July 15, 1999

Greetings unto Lady Clarissa Wykeham, 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 June 1999 submissions for your consideration and commenting. All commentary should be sent to Rouge Scarpe Herald, Alan Fairfax, early enough to arrive by September 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) Anne Geoffreys of Warwick. New Name and Device. Per bend sinister azure and gules semy of pheons Or, in dexter chief a natural tiger rampant contourny argent striped sable maintaining between both paws an annulet Or.

Anne is in Withycombe (25) and dated to the beginning of the 13th century in England. Geoffrey was common in England from the 12th-15th centuries as a given name, giving rise to many surnames, including Geoffrey(s), according to ibid (128). Warwick is in Mills (347) as a header spelling.

The client was granted the right to augment her arms by Dag on 7/17/93.

2) Bathory Anastasia. New Name and Device. Per fess wavy sable and barry wavy Or and sable, in chief a descrescent Or.

The name is Hungarian and thus is spelled surname-given name. The surname Bathory is documented from Kálmán (68) and the given name is found in Walraven's "Hungarian Feminine Names" (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1336/ magfem.html). The client cares most about having a Hungarian name and would like the name to be authentic for 15-16th century Hungary.

3) Caradoc Llew Du ap Morgan. New Badge. (Fieldless) A lion's head erased sable, wearing a cap of maintenance vert, reversed argent.

{Name reg'd 1/85}

4) Cassandra D'Leyer. New Name.

Cassandra is asserted as a "classical name dating back as far as the Iliad." The byname is constructed as a corruption of a fictional Roman town, "Aere Perennium" ("longer lasting than bronze") to "Ayer" and then to D'Leyer. There is no documentation for any of this enclosed except that the client has studied Latin, the Classics, and is familiar with the Roman practice of settling their retired soldiers on conquered lands. The client cares most about sound and would like an authentic 14-16th century French or Belgian name.

5) Charles of Whithorse. New Name and Device. Quarterly sable and gules, two horses combatant argent.

Charles is the client's modern name. Whithorse is an English place name found on a map (dated 1350) in Speed, The Counties of Britain (38). The client cares most about meaning and sound and wants an authentic (approximately) 14th century English name.

Charles is in Withycombe (62) and was introduced by the Normans. Ekwall (514) has a Witehors (under "Whitehorse Hill") dated to 1273 but no Whithorse.

6) Chrestiènne la Croniere. New Name and Device. Or, a horse rampant, on a chief azure, a serpent glissant between two roundels Or.

Chrestiènne is dated to 1292 on a Paris tax roll (http://www.panix.com/~mittle/names). Cronier (feminized here to Croniere is found in Dauzat, Noms et Prenoms (163) as a surname meaning "fisher" found in Anjou and Touraine. The client cares most about meaning and would like an authentic French name.

7) Darkstone, College of. Group Name Resubmission and New Group Device. Per fess indented gules and sable, a laurel wreath, in chief a roundel Or.

This group previously submitted the identical name on the 7/93 and 4/94 ILoIs. We have no information on the reason for return. The clients provide the following documentation: "Dark is a word in Gaelic, but we wish to be the English 'Darkstone' and not 'Dorchastone.' Also, Darkstone has been recognized by Northshield since 1991 and we have appeared on the known world map since 1995." Photocopies from "By Ash, Oak, & Thorn" (281) showing that the "Gaelic" word for dark is "Dorcha" are enclosed. A photocopy of the proper section of the known world map is also included. The clients care most about language and want an authentic English name but will NOT permit MINOR or MAJOR changes. A petition of support is included.

Some brief comments: 1) The documentation for "Dorcha" should probably be disregarded as the clients say they do not want to use it; 2) What Northshield and/or the (unofficial) cartographers do is irrelevant and spurious; 3) The clients have provided no documentation we can use. What we need is documentation for "dark" and for "stone" and for the pattern of naming placenames after shades of rock. Your help will be appreciated.

The laurel wreath is not drawn very bold and probably needs to be fed a bit.

8) Donal Bane of Blakmers. New Name and Device. Argent, a falcon displayed vert, perched upon a gloved forearm fesswise couped, on a chief sable, three feathers bendwise sinister Or.

Extensive documentation is provided. I will attempt to summarize. Black (xlii) gives McDonill dated to 1582. We can surmise that Donal is a plausible English phonetic transcription of the given name from which McDonill was derived. Black (499) (under "Macgilleglas" has a 1548 John Bane M'Gilleglas, which gives us the second element. Blakmers is a hypothesized meaning "blackmarsh" and is based on a 1560 spelling of "merse" for "marsh" in Johnston, Place Names of Scotland (no page number provided). The client cares most about having a 14th century Scottish name and wants to have an authentic name for that period and location. He will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

9) Edmund Cornwallis. New Name and Device. Gules, on a bend sinister argent three falcons wings addorsed maintaining a double-headed axe sable.

Edmund is cited through Saint Edmund (king of East-Angles, died in 870) and Edmund I (died c922), both of whom are listed in the Encyclopedia Americana (IX: page number missing). Cornwallis is documented as a surname derived from a county in England and is dated to the 14th century, according to Matthews, English Surnames (299). The client cares most about having an English name and would like a name which is authentic for the 14th century. He will NOT permit MAJOR changes.

Your assistance on the blazon would be most appreciated.

10) Elaine de Beauchamp. New Badge. Azure, on a plate, a swan rising azure.

{Name reg'd 7/97}

11) Eliška of Plen. New Name.

Eliška was the mother of Charles IV who lived in the 14th century, according to Sayer, Coasts of Bohemia (32) and appears to be a variant of Elizabeth, according to Kavka in Bohemia in History (no page provide). More documentation of this fact is provided in several additional sources. No documentation for the place name is provide. The client cares most about language and wants an authentic Bohemian name.

