So, what’s with the name, you ask? I’ll describe our reasoning behind the first three components of the name…
1. John. Elaine and I have always liked the names of prophets for our boys. For example, when we named our first Enoch, I think we knew what we had coming:
And they came forth to hear him, upon the high places, saying unto the tent-keepers: Tarry ye here and keep the tents, while we go yonder to behold the seer, for he prophesieth, and there is a strange thing in the land; a wild man hath come among us. (Moses 6: 38)
John seemed like an excellent choice from the prophet perspective:
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.(Luke 7: 28)
Also, the first Wiley in our family line to come to the US was named John. So, John is both a great prophet name as well as the name of a family pioneer.
2. Arnim. My grandfather, Paris Arnim Wiley, split his names up between his two boys. Paris Herschel Wiley, and my dad, David Arnim Wiley (named for the great modern prophet David O. McKay, namesake of the the School of Education at BYU where I did my PhD). Then my dad named me David Arnim Wiley, II. Anyway, Elaine and I thought my grandfather’s idea of splitting up names could be a great family tradition, and so we got David Enoch and John Arnim.
3. ??. The Romanization is “Chuujun.” Because Elaine is half Chinese, and because we met while living in Japan, we place a lot of emphasis on our Asian experiences, and have given all our children a Chinese or Japanese name. Honestly, we really struggled with this one at first. Finally, one day we got to talking about our favorite kanji. Turns out mine is ? (chuu), and Elaine’s is ? (jun). Well, these two kanji actually make a word – chuujun, which means something like “unswerving loyalty.” Awesome, right?
Hopefully the Wiley part of the name is obvious. 🙂
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