February 25, 1983 A.S. XVII
Kingdom of An Tir
Appledore. (Shire) (name approval only)
NOTE: Name appeal accepted. Appledore is a non-unique descriptive
name appropriate to the branch.
Bahram the Resplendent. Sable, a sensurv within an annulet of
*Borealis. (Shire of) (blazon correction) Azure, two wolf's heads
erased addorsed and conjoined at the neck argent within a laurel wreath Pr.
NOTE: Name appeal accepted. Since none of the rulers
of Persia called Bahram are recorded as using The Resplendent as a descriptive,
I am forced to agree with the appeal, although I consider it rather presumptuous.
The senmurv is an Iranian monster consisting of the front half of a dog and
the wings and rear body of a bird. It was copiously documented (Metropolitan
Museum of Art Bulletin XX (Nov. 1961), "The Senmurv," by Prudence Oliver Harper).
*Borealis. (Shire of) (badge) Azure, two wolf's heads erased addorsed
and conjoined at the neck issuant from the battlements of a demi-tower argent.
Ting-nye-'dzin-gyi-seng-ge. (name approval only)
NOTE: Name appeal partially accepted. Tibetan name
approved without McPhee. The Rules for Heraldic Submissions (V.3) state: "All
Society names must be consistent with period naming practices . . . . This
principle means that the overall style or form of each submission must also
be in period or else consistent with period practices." Thus, not only each
part of a name but the whole name itself as a combination must be consistent
with period practices. This means that you have to be able to point to specific
period practices and say that the name is consistent with them. These practices
will be in specific languages, and therefore a Society name must be consistent
with period naming practices of one to three specific languages. This is
not a rules change, but just a common-sense clarification.
Based upon the response of the College of Arms, I have decided to treat
the use of two widely separated languages in a name as a discouraged practice
rather than a generally restricted practice. (The use of three widely separated
languages would be too weird to accept.) Ting uses Scots Gaelic and Tibetan,
a rather unlikely combina-tion. I won't get involved with the probability
that such a meeting of languages could have occurred in period.
The fact remains that Ting must still be consistent with Tibetan and Scots
Gaelic naming practices, since those are the languages in his name. This is
the only way we could possibly say he is consistent with period naming practices.
I accept the documentation that the Tibetan name is valid and that McPhee
is a valid Scots surname. The problem comes with the combination.
The Board of Directors has ruled that a person with a persona from outside
the scope of the SCA is only acceptable as a visitor. Thus we are forced to
consider Ting as being a Tibetan who has traveled to Scotland and who has
won admittance to Clan McPhee. (Were he to have been born of a Scots parent,
he would have been given a Christian name.)
All evidence seems to indicate that if a clan adopted such a person, he
would be expected to adopt a good Scots Christian name rather than a "heathenish"
(to their minds) Tibetan name. At the very least, the Tibetan name would be
shortened to its given name, if it is a compound name. The documentation does
seem to indicate that this is the case, as the name consists of a part meaning
"meditation," the genitive participle "of," and a part meaning "lion."
Therefore there is considerable doubt that this combination is consistent
with Scottish naming practices.
The Rules for Heraldic Submissions (V.6) state: "It is the responsibility
of the person submitting a submission to ensure that all necessary information
and supporting documentation are included in the submission." Ting has shown
that the Tibetan and Scots names are separately correct, but not that they
are correct to combine in this manner.
Pending such documentation, I will adopt Baton Vert's and Brachet's suggestion
that the College register the Tibetan name alone. In rare cases where a unique
compound name in a rarely used language from outside the scope of the SCA
is submitted, the College does allow an exception to the requirement of an
Thus I will register Ting's Tibetan name without McPhee. In order to preserve
the proper transliteration, I will retain the hyphens. If Ting can submit
documenta-tion of a distantly foreign non-Christian name being combined in
period with a Scottish surname, then I will add the McPhee.
The Board of Directors will be polling the SCA membership on the scope of
the SCA later this year. If the Board, acting on the results of the poll,
broadens the scope of the SCA, then I will reconsider this case. If it turns
out that there is a shorter form of Ting's name (such as Sengge) that could
constitute a Tibetan given name that might have been acceptable to a Scots
clan, then I will reconsider the case.
Zoran Dolmar of Dragonhead. (name approval only)
NOTE: Name appeal accepted.
Kingdom of Ansteorra
Alima Kalil. Per fess engrailed azure and argent, a mermaid
tergiant in her vanity counterchanged argent and vert, crined or, between
a decrescent, a mullet argent, and a firewheel blossom gules.
NOTE: The firewheel has blossoms of varying colors and so
cannot be termed proper. I have therefore blazoned it as gules.
Angelique du Cygne Blanc. Per bend sinister argent
and gules, a swan naiant sable and another argent.
Arianna of Greytower. Per bend sinister azure and gules,
a tower argent flying a pennon or and a garden rose slipped and leaved argent.
Aymbros Turlion de Laisard. Per pale Or and vert, on a saltire
five crosses Lorraine fitchy at all points palewise counterchanged.
Cerelia de Lacy of Sherborne. (badge) Purpure, an escarbuncle
NOTE: Identity of outline is not a factor between SCA
badges and mundane arms, except for the most famous mundane arms, such as
arms and flags of countries.
Erika Segenlein. Per fess azure and vert, a stork statant
argent and a Latin cross flory Or.
NOTE: A stork statant has its dexter leg upraised by
default. If both legs were on the ground, it would be a stork close.
