Minutes of the October, 2002 Herald's Meeting

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MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING - 20 October xxxvii (2002)

The meeting was held on Sunday, 20 October 2002, at Eilis’ house in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:20 pm and ended at 5:15 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Gaius M.L. Auklandus, Vesper; Berengaria de Montfort de Carcassone, Sable Swan; Astrið of Swansvale, Latimer; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Tangwystl verch Morgant Glasfryn, Harpy; Teleri Tawel, Pursuivant for Crosston; Walraven von Nijmegen, Nebuly; Felix MacAvady, Pursuivant for Ste. Katherine’s; Maxen Dawel ap Morgan, PaL; Duncan Blackthorne, Edith de Laufare and Emma FitzWilliam (formerly Talitha von Koepke), Cornets; and Eilis O’Boirne, Matins.


The upcoming meetings are: November 24, January 5, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 18, and June 15. Meetings are generally held at the home of Eilis O'Boirne, 2322 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94705. Call for directions. Meetings start at noon. Note that there is no meeting scheduled for December of 2002!

ANYONE WITH WALK-IN SUBMISSIONS SHOULD CONTACT MATINS IN ADVANCE. This is especially important if the submitter has previous submissions, since the files are stored in a remote location (which is the fancy way of saying that we haven't moved them yet…).

We are researching some of the name submissions beforehand some months through an e-mail list, names@synergy.transbay.net. The Names list is open by request to heralds in the West Kingdom who are interested in onomastic (name) research. To join the list, please contact Felix MacAvady at ha.raschid@sinewave.com.

Please send all correspondence (submissions, queries, etc.) to the address for the Matins Herald at the top of the Contacts page of this website! Please do NOT send submissions to Vesper or to any other member of the College.

The meetings now include instruction for voice heralds. If there is anyone present who wants to work on voice heraldry, the voice classes, conducted by Gaius Auklandus, Vesper, will start as soon as the announcements portion of the meeting is concluded. Pass the word to anyone interested in learning field and duty heraldry - the meetings aren't just for book heralds any more!

NOTE: The January meeting will be held at the Modesto Convention Center (site of Twelfth Night) and will start at 10:30am. Check in at the heralds’ table in the lobby on Saturday to learn the exact location – it will probably be in one of the small meeting rooms on the lower floor. Note that we will not be able to process any walk-in submissions at the Twelfth Night meeting. All submissions for the Twelfth Night meeting should be mailed to the College address so that they will arrive NO LATER than January 3.


HERALDS' COLLEGIUM: The next Heralds' Collegium is scheduled for November 23,at the Mechanics Bank Operations Center, 725 Alfred Nobel Drive in Hercules (near Pinole and Vallejo). See the heralds' website for directions. The meeting on the following day will be in Berkeley.

This session will focus on the structure of the College and the submission process, book heraldry and conflict research, and court heraldry. The tentative schedule is as follows: 9:30-10:30: Structure of the Collegews of Arms and Heralds and the Submission Process; 10:45-1: Conflict Research; 1-2: Lunch; 2-3: Gaius on Court; 3-4: Senior Heralds’ Panel Discussion on Court; 4-5:30: (Serious) Court Practicum.

There will be a lunch potluck at the site (main dish provided -- refrigerator, microwave and stove available), an organized restaurant visit for dinner in Berkeley (Blue Nile, anyone?), and a court for the Kingdom of the South at the evening revel.

The Spring Heralds' Collegium is scheduled for March 8, the day before the March meeting - it will focus on voice heraldry and the mechanics of running field heraldry at an event. It will probably be held in Cynagua.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Current submission fees are $10 per name, $10 per device, $10 per badge. There is no fee for resubmission. Submissions require 3 copies of the name form and documentation, 4 colored copies of the device form, and 3 colored copies of the badge form, as applicable. The submission forms for the West Kingdom College are now available from Matins or the Kingdom consultation table or by following the appropriate links at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Register.htm#Forms. Completed forms should be sent to Matins at the above address.

MAILING LIST: The West Kingdom College of Heralds has a mailing list for internal communication. Any herald is welcome to join by request. To join the list, please contact Matins at baroness_eilis@juno.com.

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES: Many interesting heraldic links can be found through the SCA Heraldry web page at http://www.sca.org/heraldry, including West Kingdom submission forms, the Laurel home page, the on-line armorial and ordinary search and The Academy of St. Gabriel (a heraldic consultation service). Heraldic queries may also be addressed to Eilis at heralds@westkingdom.org -- answers may take a few days.


