July 15, 1997

Greetings unto Master Dmitrii Volkovich, Dragon; Lord Emrys Eustace, Rouge Scarpe; and the commenting members of the Midrealm College of Heralds; from Lord Paul Wickenden of Thanet, Escutcheon.

Here are the June (and some July) 1997 submissions for your consideration and commenting. All commentary should be sent to the Rouge Scarpe Herald, Lord Emrys Eustace, by September 1, 1997, with copies to Dragon and myself. Unless otherwise stated, all name submissions will accept minor changes to grammar and/or spelling.

All's well that ends well. Last month I reported that I had been forced to return Randolph Lee's name and device. He has since resubmitted and I am pleased to say that the submission appears on this letter with no administrative problems (of course, I don't even have a clue about what conflicts there might be!).

Finally, contrary to what it said in the July Pale, please note that my address has not changed!


1) Aeleis Roscelin de Foxcote. New Name.

(F) Nordskogen.

Aeleis is in Withycombe (16) dated to 1219-20 as a variant of Alice. Roscelin is a surname in Reaney & Wilson (383) dated to 1221 (under "Rosling"). de Foxcote is found in Reaney & Wilson (176) in the case of a "Edulf de Foxcote" dated to 1189. The client adds "If the college wishes to alter "Foxcote" to comply with the two French components in the submitted name, please consider 'de/du Maison Renard' taken from a French dictionary (maison = house, renard = fox) as a possible alternative."

I am not certain why changing the final element to French would be necessary as the name is a better English name than French one but I pass along all the client's information for your consideration.

2) Alexandra de la Pomerai. New Name and Device. Or, an apple tree eradicated proper, a bordure azure.

(F) Dark River.

Alexandra is documented from the dreaded Kolatch (300) and dated to Judea (76-67 BC). Reaney and Wilson (278) have "de Pomerai" dated to 1086 and "de la Pumeray" dated to 1200. Both are variants of Pomeroy. Bardsley (614) has "de la pommeraye" as meaning "at the apple orchard."

Alexandra is also in Withycombe (14) dated to 1205 in England.

An "apple tree proper" is apparently brown, leaved vert, and fructed gules.

3) Aliena Goodeve. Device Resubmission. Azure mullety Or, a unicorn rampant argent charged on the shoulder with an increscent gules, a demi-sun issuant from base Or.

(F) Dragonsmark. {Name reg. 3/94}

This is a resubmission of a device returned by Laurel at her 1/97 meeting for redrawing, and -- in turn -- a resubmission of a device returned by Dragon at an earlier date. The mullets have been redrawn larger, as per Laurel's request. The crescent is still near invisible, just as it was before, but this is probably not cause for return.

4) Antonia da Troina. New Badge. (Fieldless) A dolphin naiant purpure.

(F) White Waters. {Name reg. 9/94}

5) Antonia da Troina for Dolphinsmere Hall. New Household Name and Badge. (Fieldless) A hand mirror palewise argent, overall a dolphin naiant purpure.

(F) White Waters. {Name reg. 9/94}

A dolphin is a cetaceous mammal, according to the OED (IV:941) and dated, in this spelling, to 1578-1628. Mere, in the sense that it is used here, means "sea" or "an arm of the sea" and both are documented in the OED (volume number missing, 627), dated to c1425. There is no documentation for "Hall." The client cares most about sound.

6) Arianwen Teague called Seeker. New Name and Device. Checky vert and Or, on a chief sable a lion passant regardant contourney between two hearts Or.

(F) Mare Amethystinum.

Teague is in Hanks and Hodges, Dictionary of Surnames (527) as a Cornish nickname for a handsome person. It is also in the OED (Vol XVII, pg. ??) as an Irish Nickname. There is no other documentation provided but I quote the submitting pursuivant: "The most important part of the name... is the 'Seeker'. Please find some way in which to include it in the registered form. Also, I was unable to find reference for the name Arianwen outside of the O&A.... Enclosed is a list pulled from the O&A of the Arianwens which had passed prior to 8 Dec 1996 including one from the Midrealm..."

It is the practice of the College of Arms not to accept prior registration as documentation and I can provide no help on the given name (Welsh names are not a specialty here!). Seeker is also not found.

7) Bjørn hinn Heppni for House Skaðarholt. Household Name Resubmission.

(M) Donnershafen. {Name reg. 1/92}

This was pended on last month's LoI for lack of forms and is a resubmission of a name returned for lack of documentation and some grammar problems. Both of these issues have been addressed.

