For Project #6, I need to decide on a name for Kell's cat. One of her parents is from the Middle East, so I have narrowed my choices down to these two:
Qarin (qarīn)/Quareen: Arabic for 'companion'
Has two further meanings. The first is a 'constant companion', the Muslim version of a guardian angel, which is unique to each person, the second is a good household spirit that takes the form of cats (or dogs) when the sun is down.
Muezza (Muʿizza): Turkish for 'caring for someone'
This is said to be the name of the prophet Muhammad's favourite cat and there are several tales about her in historical texts, though none in the Quran or the Hadith.
Personally, I think Muezza looks/reads better/easier on the page, since I don't have any intention of including a pronunciation guide... but I like the idea/meaning of Qarin better.
What do you think?
Either name would work, in context of the story, and since it's an insignificant character, but since the names are different genders, I need to pick one and stick with it to keep the he's/she's consistent... no more genderless characters for me :p
...and yes, even I think it's strange that I put way more thought into a cat's name than I do into my main character's names.
...by the way, Kell's appearance was 100% inspired by this very famous photo.