[An editorial reminder to all commentators: a single documented case from a reputable source is all that is required to register a name. Quantity does not make quality!]

12) Francesca di Simoneti. New Name and Device. Azure semy of roses Or, a cat sejant argent.

These items were pended on the 4/99 ILoI because they had been submitted on incorrect forms. The correct forms have now been provided and we are pleased to bring them to your attention. The name elements are derived from Scott, "14th Century Venetian Personal Names" (copies not provided).

13) Geoffrey of Warwick. New Name and Device. Per bend sable and Or, three crosses bottony in bend and three pheons in bend counterchanged.

Geoffrey is in Withycombe (128). Warwick is a header spelling in Mills (347) which gives the following dated spellings: Warwicks, Waerincwicum (1001) and Warwic (1086).

14) Grifon the Stranger. New Name and Device. Vert, a male griffon's head contourny erased, on a chief Or, three fleurs-de-lys vert.

Grifon is found in the Paris Tax Rolls (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/ paris.html). No documentation for the byname is provided.

I'm not familiar with why the gender of the beastie matters. The device needs to be recolored as the client has done it in highliter pen (greenish-yellow and yellowish-green) and not anything close to our preferred tinctures.

15) Katherine mac Ewen. Name and Device Resubmission. Purpure, a chevron between three suns Or.

The client's previous name submission (Cera MacEwen) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 6/98 for combining Gaelic and English and for grammatical problems. This resubmission was documented using Withycombe (186) for Katherine. It is listed only as a header spelling and has no dates. mac Ewen is documented from Black (491) and dated to 1174. The client cares most about preserving the surname and would like an authentic Scottish name. [Note: Based on her previous submission, she is probably looking for a Scottish equivalent of Katherine.

The client's previous device submission (Purpure, a chevron between two suns and an annulet surmounted by three crescents Or) was returned for excessive modernity.

16) Maynard Wolven. New Name and Device. Gules, a wolf's head caboshed between two flauches Or, each charged with a goutte de sang.

Maynard is in Withycombe (215) and dated to 1273. Wolven is in Reaney, Dictionary of British Surnames, 2nd ed (392) under "Woolven, etc." [I do not possess this book and no copies were provided, but I did check Reaney & Wilson (502) under "Woolven, etc" and could not find this particular spelling]. The client cares most about sound and would like a name which is authentic for 14th century England. [Perhaps we could change the surname to one of the variants that IS listed and dated in Reaney & Wilson?]

I could have sworn that we did not permit flaunches to be charged in the SCA anymore but I am probably confused with gores. If someone can check on this, I would be much obliged.

17) Njall the Wanderer of Bork. New Name and Device. Sable, a lozenge fesswise per pale gules and purpure, fimbriated argent.

Niall is in Ó Corráin & Maguire (145) [but not the spelling that is submitted] and in Jones, "100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland" (http://www.panix.com/~mittle/names /tangwystyl/irish100). Bork is claimed to be a "locative surname" found in Bahlow, Deutsches Namenlexicon (74). [I found it on page 69 in the German and 57 in the English and he has it as a surname derived from Borek, a dim of the Slavic name Borislav - no indication that it was a placename]. The documentation for "the Wanderer" is provided. The client cares most about sound.

18) Nordskogen, Barony of. New Badge. (Fieldless) A fool's cap per pall Or, gules, and vert.

{Name reg'd 10/82?}

The effect they are going for is having each piece of the cap be a different color.

19) Rhys ab Idwal. New Name and Device. Per pale azure and sable, on a plate, a wolf salient sable.

Rhys is in Gruffudd (83). The spelling of "ab" is in ibid (5). Idwal is in Jones, Welsh Miscellany (31).

20) Richard Ealdwulf. New Name and Device. Azure, a compass star throughout argent, on a chief Or, three pheons, points to chief, gules.

Richard is in Searle (400) and dated to 994. Ealdwulf is in ibid (201) and dated to 664. The client cares most about sound and having a post-Roman Saxon name. He is interested in having the name be authentic for an 8th century Saxon name.

21) Tigernach mac Éoghain ua Áeda. Badge Resubmission. (Fieldless) A cross crosslet pale pale gules and argent.

{Name reg'd 5/99}

The client's previous submission ([Fieldless] On a cross crosslet nowy gules, a wolf's head erased argent) appeared on the 11/98 ILoI but was withdrawn by the submitter. This is a complete redesign. The client notes the possible conflict of this design with Rowan Celia FitzMarvin ([Fieldless] A Canterbury cross per pale gules and argent) but argues that there is one point for fieldlessness and another for change od the type of cross. As the two types of crosses are not particularly similar, I am prone to agree with the client

22) Wulfgar Hlotharius von Aachen. New Badge. Per bend sinister embattled Or and sable, a unicorn's head couped argent.

{Name reg'd 1/98}

The following submission has been RETURNED and the client notified:

R1) Bran Olum for Norbrigge. New House Name and Device. Sable, a gauntlet affronty grasping a laurel sprig between four mullets in cross, all within a bordure embattled argent.

This was pended on the 4/99 LoI for the usual 90 days but the client never contacted us so we are forced to administratively return this item. All materials have been returned to the client.

Yours In Service,

Paul Wickenden of Thanet

c/o Paul Goldschmidt
3071 Cimarron Trail
Madison WI 53719


Clarissa Wykeham
Nancy Rivers
404 S State Rd, Apt 4
Davison MI 48423

Rouge Scarpe:

Alan Fairfax
Alan Terlep
5401 S Cornell Ave
Chicago IL 60615

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