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EXO Analysis - Meanings Of EXO Member’s Names

Because I was bored. In order of age. I really tried hard but there still might be some small mistakes since the meaning of characters can differ. The names were interpreted with the meaning of that persons homecountry characters, meaning that the chinese names have their chinese meaning (Hanzi) and the korean names their korean meaning (Hanja). I just interpreted it the way I seemed fit, so please don’t take this as 100% perfect. (I will keep on updating this whenever I spot mistakes etc., if you have a question or suggestion please don’t be afraid to message me)

XIUMIN

Birthname: 金珉碩 (Kim Minseok)

Surname: Kim (金) -> Gold 

Given name: Minseok (珉碩) | Min (珉) -> a stone resembling jade | Seok (碩) -> large or great

Meaning: A great jade-like stone

Stage name: 秀珉 (beautiful/handsome + jade-like stone

LUHAN

Birthname: 鹿晗 (Lu Han)

Surname: Lu (鹿) -> Deer 

Given name: Han (晗) -> pre-dawn, breaking dawn

Meaning: Pre-dawn, breaking dawn 

Stage Name: Same as birthname

KRIS

Birthname: 李嘉恒 (Li Jiaheng / Eng.: Kevin Li), he changed it later for unknown reasons to 吴亦凡 (Wu Yifan / Eng.: Kris Wu)

Surname: Li (李) -> Common surname like the korean ‘Lee’, can mean Plum | Wu () -> Family name without any special meaning other than it is the name of an ancient kingdom in China (Btw, it’s the same as Sehun’s last name, only chinese reading)

Given name: 

  1. Jiaheng (嘉恒) | Jia (嘉) -> fine, good, excellent | Heng (恒) -> permanent, constant 
  2. Yifan (亦凡) | Yi (亦) -> also, again, can be | Fan (凡) -> mediocre, ordinary, common, human

Meaning: 1. consistently great 2. can be ordinary/like a human (implying that he is greater and beyond that but is willing to lower himself for others)

Stage Name: English given name

SUHO

Birthname: 金俊勉 (Kim Joonmyun)

Surname: Kim (金) -> Gold 

Given name: Joonmyun (俊勉) | Joon (俊) -> talented, capable | Myun () -> endeavor, make effort

Meaning: Talented & hardworking

Stage Name: 守護 / 수호 (Suho) -> Guardian, Patron

LAY 

Birthname: 张艺兴 (Zhang Yixing)

Surname: Zhang () -> family name without any special meaning, can also mean to spread or stretch out

Given name: Yixing (艺兴) | Yi () -> art, craft | Xing () -> prosper, flourish, interest

Meaning: Prospering in arts

Stage Name: -

BAEKHYUN

Birthname: 邊伯賢 (Byun Baekhyun)

Surname: Byun () -> family name without any special meaning, can mean edge though

Given name: Baekhyun (伯賢) | Baek () -> elder, older brother | Hyun () -> virtuous, good

Meaning: Wise and virtuous

Stage Name: Same as birthname

CHEN

Birthname: 金鍾大 (Kim Jongdae)

Surname: Kim (金) -> Gold 

Given name: Jongdae (鍾大) | Jong (鍾) -> clock, bell, chimes | Dae (大) -> large, big

Meaning: Great bell

Stage Name: 晨 (morning/daybreak)

CHANYEOL

Birthname: 朴찬열 (Park Chanyeol)

Surname: Park (朴) -> surname which can mean simple or (magnolia) tree    

Given name: Chanyeol (찬열) | His name is special because it is not written with Hanja (Korean chinese characters) but a Hangul (native alphabet) name. Chanyeol derives from “Alchan Yeolmae” (알찬열매) which translates to | Alchan (알찬) -> fruitful/profitable | Yeolmae (열매) -> fruit 

Meaning: Derivation of fruitful fruit

Stage Name: Same as birthname

D.O.

Birthname: 都暻秀 (Do Kyungsoo)

Surname: Do () -> family name without any special meaning, can mean metropolis, capital though

Given name: Kyungsoo (暻秀) | Kyung () -> bright | Soo () -> flowering, luxuriant

Meaning: Bright & flowering

Stage Name: His surname

TAO

Birthname: 黃子韬 (Huang Zitao)

Surname: Huang (黃) -> Yellow

Given name: Zitao (子韬) | Zi(子) -> child, offspring | Tao (韬) -> art of war or conceal

Meaning: Son of a man of war or a humble son

Stage Name: Same as birthname, though it can also mean peach (桃)

KAI

Birthname: 金仁 (Kim Jongin)

Surname: Kim (金) -> Gold 

Given name: Jongin (仁) | Jong () -> cup, glass, bottle | In (仁) -> humanity, benevolence, charity

Meaning: Spreading (?) kindliness, benevolence

Stage Name: short from the chinese 开门 (kāimén) which means ‘to open doors’

SEHUN

Birthname: 吳世勳 (Oh Sehun)

Surname: Oh (吳) -> family name, same as Kris

Given name: Sehun (世勳) | Se (世) -> world, society | Hun () -> meritorious deed or merits

Meaning:

Stage Name: Serving the world meritoriously

Personal Opinion (Please Ignore): 

Minseok’s name is very beautiful and somewhat luxurious. He’s a man of value. It makes him more precious than he already is (^▽^)/ I reaaaally like it~~! Go, go my precious jade.

Luhan’s name is like the most beautiful name a person could have, and guess what? It belongs to the most beautiful boy in the universe XD (But the fact that his name literally means breaking dawn somewhat irked me… that brings up sparkly vampires in my head)

(The author of this article takes no responsibility for the content and its rightness in regards to Mr. Kris and his associates) Kris, Kris, Kris, what are we supposed to do with you? You have like ten different names, dammit! And personally I liked his original birthname better, it’s sad that he changed it from something inspirational to ‘ordinary’. Why would you want to be called ordinary? :( (But maybe that was an translation mistake on my side, I would hope so). Well, I guess he had his reasons~ 

Suho’s name is very fitting for the leader and his personality in general. His birthname is really nice though in it’s own way.

Yixing’s name is like right in the bull’s eye. His parents must be psychic. I was so surprised 0_O Out of all members his name seems to fit him the most.

Baek’s name just cracked me up on so many levels XD It seemed like a very cute meaning (with guys being constantly called names which indicate strong, great blah blah) but for him it’s quite suitable, right? I really love it xD (Imagine that being Kai’s name though, virtuous Kai). And it was also most difficult to translate because it consisted of two hanjas I was absolutely unfamiliar with T_T

Chen-Chen’s name is hmm… I’m not sure if it has any special meaning, maybe like great person? And I’m really curious to know what his stage name means (SM, TELL US!)

Chanyeollie’s name suits him so well. I mean it’s just so cute and all. I was so surprised when I found out his name is written in Hangul on Laws of the Jungle, I never thought of it! (Sorry for translating it wrong before) And his consistent energy, happy virus~ Channie and Lay seem to really have hit jackpot with their names :)

Kyungsoo’s name is very pretty and a little feminine. It’s a little bit weird and unfamiliar but it’s also absolute pefection. Because it is the name of one of the most precious boys on earth ;_;

Tao’s name is badass, haha~ it can have a more violent and a more sensible meaning though~ like Tao?

Kai’s name makes me lol. Kindliness and benevolence, huh? His name should be shexu godeu. Benevolence, my ass.

Sehun’s name is a name like Kai’s. Wishing for your child to be of good help to the society. It’s a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning~ <3

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    when you said “chanyeol’s name is special” i heard angels singing inside my bedroom halellujah
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