Naming a K-pop group is never easy. In order to impress everyone, the name must be beautiful and unique, in addition, it must contain many meanings about the group’s musical style and future development direction. However, sometimes the names of many K-pop groups were initially not well received by the public and mocked. Here are the groups that have been like this.
It is a fact that when naming groups, companies face a difficult problem: The name of the group must sound good, whether written in кσяєαn or English. As more and more groups debut, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a creative name in the Kpop industry.
Some groups were even mocked or ridiculed at first for their names, although they are now successful and their group names have become trademarks loved by many fans. These groups have illustrated that hard work and talent are worth more than a name that is ridiculed and despised by everyone. The most important thing about a group’s name is what the name means to themselves and their music, not how it feels on the surface.
Here are five groups that have been ridiculed by their names and have shown haters how wrong they are to just laugh at their name:
When Mamamoo first debuted in 2014, the debut track itself showed that this girl group is no ordinary girl group. However, many кσяєαns have no contact with Mamamoo and when they see the name, they begin to think, “What kind of girl group is called Mamamoo?”. They even mocked the meaning behind the group’s name even though, as explained by Solar, Mamamoo wanted their music to be received as a natural human instinct, like a babbling calling for its mother.
And later on, it was true that the group proved how Mamamoo became a K-pop sensation. Four incredibly talented women have proven to them that Mamamoo isn’t weird, Mamamoo is unique. Just like their unique group name, Mamamoo’s music is different and all four of them are incredibly talented.
Gugudan literally means times table in кσяєαn, and кσяєαns really wonder why a mathematical term is the name of the group. They want to show more than one side of the ladíєs and promise to portray more charms and talents to the public.
Gugudan has left many marks in the hearts of the audíєnce with music awards throughout the years of its activities. Unfortunately, the group disbanded at the end of 2020, but the public still can’t forget this special name.
B1A4 is often overrated because most people know the name of B1A4 which is a five member boy group with four members of Blood Type A and one member of Blood Type B and that is also a way to explain their name. Infact, their group name means Be the One. All For One. It’s strange how anyone would think to name a group after Blood Type. But anyway, it’s a way to make an impression, as many people know B1A4 as blood-dols, mentioning their names. Despite the apparently mildly ambiguous attention, B1A4 was a widely loved group and their music remains a huge influence to this day.
Sonamoo directly translates to a pine tree in kσrєαn, and yet again, kσrєαns were confused as to why a girl group would be named after a tree… The meaning behind this name is that The group’s desire to consistently make music full of life. It does serve justice, but it was very awkward, especially to natives getting used to a tree name for a girl group. Sonamoo still rocked the industry and released some great songs, though they are pretty much inactive now. It’s ironic because their current status does not align with the group name at all.
From the very beginning of their debut, the current K-Pop superstars seem to get a lot of criticism for their names and even many BTS members admit they’re shy about saying the group’s name at debut time just because its meaning “Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boys”. The name of the group with great brand value, leading in the K-Pop world today, has been ridiculed: “Why don’t these guys name themselves “Bulletproof Hats” or “Bulletproof vests”? , “It’s been a while since I’ve seen a company k̾i̾l̾l ̾ their own group after Coed”, “What kind of name is this… Whoever came up with the name Bangtan Boys deserves a beating, these kids. I’m not even a scout or anything..”, “They probably won’t know either, Big Bang is way too high for these kids”…
However, who knew that it was the meaning of “surpαssing all prejudices” of BTS that day that really made a difference when their talent and style gradually rose to top-dog status not only in кσяєα but also at the global level. BTS really doesn’t need permission to dance anymore – because the name BTS is trending and no one dares to doubt the name.