Life Journal

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Monday, 31 December 2007

What's behind Joni 仲妮's name?

She's kind of named after Joni Eareckson Tada, and kind of named after Ian -- Joni is a name derived from the same Hebrew name as Ian, יוֹחָנָן which means "יהוה, (God) is Gracious" -- and kind of named after Juliane -- Joni sounds like Juliane -- and kind of named after Confucius -- Confucius' 字 (courtesy name) was 仲尼 and we feminized it by adding the 女 radical.

Why Confucius? Well, actually we chose the English name first and then only came up with a Chinese name that sounds similar. My father came up with a bunch of suggestions for Chinese names and presented them to us. I like a lot of what I have read of Confucius' original teachings (or supposed original teachings, since Emperor Qin Shi Huang 秦始皇 destroyed his original works) for a lot of it sounds very Biblical -- including the Golden Rule. So of all the suggestions my father made, I liked this one best, and Juliane was agreeable to that suggestion.


The Hedonese said...

Lovely name! Wonder if u have written something on confucius before ie what you find compatible with the christian faith? Mind sharing? :)

Ian said...

Gosh, it was 20 years ago that I read Confucius' teachings... I can't remember anymore, except for the Golden Rule, which Confucius stated in the negative: "Never impose on others what you do no choose for yourself."