These meetings comment on heraldic submissions from other Kingdoms. Please consider attending. They are a fast way to learn how the Rules of Submission work and how to research armory. The Brachet meetings are in Berkeley on Wednesday nights. If you are interested, contact the Brachet Herald, Frederick of Holland (Fred Hollander) at 510-653-3652.


West Kingdom College of Heralds Minutes are published on the web, and are not available by subscription. They may be read at or printed from the heralds' website at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Minutes.htm. There are now both a colored version and a printer-friendly black and white version available.

The tenth edition of the Armorial and Ordinary, along with updates for the previous editions, are available from Free Trumpet Press West along with other useful heraldic publications. Write for a free price list. The address is Free Trumpet Press West, 1613 N. School St. Normal, IL 61761-1240.

A Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry as Used in the Society for Creative Anachronism (by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme and Akagawa Yoshio) is available in the United States by sending $15 to Bruce Miller, 1711 Tenth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, (310) 379-1321.


The LoARs for June and July 2002 have been published. The cover letters, acceptances and returns for the past can be found at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/loar/. If you are interested in responding to some of the calls for commentary put out by Lord Laurel, please be sure to visit the site.

The acceptances for the West from the Laurel June meeting were as follows:

Adriana Featherstonehaugh. Name and device. Per pale sable and argent, a vol inverted counterchanged and a chief azure.

Adriana was documented as the name of a character in Shakespere's Comedy of Errors. Since Bardsley (p. 161 s.n. Carn) dates Adriana Lynch to 1547-8 as the wife listed on a marriage license, the name Adriana is documented as a feminine given name used in England in period, in addition to being a name used in literary works.

Aeruin as Sruth Waleis. Badge reblazon. (Fieldless) A daffodil slipped and leaved bell to chief argent.

The previous blazon, (Fieldless) A daffodil slipped and leaved argent, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Alianora Alexandra da Lyshåret. Device reblazon. Sable, three narcissi affronty one and two slipped and leaved proper.

The previous blazon, Sable, three narcissi one and two slipped and leaved proper, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Alianora Alexandra da Lyshåret. Badge reblazon. Per fess sable and Or, on a narcissus blossom affronty argent a Celtic cross Or.

The previous blazon, Per fess sable and Or, on a narcissus blossom argent a Celtic cross Or, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Catherine of Wessex. Device. Purpure, a chevron and in base a heart all within a bordure Or.

Constanza de Mendoza. Name change from Bridgit ferch Teleri.

The submitter requested authenticity for 1480 to 1530 Castile. Clarion and Garnet found evidence that the submitted form is authentic for her desired time and culture, though the form Constança de Mendoça is more typical of that period. Clarion provided information regarding the ç to z switch:
For an authentic name, the best source is probably the article "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century," [ http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/isabella/] which contains names taken from the account books of Isabel of Castile in the last part of the 15th century. In that source, we find Constança rather than Constanza; in the Catálogo I also found that the switch from ç to z happened in the first part of the 16th century so either form should be fine, but the ç form is probably more typical for her time period. The same applies to the byname: de Mendoça is more typical for her time period, and is listed in the above article.
As the submitted form is authentic for her requested time and culture, we have made no changes to the name.
Her previous name, Bridgit ferch Teleri, is released.

Crisiant Dreigben. Device reblazon. Per saltire vert and sable, in pale two daffodils Or bells to dexter chief and in fess two dragons passant argent.

The previous blazon, Per saltire vert and sable, in pale two daffodils bendwise Or and in fess two dragons passant argent, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Danielle of Headless House. Device reblazon. Argent, a bend sinister azure within a bordure azure charged with four daffodils affronty Or slipped and leaved proper.

The previous blazon, Argent, a bend sinister azure within a bordure azure charged with four daffodils Or slipped and leaved proper, did not specify the posture of the flowers.

Helena d'Évreux. Badge. (Fieldless) On a cushion gules tasseled Or a terrier sejant to sinister argent collared purpure.

