) or SNSD, both of which are abbreviated forms of the group’s Korean-language name. 소 “So” stands for a girl group that communicates well. 녀 “Nyeo” stands for their feminine charms. 시 “Shi” stands for different from the start. 대 “Dae” stands for their representative brand.
Because their name consists of Chinese roots, the group’s name is similar in Chinese and Japanese: in Japan, the group’s name is pronounced as Shōjo Jidai (Japanese: 少女時代), and in Mandarin Chinese as Shàonǚ Shídài (Chinese: 少女時代/少女时代).
I.O.I (아이오아이) was a South Korean girl group formed by CJ E&M through the 2016 survival show Produce 101 on Mnet. The name I.O.I itself means Ideal of Idol. The group was composed of eleven members chosen from 101 trainees from various entertainment companies. IOI consisted of Lim Na-young, Kim Chung-ha, Kim Se-jeong, Jung Chae-yeon, Zhou Jieqiong, Kim So-hye, Yoo Yeon-jung, Choi Yoo-jung, Kang Mi-na, Kim Do-yeon, and Jeon So-mi. They debuted on May 4th, 2016, with the EP Chrysalis and actively promoted as a whole and divided into subunits for less than a year. They officially disbanded at the end of January 2017 and returned to their respective agencies.
Loona (stylized as LOOΠΔ) is a South Korean girl group formed by Blockberry Creative. The group consists of Hyunjin, Jinsoul, Yeojin, Chuu, Yves, Heejin, Kim Lip, Olivia Hye, Go Won, Choerry, Vivi, and Haseul. The group has formed three subunits: Loona 1/3, Loona Odd Eye Circle, and Loona yyxy. Their debut EP as a full ensemble, [+ +] (2018), was supported by the lead single “favOriTe” and the title track “Hi High.” In October 2016, Loona commenced their pre-debut project with each member releasing a promotional single over the next eighteen months.
Loona’s English name is derived from the Hangul letters ㅇㄷㅇㅅㄴ, each an initial consonant in the syllabic blocks that make 이달의 소녀 (Idarui Sonyeo). When rearranged to ㄴㅇㅇㄷㅅ, it resembles LOONA in the Latin alphabet. Its twelve members were revealed in a periodic fashion, corresponding to their Korean name Idarui Sonyeo (이달의 소녀), which translates to “Girl of the Month.”
Mamamoo (마마무) is a South Korean girl group formed by RBW (formerly WA Entertainment) in 2014. The group officially debuted on June 18th, 2014, with the single “Mr. Ambiguous.” Mamamoo consists of Moon Byul, Solar, Whee In, and Hwa Sa. Their debut was considered by some critics as one of the best K-Pop debuts of 2014. They are known for their retro, jazz, R&B concepts, and their strong vocal performances.
They revealed that the reason they named themselves MAMAMOO was because it signifies the sound that babies make. MAMA means mother. They tried to approach their listeners with their music organically and instinctively.
Well, that was all about the meanings of the names of some of the popular idols and singers, as well as girl groups. What do you think? Do you think that it is important to assign meaning to the names of the groups and does it affect their popularity? Please, don’t forget to kindly share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment in the section below.