June 15, 2000

Greetings unto THL Clarissa Wykeham, Dragon; Lady Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Rouge Scarpe; and the commenting members of the Midrealm College of Heralds; from THL Paul Wickenden of Thanet, Escutcheon.

Here are the May 2000 submissions for your consideration and commenting. All commentary should be sent to Rouge Scarpe Herald, Aryanhwy merch Catmael, early enough to arrive by August 1, 2000, with copies to Dragon and myself. Unless otherwise stated, all name submissions will accept minor and major changes to grammar and/or spelling.

1) Ariadne la Noire. Device Resubmission. Sable, three swans displayed, heads facing to sinister, within a bordure Or.

{Name reg'd 4/99}

(Kentwood, MI)

The client's previous submission (Sable, three swans rousant wings displayed within a bordure Or) was returned by Laurel on 4/99 for redrawing. A redrawn submission was returned by Laurel on 11/99 for redrawing again. The client has attempted to do this and requests specific instructions if she has failed to do so properly.

2) Artemus of Grimsby. New Name and Device. Checky sable and gules, three lion's heads erased contourny Or and langued vert.


Artemus is documented from Hanks and Hodges, First Names (27). The feminine form (Artemisia) is found in Withycombe (31). The Oxford Annotated Bible (Titus 3: 12) has Artemas. For Grimsby, we have much more to go on. It is found in Foster, Dictionary of Heraldry (101) and is a place name discussed in Gillett, A History of Grimsby. Mills (149) dates it to 1086 in variant spellings. Ekwall (205) does the same to c1115. The client cares most about sound and claims to want an authentic "9th to the 14th century Saxon-Norman" name but will NOT permit MAJOR or MINOR changes.

The tongues of the lions disappear as they are colored here and this element of the blazon is probably unnecessary.

3) Beate Weitmeyer. New Name and Device. Per bend gules and Or, a feline sejant sable.


Beate comes from Scott, "Medieval German Given Names From Silesia" and is dated to 1362. Weitemeyer is found in Bahlow (english trans) (602) but not the spelling without the "e." Unfortunately, the client does NOT permit MAJOR or MINOR changes to the name.

The client apparently thought that the spelling "Weitmeyer" was supported by Bahlow (she cited it). Perhaps, the item could be pended and the client contacted for permission to make the correction?

The cat is fairly clearly drawn, but there may be concern about its complex lines against such a poor contrast .

4) Bebhinn ingen Dhubh. Change of Registered Name.

(St Carol on the Moor)

The client's current name (Bebinn Dub) was registered by Laurel on 2/00. Then client has two wishes: 1) she does not want the "h"'s dropped and does not want to have "Dub" as part of her name (but will accept Dubh, Dhubh, and any variation of accents); 2) she wants the second element to be a patronymic. Her hope is that she has constructed the name properly this time but welcomes changes that are necessary for registration as long as her two wishes are honored. For documentation, she attaches an article by Cateline "Choosing an Irish Name" which supports the use of "ingen." She also attaches the text of her name's original registration in which Laurel explicitly supports the spelling, Bebhinn Dhubh.

It would be nice to know the sources of Laurel's comments. As they were not made as a suggestion (but rather as an off-hand remark), the statement from the LoAR may not be considered documentation.

5) Berowelf fon Haholtesheime. Device Resubmission. Per saltire argent and gules, an axe inverted gules.

{Name reg'd 7/99}

(Dark River)

The client's previous submission (Per saltire argent and gules, two axes argent) was returned by Laurel on 7/99 for conflict with Richard of Walterna (Quarterly Or and sable, in bend sinister two double-bitted axes argent).

6) Brigid of Kerry. New Name and Device. Argent, three cherries proper, a chief checky azure and argent.


Birgid is described as a 5th century Irish saint in the on-line edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia (Vol II). Withycombe (54) dates its use in England to 1480. Cosgrove, New History of Ireland (II: 173) dates Kerry to 1233 or before. The New Encyclopaedia Britannica: Micropaedia, 15th Edition (VI: 816) dates Kerry to 1127 or before. The client cares most about having an Irish name and would like an authentic 16th century Irish name.

The submitted blazon was "Argent, a chief checky azure and argent, three slips of two cherries and one leaf all, two and one proper." I opted for a simpler solution.