Some commenters felt that the terrier was hard to identify, but most were able to identify it as a dog. The particular terrier in this emblazon has a short muzzle with a long hairy "beard" or "mustache", which seemed to be the source of the identifiability issues. Similar small dogs were documented with the submission, from the Arnolfini Wedding portrait circa 1434 and from the Unicorn Tapestries circa 1500 (which dog resembles a West Highland terrier, except that it is tan colored). The period sources showed dogs with small fluffy tails, so the fact that this dog's tail is also small (possibly docked) does not require blazoning.

Lyonnete la Rousse. Name change from Adriana FitzWilliam and device change. Quarterly sable and gules, a lion rampant within an orle of suns Or.

Her previous name, Adriana FitzWilliam, and her previous device, Per chevron lozengy ermine and vert, and sable, in base a sun within a bordure Or, are released.

Rosa di Marco. Device. Or, on a pentagon inverted gules a mullet throughout Or.

Some commenters asked whether this appeared to be a group of lozenges conjoined rather than a charged pentagon. The full-sized emblazon clearly appears to be a charged pentagon inverted, judging by the reaction of the viewers.

Stefana dei Medici. Name and device. Argent, three holly leaves in pall conjoined at the stems vert between three clusters each of three holly berries conjoined one and two gules.

Submitted as Stefana de' Medici, de' is an abbreviation for dei. As we do not register scribal abbreviations, we have spelled it out.

Stephan of Caerleon. Device. Per bend sinister sable and argent, a cross within a bordure counterchanged.

West, Kingdom of the. Badge. (Fieldless) A crossbow within and conjoined to an oak chaplet Or.

The oak chaplet is surmounted in base by a very small rose, so small that it does not impact the outline of the charge. The rose has no contrast with the chaplet and is not identifiable at other than very close range. It appears to function as a nonblazonable artistic detail rather than an actual heraldic charge, and so we have removed it from the blazon. The alternative was to return it for identifiability problems. On a fieldless badge, it is not acceptable design to have an an overall charge that is of the same tincture as, and virtually completely overlapping, the underlying charge.

The acceptances for the West from the Laurel July meeting were as follows:

Aileth Gardiner. Name.

Alfred of Greyvale. Badge. Argent, in saltire a drinking horn and a feather all within an orle gules.

Danil Bathoricz. Name.

Submitted as Danil Batory, the submitter requested a "name correct for the Polish/Lithuanian Commonwealth". The submitted Batory is a Hungarian rather than a Polish or Lithuanian form. Nebuly found a Polish form of this name:
The name Danil appears in the SSNO (s.n. Daniel), and is dated to 1393. The byname Batory is Hungarian, meaning "from Bátor" (Kázmér, s.n. Bátori), and is therefore inconsistent with the client's desire for a Polish/Lithuanian name. The SSNO does have one instance of Bathoricz dated 1310 (s.n. Batorzyc [sic]), which is a Polish form of the Hungarian name (The Polish locative ending -icz is substituted for Hungarian -y). I suggest we register Danil Bathoricz, in accordance with the client's wishes.
We have changed the byname to the form suggested by Nebuly to meet the submitter's request for authenticity.

Emelisse de Loupey. Name and device. Vert, on a pale between in chief two ivy leaves argent a bee sable marked Or.

Maud de Clayton. Name and device. Azure, an escallop inverted within a double tressure argent.

Oriana the Meek. Device. Argent, a fireball proper between three step-cut sapphires azure.

There were no Western returns in June or July!!!

In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSIONS - 20 October xxxvii (2002)


Alvegard van Bomwedded     (Thistletorr) New Name, Device and Badge

Per pale vert and Or, three oak leaves inverted counterchanged.
(Fieldless) An oak leaf inverted per pale Or and vert.
The given name is a hypothetical 12th c Westphalian spelling of the Dutch name Alfgard (1234 – Tavernier-Vereecken) which was documented by the Academy of Saint Gabriel (report #2418). The Academy report lists several other Westphalian names supporting this spelling. The place name is documented from a town history website found at http://www.bohmte.de/html/geschichte.htm. An automatic translation of the page is also enclosed (and is inadvertently amusing). The connective is Low German, and is appropriate to the name. The submittor wishes a name authentic to 12th c Westphalia.

Anastasiia Mikhailova     (Eskalya)     New Name and Device

Per chevron purpure and vert, a triquetra within an orle argent.
The names are from Paul Goldshmidt’s Dictionary of Russian Given Names, 3rd edition. The first name is found in this spelling in 1547; the patronymic is found in the name of Princess Anna Mikhailova dated to 1319. The submittor would like an authentic Russian name.

