The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters.  Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms.  Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory).  Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR).  After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society.  A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work.  Most items are registered without comments.  Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the December 2015 Wreath and Pelican meetings; these items were submitted to the East Kingdom in or about June 2015.

EAST acceptances

* Alesone Gray of Cranlegh. Alternate name Rogue Panda. Rogue is an attested given name and Panda an attested by name from Spain in the FamilySearch Historical Records.

* Alesone Gray of Cranlegh. Alternate name Wendye Layde. The submitter has been awarded Arms, so is entitled to use a form of “Lady” as a byname.

* Allaster del Blair. Name and device. Or, a chevron engrailed gules between two jambes erased sable and a fox’s mask gules.

 * Anne de Basillon. Name and device. Argent, on a pale azure between a talbot and a domestic cat combattant sable a rapier argent. Nice late period French name!

* Anton LaFlamme de Saint Aubin. Badge. (Fieldless) On a flame Or an ant azure.

* Arnóra Bjólfsdóttir. Name and device. Sable, a sun and on a chief Or two bees sable.

* Arnulf de Saint-Aubin dit le Crespe. Name and device. Sable, a ram’s head cabossed and on a chief Or three mullets pierced azure. We note that the place name included the hyphen in the article cited in the Letter of Intent (Aryanhwy merch Catmael, “DRAFT: Names in the 1292 Census of Paris “; http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/1292paris.pdf). Although such place names are typically not hyphenated in our period, hyphenation does occur by the end of our period. In addition, the byname de Saint-Aubin is also found in “Personal names found in the Armorial du dénombrement de la Comté de Clermont en Beauvaisis 1373-1376: some names from Picardy in the 14th century” by Brunissende Dragonette.

* Astrid Olafsdotter. Name change from holding name Astrid of Eisental. This name does not conflict with the registered name Astrith Ulfsdottir. A syllable has been removed from the byname, so this name is clear under PN3C2 of SENA.

* Ástriðr Læknir. Name change from Caterina di Luca. The submitter’s previous name, Caterina di Luca, is retained as an alternate name.

* `Aziza al-Shiraziyya. Name. This name does not conflict with the registered name Azza al-Shiraziyya. A syllable has been added to the given name/ism, so the name is different in sound, and the letters ayn and i have been added, so the name is also different in appearance. Therefore, this name is clear under PN3C1 of SENA.

* Charitye Dale. Alternate name Agneis Dale. Nice 15th century English name!

* Cristina Volpina. Name change from Cristina la Zingara and device. Bendy argent and gules, on a chief Or a capital letter V sable. Nice 16th century Italian name! The submitter’s previous name, Cristina la Zingara, is released.

* Cristina Volpina. Household name House of Lucky Stars and badge. Purpure, three mullets of seven points one and two Or. We note that this household name follows the pattern of House of [full name of owner].

* Donovan Shinnock. Alternate name Rogue Espada. Rogue is an attested given name from Spain in the FamilySearch Historical Records.

* Egill Illugason. Name and device. Argent, a gurges azure and a bordure gules bezanty.

* Ellynor Redpath. Name and device. Sable, on a bend enarched between two thistles argent three roses gules.

* Guenivere Katherine of Trail’s End. Reblazon of device. Purpure, a chevron couched from dexter braced with a chevron couched from sinister between in cross four cat’s paw prints argent. Registered in February of 1987 as Purpure, two chevrons couched and braced between four cat’s paw prints, all argent, we are adjusting the blazon to current practice.

* Halldóra Sviðbalki. Name and device. Or, a peacock in his pride proper and a bordure engrailed vert. Submitted as Halldóra Sviðbalka, the byname is a noun form rather than an adjective, so the ending would not change when borne by a woman. Therefore, we have changed the byname to Sviðbalki to register this name.

* Jocelyn Wolf le Queynte. Name and device. Paly azure and argent, two increscents and issuant from base a demi-sun Or. Nice 13th century English name!

