August 15, 2005

Greetings unto Master Rory mac Feidhlimidh, Dragon, Lady Phebe Bonadeci, Rouge Scarpe, and the commenting members of the Midrealm College of Heralds; from Lady Ana Linch, Escutcheon Herald. Unless noted, clients will accept minor changes and a holding name.

All comments are due by September 25th.


1) Artair MacNeacail - New Device -- Argent, a bear's head couped contourny within a bordure invected sable.
(Strongsville, OH)
(Name reg'd Jan '96)

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2) strr Ketilsdttr (F) -- New Name

Client will accept major changes and for Old Norse.

According the paperwork:
"Client has stated that strr was an ancestor's name, so she is most concerned with being able to register that portion of the name. "

Given name and surname component both found in:
"Viking Names found in the Landnmabk," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (

"Construction based on:
"A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
(Both pages linked from the Scandinavian Names resource page at:


3) thdragin, Canton of --- Name Resubmission
(Coleruin, OH)

This was previously submitted as Canton of Dragon's Ford, Mar '05 for "The name simply isn’t a plausible period place-name, even in the form <Dragons Ford> as per Talon's comments."

  • [thdragon] -- "The History of the Celtic Place-Names of Scotland," by Wm. Watson. p. 419, ". . . Duldragin of 1509. . . popularly derived from 'dreagan,' a dragon.

    p. 477, "th, mas., a ford, occurs often with a descriptive word or phrase following: " th Ruadh, Redford. . ."

  • Petition and photocopies of documentation is included.

    4) Brina Gunnlaugsdttir (F)-- New Name and New Badge -- Per bend sinister argent and azure, a tankard and a crescent counterchanged.

    Client will accept major changes and cares for Viking.

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  • [Birna] -- "Viking Names found in the Landnmabk," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( listed [Birna] found two or fewer times.

    [Gunnlaugr] listed in same article as a male given name under 5 or fewer times. According to the paperwork: "The format for forming patronymic byname (dropping the final 'r' in [Gunnlaugr], replacing it with a 's' and adding 'dottir) is listed in article "A Simple guide to Creating Old Norse Names," by same author (


    5) Faregn Rinkson (M) -- New Name and Device -- Argent, on a pile between two lozenges azure, a lozenge argent.

    Client will *not* accept major changes and cares for Scandinavian/OW Norse.

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    According to the paperwork:

    "Given name and surname both found in: "Nordiskt runnamnslexikon," by Lena Peterson, ( linked from the Scandinavian Namesresource page at:


    6) Francesca Ambrogini (F) -- New Name and Device -- Gules, a cup fesswise, mouth to dexter Or.
    (Bailena Scolairi)

    Client will accept major changes and will *not* accept a holding name. She cares for 1450 - 1550 Florence, Italy.

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    [Francesca] -- "Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427," by Arval Benicoeur, (

    [Ambrogini] -- "The Court of the Medici," by Pottinger, George p. 14 [Ambrogini] c. 1464. (Photocopies are included.)
    ( "Biography of Angelo Poliziano" [Angelo Ambrogini] c. 1454


    7) Margyt Withycombe -- Device Resubmission -- Purpure, a horse's head bendwise couped, in a canton a mullet argent.
    (Granite City, IL)
    (Name reg'd Nov '02)

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    Purpure, a horse's head couped and in dexter chief a mullet argent was returned by Laurel Aug. '04 for "The two color copies of this form do not match. On one the field is clearly purpure (if a bit on the reddish side). On the other, the field is unmistakably azure. (This appears to be the result of color printing and color photocopying.) The discrepancy between the forms requires an administrative return, as a complete set of paperwork has not been received by Laurel. AH IV.C states "No submission, including any resubmission, appeal, change or release of a protected item, etc., shall be considered for registration until a complete set of paperwork is provided to the appropriate heraldic officer." This submission cannot be considered as it stands, and is likewise not eligible for the Grandfather Clause."

    (Esct. Note: I'm not sure this still falls the one year time limit or not. She didn't send a check.)

    8) Minicea, wife of Vahram -- New Name

    Client will *not* accept major changes and cares for Byzantine 500-1000 A.D.

  • [Minicea] -- "Common Names of the Aristocracy in the roman Empire During the 6th and 7th Centuries," by Bardas Xiphias (

    [Wife of] "Academy of saint Gabriel Report 1928," ( "In almost all records, Goths are identified by single given names alone, with any surname [2]. That would probably by the most typical way for a woman of that culture to identify herself, especially before the Muslim invasion. After 900 or so, some women were identified in formal records as "wife of" or "daughter of" a man.