Angelo Benintendi D’Amico     (Bestwodeshire)     New Name Angelo and Benintendi are taken from Arval Benicoeur and Talan Gwynek’s 14th Century Venetian Personal Names. The surname was submitted as D’Amica, which we were not able to find. De Felice gives D’Amico on p.55 at the header Amici. The submittor requests an authentic name for 13-14th c Italy.

Artus Quintus     (Ecorngil)     New Name Change Resubmission to Kingdom; New Device Change Submission

Argent, a chi-rho gules.
If this is registered, his current name of Uilleam Catach O’Maoilbhreanainn (registered 5/90) and his current device (registered 9/90), Azure ermined, a fox courant and on a chief indented argent, three Celtic crosses azure, are to be released.

From Tangwystl: Artus Quintus is plausible as the name of a Romanized Gaul or Briton. One common pattern on the acquisition of Roman citizenship was to retain the original "native" given name as a cognomen, and adopt a Roman nomen (family name). (See. e.g. Harold Johnston’s Private Life of the Romans.) While this might appear in "full" triple-name formula with a praenomen, inscriptional forms increasingly drop the praenomen, and examples with only the nomen and cognomen can be found in Joshua Whatmough’s Dialects of Ancient Gaul. Artus can be found as a Latin form of a Gaulish personal name in Whatmough (p.743, 803). Quintus was quite versatile as a name element, occurring as a praenomen (Johnston), nomen, and cognomen (Solin & Salomies Repertorium Nominum Gentilium et Cognominum Latino), as well as appearing in Gaul (Whatmough -- as a single-element name, presumably corresponding to a cognomen). The client's response to previous consultation indicates that he was interested in a construction using Quintus as a patronym -- the simplest construction that had been suggested was Artus Quinti with the father's name in the genitive case -- however he seems to have missed the grammatical discussion. (Whatmough and Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum provide many examples of Gaulish names of this format.) The name as currently submitted is plausible under the above reasoning (with Quintus as the nomen), but would not indicate a patronym.

Brenna Bethan     (Fettburg)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Per bend sinister azure and Or, in chief in bend sinister three suns and in base in bend sinister three decrescents counterchanged.
The given name is SCA compatible and a theoretical feminine form of Brennus. Bethan is given on p.71 of Black as a male given name in 1305. This is the header spelling and should be acceptable as a surname.

Caoillain Rose Maddox     (Crystalmist)     New Name and Device

Argent, three chevronels braced and in chief three roses azure.
Caoillain is on p.41 of O’Corrain & Maguire at Cáelfind – this is the modern spelling. Rose is on p.258 of Withycombe dated to 1316. Maddox is on p.293 of Reaney & Wilson as a header spelling at Maddock. The submittor wishes a name that is authentic for an Irish given name and an English surname. Her first alternate is to drop Maddox, which would make Rose the surname – Rose is on p.383 of Reaney & Wilson dated in this spelling to 1302 as a surname.

Cassandra of Crosston     (Crosston)     Name Registered 1/02; Device Resubmission to Kingdom; New Badge

Sable, on a plate a dragon dormant in annulo azure within an orle argent.
(Fieldless) A dragon dormant in annulo azure.
We note the badge of Gwilym Coedwr: (Fieldless) A serpent involved in annulo azure. We feel that the fact that serpents and dragons are considered different in period should supply the needed difference.

Cristina Maria Angelini     (Bestwodeshire)     New Name
Both Cristina and Maria are taken from Arval Benicoeur and Talan Gwynek’s 14th Century Venetian Personal Names. Angelini is from Aryanhwy merch Catmael’s List Of Surnames (Surnam1) Found In The Tre Maggiori Italian Given Names from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532 found on line at http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/tratte/doc/SURNAM1.html. The submittor wants an authentic 13-14th c Italian name.

Dimarus von Türingen     (Golden Rivers)     New Name; see Returns for New Device
Dimarus is from Talan Gwynek’s German Given Names 1200-1250. Türingen is a city in Germany. The submittor would like an authentic 13-14th c German name – sound is important and he will not accept major changes.

Edith de Laufare     (Prov. Mists)     New Name and Device

Azure, a tree eradicated argent between two pallets ermine.
Edith is on p.93 of Withycombe and is cited as common throughout period although this spelling is not dated specifically; de Laufare is dated to 1276 in this spelling on p.273 of Reaney & Wilson at Laver.

