With so many K-Pop groups and singers in the world, it's important for fans to distinguish themselves from other supporters in order to show everyone what specific community they belong in. For example, they can wear merchandise exclusive to one artist to show their dedication, or they can rep their fave's signature light stick at a show. But before all the extra accessories, the first thing a fandom needs is a title because it's the most basic way of showing one's loyalty. This
list of K-Pop group fandom names because all of the biggest artists have a nickname they call their followers, and they're always packed with so much underlying meaning.
As any K-Pop lover can tell you, fandom names make fans feel so connected with each other. Often times, the titles are related to the artist's name or they can reference a special song by them, and knowing the backstory is like fans' little secret that only others like them would know.
There are so many K-Pop artists with big followings, so it may be hard to remember every fandom name out there. That's where this little guide comes in. Whenever you find yourself joining a new fandom, keep this list bookmarked because it will give you a much-needed intro to your new community.
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BTS is short for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which J-Hope once explained means to be "
resistant to bullets" society aims at adolescents, so it was only fitting the group named their fandom ARMY, aka, Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. Natt Lim/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jean Chung/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images VCG/Visual China Group/Getty Images
"If you love us even once, we will repay your love with twice of our love," TWICE said of their fandom name, adding
ONCE and TWICE "go together like needle and thread." THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images
Before SEVENTEEN's debut in 2015, they performed a song called "Shining Diamonds," so to honor their early days, they
dubbed their fans carats, who help them shine. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Seven is a lucky number and represents the number of members in the group, so
"iGOT7," means to be lucky to have each other. In Korea, the fandom name is shortened to "AhGaSe," which means a baby bird, as seen on the group's light stick. JTBC PLUS/ImaZinS/Getty Images
As you may have guessed,
ReVeluv is a combination of "Red Velvet" and "love." "We chose it because we wanted the name to represent the loving relationship that Red Velvet has with all of you. So let’s love each other and treasure each other for a really long time," the group explained in an April 2017 Instagram post about the name. THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jim Spellman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jun Sato/WireImage/Getty Images
If you mash
"ATEEZ" with "destiny," you get "ATINY," which means the group and their fans were meant to be together. Jean Chung/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
MooMoo adorably plays on the group's name. Since the word also means radish in Korean,
their light stick is shaped like the vegetable, too. VCG/Visual China Group/Getty Images
L stands for love because EXO loves and appreciates all their fans. It's also located between K and M in the alphabet, so
EXO-L is always surrounded and protected by two of the group's sub-units EXO-K and EXO-M. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images (G)I-DLE's Korean name includes the words "girl" and "children," so naming their fans after Peter Pan's Neverland — the place where children remain young forever — was a perfect idea. "The meaning is that we will be with our fans for a long time and not change," the group said in their October 2018 announcement about the name. The Chosunilbo JNS/ImaZinS/Getty Images E.L.F is an acronym for everlasting friend, representing Super Junior and their fans' tight bond. THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images Han Myung-Gu/WireImage/Getty Images
Besides being a play on the word "iconic," iKONIC means that
fans are part of iKON, hence why the words are so close in spelling. JTBC PLUS/ImaZinS/Getty Images
The people you consider the closest to you are part of your inner circle, so it's a fitting name for WINNER's fans, who are always there for them.
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For the first two years after Day6's debut in 2015, fans referred to themselves as "Sunday." Finally, in 2017, the group announced their fans will officially be called "My Day," named after their song of the same name released that year. It means
Day6 and their fans are the source of energy that make each other's day. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
If WIZ*ONE made you think of wizard, that's because
IZ*ONE's fans are "making a magical future" with them. THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images 24
MOMOLAND: Merry Go Round
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Since MOMOLAND wants people of all ages and genders to enjoy their music, their fandom name perfectly represents that message because to them,
Merry Go Round is a "ride that people who usually can’t go on rides go on," and "once you get on, you can’t get off." THE FACT/ImaZinS/Getty Images 26
Tiffany Young: Young Ones
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The group thought of Shawol by combining "SHINee" and "world" together.
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It's obvious why GFRIEND calls their friends "buddies": they consider them close like friends.
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"It means the future of being together forever with fans who exist for EVERGLOW," the group told their followers.
No matter how big or small a fandom is, having a name for it is important because it creates a sense of belonging for people who share the same love for an artist. Luckily, the next time you chat with other K-Pop fans, you'll know what each of their fandom names signify.