You said you did quite a lot research to come up with the name Firena right? I'm really curious now! Can you please do tell us more?
Dude, I was honestly waiting for that question since I first uploaded my fox!Alya name here x)
Alright so I put back together my internet search history since I myself didn’t know anymore how I got to that name.
Okay, so first goes that I wanted the name to somehow represent Alya as a fox. First guesses were Volpina and Vixen, both names for female foxes but-… Eh. Volpina already existed and Vixen was too-… Easy. So I began googling my way through Alya’s history. Let’s see.
First I went to Alya’s ML fandom wikia page.
Hi, Alya! So, I started scanning it but nothing really caught my eye until I discovered something I recognized as an exciting fact from Thomas Astruc’s Twitter.
Sha-bam! What is this? Her family comes from a different country! Martinique, barely heard from it. Let’s see!
So I googled Martinique. Now I knew that it was an island in the Carribbean Sea, square kilometres, population, mhm, mhm…
But WAIT what is this?!
Interesting! There’s another language that the population speaks next to french, let’s see where that leads me. I clicked on it and found this here:
Mhm, yeah… Tried google translator but sadly, there’s no Antillean Creole as an option so I continued scanning the page. Nothing useful so faaaaaaa-HEY what? Uh-huh, what’s this?
Now that’s interesting. Haitian Creole? Hm… Let’s go to google translator and put that in, let’s see what we’ll get. Luckily, google translator had Haitian Creole so I was able to work with that.
Now, search for what? Plain Vixen? Nothing. Maybe fox? Let’s try fox.
Now that sounds actually more like it! Rena… But that’s still not enough. It’s just fox, nothing else. So I decided to spice it up a little (To that time I didn’t know Rena Rouge could be a thing so I didn’t take this one).
Voilà! And there we have it, Firena. Short Fi or Rena. Close to Rena Rouge yet still personal and individual enough.
I liked that name, so I kept it. And I plan on keeping it, no matter what the show says. Because, well, I think it’s a very fitting name for our dear foxy ;)
(P.S. Thank you so much for the ask <3 I had a ton of fun editing this post and I hope it answers all questions ;P )