Article: Top 10 K-Pop Group Fandoms And Their Meanings

Korean group fandom names have become as famous their respective K-pop groups. Almost all K-pop groups have given a unique name to their fandom. They are not just any names, but they do have a meaning. Many fandom names are derived from the group's song or title. The below listed are some of the most popular fandom names and their meanings.

1. BTS: Army

The BTS ARMY is as famous as the group. ARMY stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. Earlier, the fandom was to be named The Bells, which would rhyme with the Korean name of the group BangWool for BangTan. But they decided to use ARMY to address their fans. It has another meaning, representing—how the fans will always stand with one another and BTS.


2. Exo-L

The group made its debut in 2012.  Their fans collectively are known as Exo-L, meaning Exo Love.  It also implies that the fans would be forever loved by the members. The band goes by the slogan, We Are One, implying the oneness of the group and its fans.


3. Twice: Once

Twice is a girl group under SM Town that debuted in 2015. Just like every oth er group, Twice also has a unique name for its fandom, i.e., Once.  The learning behind the fandom name goes like this— if fans love the group even once, the girls will repay them with 'twice' of their love!


4. Pentagon: Universe

The band made its debut in 2016 under Cube Entertainment.  The group named their fans— Universe in March 2017.  This name has been inspired by a line in PENTAGON's song—You are my universe, implying that their fans are the universe to PENTAGON members.


5. Blackpink: Blink

The group debuted in 2016, and since then, they have been giving their fans, a.k.a. Blink, chartbuster performances and a lot of content.  The fandom was named Blinks as a combination of the two words—black and pink, which implied the meaning that their fans start with Blackpink and end with Blackpink.


6. Got7: I Got7

The group made its debut on May 7, 2014, and announced its fandom name on May 22, 2014, as I GOT7. 7 is known as a lucky number, and I GOT7 means that fans have got the love and luck of the seven members. The Korean pronunciation of the fandom name means baby bird, which has been associated with the group since then.


7. Carat

Carat is the fandom name of the boy band Seventeen which made its debut in 2015. The group announced the fandom's name in 2016. The name Carat was taken from their pre-debut song, Shining Diamonds.  The word Carat means that their fans help them to shine brighter every day.


8. Elf

Super Junior debuted in 2005 and named their fandom ELF (Everlasting Friends).  The name ELF came from Super Junior’s leader, Leeteuk. The word ELF has a meaning related to fairies. Because of this, Super Junior fans have the special nickname fairy. At each Super Junior concert, the venue would be filled with blue fairies, forming a sapphire-blue ocean.


9. Stay

Stray Kids is a K-pop boy band that marked its debut in 2017 under JYP Entertainment.  The group announced its fandom name in 2018 through its YouTube channel. The fandom is named STAY, which means the group wants their fans to stay by their sides always.


10. Monbebe

MONSTA X marked its debut in May 2015. The group currently consists of 6 members.  Their fandom name MonBebe was announced through the Naver V App by the group in September 2015. This pretty fancy name is in French language and it means My (Mon) Baby (Bebe).