The name is Old Norse. The first element (Skaðar) is intended to be the genitive singular (i.e., possessive) form of Skaði (the ski-goddess). That Skaði's name was used in place names is documented from Hall, Dictionary of Northern Mythology (287). The second element (holt) means "woodland," or "sacred grove" according to Gordan, "Glossary," in An Introduction to Old Norse (355). The alternative East Norse spelling (hult) is perfectly acceptable as well. The sacred groves of Skaði are documented in Lokasenna (The Flyting of Loki) in The Poetic Edda (Lee Hollander, trans) (100). Ibid, p. 324, also provides the transliteration of "th" for "ð" in the "Guide to Pronunciation" so Skatharholt should be an acceptable spelling in the Latin alphabet. Copies of all sources are enclosed. The client requests that the grammar and spelling be corrected for the desired meaning in the desired language (Old Norse). He cares most about language and meaning.

8) Elspeth Glendonwyn of Kirkaldy. New Name and Device. Vert, estencelé argent, a lacy knot within a bordure Or.

(F) White Waters.

Elspeth is a Scottish variant of Elizabeth and is in the 1947 ed of Withycombe (48) and undated. Glendonwyn is a variant of a name given to a descendent of the Glendinning lands in Dumfriesshire. This variant is dated to 1408 in Black (313). Kirkaldy is a town name in Fife dating to 1299, according to Black (405).

9) Galen Stuart. New Name and Device. Lozengy vert and argent, a tulip sable.

(M) Three Hills.

This was pended on last month's LoI for lack of forms (the problem has been mostly addressed -- see below). There is no documentation, although the submitting pursuivant attached a list of four different Stuarts and several different Galens downloaded from the on-line Armorial. Unfortunately, prior registration is not considered acceptable documentation (the pursuivant has been so notified).

Stuart is, of course, a variant of Stewart and a pretty well known Scottish name and dated to 1429 in Black (748). I have no help on Galen. There is a remaining problem with the forms. One of the color copies is probably too poorly drawn to be acceptable and needs to be redone.

10) Giulia Isabella da Venezia. Device Resubmission. Counter-ermine, a bend cotised argent.

(F) Rudivale. {Name reg. 6/97}

The device was submitted under the name of "...di Venezia" but Laurel changed the spelling when she registered the name. The original submission (Per pale azure and argent, three chevronels braced counterchanged) was returned for conflict by Rouge Scarpe on 1/31/97. This submission is a complete overhaul.

11) Gregor Omolegane. New Name and Device. Or, on a saltire between two reremouses in pale sable, two polearms in saltire argent.

(M) Three Hills.

This was pended on last month's LoI for lack of forms (the problem has been rectified). Gregor is cited as a given name in Reaney & Wilson (145), dated to c1240. Omolegane is a 1264 variant of Millican, cited in Reaney & Wilson (222). The client requests that the grammar and spelling be corrected for the language and the meaning indicated.

12) Heinrich Von Branden Berg. New Name and Device. Per pale argent and gules, an eagle displayed counterchanged.

(M) Messis Luna.

Heinrich is dated to the thirteenth century as the name of a poet in Jones, German-American Names (22). "von" (meaning "of") is listed in Thode, German-English Genealogical Dictionary (270). Brandenburg is documented as in existence in the 14th century, according to an unidentified source (411) that is attached. The client wishes to have the grammar and spelling corrected in order to have the proper meaning in German.

The name form says "Von Branden Burg" while the device form says "Von Brandenburg" (which the documentation also supports). We suspect that the correct form would be "von Brandenburg" and because the client allows changes we suggest that it be changed to wit.

13) Inner Sea, Shire of. New Group Device. Azure, a lighthouse argent enflamed proper within a laurel wreath Or.

Superior, WI. {Name reg. 4/93}

No petition of support is enclosed.

14) John O'Gara for Free Company of the Brotherhood of the Sword. New Household Name and Badge. (Fieldless) Six swords, points to center Or.

(M) Ravenslake. {Name reg. 2/95}

The name is intended to be a play on "sword brethren" as it means the same without adopting the same words. The Sword Brethren, according to documentation from Osprey Campaign Series #46, Lake Peipus 1242 (Battle on the Ice), and English Weapons and Warfare, 449-1660 appears to have been the name of one of the military orders during the 14th century. It was a small order but noted among the Templars, Hospitallers, and Teutonic Knights.

15) Marcus Olcan of Mid-Summer Hill. New Name.

(M) Three Hills.