Galen Litelpage of Redore. (badge) Argent, an arched
door gules, banded and handled azure.
NOTE: This would be much better if the bands and handle
were a metal. While minor details are not required to obey the Rule of Tincture,
it is preferable that they do so.
Johann von Graustein.Per bend sinister vert and or,
a bend embattled gules between a fox statant reguardant argent and a tower
Johann von Graustein. (badge) A fox statant reguardant
Kaylitha Rhiannon of Bristol.Azure, seme of crescents,
an estoile of five rays within an orle Or.
NOTE: Rhiannon can only be used if there is not
an allusion to the goddess of the moon in the device. The crescents does constitute
an allusion, although not as bad as actual moons. I have therefore added
the "of Bristol" to help difference the name, as allowed on the submittor's
Mark Greenleaf of Redore.Per bend sinister azure
and Or, a bend sinister gules between a decrescent argent and a tree eradicated
NOTE: Draw the bend sinister somewhat larger.
*Patricia Fiona MacFarland. (badge for House Tchalai) Pean, a
pair of wings conjoined in lure gules surmounted by a horse's head couped
at the shoulder argent.
NOTE: Gules does have sufficient contrast against
Kingdom of Caid
*Antonio Francesco Luigi Nicolo Topaz di Saronno. Sable, upon
three chevronels gules, fimbriated, seven roses, three, three, and one, argent.
NOTE: I am informed that your name would be
more accurate if you replaced Topaz with Topazio and Nicolo with Niccolo.
This would still fit within the 50- character limit.
Arion Buck of Westfolk. Azure, on a bend raguly
between a pegasus rampant bendwise and three roses argent, barbed and seeded
proper, a sheaf of three arrows proper.
NOTE: An arrow proper has a brown wood shaft,
a black iron point, and unspecified fletching, the exact fletch-ing color(s)
left up to the artist. The exact shade of brown or type of wood should be
a note to the artist. As an aid to simplicity, we shall henceforth consider
the default color for any wooden object to be brown, with the shade of brown
left up to the artist, in the same way that the exact shade of blue used
for an azure charge is left up to the artist.
Bard's Keep. (Canton of) (name approval only,
see REJECTIONS for device)
Calista nic Ghilleandrais. Or, two garden
roses gules, slipped and leaved, their stems extended in crescent and tied
in base in a Bourchier knot, and on a chief triangular vert a swan naiant
argent charged with a goutte-de-sang.
NOTE: Mistress Eriod informs me that Gaelic
names can place the father's descriptive after the father's given name as
part of a patronymic following nic. In this case the proper formation is
a compound form. Thus "Calista, daughter of the servant of St. Andrew" is
properly translated as Calista nic Ghilleandrais. I will therefore register
*Darach. (Shire of) (badge for the Archers of Darach) Sable, an
acorn slipped and leaved, the leaf embowed argent, the acorn pierced of an
arrow fesswise Or.
NOTE: The addition of the leaf and arrow
prevents any conflict with the SRL badges that have acorns.
Robert of Ravenswood. Gules, on a chevron
inverted argent two swords inverted, conjoined at the points, sable and on
a chief invected argent, a raven statant to sinister, wings inverted and addorsed,
NOTE: The chevron inverted should
be raised up to touch the chief.
Tobias Meerschlange. Or, two artist's
brushes in saltire gules, bristled sable, surmounted by a melusine in her
vanity proper, crined sable, all within two serpents in orle respectant, tails
nowed in base, gules.
NOTE: Are you aware of the slang
meaning for "Schlange"? I am told it is Yiddish for the male member. It really
is German for serpent, so I am passing it, but you should know that your name
has another meaning.
Kingdom of the East
*Aravis Katheryn DelClare. (name correction only)
Kingdom of Meridies (Principality of Trimaris)
Aaron Breck Gordon. (name approval
only; see REJECTIONS for device)
*Alexander Mareschal.. (badge) In saltire a recorder surmounting
a dagger inverted proper.
André Reynard Cartier. Per
bend sinister sable and Or, a fox rampant bendwise guardant counterchanged
maintaining in dexter forepaw a handkerchief argent.
NOTE: The type of fabric (lace)
the handkerchief is made of is too small a detail to go into the blazon.
Ayesha Kamar. (name approval only;
see REJECTIONS for device)
Blackthorne. (Shire of)Or, in
pale two garden roses in saltire gules, slipped and leaved sable, and a laurel
wreath vert between two flaunches sable.
Castlemere. (Shire of) Vert, on
a fess between three towers argent a laurel wreath vert.
NOTE: Excellent heraldry!
Chèr de Bellevue. (name
change; formerly Chèr du Bonvin du Bellevue; also arms change)
Argent, a manticore rampant to sinister gules and a gore sinister azure.
NOTE TO HERALDS: Parker's
implies that a gore is borne singly. (In fact, I have never heard of arms
with two gores.)
NOTE: She releases her former
Costanza di Firenze. (name
change; formerly Katherine di Firenze) Argent, in pale a dagger inverted
sable and a cushion purpure.
NOTE: "Sub rosa" is a
Latin phrase meaning, literally, "under the rose." The combination "della
SubRosa" is therefore meaningless and I have deleted it.
Daenn Fjalornsson. Gules,
naissant from a fess wavy argent, a blonde demi-mermaid displayed maintaining
in dexter hand a double-bitted battleaxe bendwise sinister proper, and in
base a dragon passant argent.
NOTE: Naissant means
"issuing from the middle of an ordinary." Please do not draw the hair blowing
in the wind, as that is not heraldic.
