November 15 2002 

Greetings unto Mistress Elena de Vexin, Dragon; THL Paul Wickenden of Thanet, Rouge Scarpe; and the commenting members of the Midrealm College of Heralds; from Lady Angharad Rhos Tewdwr of Pembroke, Escutcheon. 


Here are the October 2002 submissions for your consideration and commentary. All submissions will allow major and minor changes unless otherwise noted. All commentary should be sent to the Rouge Scarpe Herald, THL Paul Wickenden of Thanet, early enough to arrive by January 1, 2003, with copies to Dragon, and myself. Special thanks to Lord Degary Golafre for allowing me to use his computer to finish the letter. 

1) Aidan MacDhughaill.(M) New Name and Device. Or, a sinister hand apalmy sable, in chief three crosses azure.

(Shire of Greyhope)

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Aidan~ found in A Dictionary of First Names by Patrick Hans and Flavia Hodges p.6, lists it as an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Aodán, a diminutive of AODH borne by various early Irish saints.

MacDhughaill~listed in Scottish Highlanders by Charles MacKinnon, pp 174-175, as the Highland patronymic of Clan MacDougall dated 1306 and 1388.

Client cares most about meaning and prefers his name to be Anglicized Irish or Gaelic. 

[Esct. Comment: mac Dhughaill is also found in Ó Corráin & Maguire (487-8) ] 

2) Bárekr Silfri. (M) Name and Device Resubmission. Sable, a bear paw print, on a chief argent, three torteaux.

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(Shire of Starleaf Gate)

Geirr Bassi shows “Bárekr” (p. 8, col. 1) and “silfri,” meaning “silver” as a nickname (p. 27, col. 1). 

Original submission under Berok Silfrson returned by Rouge Scarpe 07/02 as undocumented/able. Originally submitted device (Sable, a bear’s paw print argent) returned on the same letter for multiple conflicts. Client cares most about language/culture (but doesn’t specify which). 

3) Donald Deyell. (M) New Name.

(Shire of Greyhope)

Donald~ Withycombe p.86

Deyell~ Reaney and Wilson p. 124 

4) Elena inghean Ronáin. (F) Device Resubmission. Per fess engrailed argent and sable, a sprig of cherries proper.

(Mentor, OH)

{Name sent to Laurel 08/02}

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Original device (Azure, a gryphon dormant and in dexter chief a crescent argent) returned by Rouge Scarpe 08/02 for redraw, this submission is a completely new design. 

5) Henry Best. (M)New Badge. (Fieldless) Two jester’s baubles in saltire Or, vested azure and gules.

(Louisville, KY)

{Name reg:07/91} 

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6) James le Hauke of Sterling. (M)Device Change. Per saltire azure and sable, within a bordure counterchanged a hawk striking contourny argent.

(Amherst, OH)

{Name reg: 10/96}

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If new device is registered he wishes his old device (Azure, a bend sinister sable fimbriated Or, overall a falcon striking to sinister argent), also registered 10/96, released. 

7) Nonna the Midwife. (F) Device Resubmission. Per bend sinister vert and azure, in bend sinister throughout a trident argent between two carp embowed in annulo Or.

(Liberty, IN)

{Name sent to Laurel 08/02}

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Returned by Rouge Scarpe 08/02 for redraw. 


8) Nonna the Midwife for House Njalsson. Badge Resubmission. Or, a baluster reversed vert, a bordure gules.

(Liberty, IN)

{Name sent to Laurel 08/02}

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Badge is to be co-owned by Hroar Njalsson. Badge returned by Rouge Scarpe 08/02 for color on color: original submission had a Latin motto in black letters on the bordure which this submission has omitted.

9) Sarra Bossard. (F) Device Change. Per pale Or and vert fretty counterchanged, a rabbit sejant erect contourny sable.

(Amherst, OH)

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If new device is registered she wishes her old device (Argent, a coney couchant sable, on a chief vert three goblets Or registered 06/96) released. 

10) Stonecroft, Shire of . Name and Device Resubmission. Argent, masoned sable, a mallet and feather in saltire gules, on a chief argent three laurel wreathes vert.

(Washington, IN)

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The clients want a name that represents the geographic location of their shire. The shire is in the middle of quarry country, in particular limestone. There is a plethora of limestone dwellings and buildings. According to Webster’s New International Dictionary 2nd Edition Unabridged p. 629, croft means hillock; field; a small enclosed field; a crypt; vault or cavern. Combining stone with croft, provides an accurate description of the shire’s physical locale. Petition of Support enclosed. 

Name returned by Rouge Scarpe 06/02 for lacking a designator. Original device returned same letter for “slot machine”. New submission is a redesign adding the wreathes to a chief. 

[Esct. Comment: Unfortunately, while they have cleared the problem of slot machine, an argent chief on a argent field (yes masoned sable but still predominantly argent) violates metal on metal and makes identifiability of the presence of a chief dicey…as currently drawn it looks like a variant of the “masoning” and not like a distinct ordinary in its own right. If they were to flip flop the color scheme of the chief, i.e. on a chief vert three laurel wreathes argent, the chief would be identifiable as such} 

11) Yamina bint Habib.(F) New Name and Device. Or, six crescents two, two, and two gules.

(Chicago, IL)

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Yamina~ Andalusian Names: Arabs in Spain by Juliana de Luna at

bint~ “daughter of”

Habib~Arabic Naming Practices and Period Names List by Da’ud ibn Auda at

Client cares most about sound. 

[Esct. Comment: Awesome device!] 


In Service to the Dream,

Angharad Rhos Tewdwr of Pembroke, OW 

Anne Krone
3846 S Wayne Dr.
La Porte IN 46350


Elena de Vexin
Joann E. Peek
306 Lively Lane
Burns Harbor IN 46304

Rouge Scarpe:

Paul Wickenden of Thanet
Paul Goldschmidt
3071 Cimarron Trail
Madison WI 53719

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