of the College of Arms
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
THE FOLLOWING NAMES AND ARMORIES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND REGISTERED:
Ahlrich der Ungar. Name.
Arbella Dudley. Name.
Barak de Noirville. Device. Per fess gules and argent, a boar rampant sable, in chief two roses argent.
Bébhinn Morgan. Name.
Ellrich von Himmelberg. Name.
Eric Ward of Winchester. Name change (from Eric Ward of Emerald Castle).
Lao Tao-sheng. Name change (from Lao Xue-sheng).
Magda Azul. Name.
This was submitted as Magda de Azul. Azul was documented by Master Hrolf as a town in Argentina, founded 1516; but while de Azul is therefore acceptable, using it with the German given name Magda is not. (We accept German/Spanish interaction, thanks to the Hapsburgs, but German/Argentinian interaction in period remains to be demonstrated.)
Mountainpass, Shire of. Name and device. Per pale Or and argent, a tower azure and in chief a laurel wreath vert.
As the submitter permits changes, we've deleted the preposition, making Azul an epithet. This also has the advantage of being the submitter's intended meaning. The LOI is correct in stating that a German in Spain (or a Spaniard in Germany) would probably have translated the foreign portion of the name into the local tongue; but by our rules, this is registerable.
Please instruct the submitters to draw the laurel wreath larger.
Óengus an Béar Mór Mac Anluain. Name.
Wittanhaven, College of. Name and device. Per bend rayonny azure and argent, a laurel wreath argent and a pine tree vert.
This was submitted as Witta's Haven. However, the OE genitive of witta was wittan, not witta's. The OE wittan hæfen would likely have evolved to Wittanhaven (which form we've registered) or possibly Withaven.
Tatiana of the Swans. Device reblazon. Azure, on a sun Or, a mullet of four points purpure charged with a swan naiant argent.
The previous blazon, registered June 73, gave no tincture for the sun (assuming it would default to Or); called it in glory, which it is not (having no face); and omitted the posture of the swan.
André le Loup de Mer. Name and device. Or, on a pile throughout gules between two arrows in pile sable, a wolf sejant contourny ululant argent.
The given name was submitted as Andre, but the forms and documentation had the accented form. The byname was submitted as Le Loup de la Mer; we've corrected the capitalization and idiom for "the sea-wolf".
Andrew Buchanan. Device. Bendy sinister argent and gules, a sword bendwise inverted and in sinister chief a thistle purpure.
Artemisia, Principality of. Badge change for the Order of the Maple Leaf of Artemisia. (fieldless) A maple leaf gules and another vert, stems crossed in saltire.
Please note that the registered names of the Principality and the Order are as above. The submitters evidently think their Principality is spelled Artemesia, to judge by the submission forms; they're welcome to submit a name change, but Artemisia is how the name was originally submitted, documented, and registered (June 88). Likewise, the Order name was registered Nov 90 in the above form; of Artemisia is part of the name, and should always be included.
Artemisia, Principality of. Name for l'Ordre du Papillon Argenté d'Artemisie.
Their previous badge (Argent, two maple leaves, stems crossed in saltire gules) is released.
This was submitted as the Order of the Argent Papillon of Artemisia. Papillon being a French noun (= "butterfly"), its use with the French argent should follow French grammar. We've corrected the word order, and changed argent to the adjectival form; d'Argent would also be acceptable, though the meaning would change slightly ("made of metallic silver" rather than "silvery-colored"). Since we had to make those changes anyway, we've put the entire Order name into French as well.
Asne Whitewolf. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Possible conflict was cited with the Papillon Pursuivant, registered to the Kingdom of the West. The original submission (Order of the Papillon of Artemisia) was returned Nov 90 for that conflict; the submitters have added the color. Many commenters felt that there was still a conflict: the designator (Pursuivant/Order of) is transparent, and explicitly worth no difference, per Rule V.4.d; and neither the addition of the adjective nor the branch name is sufficient difference.
The question is whether the combination -- the adjective and the branch name -- is sufficient difference. We've had conflicting precedents on this point: the Order of the Sable Thistle of Ansteorra was deemed clear of the Order of the Thistle on the LoAR of May 80, but the Order of the Golden Swan of Calontir was deemed to conflict with the Order of the Swan on the LoAR of June 88. Neither of those precedents, however, was made under the current Rules.
Under current precedent, the combination of the adjective and the branch name is sufficient difference. This was ruled in the case of the Order of the Sable Lion of Caerthe (LoAR of Aug 90), which was deemed clear of the Lyon King of Arms. We might be moved to make an exception to this policy in extreme cases (e.g. the Order of the Noble Chivalry of the West, or some such thing), but in general it seems a reasonable policy to maintain.
Aurildis Slaymaker. Name.
Ceridwen Noel Telynor. Name.
The byname was submitted as Teynor on the LOI, but the submitter's forms spelled it correctly. Note that, according to the name's construction, the submitter's father Noel is the harper, not the submitter.
Côte du Ciel, Shire of. Device. Gyronny gules and Or, a bear rampant argent within a laurel wreath vert, a bordure ermine.
Eliada of Thun. Device. Azure, a fess invected Or between two lotus blossoms in profile argent.
Elizabeth Buchanan. Name change (from Elizabeth of Twin Moons).
Galen Gardner of Silverkeep. Name.
Genevieve Bellocuore. Name.
The byname was submitted as la Cuore Bella; as Italian bynames of this sort usually omitted the article, and coalesced the noun and adjective (Fucilla 210), we've done so here as well.
Griogair Loganach a' Bhànuillt. Name.
The bynames were submitted as Loganaich nan Banalt. Loganaich is the genitive form; the construction of the name requires the nominative form Loganach. The submitter's own documentation gives nan as a plural form, not a singular; and the Gaelic for "white stream" is slightly misspelled, and also requires aspiration in this construction. We've corrected the grammar.
Gwendolyn æt Faegerlea. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as aef Faegerleah. Aef appears to be a misreading of the documentation; the desired OE preposition is æt. It casts the following word into the dative case; we've corrected the grammar accordingly.
Jaren Bloodstone. Name and device. Azure, four swords in cross, points conjoined proper, overall a cartouche gules, fimbriated Or.
Jaren is the submitter's mundane given name. The OED cites bloodstone to 1551; it might refer here to a personal token, or possibly to one who deals in the material (cf. the entries for Jewel, Silver in Reaney DBSII).
Lillian of the Distant Shores. Device. Per chevron azure semy of compass stars Or, and vert, a chevron double cotised argent and in base a fleur-de-lys Or.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the compass stars fewer and larger henceforth, the better to be seen.
Lilliard Boudicea Devorguila. Device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, a seraph's head proper and a Celtic cross argent.
Lore von Vechta. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The toponymic was submitted as von Vechte, the name of a river in Germany. The use of the river name would require a definite article (von der Vechte). We've substituted the city of Vechta (Bahlow 504), which keeps nearly the same pronunciation; she may also have the river name, with the article, if she truly wishes.
Rowena Montgomery McMichie. Device. Per bend azure and argent, a bend counterchanged between a nude winged maiden argent and a rose proper, slipped and leaved vert.
The tincture of the "nude angel" was omitted from the blazon on the LOI, making it proper. However, since we normally grant no difference between a human proper and a human argent, this needn't be pended for further commentary.
Sionan Padraig Caimbeul. Name.
The first two names were submitted as Sionainn Phadraig, both of which are the genitive spellings of the names. (Additionally, Sionainn appears to be the Gaelic form of the Shannon River; we'd need evidence that this form is a valid given name, as well as a placename.) We've substituted the nominative forms of the names.
Twae Linnes, Shire of. Device. Vert, a cross ermine between four castles, each within a laurel wreath Or.
Note that this would be a more authentic construction if the middle and last names were considered a patronymic: Sionan Mac Phadraig Caimbeoil would be better.