Emma Fitzwilliam     (Southern Shores)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Sable, a swan naiant within a bordure argent semy de lys purpure.
Her original submission of Talitha von Kopke was returned in 2/93 for non-documentability.

Emma is on p.103 of Withycombe dated to 1186; Fitzwilliam is on p.171 of Reaney & Wilson at FitzWilliam dated to 1424 in this spelling

Gracye of Guthrie     (Golden Rivers)     New Name
The submittor cites Talan Gwynek’s Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames, found on line at the Saint Gabriel website for the given name. She cites Black p.333 for Guthrie, and Black states that it is the name of a barony in Angus.

Iosef Braun     (Teufelberg)     New Name, Device and Badge

Per pale Or and gules, an eagle displayed counterchanged.
(Fieldless) An eagle displayed per pale gules and Or.
Josef is found on Aryanhwy merch Catmael’s Jewish Given Names Found in Les Noms des Israelites en France and is dated to 1390; the holder of the name is one Josef von Altendorf . The letters J and I were interchangeable in period – this is documented in Aryanhwy’s article Dutch Names 1358-1361. Braun is on p.203 of Brechenmacher. He wishes a name authentic for 1300-1500 Germany.

Jean d’Esledes     (Mountains Gate)     Name Submitted 7/02; New Badge; see Returns for Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Argent, two wolves combatant azure and in chief a mullet of eight pierced gules.
This was submitted as a fieldless badge, which is not permitted – a fieldless badge must consist of a single unit, and unconnected charges are not allowed. This is an allowable alternate. The submittor will be informed that the wolves should be larger.

Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov     (Winters Gate)     Name and Device Registered 11/96; NewChange of Registered Device; see Returns for New Badge

Per pale vert and sable semy of caltrops, a talbot passant argent.
If this device is registered, he wishes his previous device, Per pale vert and sable, a talbot passant within a bordure invected argent, to be retained as a badge.

His first choice, without the caltrops, is in conflict with the badge of Johann von Graustein: (Fieldless) A fox statant reguardant argent and the device of Lizbeth Ravensholm: Gules, a wolf passant reguardant argent armed sable, perched on its back a raven croaking proper. There is a difference for the field, but none for the changes in type or position of the beast.

Osa Hrafnsdóttir     (Esfenn)     New Name and Device

Per fess Or and gules, two ravens respectant sable and a drakkar Or.
The given name is found in SMP at Asa (via a website) and is dated to 1406. The patronymic is formed on a male give name, Hrafn from p.11 of Bassi; patronymic construction is explained on p.17.

Saeunn Egilsdottir     (Southern Shores)     New Name
Saeunn is documented from Egil’s Saga; the version cited is on p.51of The Sagas of Icelanders and the translation is by Bernard Scudder. We will send copies to Laurel. The male given name, Egil, is found as the name of the title character of the saga. The patronymic is correctly formed.

Thaddeus Maddox     (Crystalmist)     New Name and Device

Argent, three roses and a chief embattled purpure.
The submittor documents Thaddeus from Talan Gwynek’s article Late 16th Century English Given Names, which states “Thadeus: More commonly Thaddeus. The one instance is an entry for Thadeus Mac Cartye, of the city of Westminister. Thaddeus was later a common englishing of Irish Tadhg, so it is likely that he was an Irishman named Tadhg Mac Cárthaig.” Thaddeus is also found in the Bible – Matthew 10:3. Maddox is on p.293 of Reaney & Wilson as a header spelling at Maddock. The submittor wants a Scottish-English name.

West, Kingdom of     (West)     Name and Device Registered long ago; New Herald’s Title
The incipient Barony of Selveirgard (which is currently registered as the Shire of Selveirgard) wishes the herald’s title “Raven Pursuivant”.

Wilhelm von Düsseldorf     (Eskalya)     Name Registered 10/90; New Badge; see Returns for Device Resubmission to Laurel and New Household Name

Sable estencely argent, on a point pointed argent, a cattail plant proper.

William Blood the Merchant     (Ravenshore)     Name Resubmission to Kingdom; see Returns for Device Resubmission to Kingdom
His previous name submission, William the Merchant, was returned 12/01 for conflict with the registered William Marchant. This name clears that problem.

William is on p.293 of Withycombe; this spelling is not dated. Blood is on p 50 of Reaney & Wilson; this is the header spelling and the spelling Blod is dated to 1256. The byname is a simple descriptive.

