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What is BTS' Jungkook’s real name?

Jungkook is a key vocalist, dancer and the youngest member of the most popular K-Pop group, BTS. What is his real name, if not Jungkook? And did he change it? There is a special reason behind it. Scroll down to find out!

  • He joined the group when he was 15. This makes him the youngest member of the group.
  • On June 12th, 2013, Jungkook made his BTS debut with the single '2 Cool 4 Skool'.
  • Before making an appearance on stage, the singer considered several stage names like ‘Seagull’ ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Ean.’

'Jungook' is his official stage name

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Jungkook joined BTS on June 12, 2013. Since then, the young artist has been famous worldwide for his amazing dancing and singing skills. 

His nicknames are 'Kookie' and 'Maknae'

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The singer is not only known by this name. In fact, his fans love him so much that he is called and cheered by many other names. He is popularly known as ‘Golden Maknae’ among fans. Some of his followers from the Army (BTS fandom) also love to call him by the name ‘Kookie.’ What is your favorite?

His real name is Jeon Jeongguk

Jungkook posing for the camera

What many of us did not know before was that the singer's real name is not Jungkook.  In fact, his birth name is Jeon Jeongguk. Surprised? The young vocalist opened up about why did he change his birth name to Jungkook.

The reason behind his name change

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 Jungkook loves his fans so much that he came up with an easier name for the international crowd And it worked! Now, BTS has fans all over the world, and their most spoken language is English. Still, he opted for maintaining the same structure as his real name.


It is known that Asians with 'difficult' names for the English-speaking countries tend to chose a Western nickname in order to make the spelling and writing easier. From companies that export Asian products to exchange students, they try to assimilate to the countries they are going. We think that is a beautiful gesture, in order to make the communication more easy and relaxed. 

Estefanía Martínez

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