Vladimir Rurik Sheremetyev. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and gules, a heart Or and a lion's head erased contourny argent.
It's been learned that Russian names did use double given names in period: the first was a baptismal (church) name, and the second a popular (secular) name (Unbegaun 8-10).
Wolfram der Jäger. Badge. Or, a bend bretessed azure, overall an oak leaf bendwise sinister vert.
Adriana níc an Leagha. Device. Per bend argent and azure, on a bend between two Lacy knots counterchanged, a rose proper.
Brighid Aileen O'Hagan. Device. Gules, on a pale wavy between a decrescent and an increscent argent, three mullets azure.
Brocc the Smith. Device. Argent, on a donkey statant contourny, head lowered sable, a pall argent, on a chief azure two birds contourny argent.
The charge originally blazoned as a "saddle" was not identifiable as one. It was, however, clearly a pall, and was so reblazoned.
Deirdre ní Fhionnula. Name and badge. Azure, a swan naiant to sinister argent, a bordure argent semy of quill pens azure.
Fionnula, in Irish legend, was one of the children of Lir who was transformed into a swan. However, as the name was much used by humans in late period, the combination of Fionnula with a swan is not an excessive reference to the legend; see the LoAR of Aug 92, p.17.
Godfrey of Huntington. Device. Per pale Or and sable, a griffin and in chief a label counterchanged.
James of Rutland. Device. Per pale sable and vert, a harp and a bordure Or.
Lachlan Mancerus. Name and device. Sable, a reremouse and in base a quatrefoil argent pierced sable, a bordure quarterly purpure and argent.
Manfred Schütze aus Augsburg. Name and device. Or, a chevron rompu azure between two Heneage knots sable and in saltire two ostrich plumes gules.
The byname was spelled Schüte on the LOI, but Schütz on the forms. Fortunately, in his entry on Schütt(e) Bahlow cites Wölfel der schütze from 1320; we have substituted that spelling.
Meghan MacLachlan. Device change. Sable, a kestrel volant to sinister and on a chief nebuly argent, an artist's brush sable distilling a gout de vin.
The charges in chief were submitted as serpents [each] nowed in a Heneage knot. As they had no features that would allow them to be identified as serpents, we've simply blazoned them as knots; if the submitter truly desires serpents, he must resubmit with a redrawn device.
Her previous device (Sable, a falcon volant to sinister and on a chief nebuly argent, a lion dormant sable) is released.
Patrick Thomas MacManus. Name and device. Vert, two lions rampant addorsed and on a chief triangular Or, a harp vert.
Peggy of Tempest Hill. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Reil Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and argent, two cats statant counterchanged Or and sable.
Sileas ní Chinaíd. Name and device. Purpure, a tree eradicated and in chief a roundel argent.
The patronymic was submitted as ni Cináid. The use of ní causes aspiration in the following word; we've amended the spelling (and accents) accordingly.
Steffan of Wulfshaven. Badge. Per chevron ployé Or and azure, three butterflies one and two gules and a wolf rampant Or.
This is clear of the Midrealm's badge for the Order of the Silver Oak (SCA): Purpure, a tree blasted and eradicated argent, fructed Or. There's a CD for the charge in chief, and a CD for the blasting of the tree.
Thomas Britton. Badge. (fieldless) On a compass star purpure, a lion's head erased argent.
Please have the submitter draw the head larger.
Aed McSeósaiph. Name and device. Argent, between a chevron and a chevron inverted braced, a fleur-de-lys azure.
The patronymic was submitted as McSeosaph; we have put it into the genitive form, as required by the particle Mc. Note that Seosaph is a modern spelling; the period form would have been mac Ioseph.
Aemiliana Villani. Name.
Astrid Esbjörnsdotter. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Doireann O Fhloinn. Device. Per bend sinister azure and argent, a rose counterchanged.
Eleanor ferch Rhiwallon. Device. Argent, in fess two dolphins haurient contourny azure.
Kaitlin of Glenloch. Device. Per chevron gules and ermine, two roses Or and another gules within a bordure Or.
Ormar Traherne. Name and device. Per fess azure and gules, on a fess wavy Or a sea-serpent ondoyant sable.
Oswin atte Lea. Name.
Rosalin of Faulconbridge. Name and device. Per bend sable and Or, three hawk's bells and a hawk's lure counterchanged.
Saraid ní Chonchobhair Uí Sheachnasaigh. Name and device. Argent, a pall azure between a rose proper and two compass stars, a bordure azure.
The bynames were submitted as ni Conchobhair O Seachnasaigh. The use of the patronymic particle ní casts the entire following phrase into the genitive case; it also causes aspiration in the immediately following word, Conchobhair. We've amended the grammar accordingly.
Sebastiana of Lost Forest. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Sine ni Shranachain. Device. Per pale argent and Or, on a chief triangular purpure a cat's face Or.
As drawn, this is clearly a chief triangular, not a Per pall field with a charge in chief. This is therefore clear of the badge of Sir John Seymour, A leopard's face Or.
Valens of Flatrock. Augmentation of device. Vert, a bend azure fimbriated Or between a tower argent and a castle Or, and for augmentation, on a canton purpure a cross of Calatrava within a bordure Or.
Drachenwald, Kingdom of. Name change (from Drachenwald, Principality of) and device change. Or, in fess three pine trees eradicated gules, overall a dragon passant coward, all within a laurel wreath, in chief an ancient crown sable.
The previous device (Or, three pine trees eradicated in fess gules, overall a dragon passant coward, wings elevated and addorsed, all within a laurel wreath sable) is released (of necessity; having a laurel wreath, it can't be a badge).
Drachenwald, Consort of. Name and device. Or, in fess three pine trees eradicated gules, overall a dragon passant coward sable, all within a wreath of roses gules leaved vert, in chief an ancient crown sable.
Drachenwald, Crown Princess of. Name change (from Drachenwald, Princess of).
The device formerly registered to the Territorial Princess (Or, in fess three pine trees eradicated gules, overall a dragon passant coward, within a bordure sable charged with edelweisses argent) now becomes the device for the Crown Princess (consort of the heir to the throne).
Afenegara, Shire of. Name.
The name was submitted as Afongara, combining Welsh and Old English in a single word, contrary to Rule III.2.a. The OE for the Avon River was Afen (genitive Afene), which we've substituted.
Alberto Accorsi. Name.
Alden Gryffyn-Hoffe. Name and device. Ermine, on a chevron sable three griffins segreant Or, a chief indented sable.
Alex of Kintail. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The given name was submitted as Alick, which doesn't appear to be a valid period diminutive of Alexander. Black cites the Scots surname Alexsone from 1534, suggesting Alex is a valid name; we've substituted it here.
Angharad ferch Rhys ap Morgan Genau'r Glyn. Name and device. Per pale azure and vert, a knorr and on a chief rayonny argent, a Lacy knot azure between two horse's heads couped vert.
Anna de Battista. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Anne of Framlingham. Name and device. Ermine, a falcon rising contourny, wings addorsed, belled and jessed gules and a chief vert.
Ariane of Greylyn. Name.
Though submitted as new on the LOI, this is in fact a resubmission. Her previous submission (Arienne of Greylyn) was returned Aug 90 for using a common noun as a given name.
Augustin Beau. Name.
Bettina von Süssen. Name and device. Per pale vert and argent, two edelweisses slipped and leaved counterchanged issuant from a mountain sable.
Brigh Neassa O'Connor. Name and device. Quarterly gules and vert, on a cross nowy argent an urn sable, a bordure argent.
Brocc of the Isles. Name and badge. (fieldless) A brock's head cabossed vert marked sable.
The markings on the badger are considered artistic license, worth no difference: for conflict purposes, the head is mostly vert. The markings aren't considered a violation of the Rule of Contrast, any more than A brock's head per pale vert and sable would break contrast.
Caitlin Davies. Household name for House Windsmeet (see RETURNS for badge).
