February 15, 2006

Greetings unto Master Rory mac Feidhlimidh, Dragon, Thorvald Redhair, Dragon Designate ; 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 March 25th.


1) Angelline Alavaine (F) -- New Name
(St. Carol on the Moor)

Client will *not* accept major changes and is interested in 15th-16th c. French

  • [Angelline] --"Late Period Feminine Names from the South of France," by Talan Gwynek (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/latefrenchfem/) [Angelline] -- 1528

    [Alavaine] - "Surnames from Artois, 1601 was: "French Surnames from 1601"," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/1601sur.html) [Alavaine] -- 1601

    "Patronymica Romanica," (http://patrom.fltr.ucl.ac.be/historique/query_belge.cfm?RequestTimeout=500) [Simon Alavaine] -- 1449

  • 2) Boris Collium (M) -- New Name and Device-- Quarterly, argent and azure, in bend two ox heads affronty azure
    (Marche of Winged Hills)

    Client will *not* accept major changes and is interested in 15th c. Romania.

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  • [Boris] -- "A Dic. of Period Russian Names," Paul Wickenden (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/bl.html) [Boris Konstantinovits] 1304-5

    "Names from the Royal Lines of Moldavia and Wallachia," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/other/romanian.html)

    According to the paperwork: "I was able to find several examples of names from the15th Century that are present in Russian and Rumanian cultures. The examples are listed below. While not conclusive there is a correlation and given the influence of the cosmopolitan nature of the nearby Hungarian/Polish courts and the similar laguages, it is possible that a baby boy in Rumania in the 15th Century could have been names Boris.

    Names that exist in both Russian and Rumanian cultures: Stefan, Vlad, Vladislav, Basarab, and Bogdan."

    [Collium] -- According to the paperwork: "The surname is the Latin genitive case of the word Collis (m), which means hill or slope. Thus the meaning is 'of the hill or hills.' This is not a name I'm terribly attached to but it filled a need when I needed to be known by more than just Boris. I would like it to keep it just for consistencies' sake. The nobility in Rumanian, the Boyar class was well educated and many of the nobles in Vlad II 'Dracul' and Vlad III 'Dracula's' courts knew Latin. It is a bit of a stretch to mix the two languages. A viable alternative may be the locative Tirgovisteanu which means from the town of Tirgoviste, a town SE of Vlad III Tepes' castle."


    3) Caitrina inghean mhic Mhaolain (F) -- New Name
    (St. Carol on the Moor)

    Client will *not* accept major changes.

  • [Caitrina] -- "Scottish Gaelic Given Names for Women: Names of Scottish Gaels from Scottish Gaelic Sources," by Sharon L. Krossa (http://www.medievalscotland.org/scotnames/gaelicgiven/women/caitrina.shtml): "The 1467 manuscript, a collection of genealogies of Scottish Gaelic families written in Ireland by a Scottish Gael and dated 1467 A.D., gives "Caitrina" as the mother of the first man named (i.e., the first generation) in the genealogy of Mac Lachlan oig."

    [inghean] [mhic] --"Quick and Easy Gaelic Names (Formerly Published as "Quick and Easy Gaelic Bynames")," by Sharon L. Krossa
    ( http://www.medievalscotland.org/scotnames/quickgaelicbynames/): ". . . although in the 16th century <inghean mhic> was pronounced like modern <nic> (roughly \neek\) in some dialects, the spelling <nic> did not come to be used in Gaelic until later."

    [Mhaolain] -- "Irish Names," by O'Corrain and Magaine s.n. [Meln]

  • According to the paperwork: "This is the gaelic form of Katerin NYK Millan. MacMillan is a family name the client wishes to use. Black's Surnames of Scotland lists MacMolan as a variant under MacMillan."


