The Society College of Arms 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 August 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.
Ælfwyn of Dragonship Haven. Name.
Dragonship Haven is the registered name of an SCA branch.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Saxon.” Although the given name is an attested Anglo-Saxon name element, the byname is not authentic because it is constructed from the name of an SCA branch.
Astrid Magnusdottir. Name and device. Per bend argent and azure, a bend counterchanged between an escallop inverted purpure and an escarbuncle argent.
Donnan FitzGerald. Name and device. Per pale gules and counter-ermine, in dexter an axe and on a chief Or three boars passant sable.
This name combines a Gaelic saint’s name with an Anglicized Irish byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
Dorigen of Lewes. Alternate name Dorian of Lewes.
The byname of Lewes is already registered to the submitter and thus can continue to be used under the newly-renamed Existing Registration Allowance, PN1B2g.
Eberhard Schwarz. Name.
Nice late 16th century German name!
Edgitha Hlammandi. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a falcon belled and jessed maintaining a drinking horn Or.
Submitted as Edgithe Hlammandi, the given name does not use the nominative (base) form. The spelling Edgithe is not merely a variant spelling; it is the genitive (possessive) form of the name. Accordingly, with the submitter’s permission, we have changed the given name to the nominative form Edgitha for registration.
This name combines a Latinized Old English female name with an Old Norse byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
Edmund Beneyt. Name and device. Argent, two bears combatant within an orle sable.
Nice English name for the 13th century onwards!
Emidio di Arquata. Name.
Halldórr hinn Skarpi. Name.
Submitted as Halldórr hinn Skarpa, the byname did not use the correct nominative (base) form. We have changed the name to Halldórr hinn Skarpi to use the correct nominative form.
Hlífa Hrafnsdóttir. Name and device. Per chevron Or and argent, two oak leaves vert and a raven migrant sable.
The migrant posture is considered equivalent to displayed. As such, there is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.
Hrafn Ríkarðarson. Name and device. Argent, two ravens rising respectant, each maintaining in its feet a spear crossed sable.
Submitted as Hrafn Rikaðrson, called Bonesetter, two changes are necessary to register the name. First, the byname is not correctly constructed. We have changed it to Ríkarðarson to use the correct Old Norse grammar.
Second, the epithet called Bonesetter cannot be registered in this name because it is not temporally or linguistically compatible with the rest of the name elements. Hrafn and Ríkarðarson are both Old Norse, and, under Appendix C of SENA, cannot be combined with English name elements unless all elements of the name are dated prior to 1100 C.E. Unfortunately, the earliest evidence of anything like “bonesetter” in English is dated to 1500 C.E. As the submitter allows all changes, we have dropped the epithet called Bonesetter for registration.
The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified place and time. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. In the form Hrafn Ríkarðarson, this name is authentic for the very end of the Viking Age in the Iceland and other West Norse Atlantic colonies.
Katerina Falconer de Lanark. Name.
Nice Anglo-Scots name for circa 1300!
Mari Clock van Hoorne. Alternate name Marína Sviðbalki.
Muin maqq Mínaín. Alternate name Khalil al-Urdunni.
Submitted as Khalil al’urdun, the name as submitted is not grammatically correct. We have corrected the byname to the adjectival form al-Urdunni for registration.
Perrine de Lille. Name.
The byname de Lille was not documented in the Letter of Intent as a period form. Fortunately, heralds at the Pelican decision meeting found de Lille in “French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438” by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (heraldry.sca.org/names/french/paris1423surnames.html).
Ravensbridge, Riding of. Device. Per chevron azure and argent, in base a raven displayed face to sinister sable within a laurel wreath azure, on a chief argent a bridge of three spans sable.
There is a step from period practice for use of a non-eagle bird displayed.
Robert of the East. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Argent, on a roundel sable a cherry blossom argent, in chief a bar gemel sable.
Submitted under the name Shimazu Yasukaze.
Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. (Fieldless) A cross of four ermine spots per pale sable and argent.
Ryan Mac Whyte. Badge. Per pale argent and sable, a cross of four ermine spots counterchanged.
Ysmay de Lynn. Alternate name Matthew Miller.
Nice English name from circa 1400 onwards!
Shimazu Yasukaze. Name.
This name combines a family name and a constructed nanori. In the past, we have allowed submitters the benefit of the doubt to register names following this pattern, even though they are not authentic because they do not include a yobina. [Akiyama Kintsune, 8/2016 LoAR, A-East; Godai Katsunaga, 3/2008 LoAR, A-Atlantia]. Based on commentary received, both on the Letter of Intent and at and after the Pelican decision meeting, we are pending this matter for discussion of whether we should cease this practice and more specifically identify registerable patterns for Japanese names.
His device is registered under the holding name Robert of the East.
This was item 19 on the East letter of May 31, 2017.