Wind has been documented in Ekwall as a variant of wynn, "pasture"; the term is also found in the OED meaning "winding road". Either of these might meet more plausibly than might air currents; the household name looks acceptable with those meanings.
Carl of Carolingia. Holding name (see RETURNS) and device. Or, a pall azure between three annulets gules.
This was submitted under the name Alexander of Kiev.
Chrystal Connaghty. Name.
Ciaran Cian Cullenwaine. Name.
Conna ua Flainn. Name.
The patronymic was submitted as ua Flann; we've put the name into the genitive, as required following ua.
Conrad Longespee the Blak Heart. Name.
While Blakhert would have been more authentic, the above form is acceptable.
Damiano d'Alessandro. Device. Per bend sable and argent, an apple Or and a sun in splendor gules.
Daniel de Bonneval. Name and device. Purpure mullety, on a chief argent three crescents purpure.
Diego Florez Mendez. Name and device. Or, a ram rampant vert, on a chief sable three garbs Or.
The use of the double surname is documented to the late 13th Century: e.g. Pedro Fernandez Vermudiz, 1244. It's acceptable here, since both Florez and Mendez are patronymic forms; the submitted name means "Diego, son of Floro, son of Menendo".
Diego Mundoz. Badge. (fieldless) On an escallop inverted purpure, a torch argent enflamed proper.
Please instruct the client to draw the torch much larger henceforth.
Diego Mundoz. Badge. (fieldless) On an escallop inverted purpure, a crescent argent.
As above, please instruct the client to draw the crescent much larger.
Diolach Macaree. Name.
Donnchadh Dubhghlas. Name.
Dyana Greenwood. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Eirik Oddason the Heathen. Name.
Eleanor atte Knolle. Name.
Elisheva bas Yehudah ha Cohen. Name and device. Argent, a dove and in chief two Stars of David, all within a bordure azure.
The name was submitted as Elisheva bas Yehudah Arye ha Cohen. Yehudah and Arye are Hebrew given names; they are also nouns meaning "land of Judah" and "lion". There was concern among the commenters that Yehudah Arye might be a title ("the Lion of Judah"), and the name a claim of relationship. "Lion of Judah" was used as a title by the Emperor of Ethiopia, in the 20th Century; it was also applied to Christ (Revelations 5:5).
Elissa Potier. Device change. Per chevron sable and azure, two Arabic lamps Or and a goose rising, wings addorsed argent, holding in its mouth a threaded needle Or.
As it turns out, Yehudah Arye does not mean "Lion of Judah". According to Lady Triton, the word order in Hebrew determines the meaning of a phrase. "Lion of Judah" would thus be Aryeh (shel) Yehudah. The submitted name is therefore not a claim of relationship to a titled individual.
Unfortunately, the name does claim relationship to Yehudah Aryeh ha Cohen (1571-1648), better known to Gentiles as Leon of Modena. A noted scholar and author, he was best known for the Ari Nohem, a thorough debunking of the Kaballah. He is cited in general references (Webster's Biographical Dictionary, p. 886), and so is important enough to protect.
All the problems can be resolved by deleting one of the elements of the name; since the submitter permitted such changes, we've deleted Arye.
Her previous device (Azure ermined Or, a chevron argent between two pair of scissors inverted Or and a goose close holding in its mouth a threaded needle argent) is released.
Erik Makefriend. Name.
Fáelán Caomhánach. Name and device. Vert, in bend sinister four wolf's heads contourny couped argent.
Gabriella La Volpe Rossa. Name and device. Argent, a fox couchant reguardant gules between three hurts.
Galina Dragomirovna. Name and device. Per chevron dovetailed ermine and sable, two peacocks pavonated to base reguardant azure and a sunburst Or issuant from a cloud argent.
Galina Petrsdottir. Device. Per bend sable and vert, a bend Or between a compass star and four wolf's heads in bend couped argent.
This is clear of Yorick of Yarmouth (SCA), Per bend sable and vert, a bend Or between three dolphins naiant fesswise in bend and three quills palewise in bend argent. There's a CD for type of the secondary charges, and another for their placement around the bend.
Gwyneth ferch Macsen Llanon. Name change (from Sigrid Einarsdottir) and device. Gules, a ram's head cabossed and a bordure argent charged with mullets gules.
Her previous name (Sigrid Einarsdottir) is retained as an alternate persona name.
Haraldr Bassi. Name and device. Azure, a Viking longship paly argent and gules, a base argent.
The toponymic was submitted as o Llanon. The use of the preposition o would lenite the following word to Lanon. The more usual Welsh practice was to omit the preposition altogether, leaving the placename unchanged; we've done so here.
Illadore de Bedagrayne. Name and device. Azure, a unicorn rampant argent within a bordure argent semy-de-lys sable.
If the submitter isn't aware that Illadore is a masculine name (the Middle English form of one of Arthur's knights), she should be told.
Italia Dupré. Device. Gules, a falcon displayed Or between four garden roses two and two argent, slipped and leaved vert, a chief ermine.
James Allen of Haworth. Name.
Jaufré of Dinas Emrys. Name and device. Vert, a pale between two horses combattant, a chief argent.
The given name was spelled with an accent on the forms (and in the documentation); we've added it here.
Jean-Claude Dieulafoy. Name and device. Quarterly sable and Or, in fess a dagger and an olive branch within a bordure flory all counterchanged.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the charges larger.
Johan le Perceur. Name.
The name was submitted as Johan Maelström le Perceur. Maelström seems to be a misspelling, a hybrid of Dutch and Swedish; the earliest attestations of the word are late-17th Century; and the word does not mean "storm, wind", as the LOI states, but rather "whirlpool". The combination of problems, along with the use of three languages in the name, leads me to delete this portion of the name. If the submitter can document the word in its spelling and meaning -- and propriety as a period epithet -- he can resubmit.
John the Pell. Device. Sable, a bend argent between two prickspurs Or, a bordure embattled argent.
Joshua of Allendorf. Device. Azure, on a pale between two arrows inverted Or, a lute azure.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting.
Kataura Hachirô. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The name was submitted as Kataura Hachirou Arihito. Kataura is constructed from themes in O'Neill's Japanese Names (pp.236, 313, 258), and is acceptable as either surname or given name. O'Neill also shows the given name Hachirô (p.209), with the macron over the terminal O indicating that it's an abbreviated dipthong (Ha-chi-ro-o); it would not be spelled with a final U. We've corrected the spelling.
Lasairiona MacAree. Name and device. Argent, a chevron embattled vert between two hearts and a garden rose azure, slipped and leaved vert.
Arihito presents more difficulty. While O'Neill cites Ari- as a prototheme for given names and surnames (p.193), Hito is cited as a prototheme only, not as a deuterotheme. Currently, it's used as a deuterotheme only in the given names of the Japanese Imperial Family (Hirohito, Akihito, Naruhito, etc.). I would want to see examples of its use by non-royalty before registering this construction. We've deleted the nanori, pending such documentation.
Laura Serafina. Name and device. Argent, two winged cats combattant sable, on a chief azure three broadarrows inverted argent.
The given name was submitted as Laurana, which is only documented to 1655. This is outside even our 50-year "grey area" for documentation. We've substituted Laura, which is dated to c.1210.
Leoric de Tanet. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The toponymic was submitted as de Thanet. Thanet is the modern spelling of the town; the period spelling (which would be used with de) omits the H. We've done so here as well.
Li Kung Lo. Badge. (fieldless) A scythe bendwise sinister inverted argent.
Scythes have their blades to chief by default, judging by the emblazon of Sneyd (Foster 179). This is therefore clear of such armories as the badge of Mainwaring, (fieldless) A scythe argent, with a CD for the posture of the scythe.
Margrethe Anelseslfs. Name.
