K-pop — short for Korean pop — is a genre of music taking the world by storm.
While popular music in Korea has been around much longer, the foundations of K-pop as we know it today — with its focus on well-trained, multi-talented artists — first emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the boy groups SoBangCha and Seo Taiji and Boys.
In the decades since K-pop has grown into an internationally famous style of music and massively influential industry, contributing over $9 billion to the Korean economy each year.
With groups like BTS and Blackpink topping worldwide charts and breaking YouTube records, you might be inspired to make your own group… or just write a story about one!
Below, we have K-pop group name ideas for boy groups, girl groups, and coed groups.
Note that you don’t necessarily need to choose a name based on your group’s gender; we’ve separated the list this way for groups looking for gender-specific names, but feel free to choose whichever name suits your group best!
You can also scroll past the list for tips on creating your own K-pop group names.
short for “five voices”
short for “united as one”
for a five-member group
In The Zone
99 is a lucky number in numerology
“Hallyu” refers to the growth/popularity of Korean culture
Korean Wave League
Korean Culture Crew
Korean term for Yin-Yang
“harmony”; for a four-member group
pronounced “rosie”; for a group with five members
Girls Next Door
short for “Any Kinda Girls”
Dynamic New Girls
Shades of Pink
Crop Top Collective
Beh Peuh Brigade
for a 10-member group
On The Edge
Natural Defiance System
Code Name Z
short for "five of a kind"
Hip Hop Underground
K-Pop Group Name Generator
How to Create a K-Pop Group Name
K-pop group names can seem very quirky and unique, but there are often real logic and meaning behind them!
For example, Seventeen stands for the 13 members, who make up three units and one team — 13 + 3 + 1 = 17. The girl group Twice got its name because its goal is to touch people’s hearts twice (through their ears and their eyes).
K-pop groups have powerful marketing teams behind them, but you don’t need help from professionals to find the perfect name for your group.
You also don’t necessarily need a deeper meaning behind your name — you can choose anything that sounds good to you!
However, brainstorming different meanings can help you come up with the perfect name more easily.
You can make your name as obvious or cryptic as you want, but keep the following tips in mind while creating it:
- Use acronyms. Acronyms are very common in K-pop group names; if there’s a phrase that you like, just take the first letter of each word to create your group name. You can even choose an acronym with multiple meanings to give your group a sense of mystery and depth.
- Use English words. Most popular K-pop groups have names that either include English or translate well into English, such as Stray Kids, Twice, Red Velvet, and Dreamcatcher. You can name your group after random objects, foods, mythical creatures — anything you like. Make the name more unique by slightly altering the spelling of the word, combining words, or putting some numbers in place of letters.
- Choose your concept. As you’re probably already aware if you’re a K-pop fan, groups tend to follow particular “concepts,” such as retro, futuristic, or supernatural. Though some groups do change concepts over time while keeping the same name, the group’s songs, music videos, and public image usually stick closely to the concept. Decide on a cool concept with your group and choose a name that reflects the concept you want to portray.
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