* Kay of Wynterset. Name and device. Or, a wolf passant contourny sable and in chief a sun azure. Wynterset is the registered name of an SCA branch. The submitter had wanted the name Kaydia bint Kadr, but no evidence was found prior to submission to support this name. Commenters were similarly unable to find documentation for this name, so we are unable to change the name to the preferred form.

* Marie D’Agincourt. Name and device. Per pall argent, purpure, and azure, a cinquefoil vert and two icosahedra argent. Although the typical form of the byname is d’Agincourt, capitalization of articles and prepositions varied in French bynames in our period. Therefore, we can register this name as submitted.  Nice 15th century French name! The use of icosahedra is a step from period practice.

* Mikkel Bíldr. Device. Sable, in pale a mannaz rune and a mastless drakkar, an orle argent.

* N{a-}{s,}ir ibn Makk{i-}. Name and device. Per chevron inverted azure and sable, a triquetra inverted and in chief a reremouse argent. Please advise the submitter to draw the triquetra more centered on the field and the bat slightly larger.

* Nicola Pavone. Name and device. Per chevron vert and azure, two peacock feathers Or and a hand mirror Or glassed argent. 

* Norðfj{o,}rðr, Shire of. Branch name and device. Azure, two mountains couped and a Viking longship, on a chief argent three laurel wreaths vert. Originally submitted as Shire of Nordenfjord, the substantive element Nordenfjord could not be documented. The name was changed in kingdom to Shire of Norðfj{o,}rðr, using an Old Icelandic place name from “Place-Names in Landnámabók” by Talan Gwynek. This form means “north fjord”.

The shire requested authenticity for 11th-13th century Iceland. The place name is authentic for 9th-10th century Iceland, but we note that it would not be used with the English Shire of. However, Shire is a standard designator allowed by Appendix E of SENA, so the name is registerable.

* Odo Sosnin. Name. Nice 16th century Russian name!

* Robert Langeschwert. Name and device. Gules, two bear’s paws couped addorsed sable. This design was documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in late period German armory. The submitter provided enough evidence of two sable charges on a gules field.

* Sorcha inghean Uí Néill. Household name Silver Cat House and badge. Azure, a domestic cat sejant argent within an annulet Or hurty.

* Thobiasz Bogdanowicz. Device. Per pale sable and gules, a camel statant argent and a bordure argent charged in dexter with pellets and in sinister with torteaux.

 * Þorbi{o,}rn Ormsson. Name and device. Per fess sable and vert, a lightning bolt fesswise and a bear’s head affronty erased argent. Nice 9th century Icelandic name! There is a step from period practice for the use of a lightning bolt not as part of a thunderbolt.

* Torfi Járnhnefi. Name and device. Argent, in saltire two axes, on a point pointed purpure a clenched sinister gauntlet Or and on a chief purpure three Thor’s hammers Or.

EAST returns

* Cristina Volpina. Badge for Shimazu Akame. Gules, a Norse sun cross Or. This badge is returned for conflict with the device of László Rózsa: Per fess azure and gules, a wheel Or. As we do not grant difference for the number of spokes in a wheel, there is no DC between the primary charges. The only DC is for changing the field.

* Sorcha inghean Uí Néill. Device. Azure, in pale a garb Or between two escallops argent, within two pallets all between two sea-horses respectant Or. This device is returned for lack of documentation of the arrangement of charge groups on the field. Blazoned as a pale azure fimbriated Or with charges on the pale and secondaries around it, in period and today this design must be understood as two pallets Or with four types of charges on the field. The most likely way to understand this is with all those charges as a single primary charge group. Central charges are usually deemed primary, and the sea-horses are at least as prominent as the central charges, which makes them a single group of primaries, and the pallets secondaries. Having three different types of charges in the same group runs afoul of SENA A3D2a, for having “slot machine” armory, more than two types of charge in the same group. Redrawing it with the sea-horses clearly secondary creates a different problem: documentation would have to be provided for a primary group of non-ordinary charges, and two second charge groups, one of ordinary charges and the other non-ordinary charges.