The conflict cited against the badge of the VF10 (the Grim Reapers), (fieldless) A scythe bendwise sinister, blade in base argent, would be valid if it came from a protected source. In point of fact, it comes from an as-yet-unpublished update to the Military Ordinary; since it isn't yet distributed, it cannot be considered for inclusion in Appendix E, our list of protected sources.
Maucolum de Duueglas. Name and device. Sable, three manacles and on a chief argent, a sword sable.
The given name was submitted on the LOI as Maulcolum, but the forms and documentation spell it as above.
Morgaine Royse ferch Nesta. Name.
Morganna Blackrose. Device. Argent, two winged cats sejant erect respectant purpure, sustaining between them a rose sable barbed and seeded proper, slipped and leaved vert.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting.
Mwynwen ferch Dingarth. Device. Or, two feathers in saltire and on a chief gules, a Manx cat passant Or.
Nicolette Bonhomme. Device. Per pale gules and sable, a pale embattled argent.
Wonderfully simple armory!
Peter the Red. Device. Or, an owl perched atop a mount gules charged with a broadarrow Or.
Raedwynn æt thæm Grenan Wuda. Name.
The locative was submitted as aet thaem Grenewudu. The preposition æt declines the following phrase into the dative case; we've corrected the grammar accordingly.
Robert fitzEngerand de Barfleur. Name and device. Or, on a pall dovetailed sable between three hearts gules, a fleur-de-lys Or.
Robin Gallowglass. Name and device. Quarterly gules and Or, a fleur-de-lis sable within a bordure embattled counterchanged.
Have the submitter draw the bordure not so wide. [Yes, really...]
Robin Hay of Northumberland. Name.
FYI: The original submission (Robin of Northumberland) was returned on the LoAR of Jan 90 for infringing on Robert, Earl of Northumberland. The addition of the surname removes the problem.
Sibán Gallowglass. Name and device. Per chevron Or and sable, two oak branches gules, slipped sable, and a winged cat sejant affronty, wings displayed Or.
Sigenoth the Blissful. Name and device. Per pale sable and vert, two swans rousant respectant, necks entwined, and in chief three crosses bottony argent.
Tamsin of the Avonmore. Name and device. Purpure, a coney courant Or.
The byname was submitted as of the Avoca. Avoca (Irish Abhóca) appears to be a modern construction for that part of the Avonmore River. While the submitter has not permitted deletions of any part of her name, she does permit corrections; we have therefore substituted Avonmore for Avoca. If she can demonstrate that Avoca is a period name, we'll restore it. Good device!
Teresa the Unknown. Name and device. Argent, two piles wavy gules, on a chief sable three crescents inverted argent.
Thorfinn Wolfson. Name.
While the name is acceptable, if the submitter prefers a fully Norse name, you might suggest replacing the patronymic with Úlfsson.
Tomás de Castellón de la Plana. Name and device. Gules, four fleurs-de-lys in cross, bases to center Or, a bordure Or semy-de-lys gules.
Whirling Waters, Shire of the. Name.
The name, as the LOI notes, is only marginally acceptable.
Yngvar the Dismal. Household name for Hus Færhaga.
This designation is assigned to the submitter's badge, registered Nov 91: (fieldless) An eagle stooping, wings elevated and addorsed argent.
Zachariah von Marksburg. Alternate persona name for Taneda Toshirô.
The Anglo-Saxon færhaga is an attested construction (cf. Hall's Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, p.110), with several meanings beyond "hedge of terrors". In the case of a household name, "fearful homestead" would probably be the most plausible.
Zara the Quiet. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a bend sinister Or between two needles in saltire threaded with a single thread argent and three apples Or.
Please tell the submitter to draw the bend sinister much wider henceforth.
Amauguin Thiellon. Name.
Breac MacFinnéin. Name and device. Sable, a thunderbolt between three crescents argent.
Erlewin Sarpo. Name and device. Or, a horse's head couped between three horseshoes inverted sable, a chief indented azure.
The charges were correctly drawn on the full-sized emblazon sheet.
Eve of Lynn. Name.
Giovanni Fontananera. Name.
Ingrid the Crafty. Device. Per pale sable and Or, on a heart per pale Or and gules, three Stafford knots counterchanged.
The Stafford knots were blazoned as inverted on the LOI. Having seen mundane examples of Stafford knots in both orientations -- and since we grant no difference for the orientation of most knots -- we've left the exact posture of the knots to the artist's license.
Juana de Alburquerque. Name and device. Per bend gules and vert, a turtle salient contourny Or.
The byname was submitted as de Albuquerque, with only one R. This is the name of the House of Albuquerque, descended from Sancho de Albuquerque, bastard son of Alphonso XI of Castile. The house may have taken its name from the town of Alburquerque (with two Rs), but the spellings diverged almost immediately. (1911 E.Brit., vol.I, p.516; Louda & Maclagan, table 48) Thus de Albuquerque is not analogous to the English of York; its sole period use was as the surname of a noble house. (Albuquerque, NM, was founded in the early 18th Century; it was named after a Duke of Albuquerque, who was Viceroy of Mexico at the time.) It's not often that a single letter can make the difference between presumption and non-presumption, but that appears to be the case here; we've substituted the name of the town.
Katinka von Trifels. Name.
Letitia of Ipswich. Name and device. Sable, a unicorn rampant contourny and in chief three mullets argent, on a base Or an eagle's head erased contourny sable.
Meurisse de la Lune Sombre. Device. Or, a shakefork sable between three roses two and one proper.
The placement of the roses is poor style; almost by definition, they are not arranged to best fill the available space. On the other hand, had they been in their "heraldically correct" placement (1&2), this would have conflicted with the arms of James Cunningham, Argent, a shakefork sable between three roses gules, barbed vert. As it stands, there's a CD for field tincture and a CD for the placement of the secondaries.
Moira Drummond. Name.
Moira Strongbow NicConnell. Name and device. Or, four chevronels inverted and in chief a bow fesswise with arrow nocked and drawn gules.
Mordred Blackstone of Norwich. Name.
Ormr Festagarmr. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Pádraig Ó Raghailligh of Dreenan. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Rhonwen ferch Alun. Device. Per pale gules and argent, two hares rampant addorsed counterchanged.
Alicia Rose Ericsdoghtir. Name.
The patronymic was submitted as Ericsdottir, combining an Old Norse suffix with an anglicized Scandinavian name. We've substituted a fully English spelling, to match the rest of the name.
Alienora de Lochor. Name.
The given name was spelled Alienore on the LOI, but Alienora on the forms. Since both variations are acceptable, we've restored the submitter's spelling.
Caradoc Cadwgan Douglas. Name.
The surname was submitted as Doughlas; no evidence for this variant having been found, we've substituted the standard spelling. If the submitter would prefer a Welsh form of Douglas, he might consider changing this to Dulas.
Catherine the Merry. Badge. Azure, a fool's cap Or.
We would grant a CD between a fool's cap and most other types of hat. This is thus clear of such armories as the arms of Vaux (Papworth 364), Azure, three Albanian bonnets Or.
Daniel of Silverwaters. Name.
Donal MacLaren. Name.
Eleri Scrymgeour. Name.
Galen O'Loingsigh. Device. Per fess azure and vert, a sea-serpent ondoyant and a point pointed argent, in sinister chief a mullet Or.
Giovanni di Rienzi. Device. Per bend sinister wavy purpure and argent, a swan naiant to sinister and in saltire two swords inverted counterchanged.
Gunther von Waldherz. Device. Argent, on a bend vert between two mullets of seven points sable, a stag trippant guardant fesswise argent, a bordure quarterly Or and vert.
Iain Mac Botolf de Errol. Name.
The bynames were submitted as macBotholph d'Errol. The submitter's forms used Mac, which he did not conjoin to the father's name; we've done the same. Botholph does not appear to be a valid variant of Botulf; the T/TH shift in particular is unattested. Finally, the general usage of de outside France would not contract it with an apostrophe; de Errol would be the usual form. We've made the appropriate corrections.
