With literally hundreds of idols debuting each year, the industry has become incredibly saturated. It is inevitable that idols with the same name will debut. For example, former AOA‘s Yuna and ITZY‘s Yuna. Some idols choose to go by stage names to differentiate themselves. Aespa Karina‘s real name is Jimin and there are plenty of Jimins in the industry already. The English language allows you to come up with never-before-heard-of names such as Elon Musk‘s baby, Exa Dark Sideræl. Korean names however, have a finite number of combinations due to the limited number of characters.
On the other side of the spectrum, some idols have names so unique that they debuted using their real names! Often, their last names help increase their uniqueness if they are uncommon. Here are 5 male idols with the most unique names, according to Koreans.
1. Yook Sungjae (BTOB)
This darling has a last name that no other idol has. Yook, is very uncommon!
2. Ong Seongwoo (Former Wanna One)
Like Sungjae, Ong is a very uncommon last name in South Korea. While the name Seongwoo can still be heard of fairly often, the pairing with Ong is rare.
3. Boo Seungkwan (SEVENTEEN)
Boo is another rare last name. Boo stems from Jeju Island, Seungkwan’s hometown. This makes it even rarer as not many idols hail from Jeju.
4. Ok Taecyeon (2PM)
Ok is a rare but not unheard of last name. Another singer, Ok Joohyun, also possesses the same last name. However, his name itself is unique too.
5. Pyo Jihoon (BLOCK B)
While he debuted with the stage name P.O, he reverted to his birth name after venturing into acting. The last name Pyo is not unheard of in the celebrity industry! The actress Pyo Ye Jin for one! There’s no singer or idol with the last name yet however.
What is the most unique name you’ve ever heard of?