How the Named got their namesI was having a conversation with ~Lyrak (Karyl Cunningham) a few days ago on Facebook, and I thought I'd share how I answered her. She asked how I developed names for the clan cats, and here's my reply.
Some clan cat names are taken from words in Bengali (an East Indian language), such as "Thakur" (Ta-KOORr), which means "teacher" and is also used as a Bengali first and last name. "Ratha" began as a made-up word, but I later found that it meant "chariot" and is pronounced in Hindi as "RA-ta". "Fessran" was made up from hissy cat sounds as was "Srass". Meoran, Cherfan, Shoman, and others were made up from other cat sounds (plaintive meows, chirrups, and various cat noises). I don't now where Bira came from. Events in the story (and Ratha's teasing) gave Bonechewer his moniker. Mishanti and Khushi are made up based on African Bantu words. There is no "official" way the cats are named, although Ratha formally bestowed the name "Shongshar" on the UnNamed One, Orange-Eyes.
Why Bengali? I ha