Jean Paul the Mace. Device. Azure, a cross moline argent between four increscents Or, a bordure argent.
Lord Palimpsest has noted examples of Mac + [English name]: Makedolf from Eadwulf, c.1248, and McEdwart from Edward, 1527. There should be no problem with Mac Botolf.
Justin of Kent. Household name for Tricitrine Abbey (see RETURNS for badge).
This was submitted as Abbey of Tricitrus. Tricitrus appears to be a valid Latin construction for a place marked by three citron trees; it follows the pattern of, e.g., trivium, a place where three roads meet. However, such a Latin construction is unlikely to have been used, unchanged, in an English abbey name, which Abbey of would require. It seems more likely that tricitrus would have evolved into an English descriptive such as Tricitrine; we've used that for the household name, as being the smallest change to the submission. If the client would prefer an entirely Latin construction, he might consider Abatia Tricitrorum, "Abbey of the Three Citron Trees".
Kenneth Robyn Hawkewood. Name.
Klaus Wilhelm von Salzburg. Device. Vert, a chevron rompu Or between two edelweisses argent and a lion rampant Or.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting.
Lillias Lindsay. Name.
Logan Hawkwood. Name.
Logan seems acceptable as an anglicization of the Irish Locân, Leogán.
Máría Ellisif Eiríksdóttir. Name.
This was submitted as Mairi Ellisef Ericsdottir; which we have changed, as requested, to the Old Norse form.
Meaghan Catherine McKenna. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Medb Riona. Name.
Mikaella of Dragon's Trench. Name.
The toponymic was spelled Dragons' Trench on the LOI, but Dragon's Trench on the forms. We've restored the singular spelling. The OED defines trench as a path through a wood or forest; this seems as reasonable a construction as the documented Drakesley, "Dragon's field".
Rose Mary Elizabeth Bruce. Name.
Rowena Lamont. Name.
The byname was submitted as La Mont. The French mont "mountain" being a masculine noun, it wouldn't take the feminine article. Dauzat cites the French surname Lamont, which we've substituted.
Serwyl ap Morgan. Name and device. Vert, an oak tree eradicated Or, on a chief argent two griffins passant respectant vert.
Shea mac Conn. Name and device. Sable, three pallets and three bendlets fretted, between in bend sinister a rabbit rampant contourny, maintaining a sword, and a natural panther rampant argent.
The device is unbalanced, and certainly not ideal style. On the other hand, given period grants that explicitly blazoned crosses tripartite as three pallets woven with three barrulets, this is not completely unreasonable.
Southkeep, Shire of. Badge for the Southkeep Brewers and Vinters Guild. (fieldless) On an amphora azure, a crux stellata argent.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting.
Swampkeep, Canton of. Badge. (fieldless) A dragon's head couped affronty vert, transfixed by a trident head Or.
The canton's name was registered as Swampkeep on the LoAR of June 91. The submitter's forms suggest they think it was registered as Swampkeype. They are welcome to submit a name change, but they should use the registered form of the name until then.
Tjorvi Lodinsson. Badge. Per pale gules and sable, two wolves' heads erased respectant argent, on a chief embattled Or a paw print sable.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting.
Valeria Rufina de Andalusía. Name.
The byname was submitted as Andalusiana, which doesn't appear to be either correct Latin or correct Spanish. (In modern usage, Andalusiana would be a collection of Andalusian artifacts, after the example of Americana.) The submitter permitted de Andalusía to be substituted; she might also consider using a feminization of el Andaluz, "the Andalusian".
Edward of Willowwood. Device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, a willow tree eradicated vert and a llama's head couped contourny argent.
Gwenllian ferch Madog Llangollen. Device. Sable, three chevronels braced and on a chief argent, three mullets vert.
The chevrons on the full-size emblazon are correctly braced.
Helgi Ulfssen. Device. Per chevron vert and sable, three wolves' heads erased contourny argent.
Ríoghán Longespee. Device. Per chevron azure and argent, two escallops and a dolphin counterchanged.
Styphan ap Owain. Name change (from Stephen of Mountain's Gate).
He has received permission to conflict with Morgan ap Styphan ap Owain (and a dutifully filial letter of permission it was, too).
West, Kingdom of the. Title of Wolfhound Pursuivant.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RETURNED:
Fiona Flamehair. Name.
We have in the past returned such epithets as Fyrlocc, on the grounds that they didn't follow known period models for English bynames. However, given the recent documentation of Pyrsokomos "flame-hair" as a valid Greek epithet, we are now inclined to permit its lingua franca translation -- but only for names where the original Greek epithet would be acceptable. The submitter will have to demonstrate regular period interaction between Ireland and Greece before this name meets that criterion -- or else show the construction follows period English models.
Artemisia, Principality of. Badge resubmission for the Order of the Golden Feather. (fieldless) A feather palewise Or surmounted by a gryphon's head erased sable.
Fieldless badges may no longer use overall charges, except in cases where the overlap area is small; this is usually restricted to long, skinny charges such as a sword (LoAR cover letter of 15 Jan 93). As drawn, the feather in this badge doesn't meet that standard.
Artemisia, Principality of. Badge resubmission for the Order of the Gryphon's Talon. (fieldless) A "talon" palewise sable issuant to base from a "garb of feathers" argent.
Neither the "talon" nor the "garb of feathers" was identifiable by any of the commenters, or by anyone at Laurel's meeting. Possible reblazons included a radish, a hot pepper, a badminton shuttlecock, and a featherduster. The primary purpose of heraldry is identifiability; this must be redrawn to fulfill that purpose. (Moreover, feathers don't normally come in garbs.)
Asne Whitewolf. Device. Vert, a wolf sejant argent and a bordure dovetailed Or.
This conflicts with the arms of de Wolf (Woodward 228): Vert, a wolf sejant argent. There's a single CD, for the bordure.
Atenveldt, Kingdom of. Name and badge for the Order of the Radiant Rose of Atenveldt. Azure, on a sun Or a rose purpure, a bordure embattled Or.
The name conflicts with the SCA's Order of the Rose. Our general policy is that the addition of an adjective plus the territorial branch name is sufficient difference between names -- that is, a hypothetical Order of the White Star of the Middle would not conflict with France's Order of the Star. But we make an exception for the SCA Orders of Peerage, due to their universal application and importance within the Society. We suggest choosing some other noun for the order's name.
Gwendolyn æt Faegerlea. Device. Per fess indented vert and gules, two chevrons interlaced between in cross a crescent and three crosses of lozenges Or.
The badge conflicts with the device of Tatiana of the Swans (SCA), Azure, on a sun Or, a mullet of four points purpure charged with a swan naiant argent. There's a CD for the bordure, but per Rule X.4.j.ii, type alone of tertiary charge is not worth a CD on a complex primary such as a sun; and the quaternary charge (the swan on Tatiana's device) isn't considered a difference in SCA armory.
The emblazon cannot be reproduced from the blazon; it requires an exact placement of the chevrons and an exact number of indentations in the field division, which period heralds didn't normally specify. (The artistic norm through most of period would have been three or more indents, which renders the design even more unworkable.) Additionally, there are no period examples of inserting charges within the interlacing of braced chevrons; usually, such interlacing was done so tightly as to leave no room for charges between the gaps. While we might permit charges in the gaps between braced chevrons in a Society design, the other problems in this design combine to warrant return for non-period style. We'd suggest a solid field tincture, with a more orthodox placement of the secondaries.
Lore von Vechta. Device. Azure, a cinquefoil and an orle dovetailed on the inner edge Or.
The device has several conflicts, of which the arms of Sir Stephen Bessyngton are typical (Papworth 68): Azure, a cinquefoil Or. There's a single CD, for the addition of the orle.
Yo-nan Bori Uigurli. Device. Quarterly sable and azure, a wolf's head couped and a bordure argent.