    4) Desiderata Del Rio -- Device Resubmission -- Per pale argent and azure, in base three lozenges counterchanged, a winged wolf's head erased, wings elevated and displayed sable and argent counterchanged, in canton azure a winged wolf's head, erased, ululant, wings elevated and addorsed argent, in canton sinister argent, winged wolf's head, erased, uluant, wings elevated and addorsed sable.
    (Lennon, MI)
    (Name reg'd July '04)

    The device: Sable, a winged wolf's head erased, on a chief argent, three lozenges azure was returned by Laurel July 2004 for "Elements much be recognizable solely from their appearance" and was returned for a redraw.

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    Also according to the paperwork: "My new device design features two cantons. I have found no documentation that this is not allowed. The two canton squares are replicas of my two badges that I have either registered or are in the process of registering."

    (Esct Note: I received this submission just as I was sitting down to do this month's letter. The date of return was Feb 8, 2005 as per enclosed Opinicus letter. No fee was included.)


    5) Desiderata Del Rio -- New Badge -- Argent, a winged wolf's head, erased, uluant, wings elevated and addorsed facing sinister sable.
    (Lennon, MI)
    (Name reg'd July '04)

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    6) Dycon Gestour -- Device Resubmission -- Azure, a sinister gauntlet maintaining a handkerchief argent goutty d'huile
    (Waukagan, IL)
    (Name passed RS Dec '05)

    The device Azure, on a gauntlet maintaining a kerchief, semy of gouttes vert was returned by RS Dec '05 for a redraw.

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    7) Erick Maxskelly (M)-- Name Resubmission and device -- Gyronny gules and Or, an escarbuncle and on a chief sable three bezants

    Client will accept all changes.

    The name (Erick Maxskelly) was returned by RS Feb. '05 for "violation of RfS I.1 and RfS I.1.b: "All names and armory shall be compatible with the period and domain of the Society," and "All submissions shall be period in style.
    All elements of a submission shall be used in a manner that is stylistically compatible with period usage." and for submitting documentation without proper translation.

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    The device was returned with name.

    [Erick] -- Blacks, "Surnames of Scotland" p. 246, s.n. Erickson [Lawrence Erickson] 1613

    [Maxskelly] -- Blacks, p. 564, s.n. Maxskelly [Alexander Maxskelly] 1489


    8) Feln MacEogain mhic Mel Din (M) -- New Name and Device -- Per pale argent and azure, a two-headed phoenix displayed and on a chief embattled three suns all counterchanged.

    Client will *not* accept major changes and is interested in Irish Gaelic

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  • [Feln] -- "Irish Names in Irish Annals: Masc. Given Names," by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Faelan.shtml) [Feln] c900-c1200

    [Egain] -- "Irish Names in Irish Annals: Masc. Given Names," by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Eogan.shtml) [Egan] c900-c1200

    [mhic] --"Quick and Easy Gaelic Names (Formerly Published as "Quick and Easy Gaelic Bynames")," by Sharon L. Krossa (http://www.medievalscotland.org/scotnames/quickgaelicbynames/)

    [Mel Din] -- "Irish Names in Irish Annals: Masc. Given Names," by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/MaelDuin.shtml) [Mel Din] c900-c1200

  • 9) Gerard Alavaine (M)-- New Name
    (St. Carol on the Moor)

    Client will *not* accept major changes.

  • [Gerard] --"French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/paris1423.html) [Gerard]

    "Names from a 1587 Tax Roll from Provins," by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/provins1587.html) [Gerard Janvier]

    [Alavaine] -- "Surnames from Artois, 1601 was: "French Surnames from 1601,"
    by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/1601sur.html)

    "Patronymica Romanica," (http://patrom.fltr.ucl.ac.be/historique/query_belge.cfm?RequestTimeout=500) [Simon Alavaine] -- 1449

  • 10) Greyhope, Shire of -- Device Change -- Per bend sinister azure and argent, a comet bend sinister wise and a laurel wreath counterchanged.
    (La Porte, IN)

    The shire wishes to change their device and wishes to have their old device (Argent, on a lozenge within a laurel wreath azure, a greyhound salient argent) released. A petition was included for the change but not for the release.