Dainiad Elen Fashti o Llanrhyddlad
. Sable, two unicorn's heads erased at the shoulder respectant and on
a chief wavy argent three estoiles gules.
NOTE: Heads cannot
be combattant, as they do not have legs to be rampant. Combattant means rampant
respectant. The proper name usage here is "o," not "O'.
Damara Narrissa. Per
bend sable, mullety of six points or, and or, crescenty sable, a date palm
tree couped gules.
to our sources, "Narrissa" does not mean "of the sea," as thalassa (θαλασσα)
is the Greek for "sea." Narissa seems to be a valid variant of Nurissa and
Damara is a reasonable variant of Tamara.
Darkwater. (Shire of)
Sable, two dolphins haurient respectant within a laurel wreath or and on
a chief wavy argent three trident's heads gules.
Diego Francisco Alvarez
de Avila y Cadiz. Quarterly gules and argent, a cross bottony fitchy
counterchanged between in bend an escallop and a winged lion rampant or.
Dorcas Lesley of Clan Colin
of the Crowlin Islands. Argent, a thistle stalked and leaved within
an orle within an orle of gouttes sable.
Ellayne de Grenslade.
Or, two poplar trees in saltire proper issuant from a base urdy azure.
NOTE: This would
be better heraldry if the trees were not partially covered by the base.
Ghislaine delle Onde
Bianche. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Glynis ferch Llywelyn
. Argent, a female Everglades kite rising to sinister proper maintaining
in both talons a snail sable, a chief invected azure. (Rostrhamus sociabilis
NOTE: The specification
of a small charge (the snail) as proper is poor practice. A viewer really
can't tell at a distance what type of snail this is. It's hard just to see
that it is a snail. Since the drawing is basically sable, I have blazoned
it that way. The exact description of the snail can be a note to the artist.
I have also corrected merch to ferch because all of my references agree that
merch always mutates to ferch when used as a patronymic.
. Or, a lymphad gules, sails furled, bannered fore and aft, the mast
flying a pennant to dexter argent, the banners and pennant each charged with
an estoile of eight rays, in canton an estoile of eight rays sable.
estoile and argent sail and banners are barely sufficient difference from
Noble, while the differences of bordure and tincture are barely sufficient
from Edric the Unsteady. The use of a single charge on the banners is legal
but poor practice. It would be better to have plain argent banners.
(name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
registration of a name diminutive is poor practice. It is much better to register
the formal name and then use the diminutive, as that is the period practice.
Jean Jacques Luc
Bennet. (see REJECTIONS for badge) Argent, chape ploye vert, a ram's
head erased to sinister argent, a grape leaf Or, and a chalice vert.
The use of hyphenated names appears to be out of period, so I have removed
Joanna de Bocage.
(see REJECTIONS for badge) Tierced per pall vert Or and argent, conjoined
in pall abased two oak leaves vert and an acorn proper.
Draw the charges larger.
Darkwater. Argent, a blonde mermaid displayed proper between two flaunches
azure, charged to dexter with a goblet and to sinister with a shamrock Or.
only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Morcheartaigh. Quarterly barry wavy, argent and sable, and gules, a
blonde mermaid displayed proper between in bend sinister two compass stars
sable, fimbriated argent.
Meaghan is pronounced Māyăn. If you want Magan, then drop the "h," as that
changes the pronunciation. This fimbriation is poor practice but simple enough
to be legal.
*Meridies. (Kingdom of)
NOTE: The following heraldic titles are approved for Meridies: Anvil, Arbor,
Archive, Crusilly, Ensign, Hammer, Red Raven, Sextant, Thunder, and Triskele.
Gregory. Vert, a sword inverted proper between two flaunches argent,
each charged with a peach slipped and leaved proper. (Amygdalus persica)
Allheisen.Azure, in pale seven compass stars in long cross argent and
two demi-tridents in saltire Or.
NOTE: Monford seems to be a legal combination of a rare protheme (mon-)
and a more common deuterotheme (-ford). However, you should be aware of its
similarity to the famous surname Mountford (Montford/Montfort). You should
also be aware of the fact that monks were required to adopt the name of a
saint or apostle. Your name would be much more authentic for your persona
if you added a saint's name before Monford.
Allheisen.. (badge) Azure, two demi-tridents in saltire Or.
Morgan Morcheartaigh. (badge for Didean Dorchachta) Sable, two blonde
mermaids displayed proper, tailed argent, maintaining between them in chief
a sword proper, the dexter mermaid maintaining in dexter hand a pot of gold
and the sinister mermaid maintaining in sinister hand a lantern or, illumined
NOTE: Leigh-Nora is a modern, out-of-period form. The forms Lenore, Leonore,
or Leonara did not occur in England until the l9th century, according to Withycombe.
The only period usage is one of the forms of Eleanora. I have therefore deleted
Leigh-Nora. Please tell me which variant of Eleanora you wish. Mistress Eriod
tells me that the correct translation for your household name is Didean Dorchachta,
so I have used that. The badge is rather busy but acceptable.
ferch Morgan. Sable, three chevronels braced and in chief a demi-wyvern
between two crosses of four fusils Or.
NOTE: I have corrected merch to ferch because all of my references agree
that merch mutates to ferch when used as a patronymic. Please draw all of
the charges larger.
Morgana ferch Morgan. (badge) Per fess gules and sable, in pale a
cross of four fusils and a demi-wyvern Or.