Marcus is Latin and documented as the name of several third century Roman notables in Simkins, Warriors of Rome (14). Olcan is documented in Ó Corrain & Macguire (149) meaning "wolf" and "is a relatively rare early name." There is no documentation for "Mid-Summer Hill." The client will not permit changes in translation or meaning.

While Latinate forms of given names are quite common in period, I shall quote from Withycombe (206) who writes: "The Latin form Marcus is found once in the 17th C, and has been used occasionally since the mid-19th C." She notes that the given name Mark was quite rare in period.

16) Middle, Kingdom of the for Order of the Greenwood Company. New Order Name and Badge. (Fieldless) Upon a hurst vert, a pheon inverted Or.

The elements of the name are listed as "common English" and the Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (no copies provided) dates "greenwood" to at least the 14th century, with a meaning of "a forest green with foliage."

17) Middle, Kingdom of the. New Badge. (Fieldless) A pheon inverted, within and conjoined to an annulet Or.

18) Moira MacVey. Device Resubmission. Quarterly gules and argent, in sinister bend two hearts gules, a bordure purpure.

(F) Caer Anterth Mawr. {Name reg. 6/97}

The device was last submitted as (Quarterly argent and gules, in sinister bend two hearts argent) and returned by Rouge Scarpe on 2/25/97 for conflict. The redesign is a simple switching of tinctures and an addition of a bordure.

19) Nordleigh, Canton of. Group Name and Device Resubmission. Sable, a laurel wreath between three squirrels rampant Or.

Northfield, MN.

Nord is documented as meaning "north" by Hanks & Hodges, Dictionary of Surnames (390) and found in several place names, including German names (Nordmann) and Swedish names (Nordberg, Nordlund, Nordvall, etc.). Leigh is in Ibid (321) as an English habitation name, derived from the OE lah ("wood"). The original submission (Baronial Colleges of Nordleigh) was returned for the unusual designator (Baronial Colleges) which has been removed. The device was returned with the name. A petition of support is included.

20) Owain MacCabe for Brotherhood of the Teutonic Archers. Household Name Resubmission.

(M) Zion, IL. {Name reg. 7/91}

There is no documentation enclosed but the client does include a letter of return from Opinicus (dated 6/16/97) for the original submission (Kindred of the Teutonic Order) in which Opinicus suggests that the client might try "Brotherhood of the Teutonic Archers" or "Brotherhood of the Archers Templar."

21) Randolph Lee. New Name and Device. Gules, on a pale Or a wolf rampant maintaining a sword and shield sable, a bordure Or.

(M) Fenix.

Randolph is in Withycombe (under "Randal"), p. 249, dated to 1201. Lee is in Reaney & Wilson (under "Lea"), p. 274, dated to 1384. The client asks that the grammar and spelling be corrected for the indicated language (English, presumably, although the client does not say) and he cares most about sound.

The forms are almost unreadable and the gules field is nearly tenné. This may prove a problem at higher levels and I suggest a redraw in-Kingdom to prevent the possibility of a Laurel return.

22) Tryphena von Stargard. Device Resubmission. Purpure, a ram argent, and on a chief ermine three Celtic harps gules.

(F) St Martin. {Name Reg'd 2/97}

Her last submission (Purpure, a pascal goat argent and on a chief triangular ermine a harp gules) was returned by Laurel on 2/97 for the creation of a Pascal Goat. The resubmission addresses this problem.

23) Trystan of Anglesey. New Name and Device. Or, on a pale gules between a scroll vert and a quill pen sable, in pale three lozenges Or.

(M) Mare Amethystinum.

Trystan is listed as a Welsh variant of Tristan in Hanks & Hodges, Dictionary of First Names (323). Tristan is found in Withycombe (283) as a variant of Tristam. Anglesey is an island in the Irish Sea, just north of Gwynedd, Wales, although no documentation of this is provided.

The Webster's Geographical Dictionary (45) notes that the island was inhabited as early as 61 AD when the Romans conquered it. There is no indication of when it acquired its current name.

The following submission has been PENDED and the client notifed:

P1) Pawel, the Twin of Birchwood. New Name and Device. Quarterly argent and sable, a buck goat's head erased counterchanged.

(M) Aquilon.

This has been pended for a lack of payment.

Yours In Service,

Paul Wickenden of Thanet
c/o Paul Goldschmidt
P.O. Box 56
Platteville WI 53818

(inquiries only, no electronic commentary please!)


Dmitrii Volkovich
John Polzinetti
8142 Towson Blvd
Miamisburg OH 45342-6120

Rouge Scarpe:

Emrys Eustace
Joe Marfice
233 Perrine St
Dayton OH 45410

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