This conflicts with Joseph Bain (Lyon Ordinary I, #3463): Azure, a wolf's head erased within a bordure argent. There's a single CD, for the field.
Grethfurth Wulfstan. Device resubmission. Sable, a bend sinister argent, overall a wolf's head caboshed, grasping in its mouth an arrow fesswise reversed counterchanged, a bordure embattled argent.
The counterchanging of the complex charges over the ordinary is visually confusing, and disallowed per Rule VIII.3. This interpretation has been in force since April 90; it was most recently reaffirmed in the case of the Shire of Blackmoor Keep, LoAR of Oct 92.
Peggy of Tempest Hill. Device. Or, two cauldrons in fess sable, a base enarched rayonny gules, on a chief indented sable a sun Or.
This submission is an appeal of a return by the Atlantian College of Heralds. The submitter has been informed of the abovementioned policy; his appeal is based on two period examples, each showing a lion counterchanged over an ordinary. One example, from King René's Tournament Book, mid-15th Century, seems to have been invented for illustration purposes; while it might be argued to be acceptable style (by its inclusion in the book), it might also be argued to be obviously nonsensical style (to show that it's not real armory). King René's illustration is therefore inconclusive evidence.
The other example is a device found in the Mandeville Roll, c.1450 (DBA 218): Azure, a lion argent and a bend counterchanged. No owner was named for this armory; we might reasonably assume it to have been an actual coat, but it's a weak example on which to overturn our present policy.
Moreover, the current submission isn't of comparable simplicity to the example in the Mandeville Roll. The latter had a single ordinary, with a single counterchanged charge. The current submission has two counterchanged charges plus an additional bordure, increasing its visual complexity. (We also note that the bend surmounts the bordure, which is a further anomaly. It isn't reason for return in this case; as both the bend and bordure are argent, they'll tend to blend together in any case. However, should he resubmit with this motif, please instruct the submitter to have the bordure surmount the bend.)
To sum up: by longstanding policy, the College disallows complex charges counterchanged over other charges. The examples given in this appeal don't apply to this case: the submitted device has more counterchanged charges than the examples, and an anomalous bordure as well. Even were the submission as simple as the examples, the latter are too nebulous (neither being attributable to a specific historical person) to warrant overturning our policy. This must be returned; he might consider making the bend Or and the wolf's head argent, assuming no conflicts.
The rayonny line of the base is too small to be identified from any distance. Complex lines should be drawn large and bold, the better to be seen. This must be returned, per Rule VIII.3.
Storvik, Barony of. Badge. Paly argent and gules, a wooden drakkar's prow proper.
The brown drakkar's prow has insufficient contrast on this field. Partially, this is due to the similarity in tinctures: none of the heraldic colors is as close to brown as gules. Partially, it's due to the elongated vertical charge on the vertically striped field. The combination renders the prow unidentifiable. The submitters might consider using a standard heraldic tincture for the prow.
Astrid Esbjörnsdotter. Device. Per bend sinister Or and azure, a quill pen issuant from an ink bottle vert and a rose argent.
The device has a single group of three dissimilar charges, all of equal visual weight. This is disallowed, per Rule VIII.1.a.
Christobelle Andrea atte Layne. Device. Sable, on a cross wavy Or between four fleurs-de-lys argent, a fleur-de-lys sable.
The waves on the cross are drawn far too small to be identifiable at any distance. This must be returned for redrawing, per Rule VIII.3. When she resubmits, please be sure that the wavy lines are parallel ("wavy counter-wavy" rather than "wavy bretessed").
Erich Küchengehilfe. Device. Per bend sinister vert and sable, a cleaver bendwise sinister argent.
As drawn, the charge was not identifiable as a cleaver. Various guesses, by commenters and Laurel's staff, included crescent wrench, half-eaten ice cream stick, plastic oil can, and a spout from a gasoline hose. If it can't be identified, it can't be used as an heraldic charge.
Ivory Keep, Shire of. Device. Azure, an elephant with a tower atop its back, within a laurel wreath argent, a base wavy barry wavy argent and sable.
Most of the cleavers shown in period documents (including Jost Amman's Ständebuch, cited in the LOI) have a massive, square blade. The sole exception was the submitter's source, Workers in the Mendel Housebook by the Nuremburg Masters, c.1436: it showed a cleaver similar (though not identical) to that in this submission. However, the documented cleaver had a proportionately broader blade, with a smaller notch, than the submitted emblazon; and we note that even a misshapen cleaver is more readily identified when shown in a butcher's hand, in the process of hacking meat.
We suggest the submitter use a more standard form of cleaver when he resubmits. If drawn in a recognizable style, this would be an excellent device.
The submission has several emblazonry problems. The most severe is the shallow line of the waves on the base; they're indistinguishable from any distance, and are themselves reason enough for return. Less severe, but contributing to the return, are the "downhill" flow of the base and the poorly drawn laurel wreath: the latter, as drawn, is more like two laurel branches, stems in saltire than a genuine penannular wreath. (A correctly drawn wreath would give the elephant more room; the latter could then be drawn larger.) If the submission is redrawn to correct these problems, it should be acceptable.
Sebastiana of Lost Forest. Device. Purpure, a female centaur passant reguardant contourny, maintaining in one hand a spear Or and in the other hand a garden rose gules, slipped and leaved vert, between three roses argent.
The design has multiple problems. On the full emblazon sheet, the centaur is drawn in trian aspect, which has been disallowed for many years. The design is on the very edge of acceptable complexity, with five tinctures and three types of charges -- assuming the garden rose and heraldic roses to be the same type of charge. By that assumption, the design mixes the medieval and modern renditions of the same charge, which is unacceptable style. (If the garden rose were considered a distinct charge from the heraldic rose, the design would then be too complex per Rule VIII.1.a.) The combination of anomalies is sufficient to warrant return.
Sibeal O'hOgáin. Device resubmission. Vert, on a lozenge Or, a sprig of mistletoe inverted within a mascle vert.
This still conflicts with the flag of Brazil: Vert, on a lozenge Or a celestial sphere azure. The cumulative changes to the tertiary charges is worth a maximum of one CD.
Tokugawa Basha. Name.
The resubmission was blazoned on the LOI as Vert, on a lozenge within a mascle Or, a sprig of mistletoe [inverted] vert, fructed argent. However, the "mascle" was so slender as to be almost cotising -- which is only done with ordinaries. The equal widths of the mascle and its spacing from the lozenge made it difficult to recognize the mascle; the above reblazon is more probable under these conditions, and leads to the conflict with Brazil. If the client resubmits this in a way that distinguishes the mascle -- we suggest making it thicker and argent -- it should clear the conflict.
"It has previously been determined that, as far as the College of Arms is concerned, the names of the clans with an hereditary claim to the shogunate of Japan are equivalent to the surnames of royal families in Europe, and so may not be registered. I agree with this decision, and am upholding it. Tokugawa may not be used." [BoE, 18 May 86] I agree with this decision, and am upholding it. Tokugawa may not be used.
Moreover, Basha "cart" does not follow the pattern for Japanese given names. Of the examples of physical objects used as names (or name components), none are of man-made objects; only natural objects, such as flowers, are found as names. Basha cannot be formed from themes found in O'Neill's Japanese Names. Without better evidence, we cannot register this name.
Alex of Kintail. Device. Per pale sable and Or, a two-headed double-queued eagle-winged wyvern displayed counterchanged.
The device conflicts with Mikhail Reubenovic Kopaczewski (SCA): Per pale sable and Or, a double headed eagle displayed counterchanged, a chief embattled gules. The changes to the wyvern (notably, the use of eagle's wings) prevent finding difference between the primary charges, leaving only one CD for the addition of the chief.
Alexander of Kiev. Name.