Oriana Goldenhair. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Rhys de Montfort. (name approval only)
NOTE: Since the blazons of the device and badge were not resubmitted, I
cannot rule on them. Please resubmit them.
Robert Andrew Duncan. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
NOTE: We only protect against name conflicts within the SCA and with important
mundane or fictional persons.
Robyn Foxe of Cantshire. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
NOTE: English does not seem to have "xx" as a part of a name. All my references
list Fox or Foxe but not Foxxe, so I have deleted the extra "x."
Ruins. (Shire of the) (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for arms)
Rupert Iain MacDuff. Lozengy Or and sable, a dexter glove bendwise
sinister inverted vert grasping a plate enflamed to chief gules.
NOTE: This is a modern style. It would be much better if a heraldic grenade
were used instead of the flaming plate.
*Sakura Tetsuo. (mon) Azure, five Masakari axe-heads voided conjoined
at all points in mullet inverted, blades outward, argent.
NOTE: Appeal accepted.
Sea March. (Shire of) (name change from Shire of Seamarch) Or, chape
ploye gules, a blond merman erect affronty holding his tail in his sinister
hand proper, tailed argent, a blonde mermaid erect affronty holding her tail
in her dexter hand proper, tailed argent, and a laurel wreath vert.
Sean Écrivain.. Sable, a pale argent surmounted by two quills
bendwise sinister in pale, overall an orle of pairs of quills in saltire
Note: we have no record of an earlier submission.
Sirrush Mir. (Shire of) (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for arms)
*Southkeep. (Shire of)Azure, a tower issuant from a base embattled
or, in canton a crux stellata argent, in base a laurel wreath vert.
NOTE: Draw the battlements fewer and larger. "Keype" is not a valid variant
of "Keep," according to the OED. I therefore retain the earlier spelling,
although I will combine the two words into one.
*Trimaris. (Principality of)
NOTE: The following are approved: Order of the Emerald Sea, Order of the
Cross and Serpent, Order of the Silver Trident, Order of Trimarian Gratitude,
Order of the Triskele of Trimaris, Order of the Wyvern's Claw.
Ulrich der Geschwinde von Augsburg. Argent, a wolf's head erased
sable, on a chief indented gules a cross formy fitchy argent surmounted by
a bordure counterchanged.
NOTE: The adjective "geschwind" requires the addition of the definite article,
producing "der Geschwinde." Counter-changing a bordure this way is highly
unusual and rather poor practice, but I cannot see a clear reason for rejecting
it. It would be much better heraldry if it were changed to a field division
of per fess indented, moving the charges down accordingly.
Kingdom of the Middle
Adhemar Cuthwald.. Gules, in pale a sword fesswise and a serpent
coiled to sinister Or.
Aelvina Dainachuidh GiollaChrist. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS
NOTE: Your name was 54 characters long and the limit is 50, so I deleted
"of the Twilight Lands."
Alison MacKieran of Dunglas. (name change--formerly Alison MacKieran
Dhu; change of arms) Purpure, on a pall between a compass star, an increscent,
and a decrescent argent a thistle slipped and leaved proper.
NOTE: Her old arms become a badge. Compass stars have straight points.
Alison MacKieran of Dunglas. (badge for Clan MacKieran) Argent, on
a pall purpure between in bess two thistles slipped and leaved proper a compass
Allyson Ariana Allyn ferch Rhys. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS
NOTE: This name is poor practice, as it has a middle name, a surname, and
a patro-nymic. This would really be better if it were shortened. I have corrected
merch to ferch because all of my references agree that merch (daughter) invariably
mutates to ferch when used as a patronymic.
Anne St. Augustine de Rome. Per fess indented argent and vert, a
fess dancetty between and conjoined to five quatrefoils barbed counterchanged.
NOTE: I have switched the order of the two surnames because, as submitted,
the name violated period practice. If you want to have both a surname and
a place name, then the surname comes before the place name. The device would
be better with a more normal style of quatrefoil.
*Bardolf Ulfacson.Per pale vert and Or, a chevron counterchanged
and in chief a pheon argent and a wolf rampant gules.
Brianne of Greenlea. Per pale ermine and counter-ermine, a unicorn
courant azure, armed, crined and unguled, between in pale two estoiles Or,
within a bordure azure.
Bronwen Meredith Kirk. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Catherine Aimee LeMoyne. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
NOTE: Hyphenated names appear to be out of period, so I removed the hyphen.
Claudia de Montpellier. Vert, a harp reversed within a bordure argent
charged with four fleurs-de-lys in cross sable.
Christophe van der Ross. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Corwin of Lincoln. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Demelza of Tintagel. Gules, a cross parted and fretted and in sinister
chief a dolphin naiant Or.
NOTE: Tintagel only has one "l."
Dragon's Mark. (Shire of) (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Dugall Aileanmac-'ic Lathurna. (name approval only)
NOTE: Polaris sent me the requested documentation. The Scottish Clans and
Their Tartans, p. 28, states: "The style Mac-'ic used by certain persons in
these families is not a 'chiefly' title, but actually denotes a cadet of
the line of the affixed name, usually applied when the person was not actual
chief or chieftain." Evidently it is used when the spelling of the clan name
has not yet been approved.
Dur of Hidden Mountain. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for device)
Flame. (Barony of the)Sable, a wavy-bladed sword gules, hilted and
the blade enflamed, in base a laurel wreath Or.
