Some Korean last names are so common that everyone knows they’re Korean – like the Parks, the Lees, and the Kims. Then there are Korean last names which are so rare that not a lot of stars share it in the K-Pop world. Here are 7 idols who have the most uncommon Korean last names.
1. SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan
SEVENTEEN‘s Seungkwan belongs to the Boo (부) household. This last name, Boo, originates from Jeju Island, Korea and is unique to the region. Boo Seungkwan’s mother also boasts a super uncommon last name of “Jwa (좌)” that is unique to Jeju Island as well.
2. Ong Seong Wu
Former Wanna One member successfully turned solo artist and actor, Ong Seong Wu has a unique last name that is easy to remember too. He is the first and the only one in the Korean entertainment industry to have this last name. The last name Ong (옹) is extremely rare, with only around 1,000 people having it.
3. BTOB’s Sungjae
BTOB‘s Sungjae comes from house Yook (육). This last name actually comes from China. Way back in the year 927, a man named Yook Bo from the Tang Empire of China moved to Korea and settled, marking the beginning of the last name Yook. There are more Korean celebrities with this last name – like Rose Motel‘s Yook Joongwan and rapper Yook Jidam.
4. Block B’s P.O
Block B P.O‘s full legal name is Pyo Jihoon. His last name, Pyo (표), is also of Chinese origin. In the year 960, a man named Pyo Daebak settled in Korea and started the line of Pyo last name. Pyo isn’t as uncommon – with more than 28K Korean citizens estimated to have the last name. In the K-Pop scene, P.O and the former Nine Muses member Hyemi share this unique and memorable last name.
Captain Korea Taecyeon‘s last name is Ok (옥) and it has been a part of Taecyeon’s identity forever – as all, if not most, of his nicknames begin with “Ok”. Fans love this last name, because the word “Ok” also means jade. With jade often being regarded as a gemstone to bring goodness, Ok Taecyeon has always been the fans’ good luck charm.
6. BIGBANG’s Taeyang
BIGBANG Taeyang‘s real name is Dong Youngbae. The last name Dong (동) originates from Korea, though more frequently found in North than South Korea. This is a relatively more uncommon last name with only around 6K Korean citizens sharing it.
7. Eun Jiwon
Sechs Kies‘s Eun Jiwon, a first generation K-Pop star who recently made his return to the stage with a chill old-school hip hop track, belongs to house Eun (은). While “Eun” as a last name was rather unknown, Eun Jiwon’s debut with Sechs Kies in 1997 helped the nation learn more about it. Phonetically it sounds the same as the word Eun meaning silver, but there are no correlations between the two.