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What are the English names of the ASTRO members?

Find out what names Cha Eunwoo, MJ, JinJin, Moonbin, Rocky and Sanha, members of ASTRO, use to identify themselves in English

In addition to the name given at birth, K-pop idols are also known by their stage names, cute nicknames given by group members or fans, and in some cases, by an English name. This is because, in South Korea, it is common for people to receive or choose a name from the English language when starting to study the language.

Examples of artists in the South Korean music industry who have this identity can be found among the members of ASTRO, a group from Fantagio, which debuted on February 26, 2016 with the release of the album “Spring Up”, featuring Cha Eunwoo, MJ, JinJin, Moonbin, Rocky It is Sanhaas members of the training.

The sextet’s English names were revealed in 2020, when they participated in one of the episodes of the program “Hidden Track 2”. See what they are:

Cha Eunwoo — Felix

Concept photo by Cha Eunwoo for the album ‘ENTITY’ / Credit: Disclosure/Fantagio

While explaining the choice to turn ‘Love Wheel’ into a preface to the ‘Gateway’ album, Cha Eunwoo (Lee Dongmin, by his given name) stood out for his good pronunciation in English, which he explained: “I studied abroad, in the Philippines, for a while”. It was during this period that he gained his name in English: Felix!

Moonbin — Jerry

Moonbin
Moonbin’s concept photo for ASTRO’s third full-album, “Drive to the Starry Road” / Credit: Disclosure/ Fantagio

Moonbinwho used his birth name on stage, explained that he attended an English kindergarten and that there he was called Jerry.

Sanha — Chris

Concept photo of Sanha, from ASTRO, for the album
Concept photo of Sanha, from ASTRO, for the album “Drive to the Starry Road” / Credit: Disclosure/Fantagio

The maknae, Sanhasaid that during his school days, the English name he used was Chris. The idol came into the world as Yoon San Ha.

JinJin — Steve

Concept photo of ASTRO's JinJin for the album
Concept photo of JinJin, from ASTRO, for the album “Drive to the Starry Road” / Credit: Disclosure/Fantagio

The group leader, Park Jinwoo who adopted the name JinJin to promote his professional career, he revealed that his name in English is Steve. After Cha Eun Woo, Moonbin It is Sanhathe program’s MC, Leeteukjoked: “You didn’t have one, right Jinjin?”, but Jinjin replied, “No, I have! I was Steve. I swear!”

MJ — Sebastian

Concept photo of MJ, from ASTRO, for the album
Concept photo of MJ, from ASTRO, for the album “Drive to the Starry Road” / Credit: Disclosure/Fantagio

The oldest member and main vocalist, MJsaid that Sebastian was the name given to him by his English teacher, sir Kim, and that he used the name sometimes. The idol’s given name is actually Kim Myung Jun.

Rocky — Philip

Concept photo of ASTRO's Rocky for the album
Concept photo of Rocky, from ASTRO, for the album “Drive to the Starry Road” / Credit: Disclosure/Fantagio

Finally, Rocky explained that his name in English was Philip. It is worth mentioning that the main dancer was registered as Park Min Hyuk at birth.

Source: Recreio

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