2:49 pm - 07/04/2019

GFriend's Umji says she initially disliked her stage name

During the broadcast "Cultwo Show", the GFRIEND members introduced themselves using their real names. Yuju commented, “I’ve never introduced myself like this before, so now that we’re doing it on the radio with our real names, it feels odd.”

Umji revealed, “My real name is Kim Ye Won. I initially disliked the stage name ‘Umji,’ so there was a time when I thought that it’d be nice if I promoted with a different name. I like it now, though.”

She continued, “I disliked [the name Umji] so much that I thought I should think of other names. When I think about them now, however, it’s funny. There were names like Yeon Doo and Ah Rang.”

source: @soompi, soompi, naver 1 2

Omona, do you like your name?
mymanhas2jobs 4th-Jul-2019 05:30 pm (UTC)
to be fair umji literally means thumb in korean
why did they name this poor girl thumb
stephargrace 4th-Jul-2019 05:38 pm (UTC)
Right?? Remember when she randomly had to dance in Hong Jinyoung’s live stage just cause her song was called Thumbs Up. My gorl looked so awks, bless her heart
921227 4th-Jul-2019 06:42 pm (UTC)
It does??? Thats an interesting stage name
kcaomei 4th-Jul-2019 08:05 pm (UTC)
lol ikr if someone gave me that stage name i'd be like do y'all hate me??
dior_chic 4th-Jul-2019 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ooooh....that does feel like they chose it intentionally based on her looks when they debuted :/
neoreulwonhae 4th-Jul-2019 06:00 pm (UTC)
I hated my name (Heidi) when I was younger but I don't think I had a reason. My reason was that I was 12 and hated anything and everything. Now I think it's pretty cool; it's not super common so it's a little unique but it's not so out there that I would be made fun of or no one would know how to say it.

But I guess Umji is kinda weird, especially with its meaning. Why would they choose that? Makes no sense.
921227 4th-Jul-2019 06:43 pm (UTC)
I love my name! Tho I exclusively go by a shortened version of it

Her real name seems pretty, i wonder why they have her a stage name. Actually, i wonder that with a lot of idols
epona 5th-Jul-2019 02:46 am (UTC)
often it's because their real name is common or shared with another famous celebrity
myrrhcat 4th-Jul-2019 09:43 pm (UTC)
buddies have known this for a long time. i still want to know, like... what exactly was the freaking thought process behind this stage name. THUMB??

(idk what it means/how it sounds to a native korean speaker, but ahrang sounds like a pretty name)
premonitioner 5th-Jul-2019 02:28 am (UTC)
I like my given name, but not my full name because I have an awkward triple barrel Latina surname as well as my first name not being my given name. Then because (white) people in high school couldn't be bothered remembering my given name I got a nickname that I'm not particularly fond of and I'm trying to phase out with new people.
xoxkenzxox 5th-Jul-2019 09:08 pm (UTC)
Poor Thumb (Umji), galaxy (Eunha), and wish (Sowon). I don't understand to this day why they went with those specific stage names.

myrrhcat 6th-Jul-2019 06:10 pm (UTC)
galaxy and wish are such pretty stage names tho. (at least, they sound like it to me, an english speaker)
thumb just... doesn't fit in?

(don't forget sinb, mystery)

Edited at 2019-07-06 06:11 pm (UTC)
xoxkenzxox 8th-Jul-2019 12:39 am (UTC)
My bad. I did forget Sinb. I know they gave stage names for eunha and sinb because both of their real names is Eunbi. So they each got to keep part of their names which I think is nice (Eun and B)

But you are right. Thumb just doesn't fit and isn't cute or anything. It's just...there.
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