While most idols usually use a stage name while promoting themselves as artists, some have chosen to use their birth names instead. In K-pop, it is co
While most idols usually use a stage name while promoting themselves as artists, some have chosen to use their birth names instead. In K-pop, it is common to refer to our favorite idols by their birth names despite their stage names to feel a closer bond with them. But did you know? Some of the names we know today aren’t actually the names originally given to them!
For various reasons, some idols decide to change their birth names legally. With that, here are some K-pop idols who legally changed their birth names that suit them better!
1. Apink Eunji
(Photo : Instagram: @artist_eunji)
Apink member Eunji, who also promotes by her full name Jung Eunji, was actually born as Jung Hyerim. However, she changed her legal name after a fortune-teller told her so. Since then, she has used her changed name for her entire career.
2. Super Junior Yesung
(Photo : Instagram: @yesung1106)
Super Junior Yesung
In 2016, Yesung changed his birth name from Kim Jongwoon to Kim Jonghoon. However, it wasn’t actually him that decided to change his name. His mother decided to change Yesung’s name as she thought his previous name wasn’t favorable to him. Yesung only found out about it three months after!
3. Lee Mijoo
(Photo : Instagram: @queen.chu_s)
For some, Lee Mijoo’s name might be confusing, as the stage name she is using now is actually her birth name. But Mijoo legally changed her name from Lee Mijoo to Lee Seungah after her mother’s recommendation.
4. NCT Jaehyun
(Photo : Instagram: @_jeongjaehyun)
Just like Mijoo, Jaehyun’s current stage name is actually his birth name, being born Jung Jaehyun. But he legally changed his birth name to Jung Yoon Oh.
5. BLACKPINK Lisa
(Photo : Instagram: @lalalalisa_m)
BLACKPINK Lisa’s birth name was Pranpriya Manoban. But after a fortune teller’s visit, she changed her name to Lalisa, meaning “the one being praised,” legally to bring prosperity. Her stage name Lisa also came from Lalisa.
6. Oh My Girl YooA
(Photo : Instagram: @yoo__sha)
Oh My Girl YooA
Oh My Girl member YooA was originally given the name Yoo Yeonjoo. But she later decided to change her name to Yoo Shiah, which perfectly fits her personality and visuals!
7. TWICE Jeongyeon
(Photo : Instagram: @jy_piece)
TWICE member Jeongyeon was given the name Yoo Kyungwan when she was born. However, she often got teased because her name sounded “masculine.” She changed her name to Yoo Jeongyeon instead and has since been promoting with that name for her entire career!
Which name were you surprised to find out?