The name conflicts with Alexander, Grand-Duke of Kiev (1220-1263), better known as Alexander Nevsky. He is cited in several general references (e.g. Webster's Biographical Dictionary, p.29), so is important enough to protect. The submitter's armory was registered under the holding name Carl of Carolingia.
Anna de Battista. Device. Or, a garden rosebud gules, slipped and leaved vert within a bordure flory gules.
This conflicts with the arms of Rosenmann (Rietstap): Or, a rose gules. There's a CD for the bordure, but no difference for garden rose(bud) vs. heraldic rose, and we've yet seen no evidence that period heralds granted difference for slipping and leaving.
Brion Domhnall MacGhille Brighde. Badge. Azure, a thistle argent within four claymores fretted as a delf Or.
This conflicts with the badge of the British 9th Division (MilOrd #689): Azure, a thistle slipped and leaved all argent. There's a single CD for the addition of the swords.
Brychen Silverfist. Device. Gules, on a pale sable fimbriated Or between two cubit arms argent, an arrow inverted surmounted by two axes in saltire Or.
The device is overly complex. It uses four tinctures and four types of charge, which by Rule VIII.1.a makes it marginal at best; the use of the fimbriation pushes it over the edge. This must be returned for simplification.
Caitlin Davies. Household badge for House Windsmeet. (fieldless) A seeblatt gules.
Moreover, the arrow was drawn with small, nigh-invisible point and fletching, which has been reason for return ere now. If he uses an arrow in his resubmission, please instruct the client to draw it with large, visible fletching and point.
The badge conflicts with the arms of van Huls (Rietstap): Or, a water-lily leaf [in some blazons a linden leaf] gules. There's a single CD, for the field.
Dyana Greenwood. Device. Argent, on a tree proper issuant from a base purpure, a decrescent argent.
Lord Leveret (now Lord Brachet) has brought up a possible conflict with the badge of Douglas, Earls of Douglas (Fox-Davies' Heraldic Badges): (fieldless) A heart gules. His staff has found evidence that the blazon seeblatt could be emblazoned either in its standard form, or in a form indistinguishable from a heart (in the arms of the Duchy of Engern, 16th Century). I've found corroboration in Neubecker & Rentzmann's 10000 Wappen von Staaten und Städten, pp.147, 285: the arms of the Bishopric of Vyborg, in Finland, were blazoned (and emblazoned) either as three hearts conjoined in pall inverted or three seeblätter conjoined in pall inverted.
There are still enough distinct renditions of seeblätter and hearts in period (e.g. the Armorial de Gelre, or Siebmacher) that I hesitate to rule them purely artistic variants. However, there can clearly be cases of visual conflict involving the charges, and the badge of Douglas is such a visual conflict. This is another reason for return. The submitter might consider changing the charge's tincture.
The submission has two problems, each sufficient for return. The first is conflict: this conflicts with the arms of Chauraun (Papworth 1112), Argent, out of a mount in base a tree growing vert, thereon a dove rising proper. There's a CD for the tincture of the base, but no difference for its embowed line of division, and none for type of tertiary on the tree.
Frithiof Sigvardsson Skägge. Device. Gyronny argent and vert, an orle embattled on the outer edge sable.
The second is excessive reference to Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon and forest. We've ruled (LoAR of 23 Aug 92) that a deity name used by period humans may add a single additional reference to that deity. The use of Greenwood, the tree and the crescent each constitutes an allusion to the goddess Diana; we find the combination excessive. We've registered the name, but any device resubmission should avoid any references to the goddess Diana.
This conflicts with the arms of Stocker (Papworth 899): Gyronny of six argent and vert. The orle is considered a peripheral charge (LoAR of Aug 92, p.29), so its addition does not invoke Rule X.1. We grant no difference between Gyronny of six and Gyronny of eight, any more than we would for barry or bendy of those numbers.
Kataura Hachirô. Device. Azure, within a Hayashi-yama, a dexter triple tomoe, all within an annulet argent.
It has long been the College's policy (v. the LoAR of 17 April 83) that Japanese-style SCA armory must conform to the standards of European heraldry; in particular, it must be blazonable in European terminology. For many of the charges used in period Mon, this poses no problem. Tomoe, however, cannot be blazoned in standard heraldic terms; they were disallowed for that reason on the LoAR of Nov 92. This submission cannot be accurately blazoned, and must therefore be returned.
Leoric de Tanet. Device. Per fess argent and azure, a dragon passant close between three suns, each charged with a cluster of grapes fesswise, all counterchanged.
The dragon is, at best, only marginally identifiable, due to its unusual posture (wings folded against the body) and counterchanging. We suggest putting the dragon into its default segreant posture, and using a more standard rendition of grape clusters.
Osnath Rachel bat Eleazar ha-Levi. Name.
This infringes on the registered name of Eleazar ha-Levi: it claims a specific relationship, disallowed per Rule V.5. The fact that Eleazar ha-Levi is the submitter's father does not permit her to make the claim without his permission -- any more than she could register his arms with a label, without permission. We need a letter of permission before we can register the name.
Rhea of Alexandria. Name.
FYI: The given name was spelled Osnath on the LOI, but Osnah on the forms. The usual English transliteration of the name of Joseph's wife (Genesis 41:45) is Asenath. The submitter documented variant forms, including Osnat and Asnat, but not Osnah. Examples of Hebrew names ending in either T or H are not to the point here: Asenath was an Egyptian lady, not a Hebrew. If the client intends to resubmit as Osnah, we'd like some evidence for that spelling.
Rhea is documented only as the names of two goddesses: the mother of Zeus, and the deified mother of Romulus and Remus. It was disallowed (LoAR of Nov 83) pending evidence of its period use by normal humans; such evidence remains to be presented. Without documenation, the name must once again be returned.
Siona Storm. Device. Gules, semy of lightning bolts voided sable, on a chief Or three clouds sable.
The LOI blazoned the lightning bolts as Or, but the full-sized emblazon showed them as sable outlines, with the field showing through -- no Or at all. Either the lack of contrast for sable/gules, or the complex voiding, would be reason enough for return; the two together certainly are.
Tybalt Seagrim. Device. Gules, a pithon erect contourny argent within a bordure barry wavy argent and azure.
Should she resubmit with this motif, please instruct her to draw fewer and larger lightning bolts -- say, about ten of them.
This had been pended from the Dec 92 meeting, for two reasons: to allow for conflict checking under the correct blazon (that in the LOI having given the wrong tincture for the pithon), and to garner commentary on the identifiability of the barry wavy division of the bordure. The responses from the College persuade me that the barry wavy division will not be recognizable in this design: so little of the waves show that it's impossible to tell the bordure is, indeed, barry wavy. If the submitter is trying for a cant on his surname, we'd suggest simply putting a pithon on a barry wavy field.
Ormr Festagarmr. Device. Sable, a snake involved argent between three double-bitted axes Or.
The device conflicts with the badge of the U.S. 1st Corps (Military Ordinary #21): Sable, an annulet argent. There is no difference between the serpent involved, as drawn here, and an annulet; there's a single CD, for the addition of the axes.
Pádraig Ó Raghailligh of Dreenan. Device. Or, a sword gules transfixing a heart inverted sable within an orle of trefoils vert.
The inversion and transfixing of the heart make it difficult to identify from a distance. This is particularly apparent from the full-size emblazon: the submitter has tinctured the quillons of the sword sable, making the central charge indistinguishable from a card-pique. Such visual confusion is contrary to the purposes of heraldry.
Wulf Thorunsson. Device. Per fess gules and sable, a fess between two morningstars in saltire and a death's head argent.
If he redesigns this to maintain identifiability of all the charges, it should be acceptable. We suggest, for a start, setting the heart upright.
This conflicts with the arms of von Radwitz (Siebmacher, plate 88): Per fess gules and sable, a fess argent. There's one CD for adding the secondaries. If he resubmits with a fess, please instruct the submitter to draw the fess wider.
