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 King 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 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  

EAST acceptances

Badr al-Aby{a-}r{i-}. Name and device. Sable, a moon in her plenitude argent and on a chief Or a dragon passant coward gules.

Catalina Maria de Lunar. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and vert, a stag’s attire in annulo conjoined to itself between three dragonflies argent.

Nice Spanish name from the late 15th century onwards!

Conchobar O Mulvoge. Name.

This name combines a 16th century Gaelic given name with a 16th century Anglicized Irish byname, an acceptable lingua mix under Appendix C.

Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch. Alternate name Hillarius Clock Werk.

This name was pended on the February 2018 Letter of Acceptances and Returns for discussion of whether it is obtrusively modern. PN2E of SENA 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.

Although this name alludes to “clockwork,” neither the concept nor the term is modern. “clocke-worke” is a gray period term found in the OED dated to 1628: “In this curious clocke-worke of religion, every pin and wheele that is amisse distempers all.” Because the joke in this name is not a wholly modern one, it can be registered.

Damian Ísólfsson. Badge. Per pale sable and vert, a ram’s skull within a bordure argent.

Dragonship Haven, Barony of. Order name Order of Suns Stone.

Submitted as Order of the Suns Stone, the Letter of Intent argued that this name follows the pattern of orders named after saints and related objects. In this case, it would be a saint named Sun with the related object of a stone. By precedent, “we can allow order names following the pattern saint + other or saint + object of veneration to omit the word Saint before the possessive form of the given name.” [Carillion, Barony of. Order name Order of Irons Bell, 11/2014 LoAR, A-East] However, order names using this pattern take the form Order of Saints X without a definite article before the saint’s name. Therefore, with the Barony’s consent, we have changed this name to Order of _ Suns Stone for registration.

Fionnghuala the Volatile. Name.

In Middle English, a volatile is a bird, particularly a wild bird. Accordingly, the Volatile is a plausible descriptive byname based on the attested examples of other English bynames based on birds, including Wyldefoul, le Bridd and le Fowel.

This name combines a Gaelic given name with an English byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Fiore Leonetta Bardi. Device. Sable, a phoenix issuant from base Or, the flames charged with two needles in saltire sable.

Artist’s note: Please draw the eyes of the needles larger to aid in identifiability.

Mabbe atte Eye. Device. Per pale gules and vert, an owl displayed and in chief five mullets argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird other than an eagle in a displayed posture.

Mabbe atte Eye. Badge. Per pale gules and vert, an increscent and in base an owl’s head cabossed argent.

Sorcha Dhorcha. Device. Purpure, a bend sinister sable fimbriated between an arrow inverted and a harp argent.

Thomas le fevre de Laurentiis. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Þórý Veðardóttir. Alternate name Marcus Octavius Argentarius Leo.

Þórý Veðardóttir. Heraldic will.

Upon their death, the submitter gives blanket permission to conflict for all names that are at least a syllable different from any of their registered names and for all armory that is at least one countable step different (DC) from their registered device and badges.


EAST returns

Thomas le fevre de Laurentiis. Device. Quarterly per fess indented Or and azure, a “two-faced” eagle “displayed” counterchanged gules and argent, in base a sword inverted and a hammer in saltire counterchanged Or and azure, all within a bordure gules.

This device is returned for redraw. The eagle’s feet rest entirely on its tail. The displayed posture would see the legs splayed to either side of the tail, with space between the tail and the feet. Commenters also had trouble recognizing what was happening with the head. Finally, the wings as depicted seem to be leaning out towards the viewer, which in combination with the placement of the feet give the appearance of the posture striking affronty, which is disallowed.