February 15, 1999

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 January 1999 submissions for your consideration and commenting. All commentary should be sent to Rouge Scarpe Herald, Alan Fairfax, early enough to arrive by April 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) Adelais de Saviniaco. New Name and Device. Gules, an orle of martlets argent.

Adelais is documented from Morlet (16) and dated to 940. Saviniaco is found in Dauzat and Rostaing (647) under "Savigna." The client cares most about having a 12th century northern French name and wants the name to be authentic for that time and place. She adds: "I have reason to believe that the byname is Latinized and the forename is not. If so, and if possible, please take the most convenient route to making the name consistent."

2) Caterina de Cesare. New Device. Per pale gules and argent, a cross flory counterchanged.

{Name reg'd 4/95}

3) Elsa von Heilbronn. New Name and Device. Argent, on a pale wavy azure, between two roses proper, a cross bottony argent, a bordure azure

Elsa: derivative of Elisabeth. More commonly spelled Else but respelled here (a likely substitution) for ease of pronunciation by English speakers. For documentation, the client provides a 15th century song ("Ludwig Senfl") which mentions an Elslein (which would be a dim of Else). Heilbronn was the name of a palace/castle that was built around 1182, according to Die Deutschen Burgen & Schlösser in Farbe (25-26). The client cares most about language and wants an authentic 14th century Schwaben/Franconian name.

The bordure on the device is drawn far too small. The forms were also reduced for some reason and Laurel will probably reject them in this condition, so this will probably need to be returned. All of which is terribly unfortunate as the client has had previous submissions fall in the Black Hole, so any commentary that people could offer would certainly be appreciated.

4) Francescha de Vargas. New Name.

The given name is dated to 1390 in Marsá (no page given). de Vargas is also dated to 1390 in De Atienza (no page given), De La Torre (no page given), and the Catholic Encyclopedia (under "Luis de Vargas" and found at www.knight.org/advent/cathen/15273a.htm)

5) Morwith Blackthorn. Device Resubmission. Argent, a crown of thorns vert, barbed sable, a bordure sable.

{Name reg'd 4/98}

Her previous submission (Argent, a rosebud sable, stemmed vert, within a crown of thorns vert, barbed sable, within a bordure sable) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 11/97 for the use of the non-registerable rosebud. This resubmission eliminates that problem.

6) Vivienne du Lac. New Device. Per bend purpure and azure semy-de-lys Or, in sinister chief a unicorn rampant argent.

{Name submitted on the 10/98 MK ELoI}

7) Wynter Aline Poe. New Name.

Winter is noted to be not only a surname but also a given name in Pine, The Story of Surnames (131). Matthews, English Surnames (180) notes that Winter or its var Wynter are quite common in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Aline is attested to be a contracted form of Adeline in Hanks and Hodges (no page given). Matthews (161) notes Poe as an Old English name.

Aline is dated to 1428 in Scott, "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames" (87). Poe exists as a header spelling in Reaney & Wilson (342) under "Paw," but is not dated. I have not indication that Wynter was a period feminine given name.

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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