Dimarus von Türingen     (Golden Rivers)     New Name (see above); New Device Returned

Or, an eagle displayed sable within an orle gules.
The device is in conflict with the arms of the Holy Roman Empire: Or, a double-headed eagle sable. His alternates, changing the orle to a double tressure or bordure, do not change the conflict. His second alternate, making the orle complex, was not applicable because it was too vague.

Forgal MacThorkil     (Allyshia)     New Name and Device Returned

Gyronny wavy argent and vert, a roundel sable.
The submittor cites Holly Ingraham’s People’s Names, but did not enclose copies of the relevant pages. We cannot provide citations that either name is period in these spellings, so we will have to ask for documentation.

The device is in conflict with the device of Muiredach O’Siadhail: Gyronny arrondi Or and gules, a gunstone. There is only one difference, for field. The first alternate, with an annulet, is in conflict with the device of Conrad Breakring of Ascalon: Argent, an annulet fracted on the dexter side sable. The second alternate, adding a bordure to the roundel, is in conflict with the device of Faustus of Antioch: Pily bendy azure and argent, a roundel and a bordure sable. His final alternate, with the line on the gyronny dancetty instead of wavy, is in conflict with Muiredach’s device.

Jean d’Esledes     (Mountains Gate)     Name Submitted 7/02; DeviceResubmission to Kingdom Returned

Azure, a wolfhound rampant argent, a chief embattled ermine.
This device was submitted with a charcoal grey wolfhound and a chief drawn too small, with too many embattles, and dotted instead of ermine. It is being returned for redrawing – we cannot correct these errors. However, the design appears free of conflict.

Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov      (Winters Gate)     Name and Device Registered 11/96; New Badge Returned

Azure semy of cinquefoils Or.
The badge is in conflict with the device registered to Micheline Elphinstone: Azure, six roses two, two and two, Or. There is only one point, for the difference in number of five-petalled flowers. The first alternate, an orle of cinquefoils, has the same conflict. The second alternate, adding a cinquefoil overall, is not permitted since it uses the same charge in primary and secondary charge groups.

Selviergard, Barony of     (Oertha)     Name and Device Registered 10/82; New Order Names Returned
The name and device are registered to the Shire of Selveirgard; the shire will advance to Baronial status early next year. The new Barony wishes to register the name “Order of the Eyas” for their children’s award. Eyas is already registered as a heraldic title to the Kingdom of Calontir. The alternate, the “Order of the Grizzly Cub”, is also being returned – in period, grizzly referred only to “gray, gray haired, grizzled”, which is not what they intend by the name.

The new Barony wishes to register the name “Order of the Claymore” for their major award – it will be used for service, arts and fighting and each will be distinguished by the color of the ribbon. The earliest citation for claymore in the OED is 1772, so the name will have to be altered to the original Scots Gaelic to be registered.

Tammalyn of Silvermists     (Eskalya)     New Name Returned
The submittor is three years old; the given name is her modern name and the byname is the houshold name her father is attempting to register (see Returns at Wilhelm von Düsseldorf). No documentation (eg: birth certificate) was provided for the given name and, since we suspect that the name is a modern construct, documentation that it is really the submittor’s name is required. The submittor wants an authentic Russian name.

Wilhelm von Düsseldorf     (Eskalya)     Name Registered 10/90; Device Resubmission to Laurel Returned; NewHousehold Name Returned

Gyronny vert and Or, a saltire gules.
This is in conflict with the arms of the Fitzgerald family, Argent, a saltire gules. His alternate, changing the “saltire to any tincture, fur or vair”, cannot be implemented because it is not explicit.

House Silvermists
The submittor cites as documentation the fact that “Silvermists” has been registered as a placename for two individuals. He states that it is a descriptive placename in period English style. However, both registrations, which were actually for “Silvermist”, were made in the mid-80s and do not provide any support for a current registration. Recent Laurels have declined registration to names based on meteorological phenomena – the name for the Shire of Misty Ford was returned for that reason.

William Blood the Merchant     (Ravenshore)     Device Resubmission to Kingdom Returned

Gules, a skull argent between three bezants.
The device is too similar to the device registered to Stephan Totenkopf: Gules, a human skull argent pierced gules wearing a winged helmet, in its mouth a broken sword, all argent.

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