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    11) Helewyse de Birkestad -- Device Resubmission -- Argent within a bordure a chevron gules between two cauldrons vert and an oakslip palewise leaved and fructed proper
    (Toledo, OH)
    (Name reg'd Oct '05)

    The device Argent, a chevron gules between two pots vert and an oaken slip acorned proper was returned by RS Jun '05 for conflict.

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    12) Isabel Ximena Galiano de Valera (F) -- New Name and Device -- Argent, a hummingbird volant vert, in chief embattled purpure, a quill argent bendwise sinister between two inkpots Or

    Client will *not* accept any changes.

    According to the paperwork:

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    "The names "Isabel," "Galiano" and "de Valera" all appear in the Account Books of Isabel la Catolica, 1477-1504. The name "Ximena" is not listed in that source; however, it is an period alternate spelling of the name "Jimena." Other names listed in the Account Books of Isabel la Catolica using the alternate spelling include "Jimenez/Ximenes" -- of which Jimena or Ximena is probably a feminization -- and perhaps the best-known usage, that of Xerez for the city of Jerez (The Castilian pronunciation of a leading "j" and "x" are identical -- that of an aspirated "h" sound.) Ximena, the nice of Alfonso VI, was married to Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, better known as El Cid, Spain's national hero, in 1074.

    "SCA Sources: Juliana de Luna, "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century;" Elsbeth Ann Roth, "16th Century Spanish Names," (both from the Laurel Website); The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL), http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL, from "The Lay of the Cid," translated by R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon, and published in Berkeley, Calif., by the University of Calif. Press in the year 1919 as part of the series entitled "Semicentennial Publications of the University of California: 1868-1918."

    (Esct. Note: No photocopies were provided with forms.)


    13) Nuala inghean Dairmaid (F) -- New Name and Device -- Vert, two horses addorsed argent within an orle argent

    Client will *not* accept major changes and is interested in 15-16th c. Irish.

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  • [Nuala] -- O'Brien, "Index of Names in Irish Annals," (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Nuala.shtml)

    [Diarmaid] -- O'Corrain & Maguire, "Irish Names," p. 73. s.n. Diarmaid, ". . . one of the twenty or so most popular names in early Ireland."

    O'Brien, "Index of Names in Irish Annals," (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Dairmait.shtml)

  • 14) Rhiannon Amber ferch Morgan -- New Badge -- Per saltire purpure and argent, in pale two roses argent barbed and seeded proper, in fess two inkpots sable each sustaining a feather bendwise gules.
    (Lisle, IL)
    (Name reg'd Mar '94)

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    15) Tairdelbach ua Conaill -- New Device -- Gules, compony argent and sable, a dolphin haurient Or.
    (Name reg'd Feb '00)

    (Esct. Note: This blazon was what appeared on the forms.)

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    16) Terryl inghean Aodhagain -- Device Resubmission -- Per bend purpure and sable, a castle with a bordure embattled argent.
    (Name reg'd Sept '02)
    (Device was returned by RS for conflict May '02)

    A letter to conflict (Per saltire purpure and vert, a tower within a bordure embattled argent) is included from Der Thommain Breathnach. The blazon was written correctly but the escutcheon was drawn wrong on the letter. I spoke to the client, she wants the submitted blazon but will accept the bend sinister if only to get a device passed.

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    (Esct. Note: *Just a personal note* Also, the herald did a nice job in trying to get the permission to conflict. She was able to be a go between a squire and a knight who were no longer speaking to each other. Also, one of the gentles is in Iraq and no longer plays in the SCA, so to get this corrected would be difficult. )


    17) {TH}orkell inn vikverski Maccusson (M) -- Name and Device Resubmission -- Gules, three conies courant in annulo widdershins argent
    (Marche of the Marshes)

    Client will *not* accept major changes. Name was returned Jun '05 for structure problems and the device was returned with it.

