What Are the BTS Members Real Names?

If you’re new to the BTS army, welcome. This boy band made a name for themselves as some of the biggest artists in the music industry, earning multiple nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. However, the members of this K-pop group often go by their stage names, especially when they introduce themselves during interviews. You may be wondering what are the BTS members’ real names.

Just like ages, legal names work a little bit differently in South Korea. In Korea, a person’s family name is listed first, followed by a person’s given name. These names are different from those in the United States, where people have their given name listed first, followed by their family name. Traditionally, Korean family names are only one syllable, and there are no middle names.

Sometimes people are referred to by only the first or last syllable of their given name. With the K-pop groups, that includes BTS member Kim Seok-jin, whose stage name is also his “nickname,” which is Jin. Learn more about each of the BTS boys’ real names, here.

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RM or “Rap Monster’s” real name is Kim Namjoon

This rapper is the leader of BTS and often goes by his stage name, RM. Previously, he gave himself the stage name Rap Monster but has since changed the letters “RM” to stand for “Real Me,” which definitely represents this artist well.

Kim Namjoon often acts as the translator and spokesperson for BTS, as he is fluent in English. He also spoke at the United Nations, mentioning the group’s partnership with UNICEF, entitled the “Love Myself” campaign.

Jin’s real name is Kim Seokjin

He’s Mr. Worldwide Handsome, but he’s also a singer and the oldest member of this K-pop group. Although Jin is technically his stage name, this performer’s real name is Kim Seokjin. Some fans just know him as the funny, caring, “mother” of BTS.

J-Hope’s real name is Jung Hoseok

He’s your hope, you’re his hope, he’s J-Hope. Jung Hoseok chose his stage name because he wanted to bring hope and happiness to his fans. Since his debut with BTS, this performer made a name for himself as a talented rapper and dancer. Additionally, J-Hope has his own mixtape, entitled Hope World, which earned millions of streams on music platforms like Spotify.

Suga’s real name Min Yoongi

He’s a little salty, a little sweet, and almost always a little tired. The real name of Suga, one of the main rappers of BTS, is Min Yoongi. Although, some just know him as the sassiest, most “savage” member of the group, particular for his witty comments.

Kim Tae-hyung V
V of BTS | Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images

V’s real name is Kim Taehyung

He’s one of the eccentric members of BTS. He doesn’t like wearing shoes, and he does like changing his hair color. This singer of BTS’ real name is Kim Taehyung. V is also the artist behind solo songs, like the single “Winter Bear.”

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Jimin’s real name is Park Jimin

One of the singers of BTS, Jimin’s stage name is the same as his given name — Jimin. This performer is also known for his successful solo music. Jimin became the first Korean solo artist since Psy to have multiple songs perform well on streaming platforms. In fact, he set a Spotify record, having three songs reach 50 million plays.

Jungkook’s real name is Jeon Jeongguk

Some know him as the golden maknae. He can sing, he can dance, he’s kind, he’s handsome, and he’s also the youngest member of BTS. Jeon Jeongguk often goes by his stage name, Jungkook, which is similar in pronunciation to his real name.

This artist is also breaking records with his solo music, including his song “Euphoria.” According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Jungkook recently set a Billboard World Digital Song Sales record. We’re not surprised.

Music by BTS, including Map of the Soul: Persona, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most streaming platforms.