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badge HeraldThe 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 July 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Adelyne de Excestre. Name and device. Gules, on a bend Or three martlets gules.

Nice device!

Áine bean uí Chuinn. Name.

Ayleth le Frye. Device. Vert, a phoenix Or rising from flames gules and in chief three triangles Or.

Berrick Grayveson. Alternate name Jack Cross.

The comic book character Jack Cross is not important enough to protect.

Nice 16th century English name!

Bhakail, Barony of. Order name Order of the Horse of Bhakail and badge association. Argent a nag’s head erased vert, bridled Or, on a latch argent, fimbriated sable, a salamander tergiant sable.

Submitted as Order of the Horse, this order name conflicts with the barony’s own order name Master of Horse, which was referenced in the July 1974 Letter of Acceptances and Returns. The question was raised during the Pelican decision meeting whether Master of Horse is actually registered, or whether it is a generic identifier. In 1974, registration was implied and there were no generic associations. A subsequent Letter of Acceptances and Returns clearly shows that this order name was considered to have been registered:

[Fellowship of the Horse] Conflict with Master of the Horse, registered to the Barony of Bhakail (only the “invisible” designator is changed), as well as Sea Horse Pursuivant (with only the removal of the adjective) [Caitlin of Argyle, April 1991, R-Outlands].

Therefore, we will continue to treat Master of Horse as having been registered. Unfortunately for the present submission, we do not allow the registration of the two non-personal names of the same category (in this case, an order name) when the substantive elements are identical. However, the barony allowed the addition of of Bhakail. We have made this change to register this name.

Cailin Ó Cuinn. Name.

Danr Mikjalsson. Name.

Evalina von Schaidegg. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a domestic cat couchant sable atop a mushroom gules.

Isabel de Kerbriant. Name and device. Or, a heart gules and a chief indented vert.

The byname is grandfathered to the submitter, the daughter of Sabine de Kerbriant.

Nice device!

Iseault of the Clews. Name change from Iseault Blaecstan.

Submitted as Iseaulte of the Clews, the grandfathered spelling of the given name is Iseault. We have restored the given name to the grandfathered form with the submitter’s permission.

Clew is a heraldic charge, a ball of yarn. We occasionally see plural items in inn-sign names. Examples include the Arrows (1638), the Beades (1638), les Heronseux (1553), and lez Daggers (1573), all found in Juliana de Luna’s article “Inn-Sign Names in Medieval and Renaissance England”.

The submitter’s previous name, Iseault Blaecstan, is released.

Judith bas Rabbi Mendel. Device change. Azure, a bearded bird’s head couped argent wearing a Jewish hat Or.

The submitter’s old device, Azure, a bend engrailed between a dove volant and a cat sejant guardant argent, is released.

Kara Alfarsdottir. Name.

Mari Clock van Hoorne. Device change. Per pale azure and gules, a coronet within an orle of dice Or.

The submitter is a court baroness and thus entitled to the use of a coronet in her armory.

The submitter’s old device, Per pale azure and gules, an orle of dice Or, is released.

Monkey Makgee. Name.

Morgiane de Provence. Reblazon of device. Azure, a four-legged tarasque statant gardant contourny argent.

Registered in August of 1977 as Azure, a tarask statant to sinister guardant gorged and leashed argent, we are redefining the default tarasque as a six-legged monster and the gorging is essentially invisible.

Ommadan inigena Ru. Name change from Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir.

Submitted as a name change from Ommadan an Luch, the submitter had previously changed her primary name to Aoife nic RuairíOmmadan an Luch was retained as an alternate name (see this month’s Errata Letter). The submitter subsequently changed her primary name to Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, and Aoife nic Ruairí was released at that time.

Ommadan is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Sunnifa in hialtlenzka Tókadóttir, is retained as an alternate name.

Rauðr Flokason. Name.

Revena de Witte. Name change from Raven de Witte.

The byname de Witte is grandfathered to the submitter.

The submitter’s previous name, Raven de Witte, is retained as an alternate name.

Rosanna Silverloc. Name and device. Azure, on a chevron between two threaded needles and a quill of yarn Or five roses gules.

Sólveig Bjarnardóttir. Name and device. Per bend azure and sable, in cross a musical note argent and a sword reversed Or.

The submission form used both Sólveig and Sölveig. We could not find period evidence of the form Sölveig, so have registered the standard form Sólveig.

Sorcha inghean Uí Néill. Device. Azure, on a pale sable fimbriated between two sea-horses respectant a garb Or between two escallops argent.

Svea the Shortsighted. Device change. Argent, three piles fesswise throughout issuant from sinister azure.

Nice device!

The submitter’s old device, Per bend gules and azure, a sun in splendour Or and in bend three swans naiant argent, is retained as a badge.

EAST returns

Wulfgang Gruenwald. Alternate name Bubba le Fette.

Commenters questioned whether this alternate name presumes upon the name of Boba Fett, a popular character in the Star Wars franchise. Although the character of Boba Fett is important enough to protect, this name does not presume upon the character name. The vowel in the given name has been changed and the definite article le was added, so this name is clear in both sound and appearance under PN3C1 of SENA.

In addition, the question was raised whether this name was obtrusively modern. PN2E states, “No name will be registered that either in whole or in part is obtrusively modern. Something is said to be obtrusively modern when it makes a modern joke or reference that destroys medieval ambience and drags the average person mentally back to the present day. Obtrusiveness can be either in the written form or when spoken. A period name that has a modern referent will not generally be considered obtrusively modern. Only extreme examples will be returned.” In this case, every commenter thought this alternate name was close enough to the name Boba Fett to be obtrusively modern. Although each element is period, the name as a whole meets this bar; it destroys medieval ambience. Therefore, we are returning this name.