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 December 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  

EAST acceptances

Æsa Ormstunga. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron rompu inverted and in chief a serpent in annulo vorant of its own tail argent.

Submitted as Aesa Ormstunga, the submitted spelling of the given name was not supported by the documentation. We have changed the given name to the attested spelling Æsa for registration.

Aiden Underhill. Device. Argent, a trimount couped within an orle of two vines entwined vert.

Birna Ottarsdottir. Name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Chana Freidl the Maker. Name.

The Letter of Intent argued that the Maker is a lingua Anglica form of the period German byname der Macher. The byname der Macher is supported by the attested German byname (in the genitive form) dicti Macher; for occupational bynames, der X was used interchangeably with dictus X in German.

Eleanor Falleinthewelle. Name and device. Or, in pale a nightingale perched atop a rose proper within a bordure embattled purpure.

Nice 14th century English name!

Finnguala ingen Néill meic Chuircc. Badge. (Fieldless) On a swan naiant argent three lozenges in fess vert.

Marrin ny Rowrke. Name and device. Argent chaussé azure, a wolf sejant sable and in chief a compass star between an increscent and a decrescent gules.

Nice Anglicized Irish name for circa 1600!

There is a step from period practice for use of a compass star.

Medb ingen Chinn Fáelad. Name.

Orlando di Sforza. Badge. (Fieldless) On a cross crosslet fitchy Or a cross couped fitchy sable.

Artist’s note: Please draw the fitched points of the crosses correctly as smoothly tapering spikes, in keeping with period practice.

Pypa Ravenild. Name.

Nice 13th century English name!

Thomas von Dresden. Name.

Nice late 15th century German name!

Ziacomo Foscari. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for “15th Century Venice.” This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, we had sufficient information to determine authenticity without having to pend the name. This name does not meet the submitter’s request because we were unable to find evidence of Ziacomo until 1647, just before the cut off for acceptable documentation. However, this name is registerable.