so today in my art of india class i learned “jehan” in some south asian languages means “world” (the moghul emperor shahjehan’s name literally means “ruler of the world”) and that got me headcanoning young jean prouvaire coming across the word when reading south asian poetry and liking it and thinking it’s clever to give themselves the nickname “jehan”
and everyone just assumes it’s like a cutesy way of saying “jean” and jehan feels like it’s their own private joke, and after a while they even forget the origins of the name– jehan’s just what everyone calls them.
until they meet combeferre, who instantly cocks his head to the side with this amused grin and says, “really, ‘jehan’? someone thinks highly of themselves.”
and jehan gets all flustered because no one’s ever called them out on it but of course combeferre would know, but ferre thinks it’s clever and funny and launches into the history of 16th century india and they geek out over architecture together and from then on they’re besties