Creirdyddlydd of Rhuddlan. Name and device. Azure, in pale a dolphin haurient and a crescent, on a chief argent two borage flowers azure.
Creirdyddlydd doesn't appear to be a valid period given name. Its sole source is Yonge's History of Christian Names, which is notorious for its errors on Welsh names. Some authors believe that Geoffrey of Monmouth took the name Cordeilla from the Welsh Creiddylad, a character in the Mabinogion; but we have no evidence that Creiddylad ever passed into common usage, nor is it constructable from common Welsh name themes. We need better evidence before we can register this name.
Guendolen of Skye. Device. Or, an escallop and on a chief embattled azure, three escallops Or.
The submitter did not permit the forming of a holding name, so the device could not be registered. Even were that not so, the dolphin is drawn in trian aspect, which has been grounds for return for the last decade. Please instruct her to draw her dolphin in profile when she resubmits.
The embattlements on the chief are drawn too small and numerous to be identifiable from any distance. Period complex lines were drawn large and bold, the better to be seen. This must be returned, per Rule VIII.3.
Heinrich von Gugenheim. Device resubmission. Per pale gules and Or, a sheaf of wheat Or and a bunch of grapes purpure, leaved and stemmed vert.
The design had two problems, each sufficient for return. First, the use of the Per pale division with dissimilar charges gave an unmistakable appearance of marshalled armory. This motif is specifically disallowed, per Rule XI.3.a.
Isabeau de Poitiers. Device. Purpure, in pale an owl displayed Or and a plate.
Second, the "sheaf of wheat" was unrecognizable as drawn: it did not match the heraldic garb, nor could any of the commenters identify it. He would be well advised to use a standard heraldic garb, when he resubmits.
Note that, though blazoned vert on the LOI, the grape bunch is actually purpure. This would have caused the submission to be pended, had there been no reasons for immediate return.
The device conflicts with the attributed arms of Sir Gawaine (Fabulous Heraldry #221): Purpure, an imperial eagle displayed Or, armed and langued azure. There's a CD for the addition of the plate, but nothing for type of raptor.
Justin of Kent. Badge. Argent, three barrulets wavy azure between a cross crosslet sable and three oranges proper, leaved vert, all within a bordure sable.
(This was submitted as the badge for Tricitrine Abbey.) The badge is over-complex: it combines four types of charge and five tinctures, which exceeds the standard of complexity outlined in Rule VIII.1.a. Combined with the use of proper, the style is unacceptable. We suggest simplifying the badge and eliminating the proper tinctures; if they resubmit with a bordure, please have them draw it wider.
Maerric atte Mor. Device. Argent, three axes in fess and on a chief embattled sable, a dolphin argent.
The embattlements on the chief are drawn too small and numerous to be identifiable from any distance. Period complex lines were drawn large and bold, the better to be seen. This must be returned, per Rule VIII.3.
Meaghan Catherine McKenna. Device. Purpure, a chevron erminois between two unicornate horses combattant, horns crossed in saltire, and a demi-sun issuant from base Or.
If he resubmits with this motif, please instruct the client to draw the axes more closely the same size, as befits a single group of charges.
The charges in chief were blazoned as unicorns on the LOI. In fact, they are unicornate horses, which have been disallowed since at least Feb 85. Unicornate horses are not only a 20th Century fantasy rendition, they blur the distinctions between horses and genuine unicorns; for both reasons, they are unacceptable in SCA armory. Please have the client resubmit with genuine medieval unicorns: with beards, lions' tails, and tufted cloven hooves.
Nicole-Julienne Laviolette. Device. Azure semy-de-lys argent, on a pale of three fusils Or between a pair of wings argent, three lilies gules, slipped and leaved vert.
The College was nearly unanimous in considering this submission too complex. It has four types of charge, and five tinctures, which exceeds the standard of complexity outlined in Rule VIII.1.a. This must be returned for simplification; she might consider deleting the wings.
Sabrina la Rose. Name and device. Per pale argent and gules, two roses counterchanged, seeded Or, leaves and stems entwined and issuant from base vert, on a chief gules a demi-sun issuant from the line of division Or.
Sabrina does not appear to have been a valid given name in period. Hanks & Hodges err in saying that Geoffrey of Monmouth used the name; he used the name Habren, claiming it was the name of the lady for whom the River Severn (Welsh Hafren) was named. Sabrina is evidently the name of the Celtic river goddess who dwelt in the Severn (Gruffudd 55). At any event, none of these names has been documented as being used by common period humans. The submitter might consider using Sabina, which Withycombe documents to the 12th Century. (Note that, when used as an epithet, la Rose requires a lower-case article.)
Sabrina la Rose. Alternate persona name and badge for Pippin the Jester. Or, a jester dancing affronty proper, vested, brandishing a bauble, and juggling two balls gules.
The device has multiple problems. The sun is not drawn in a standard heraldic form; it looks more like the "rising sun" on some Japanese WWII battle flags. Moreover, only this unorthodox rendition of the sun prevents the gules chief from losing contrast against the half-gules field; if the sun were correctly drawn, the contrast would be more obviously unacceptable. This must be returned for redrawing and redesign.
Neither the alternate name nor the badge can be registered without an acceptable primary name; as Sabrina la Rose was returned, these must be returned as well.
Shu'la bint Shaqeeqa. Name.
Additionally, the badge is excessively pictorial in its emblazon, which is disallowed per Rule VIII.4.a; and the combination of dancing and juggling is beyond the scope of heraldic postures, disallowed per Rule VIII.4.c. If she wishes to use a jester, please have her put it in a more heraldic posture.
The names are documented from Qazi's What's in a Muslim Name, which I regard with the same suspicion as any other baby-name book that cites neither dates nor sources. In this case, neither Shu'la nor Shaqeeqa are found in Lord Clarion's list of names from the period Fihrist of al-Nadim. Additionally, Qazi notes both Shu'la and Shaqeeqa as feminine names; as Lord Clarion notes, the use of matronymics in Arabic names is vanishingly rare. At the very least, we need more documentation before we can register this name.
Swampkeep, Canton of. Device. Or, a dragon rampant vert within a laurel wreath gules, on a chief wavy vert goutty d'eau a tower Or.
The design is overly complex. It uses five types of charge in four tinctures, which exceeds the standard of complexity outlined in Rule VIII.1.a. This must be returned for simplification.
Thomas Hill. Name and device. Azure, a lion statant within a bordure Or.
Moreover, we received no petition of support from the populace for this design. Without such a petition, a device cannot be registered.
The name conflicts with Thomas Hill (1818-1891), Unitarian clergyman and president of Harvard. He's listed in general references (Webster's Biographical Dictionary, p.711), so is important enough to protect.
Trimaris, Kingdom of. Title for Dinghy Herald.
The device has several conflicts, of which the closest is the arms of Edmund Bromfeld (Papworth 73): Azure, a lion statant Or. There's a single CD, for the bordure. It also conflicts with Arundell (Papworth 118), Azure, a lion rampant within a bordure Or, with a single CD for the posture of the beast. There are several other conflicts, each with one of the above point counts.
Dinghy is an Indian word, with its earliest citation in the OED dated to 1794. We need evidence of its period use before we can register it as an heraldic title.
William Ashbliss. Name.
The name conflicts with William Ashbless, a major character in the award-winning novel The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers. There's enough overlap between Society membership and science fiction fandom that we have to consider conflicts like these; and by the criteria set forth in the Administrative Handbook, the character is important enough to protect.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSION HAS BEEN PENDED:
Moira of Kent. Name change (from Maura de Coursy).
This was submitted on the LOI as Maura of Kent, with the implication that the given name was Grandfathered. As a result, there was very little commentary on the new name. The name as actually submitted is sufficiently different from the name on the LOI that I hesitate to simply make the correction. This is therefore pended to the Aug 93 meeting, to allow for commentary under the correct name.
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