Flaming Sword. (March of the) (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for
Friedrich von Grünwald. (name approval only; see REJECTIONS for
Foscadh O'Dubhda (name approval only)
Saradwen Ariandalen (name approval only)
Taira den Fharraigi Thiar. Per fess indented azure and Or, in chief
a swallow volant to sinister argent.
NOTE: Mistress Eriod informs me that "de an" contracts to form "den" without
an apostrophe, and that it aspirates the following consonant, yielding "den
Fharraigi." I have therefore used that form.
Kingdom of the West
*Turold of Normandy. (badge) Purpure, a pineapple or, leaved vert.
NOTE: This was left off of the November letter.
END OF ACCEPTANCES
Kingdom of An Tir
Alphonse de Lorraine. (badge) Gules, a lion's head cabossed or jessant-de-lys
NOTE: The badge conflicts with Braunch: Gules, a leopard's head Or jessant-de-lis
argent (Papworth, p. 911). Leopards and lions were interchangeable in medieval
times. A leopard was a lion passant guardant. In any event, the common fleur-de-lys
argent removes any possi-bility of invoking the compete-difference-of-charge
Garth of the Highlands. Argent, ermined azure, a lightning flash
bendwise Or, overall a lion rampant sable, and on a chief azure a Latin cross
NOTE: Device appeal rejected. I apologize for my misleading comment in April
1982. What I meant to say was that adding a powdering of azure ermine spots
does not make the field an even division of color and metal. All twenty variants
of ermine do count as furs, but last year the College decided that furs and
proper charges were only conditionally exempt from the Rule of Tincture. We
required that there still be sufficient contrast. In this case, the lightning
flash is partially obscured behind the lion and has poor contrast against
the field. (Lightning flashes are a poor practice, anyway.) Delete the lightning
flash, or make it a color.
Kingdom of Ansteorra
No rejections. Congratulations!!
Kingdom of Caid
Bard's Keep. (Canton of)Per fess azure and vert, a grey stone tower
surmounted by a recorder and a sword inverted in saltire proper, in canton
a laurel wreath Or.
NOTE: Device rejected. The laurel wreath should be larger. Grey is a variant
of argent. If the tower is drawn as a light grey, it blends into the argent
sword blade. If the tower is drawn as a dark grey, it has insufficient contrast
against the azure. Thus the device lacks contrast. I suggest something like:
Per fess azure and vert, a laurel wreath or, a tower argent, and in saltire
a recorder and a sword inverted proper, assuming that doesn't conflict.
Garalee Gravesender of Holywell.Vert, on a mullet of six points or
a cross humetty gules, a bordure compony counter-compony vert and Or.
NOTE: Garalee seems, from the forms, to be a combination of Gary and Lee.
The name Gary itself is very recent. This sort of combination is very modern
and not consistent with period usage. It is instead the sort of name one finds
frequently in the South. I suggest Gareth Lee (using Lee as a surname). The
device seems acceptable.
Heatherwyne. (Shire of) (badge) Purpure, two straight trumpets in
saltire within a cord in annulo Or, attached thereto, in base, a wine-tasting
NOTE: Badge rejected. Two straight trumpets in saltire is a reserved charge
usable only in tinctureless seals of heralds' offices.
Kingdom of Meridies (P. of Trimaris)
Aaron Breck Gordon.Azure, a gryphon segreant Or, taloned gules, grasping
in sinister talon a claymore bendwise and in dexter talon a dagger bendwise
NOTE: Device rejected. The device conflicts with Albert: Azure, a gryphon
segreant Or (Papworth, p. 981). It is close to Leopold von Haskenberg: Azure,
an opinicus sejant grasping in its dexter upraised forepaw a goblet Or. I
have centered the gryphon in the blazon because it is not heraldic to have
a single main charge off to one side. There is plenty of room for the sword
and dagger with the gryphon centered.
Akira Noriuji-no Takara. Sable, a Japanese sun abased surmounted
by a triple-tiered Japanese mist argent, fimbriated sable, within a bamboo
NOTE: Name rejected Akira is a given name. Mr. Akira Kurosawa uses the modern
Japanese practice of following the European practice, placing the given name
first. Thus you have two given names and no surname. Monsho tells me that
Noriuji-no should not be part of the formal name, just as no-kami is not part
of the registered name of an armiger. Thus your name violates period Japanese
naming practices. Delete Akira and Noriuji-no and add a family name in their
place. You must fimbriate the mist in the mon since you cannot place an argent
charge upon another argent charge.
Ayesha Kamar.Sable, an Arabic doorway argent charged with an Arabic
lamp enflamed gules.
NOTE: Device rejected. Devices are flat abstract representations. Trying
to display depth in this manner is not heraldic. While I can accept a door
charged with a lamp, I don't think a lamp seen through a doorway is heraldic.
Does anyone know if Arabic heraldry ever used doorways?
Corineous Kilwitch. Ermine, a rooster statant Or, its upraised dexter
talon grasping a viper coiled gules.
NOTE: Name and device rejected. Name: Kilwitch, besides being offensive,
is not a valid variation of Kilhwch, the lover in the Mabinogion. Mistress
Eriod states that Kilhwch is a unique famous name that appears only in this
story of the Mabinogion (and therefore it cannot be used) and that it is not
a proper Welsh surname form. Corineous seems to be an incorrect variant of
Corinius, Duke of Witchland, from The Worm Ouroboros, by E. R. Eddison. Device:
The device lacks contrast. The ermine furs are not even divisions of the
field and therefore are basically a simple field seme of ermine spots. As
with proper, we require sufficient contrast for furs, and Or on argent does
not have sufficient contrast. The ermine furs are still furs and so those
violations of the Rule of Tincture that have reasonable contrast are allowed.
