Christenson (2007: note 225, page 101) notes, "Chouen is derived from the Yucatec Maya word chuen, meaning 'howler monkey.' In addition, aj chuen is a title meaning 'artisan' (Barrera Vásquez 1995, 110), a reading consistent with the artistic nature of these twins. Twin monkey scribes appear frequently in Classic Maya art as patrons of writing. It is also the Yucatec Maya day name that corresponds to the day B'atz' in the Quiché calendar."
Iconographic evidence supports the traditional connection between Jun Chowen, master artisan, and the act of writing, as represented in monkey scribes: