December 15, 1998

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

Here are the November 1998 submissions for your consideration and commenting. All commentary should be sent to Rouge Scarpe Herald, Alan Fairfax, early enough to arrive by February 1, 1999, with copies to Dragon and myself. Unless otherwise stated, all name submissions will accept minor and major changes to grammar and/or spelling.

1) Aine inghean Cillin. New Badge. (Fieldless) A heart Or.

{Name reg'd 10/98}

2) Alexander de Seton of Altavia. New Badge. Argent semy of maiden's heads proper crined Or, a beaver displayed maintaining two swords in saltire proper.

{Name reg'd 9/96}

This was originally pended on the October LoI for being submitted on a device form. The client has provided the item on badge forms. The device is offensive and probably violates RfS IX. 1 Vulgar Armory. The poor contrast of the swords on the argent field are a minor additional problem.

3) Aurich Greim. New Name and Device. Sable, on a chevron argent, three vols gules.

This was originally pended on the October LoI for lack of a registered name. Aurich is found in the English translation of Bahlow (24) and Greim is in Ibid (187). The pursuivant adds the following statement: "We feel that the name should be accepted as submitted if no conflicts appear." The client cares most about sound and wants an authentic "German" name (no time period specified).

4) Böjei Temür. New Name.

There are over eighty (80) pages of documentation attached for the name, which of course is a) unnecessary; and b) impossible to summarize accurately for commentator consumption. The client was kind enough to include a 500-word summary, which I will try to distill down to the most cogent points. The name is intended to be 12-14th century Mongol and the client cares most about sound and language. The first element is dated to before 1317, in Boyle, Successors of Genghis Khan (138) as the great-great grandson of Chagatai. The name means "dancer." The second elements is found in Ibid (on pages 28, 139, 311, 342-43, etc). It means "iron."

5) Bruenor Vallulf. New Name and Device. Argent, on a chevron vert between two swords and a phoenix rising gules, three pheons Or.

This was originally pended on the October LoI for lack of a registered name. The documentation reads (verbatim): "The name Bruenor can be found on book 8 chapter 26 page 320 of Le Morte Dartur [sic]. The name Vallulf is a compilation [sic] of the words Vall meaning valiant and ulf meaning Wolf, this combination has been used by others in the S.C.A. We feel that the name should be accepted as submitted if no conflicts appear." The client cares most about sound and wants an authentic "Germanic & Scottish" name.

It is fairly obvious that the name needs documentation.

The device is poorly drawn (the phoenix is not identifiable on the large or mini emblazon).

6) Catalana della Quercia. New Name and Device. Per pale sable and gules, three oak leaves argent.

Catalana is dated to 1427 in Benicoeur, Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence ( catasto). Jacopo della Quercia lived 1374-1438, according to Encarta Online ( The client is attempting to create a name that means "Catalana of the Oaks" and cares most about the meaning and language/culture. She would like the name to be authentic for very early 15th century Italy.

7) Conchobar MacGabhann. Device Resubmission. Vert, a bend sinister between six acorns in bend sinister argent.

{Name reg'd 10/98}

The client's previous submission (Per bend sinister azure and vert, an oak tree eradicated argent fructed proper charged with a mullet of five points sable, all within an annulet Or) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 5/98 for complexity. This is a much simpler design.

8) Emma de Lyons. New Name and Device. Azure, on a chevron between two lions rampant and a crescent argent, three fleurs-de-lys azure.

No name forms were provided, so I assumed all default positions. Emma is dated to 1186-1219 in Withycombe (98) and dated to 1013 in Swan (171). de Lyons is dated to 1273 in Bardsley (503).

9) Eirik the Dark. New Device. Argent, an annulet gules, with eight pellets environed Or, two arms vested sable interlaced fesswise, one inverted Or.

{Name reg'd 4/98}

The blazon is the one submitted by the client and is not useful. The field in argent, the roundel is Or but has a gules bordure with Or pellets on it. The arms are sable with argent hands. I'll take just about anything. My best guess would be something like: "Argent, on a roundel Or, fimbriated gules semy of pellets Or, two arms interlaced sable, gloved argent," but I'm just revealing my ignorance of armory now...