For example, you can place gules on counter-ermine.
Dikeuald Cyn Arek. Gules, on a chevron throughout or five lozenges
palewise gules and in base a lozenge Or.
NOTE: Name rejected. Baton Vert states that this name is not Anglo-Saxon.
Please document it or else resubmit another name. Cyn is very close to cyng
(A-S for king), which isn't allowed. A proper Anglo-Saxon name close to your
translation would be Merowald Aethelbeorn (sea + ruler and noble + warrior).
Draw all charges larger.
Edward of Effingham. (name appeal, mon for Haruta Toryu Shingen-no-kami
Nobumasa) Sable, three tomoe in pall and three dragon-claws in pall inverted,
all conjoined at the points argent.
NOTE: Name change rejected; alternate name rejected; mon conflicts. The
College voted 7 to 5 to reject the combined use of the name Edward Bolingbroke
and a red rose. Thus last month's ruling stands. Edward can have either Bolingbroke
or the red rose, but not both. The general rule is that surnames of royal
houses may not be used at all, and that other famous surnames may not be used
in conjunction with elements in the device that allude to the arms belonging
to that famous surname.
As to the Japanese submissions, Monshō states that Toryu Shingen-no-kami
does not belong in the name. (The no-kami portion is a title used in the SCA
for armigers.) You should only register the family name and given name. (A
number of people also thought the use of Shingen to be rather presumptuous.)
The mon conflicts with the mon of Muramutsu (Mon--The Japanese Family Crest,
p. 35). blonsho informs me, and my references agree, that tomoe are always
borne with the tails outwards so the heads touch.
Galland Fox of Partington. Vert, a red fox's head erased proper and
on a chief argent two arrows inverted in saltire vert. (vulpes fulva)
NOTE: Name rejected. Gallant is an adjective, not a given name. Taking a
variation of an adjective (Galland) does not make it a given name. Please
add a given name. A red fox's proper tincture is a reddish brown, which will
have very poor contrast against a green field.
Ghislaine delle Onde Bianche. Gules, a chief wavy sable, overall
an orm nowed erect between two flaunches argent, each flaunch charged with
a rose gules, barbed and seeded proper.
NOTE: Device rejected. What you have drawn is a chief. If you want the field
divided into sable and gules, then use a correct per fess division. It would
be much better as all gules or all sable. As it stands, you have a sable chief
wavy on a gules field, which is color on color. A field divided into two
colors or two metals must be an even division.
Graeghafoc.Sable, a mullet of four points within and conjoined to
an annulet Or charged with five pellets, between in pale two bars nowy couped
and in fess two Gotlandic bird motifs respectant, all within an orle of pheons,
points inwards, argent.
NOTE: Name and device rejected. Baton Vert states that Graeghafoc is not
a given name. The College long ago ruled that all Society names must have
a given name plus at least one other word, for purposes of identification.
This name has no given name and is only one word. The College allows the use
of charges from other cultures on a case-by-case basis, but requires that
the complete device be consistent with normal period heraldic style. The
device here is just too complicated. I suggest you delete the pheons and
simplify the shield boss. The bird motifs and bars nowy couped are acceptable.
Janelle Lytelfeld. Sable, on a sun Or a sphinx couchant gules.
NOTE: Device rejected. This conflicts with Rake: Sable, a sun Or.
This is the addition of a tertiary charge, a common form for a mark of difference.
It is also close to Kourost Bernard of the Eastwoods: Sable, a sun eclipsed
Jean Jacques Luc Bennet. (badge for the House of Green Garter) On a
plate on a bend vert cotissed of two bendlets wreathed vert and Or a maple
leaf, a grape leaf palewise, and a laurel leaf palewise Or, the plate environed
of a garter in annulo vert, buckled and turned in chief, bearing in dexter
the motto "In honor omnes," and charged in sinister base with a laurel leaf,
a grape leaf, and a maple leaf, all Or.
NOTE: Badge rejected. This is far too complex for a badge. We do not register
mottoes. The garter is placed around the household badge as a matter of display.
You do not register it that way. The display of a garter around one's own
arms infringes upon the Order of the Garter, which has the same rights of
display. The household name is too close to the Order of the Garter (probably
the most famous Order known). The central plate is what should be registered
as a badge and even there, the three leaves should all be bendwise. The use
of three different leaves instead of three identical leaves is a modern style.
Jeanne de l'Île du Cygne Noir. (badge for Chateau du Cygne Noir)
Gyronny argent and vert, a swan statant, wings elevated and addorsed, sable.
NOTE: Name change rejected; badge and household name rejected. The definite
article la is required before the word Ile when a specific island is involved,
as is the case here. Therefore the correct form is de la Île, which
contracts to de l'Île. You will have to write to the Sable Swan Herald
to ask permission for the combined regis-tration of the household name and
badge. The combination is too close to the combination of her title and the
arms of the Principality of Cynagua.
Joanna de Bocage. (badge) Argent, a pin oak tree proper issuant from
a mount vert issuant from and both within an annulet gules. (Quercus palustris)
NOTE: The badge conflicts with Watt: Argent, a tree proper on a mount
vert within a bordure gules (Papworth, p. 1116). (Irreverent footnote:
A tree on Watt's arms?!?)
Kirigirisu Ryu Korogi.Sable, in fess two Japanese clackers connected
in base with a cord tied in a slippery hitch knot argent.
