The name "Saran" was coined by my great uncle Jack Reilly who was Ralph Wiley's boss at Dow Chemical (see http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=110&dat=19940305&id=pDRQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yFUDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4910,5139514)
and an instrumental part of the invention of Saran Wrap that we use today. It was named by combining the names of his wife Sarah Reilly and daughter Ann Reilly. Jack Reilly was a prolific inventor and was part of inventing the blue dye for Levi's jeans and devising a way to put florida in toothpaste. He also served on Dow's Board of Directors for many years.
1943: Silicones, pioneered by Eugene G. Rochow and Charles Reed of GE Co., and fluorocarbons, discovered by Roy Joseph Plunkett of Du Pont, were brought into use for the first time. John Reilly and Ralph Wiley of The Dow Chemical Co. completed the final work needed for introduction of Saran (polyvinylidene chloride), which had been invented in 1939. Saran monofilaments were also extruded for the first time.
John Reilly was affectionately known as Jack Reilly.