It's 1875 on an airship somewhere over the Atlantic. Our French-speaking character, Max, has two fancy rats as companions. She's from Lorraine or Alsace I think. That might change.
So, what are their names? They're going to be around for two books, and I have to call them something. They're Max's BFFs.
Max is 19, works in the ship's machine shop, loves pulp adventure novels, has a very dry sense of humor, is quiet but also playful, efficient, and practical, and acquired the rats quite recently.
The rats are both female. One is champagne and white, the other is brown and white. They are sisters.
What sorts of names would sound like pet names, without being boring/overused/obvious pet names like Tabby, Callie, Rover, Rex, Shadow, Snowball, etc., or names that you'd kind of expect for rats like Squeaker or Whiskers or Scuttles. Also, Max is not the type to name them something grandiose (mythology, literature). I'm looking for something sharp and cute and perky, like Dash, Razzle, Fizzy, Snips, and so forth. But I don't know what words/names have a similar sort of association/feel to folks who are native French speakers.
I don't even know what to Google, here. I've tried pet names, French pet names, French names for pets, yadda yadda, and I'm not getting what I need, which is a subjective opinion. All I'm getting are names for pets that are French names, or pet names as in nicknames for humans. I need an actual French-speaking perspective on this, to find names that have the right "sound."
. . . Help?
(Also, mods, I hope I tagged this right.)