NOTE: Name rejected. Monshō says this name consists of three nicknames,
and no given name or family name. The ryu is a gold coin in Japan. The mon
Knikolos Major of Salem-by-the-Sea. (badge) Quarterly sable and gules,
a sun throughout counterchanged, eclipsed argent.
NOTE: Badge rejected. This is color on color. Watch out for Kourost Bernard
of the Eastwoods: Sable, a sun eclipsed Or.
Landolf Hinmar. Argent, vêtu azure, a centaur passant maintaining
in dexter hand a sword bendwise inverted and in sinister arm a heater sable.
NOTE: The centaur's upper torso is in trian aspect. Turn it to dexter or
affronty, but not halfway in between. The device is too close to Vanessa de
Linn: Azure, a lozenge throughout in pale argent, overall two swans combattant
Maedhrous Dunchaddha Carrelli.. Sable, a chevronel enhanced throughout
between two panthers couchant respectant argent and a sword proper, its blade
surmounted by a barbute helmet argent, edged Or.
NOTE: Name and device rejected. Maedhros was a son of Feanor in Middle Earth.
While you can make up a name in Sindarin, you cannot use the name of an elf.
Furthermore, Sindarin should only be used with other languages that occurred
in the book. Italian was not one of these. You cannot use a single chevronel
like you have. Make it wider and call it a chevron. The helmet is in trian
aspect. Turn it to face either to dexter or forwards.
Meridies. (Kingdom of)
NOTE: Wyvern Pursuivant conflicts with Wyvern Pursuivant in SRL (3/82).
Mitsuhashi Kawaishi. Sable, three chopsticks crossed in estoile interlaced
with a hexagon voided argent.
NOTE: Name rejected. Monshō says you have two surnames and no given name,
although the second name should be Ishikawa. Please replace Kawaishi with
a given name. The mon seems acceptable.
Noriuji Hashi-no Ienobu. Sable, the sinister upper quarter of a kuwagata
helm crest bendwise sinister within an annulet argent.
NOTE: Name rejected. Hashi is a surname, not a given name. Ienobu is a given
name. Noriuji could only be used by a monk, according to Monshō, because Nori
means the Law of Buddha and was reserved for the names of monks. Thus your
name is all wrong. You could use Hashi Ienobu. The mon is questionable since
it doesn't look like part of a helm crest at first glance, but rather like
the head of a halberd or bill hook.
Noriuji Hashi-no Ienobu. (badge for Clan Noriuji) Sable, a kuwagata
helm crest argent and in chief a plate charged with the kanji "tomo" sable,
all within an annulet argent.
NOTE: The clan name has the same problem mentioned above. It could only
be used by a clan of monks. The clan mon seems acceptable.
Oriana Goldenhair. Per chevron vert and ermine, in chief three orange
blossoms argent, seeded, and in base a hare salient Or.
NOTE: Device rejected. The hare Or on the ermine field has insufficient
contrast. Try using counter-ermine. Then it will be a good set of canting
Robert Andrew Duncan.Argent, a cat's paw print sable, issuant to chief
from the claw tips four endorses throughout gules.
NOTE: Device rejected. A digigrade paw print is a digigrade paw print to
anybody other than a naturalist. In heraldry, we do not distinguish between
paw prints of wolves, bears, cats, lions, or dogs, although you can add the
specifi-cation to the blazon. This conflicts with the Cub Scout emblem for
Wolf: A wolf's paw print. We don't use thin lines like this in heraldry.
Robyn Foxe of Cantshire.Argent, in saltire a battle-axe and an arrow
sable surmounted by a cross couped fitchy gules, on a chief embattled azure
a red fox courant proper. (Vulpes fulva)
NOTE: Device rejected. There is insufficient contrast for the fox on azure,
since a red fox is actually rust-colored and black, which do not show up well
on azure. Try a fess embattled azure between the fox and the other charges.
Ropesle de Sylveastan.Per pale sable and gules, a cross flory and on
a chief Or a dragon's head couped vert, overall in chief a label of three
NOTE: Name rejected. Ropesle does not appear in either Yonge or Withycombe.
Please send in a photocopy of your references. The device is of course acceptable.
Ruins. (Shire of the)Argent, a phoenix gules issuant from flames issuant
from and filling a grey granite tower fracted per pale indented proper within
a laurel wreath sable.
NOTE: Arms rejected. In the SCA grey is a variant of argent (being a flat-tone
variant of silver). If you want a charge to be grey, blazon it argent and
color it grey. In this case, the tower is argent on argent. Change the tower
to sable. Draw the proper flames correctly, with the outer part of the flames
being gules against the argent and or against the gules or sable. The basic
design is rather modern. It would be better to use a broken tower (missing
part of the top).
Sirrush Mir. (Shire of)Argent, on a bend gules between a sirrush passant
to sinister sable and a laurel wreath vert three plates.
NOTE: Arms rejected. No documentation for the sirrush was submitted. Please
send me the documentation. All new charges must be documented.
Thomas Henry James. Sable, on a Latin cross throughout between in
fess a winged lion and a bear sejant erect respectant or a Latin cross throughout
NOTE: Name rejected. This conflicts with Henry James, the famous English
novelish. Please choose a different middle name. Better yet, you could just
drop the Henry, since the use of three Christian names like this was very
unusual in period. The device seems acceptable, although the style is rather
unusual. It would be much better to have a regular cross shape between the
two charges in bend.