7) Castellana de Salas. New Name and Device. Per chevron azure and sable, in chief three crescents one and two argent, in base a leopard dormant contourny Or.

(St Carol on the Moor)

Castellana is found in Smith, "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century" (http://www.panix .com/~mittle/names/juliana/isabella/WomenFullNames.html). de Salas is found in the locative surnames section of ibid (http://www.panix.com/ ~mittle/names/juliana/isabella/locative.html). The client cares most about sound and will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

8) Ceara an Ruadh. New Name and Device. Vert, a phoenix argent between three crescents Or.


Ceara is in Ó Corráin & Maguire (50), among other places. an Ruadh is a direct translation of "the red" derived from MacLennan, Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language. The client cares most about having a name that is Gaelic for "the red." She is interested in having an authentic Irish Gaelic 9th to 13th century name. She will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

9) Celestria de Cranham. New Device. Per pale argent and sable, on a chevron between two mullets and a fret, a mullet, all counterchanged.

{Name Submitted on 4/00 MK ILoI}


10) Cuil Cholum. Group Name and Device Resubmission. Purpure, on a chevron between three colombines Or, three laurel wreaths vert.

(Columbus, IN)

The documentation is not particularly easy to follow. Cuil is apparently the branch designator. Dwelly, Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary (194, under "cill") defines the word as "cell, church, chapel." Joyce, Pocket Guide to Irish Place Names (11, under "cill") gives a similar definition of the word and some variant spellings (kill, kil, kyle, etc.). Darton (158-162) gives several place names that use Kil as an element (Kilmalcolm, Kilmarie, Kilmartin, etc). Ibid (72-73) provides examples of K-C shifts to justify the spelling. Cholum is a proper name. Ó Corráin & Maguire (55) give Columb (and variants Colum, Colam, Calam, and Colm) but not the clients' desired spelling. The Oxford Companion to Irish History (105) dates a man named Colum Cille to the 6th century. There is actually a placename, "Colum Kille" which appears to be similar. Dwelly op cit (1010) calls it "Calum Chille." The clients will NOT permit MAJOR or MINOR changes.

The enclosed documentation (as well as the explanatory letter attached) do not document the spellings of the elements. I see support for Kilcolm here (and maybe Cill Colum) but not this spelling.

The group's previous submission (Rolling Waters) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 4/98 for lack of documentation. Petitions of support are enclosed for both the name and device.

11) Denis des Baux. New Name and Device. Per pale purpure and argent, on a cross of cold harbor, a lozenge counterchanged.

(Oshkosh WI)

This device was pended on the 5/15/00 ILoI for lack of a registered name. The client has now supplied a name and we present both name and device for your approval.

A number of pages of documentation are enclosed but not specifically identified (the bibliography and familiar look of the pages confirm that they are from Kolatch and Hanks and Hodges). The useful documentation includes a reference to the city of Saint-Denis in northern France, found in the Encarta 98 Encylopedia and a mention of a Denis Piramus (dated to the 13th century) in Hollier, A New History of French Literature (52). des Baux is found in MacDermot, "Names from A Distant Mirror" (125). The client would like to have an authentic name for the time period 1180-1220 but will NOT accept MAJOR or MINOR changes.

12) Eithni ingen Chormaicc. New Name.


Eithni is found in an on-line version of the Annals of Tigernach (http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/G100002/ text002.html). Cormac is found in ibid. A rather extensive correspondence with Mistress Tangwystyl in enclosed and discusses the spellings Eithne versus Eithni, but do not appear to directly document the first element. They do, however, support that "ingen Chormaicc" is the correct form of the patronymic. The client cares most about language/culture but likes the aesthetic "look" of Eithni (rather than Eithne). She would like to have an authentic 5th-6th century Irish name. She will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

13) Feargus macc Tigernaigh. New Name.


Feargus is found in an on-line version of the Annals of Tigernach (http://www.ucc.ie/celt/online/G100002/ text002.html). Tigernach is in ibid. A correspondence with Mistress Tangwystyl supports that "macc Tigernaigh" is the correct form of the patronymic. The client cares most about language/culture and would like to have an authentic 5th-6th century Irish name. He will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

14) Giles FitzAlan. Device Resubmission. Per pale sable and gules, a wyvern Or.