    Dr. Timothy W. Greenwood, ( "Entry 6. [A.D. 936] I lady Sop'i, wife of Smbat. . ."

    [Vahram] -- See item #9 (below) for documentation.

  • Photocopies of the documentation is included.

    9) Osric Eadweardes sunu (M) -- Name and Device Resubmission -- Per bend sinister purpure and sable, over all two chimeras counter-passant with a head and body of a lion, head of a goat, head of a dragon, and the tail of a snail Or, armed argent and langued with fire issuing from its mouth azure.

    Client will accept major changes and cares more for sound.

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    According to the paperwork:
    "During my first submission, I took a 9th century Saxon given name and a 15th century surname, which was a no-no. . . . "

    He sites his rejection letter from Phebe Bonadeci, Incunabula Pursuivant: "An Old English Osric Eadweardes sunu would be fairly unremarkable,but usage changed after the Conquest, and usual form of patronymic was then simply the father's name unmodified. . . . RW s.n. Edwardson have William Edwardson in 1518. . . "

    Then he continues with: "So I decide to change the period andsurname to match the givenname. So my submission now is supposed to be 9th century, Saxon. I found mention of some Osrics in Northumbria in the 800's, I have found both Osric and Eadweard on Kate Monk's website (linked below), and I am taking Phebe Bonadeci's suggestion on how to form the patronym. Phebe also, as quoted above suggested that these names would be acceptable. ("


    10) Ruthardus Hruga --Device resubmission -- Per pale sable and Or, a bird displayed and in base a sun between two crescents, all counterchanged.
    (Belleville, IL)
    (Name reg'd May '04)

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    Per pale sable and or, a raven displayed, in base a sun between two crescents with points to chief, all counterchanged was returned by Laurel, May '04 for "Blazoned on the LoI as "sable", the dark colored parts of the field and charges are very much Crayola brown. This appears to be the result of a color printout, color photocopy, or combination of both."


    11) Vahram Basean (M) -- New Name and Device -- Or, three boar's heads erased closed one and two, and on a point pointed gules a rose Or

    Client will *not* accept major changes and wants 500-700 Armenia.

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  • [Vahram] -- "Sebeos' History," by Dr. Robert Bedrosian's translation. The original was written in the late 600's. ( [Vrham], lord of Groght'n

    ( "Armenian Colophons Microsoft Document by Dr. Timothy W. Greenwood, "Note that the Armenian year 526 in the colophon is equivalent to the European year 1077 AD. The same individual is mentioned again in another colophon, and also in. Greenwood's related collection of inscription."

    "In five hundred and twenty-sixth year of this Armenian era, in the kingship of the Greeks of Mixayl son of Tukic, emperor of the Romans, in the offive of curopalat of Marem, pious and powerful, son the kat'olikoi of Armenia, lord Grigoris and lord G org (sic), I Smbat patrik son of [Vahram]. . ."

    "Ghazar P'arbec'i's History of the Armenians," by Dr. R. Bedrosian ( "Subsequently, the Iranian king Shapuh [A.D. 388] and was succeeded by his son Vrham [Vahram IV, A.D. 388-399]. . . ."

    [Basean] -- "Tubinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients (TAVO) der Universitat Tubingen," Dr. Reichert Verlag. According to the paperwork: "The map's legend provides a list of Armenian episcopal sees (sic) known to exist during the early middle ages. . . Basean is included under the heading "Known by 450." (photocopy of the map is included.)

    "Sebeos' History," by Dr. R. Bedrosian's translation ( " . . .all the troops from those places, and the Karnats'ik', Tayets'ik' and Basenats'ik'."

    According to the paperwork: ". . . Lord Basen is mentioned in an event occuring after 652. . .Because the see (sic) and the lord have the same name, a person might suppose that the"Basenats'ik" represents a group of free men or a levy from Basen. . ."

    ( Dr. Babken Haroutunian's web commentary on the "Ashxarhatsoyts, a geography written in the late 400's or in the 600's, traditionally attributed to Moses Khorenatsi, but sometimes attributed to Anania Shirakatsi. ". . . Basen (Basean), Gabegheanq, . . ."


    In Service to the Dream,

    Lady Ana Linch


    Rouge Scarpe Phebe Bonadeci P.J. Reaney
    4831 W Roscoe #3
    Chicago, IL 60641
    Escutcheon: Ana Linch Jo Ann Ewbank
    1106 Woodsum
    Jackson, MI 49203
    Dragon: Rory mac Feidhlimidh Kevin L. Conlin
    820 E Monroe Bloomington, IL 61701




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