10) Gabriela Maria dei Clementini d'Orvieto for Domus Felum Aquiloniorum. New Household Name and Badge. Azure, a cat statant contourney between three estoiles argent, a chief wavy barry Or and vert.

{Name reg'd 3/92}

This item was pended on the 9/98 LoI for insufficient funds and other administrative issues. These have been resolved and I am pleased to send it forward for your consideration. The name is intended to mean "Household of the Northern Cats" (or the cats who live in the north). The client cares most about language and meaning.

11) Keeldar MacLachlan. New Name and Device Resubmission. Azure, a stag rampant, on a chief argent two thistles fesswise, points to center proper.

Keeldar is undated but found in Yonge (lxxxvii). MacLachlan is dated to the 10-11th centuries in Douglas, Scottish Lore and Folklore (200-201). The client writes: "The last name MacLachlan can have many spellings. I will take any available last name spelling change if MacLochlan, MacLoughlan, etc." The client cares most about sound and language/culture (but does not specify -- we'll assume "Scottish"). He also wants the name to be authentic for time period and language/culture, but does not specific which period or which language (sigh!).

The spelling of the name with a K is probably not Scots Gaelic, so I am not sure how to make the name "Scottish."Black (533) dates MacLachlan (in this spelling) to 1308.

The client's original submission (Argent, on a chevron enhanced between two acorns and a stag rampant argent, two thistles bendwise sinister and bendwise proper) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 7/98 for lack of a registered name. I am unsure how to blazon the unusual posture of the thistles.

12) Leolin Gofar. New Name and Device. Per pale azure and vert, a lion rampant Or, armed and langued gules, in canton a latin cross argent.

Leolin is dated to the 13th century in Withycombe (197) and Gofar' is dated to 1223 in Reaney & Wilson (201). The client cares most about meaning and wants the first name to mean "lion." The client is interested in having the name be authentic for 13th century English or Welsh.

13) Oriana Felstead. New Name.

Oriana is dated to prior to 1602 in Withycombe (234) and Felstead is in Reaney & Wilson (166) as a byname of locative origin (but not dated in this particular spelling). The client will NOT accept major changes to her name and she cares most about sound.

14) Seamus of Loch Ness. New Name and Device. Per fess embattled azure and argent, a dragon rampant and a unicorn rampant contourney countercharged.

Seamus is documented (but undated) from the unacceptable Kolatch (242) as a variant of Jacob or James or a contracted form of "sea mouse." Loch Ness, of course, is a lake in northern Scotland. The only proof that the client offers that it is period is a citation in The World Book Encyclopedia (XII: 347) that the Loch Ness monster was first reported in 565 AD (but no indication that the name "Loch Ness" was used at the time). The client will NOT permit MAJOR changes to the name and cares most about meaning.

Seumus (note spelling) is in Morgan. According to Darton (190), Loch Ness is named after the river of the same name.

Obviously, this name submission needs serious intensive care.

15) Titus Brutus. New Name and Device. Argent chape sable, two lightening flashes Or, a sword gules, hafted and pommelled sable.

Titus is dated to 69 AD in Kebric, Roman People (152). Brutus is dated to 500 BC in Sharp, Handbook of Pseudonyms and Personal Nicknames (149). The client cares most about language (unspecified) and wants the name to be authentic for an (unspecified) language/culture. I would be happier to see more period documentation that would place this name with the Society's time frame.

The blazon claims that the flashes on the emblazon are lightening bolts, but they obviously are not and the device must be returned for its use of a forbidden charge.

Yours In Service,

Paul Wickenden of Thanet

c/o Paul Goldschmidt
802 Bowman Ave
Madison WI 53716


Dmitrii Volkovich
John Polzinetti
8537 White Cedar Dr, #331
Miamisburg OH 45342-5346

Rouge Scarpe:

Alan Fairfax
Alan Terlep
5401 S Cornell Ave
Chicago IL 60615

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