{Name Submitted on 2/00 MK ELoI}

(Mansfield, OH)

The client's previous submission (Per pale sable and gules, a wyvern counterchanged, on a chief embattled azure, two mullets of six points Or) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 2/00 for contrast problems. The client has addressed these problems by eliminating the chief and making the wyvern Or.

15) Jean of Cynnabar. New Name and Device. Per pale gules and Or, two sea-tygers combatant counterchanged.


No documentation is enclosed for the name. The client cares most about sound, does not care about the gender of the name, but would like the name to be authentic for an unspecified time and place. She will NOT permit the creation of a holding name.

The last request is a strange one as this submitted name is actually identical to a holding name. Her modern name is Jean, so she can claim Modern Name Allowance for the name. Cynnabar is an SCA branch (reg'd 1/96).

16) Juliana de Cigna. New Name.


No documentation of the given name is provided. de Cigna is a surname meaning "swan," according to Fucilla, Our Italian Surnames (118). The client cares most about meaning and will NOT permit the creation of a holding name [not applicable however in this case].

Juliana is found in Withycombe (184) and dated to 1196-1220.

17) Mariana Isabel de los Mares Interiores. New Name.


Mariana is found in Van Stone, "16th Century Spanish Women's Names." Isabel is found in ibid. de los Mares Interiores is intended to be a Spanish placename and to mean "from the Inland Seas." The translation was derived from FreeTranslation.com (a literal automatic translation program). For support of the pattern, the client cites "de la Mar" (of the Sea) found in Smith, "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century." The client cares most about meaning and having a Spanish name. She would like to have an authentic 15th/16th century Spanish name.

18) Northshield, Principality of for Northern Cross, Award of. Order Name and Badge Resubmission. (Fieldless) a saltire couped clechy, gyronny sable and Or.

{Name reg'd 10/94}

This badge was originally submitted under the name, "Guide Star" which was a returned by Rouge Scarpe on 12/97 for unknown reasons. As documentation for the name, the clients say only, "Common English."

19) Olaf Skytja. New Badge. Or, a pheon inverted sable.

{Name reg'd 9/90}

(Floodwood, MN)

20) Simon Hondy. Change of Registered Name.

(Baile na Scolari)

The client's current name (Julius Whitetassle) was registered 8/95. For documentation, the client attaches Gabriel Report #2017 which sought to document the name "Silas the Handy." The report suggests the use of Simon instead, which is found in nic Bryan, "An Index to the 1332 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Lincolnshire, England" (http://www.panix.com/~mittle/names/ mari/LincLSR). Hondy is documented from Reaney & Wilson (s.n. Hondy, Handy) and dated to 1275 and 1391-2. The client cares most about the meaning (having Hondy = "handy") and would like a period 13th-15th century name. He will NOT accept MAJOR changes.

21) Simonis Adriane. New Name.


Simonis is given as a very rare early 14th century by Chavez, "Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era" (http://www.sca.org/ heraldry/laurel/names/byzantine/family_names.html). Adrianos is dated to 1392 by ibid as a masculine name. According to instructions at the same site (http://www.sca.org/ heraldry/laurel/names/byzantine/feminizing.html), names ending in -nos can be feminized by changing them to -ne, thus we would get Adriane.

22) Ysfael ap Briafael. New Name and Device. Vert, three bendlets enhanced argent.


Ysfael is found in Jones, Welsh Miscellany (31) and Briafael is in ibid (30). The client cares most about having a Welsh name and would like the name to be authentic period Welsh.

23) Ysfael ap Briafael. New Badge. (Fieldless) A lion rampant vert.

{Name submitted on this LoI}


The following submission has been PENDED and the client notified:

Meriel Fitz William. New Badge. (Fieldless) A seahorse niant argent crined and finned Or.

{Name reg'd ??/??}

(Dayton, OH)

No payment was enclosed with this item.

Yours In Service,

Paul Wickenden of Thanet

c/o SCA -- MK College of Heralds
P.O. Box 44623
Madison WI 53744-4623


Clarissa Wykeham
Nancy Rivers
404 S State Rd, Apt 4
Davison MI 48423

Rouge Scarpe:

Aryanhwy merch Catmael
Sara L. Friedemann
213 N Paterson
Madison WI 53703

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