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    According to the paperwork:

    "Information taken from geirr Bassi Haraldsson, "The Old Norse Name."

    First Name [orkell] -- English proper [Thorkell] p. 16

    Descriptive [inn vikverski] -- English proper -- 'man from oslo fjord,' p. 29.

    Information for last name taken from suggestion in return of name from Rouge Scarpe. Originally taken from John Insley, "Scandinavian Personal Names in Norfolk: A survey based on Medieval Records and Place Names, Acta Acadenias Regiae Gustavi Adolphi LXII," Uppsala, 1994. to quote the return 'The name actually found is <Maccus>, an old Irish name used by the Hiberno-Norse'

    Last name [Maccusson] - English proper son of Maccus."


    18) Ulf the Wanderer -- Name Appeal and Device Resubmission -- Per chevron dovetailed azure and argent, a hammer to sinister, a chisel to dexter, and an anchor counterchanged.
    (Three Towers)

    (Name: Ulfr vegvss passed RS July '05 and is at Laurel. Client wishes to have this name released. Originally, client submitted 'Ulf des Vanderer' but it was returned by RS Feb '05 He had used a modern Danish/Eng Dictionary as the only reference.)

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  • [Ulf] -- Lund University Library (http://laurentius.lub.lu.se/storage/Mh_6/Mh_6-f_140_r.jpg) "Record book from the Cathedral of Lund, Liber Capituli Lundensis, Parchment, ff. 183, ; 235 x mm., Denmark (Lund), 12th century, early-16th century, early, Latin; The manuscript is made up of three, maybe originally separate, units: 1) "

    "Diocese of Skara," (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_of_Skara) lists [Ulf] 1263-1267

    "Anglo-Saxon Writs," Edited Florence E. Harmer, p. 576, [Ulf, Bishop of Dorchester ] (1049-14 September 1052 expelled; fled overseas)

    [the Wanderer]-- According to the submitted paperwork: "The name Ulf the Wanderer should be accepted due to previous heraldic precedents. The name is a 'Norse' given name and 'the Wanderer' is an English byname.

    "[Ulf Gudmarsson] 1418-1461-- Swedish name, 'the Wanderer." English byname that would have been used between 1300-1500. The time period for the names is compatible for someone from Sweden moving or traveling to England.

    "SCA Registered names: Agneszka the Wanderer -- The byname 'the Wanderer' is ruled SCA-compatible and there is a period Polish equivalent. The Polish for 'wanderer/ is wendrownik, which appears under that heading in the SSNO in the name Stanek Wandrownyk, 1397 (LOAR 9/2002, Meridies)."

    "Leif the Wanderer -- no documentation listed, accepted. (LOAR, 4/2000 Aetenveldt) Note that Leif is a 'Norse type name and not English -- the Wanderer is an English byname."

  • Again according to the paperwork: "Please release anything with the submission 'Ulfr vegvss,' that was submitted when 'the Wanderer' was returned. Client wanted the device to go through. Device was returned. Please note, Client does not care if this is registered as Swedish, Danish, whatever, he just wants 'Ulf the Wanderer,' registered. It was suggested to spell it 'Ulfr.' Per Brian, "I'm a merchant, not a Pirate. NO R!""

    (Esct Note: His device: Argent, on a bend sinister between two anchors azure, three naked feet couped inverted reversed argent, has been sent to Laurel along with name. He is submitting another device.)


    19) William de Greyhope (M) -- New Name and Device -- Bendy sable and ermine.

    Client will accept all changes.

    [William] -- "Men's Given Names From Early 13th Century England," by Talan Gwynek, (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/eng13/eng13m.html)

    [de] "A Brief Introduction to Medieval Bynames," by Talan Gwynek smf Aval Bencoeur (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/aval/bynames)

    [Greyhope] Group name, registered Feb '87.

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    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
    Thorvald Redhair Ron Sargent
    1673 Cove Ct
    Naperville, IL 60565




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