Thomas von Wolfe. Or, in bend sinister three unicorn's heads couped
bendwise sinister sable within a bordure compony gules and Or, fimbriated
NOTE: Name rejected. The name conflicts with Thomas Wolfe, a well-known
writer. It is also close to Thomas Whitewolf. The fimbriation is unusual,
although legal. If you want to avoid having the bordure blend into the field,
use gules and argent instead of gules and Or.
West Isles. (Shire of)Per fess azure and vert, issuant to chief from
the line of division a demi-sun Or, overall a dolphin haurient within a laurel
NOTE: Name and device rejected. The name conflicts with the Shire of the
Isles in Caid. The West Isles is also one of the names of the Celtic immortal
lands said to lie to the west. The arms conflict with the Shire of Dawnfield:
Per fess azure and vert, in pale a demi-sun
issuant from fess Or and a laurel wreath argent. Heraldic dolphins do
not have a proper tincture in the SCA. If you want one to be grey, call it
argent and color it grey.
Kingdom of the Middle
Aelvina Dainachuidh GiollaChrist.Sable, a fess dancetty and in chief
three estoiles argent.
NOTE: Device rejected. The device conflicts with Durant: Sable, a fess
dancetty, in chief three fleurs-de-lys argent (Papworth, p. 714). Beware
of many other, less close, conflicts.
Allyson Ariana Allyn ferch Rhys. Azure, a pall between a moon in her
decrement, a moon in her increment, and a compass star Or, overall an Atlantic
puffin rising from flames proper. (Fratercula arctica)
NOTE: Device rejected. The puffin and red flames have poor contrast. To
improve the device, draw the pall wider, the flames larger, and color the
flames as correctly proper (Or against the azure and the puffin and gules
against the pall). Please send me a copy of the documentation for the style
of moons you use. How does one indicate that the central area is sable? Is
this style in period?
Artigerous Worthington. Vert, on a pale Or, three artist's palettes
NOTE: Name and device rejected. Artigerous is not a given name. It is a
created adjective, seeming to mean "having art" (like armigerous means "having
arms"). I suggest Arthur Worthington. The device conflicts with L'Orti:
Vert, a pale Or (Papworth, p. 1003) and Rhonwen y Llysieuyddes: Vert,
a pale Or, overall a domestic cat passant guardant proper. This is also
close to the Order of the Dragon's Tooth: Or, on a pale vert three fans
Bronwen Meredith Kirk.Erminois, issuant from base a wave azure, crested
argent, and in chief in saltire two keys azure.
NOTE: Device rejected. There was nearly unanimous sentiment among the College
that waves are not acceptable as charges in the SCA. So be it. As waves do
not appear to be period European charges, I cannot disagree, so I hereby declare
waves to be unacceptable. (A possible exception could be given to the Japanese
wave symbol in a mon.) I suggest replacing the wave with a point pointed
Catherine Aimee LeMoyne. Vert, a bend argent between six crosses
NOTE: Device rejected. The device conflicts with Tyler: Vert, a bend
argent between six nails Or (Papworth, p. 221) and Hinton: Vert, a
(Papworth, p. 198).
Close to Tarysa of Rivendell: Vert, on a bend argent three poinsettias
Christophe van der Ross.Gules, a wingless dragon Or encircling and
clutching a freshwater pearl argent.
NOTE: Device rejected. This little dragon is not in a heraldic position,
although it is very cute. Please resubmit with the dragon in a more heraldic
position, such as in annulo around the pearl or rampant maintaining the pearl
in three claws.
Corwin of Lincoln.Sable, a bend abased Or and in chief an annulet
surmounted by a compass star argent.
NOTE: Device rejected. It conflicts with Paul of Bellatrix: Sable, on
a bend Or three compass stars palewise gules. Also close to Isack:
Sable, a bend and in chief a leopard's head Or (Papworth, p. 201).
Moving the bend slightly is not a point of difference.
Dragon's Mark. (Shire of)Azure, a laurel wreath vert fimbriated between
an increscent, a decrescent and a dragon dormant, all within a bordure argent.
NOTE: Arms rejected. A laurel wreath is too complex to fimbriate. Try using
a laurel wreath argent.
Dur of Hidden Mountain. Argent, a chevronel and in base an adamantine
NOTE: Device rejected. This conflicts with Archdeacon: Argent, a chevron
sable (Papworth, p. 373) and Wanton: Argent, a chevron and in base
an annulet sable. There is no heraldic difference between a chevron and
a chevronel. The use of a single chevronel like this is improper. The adamantine
is not a period charge and may not be used.
Friedrich von Grünwald. Azure, a red fox's mask proper and a
chief embattled Or. (Vulpes fulva)
NOTE: Device rejected. A red fox is actually reddish-brown, which doesn't
have enough contrast against azure. Try switching the tinctures of the field
and the chief, which also gets you away from the conflict with Gabrielle Rene
Antoine de Renard: Azure, a fox passant argent grasping in its upraised forepaw
a hunting horn, bell to sinister, a chief embattled Or.
Flaming Sword. (March of the)Azure, in fess a sword, its blade entwined
of two flames proper, and a laurel wreath argent.
NOTE: Device rejected. The sword and flames look entirely too much like
a caduceus, which is a restricted charge. This is because the flames do not
look like flames but rather like serpents. Please resubmit with a proper flaming
sword that does not look like a caduceus. The laurel wreath should be drawn
Pray believe, my Lords and Ladies, that I remain
Master Wilhelm von Schlüssel Laurel King of Arms