Minutes of the November, 2006 Herald's Meeting

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THERE IS NO DECEMBER MEETING!
THE JANUARY TWELFTH NIGHT MEETING WILL BE AT THE TWELFTH NIGHT SITE!

ATTENDANCE AT THE TWELFTH NIGHT HERALD'S MEETING WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL BRANCH HERALDS UNLESS YOU CONTACT VESPER AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU CANNOT ATTEND!

YOU NEED TO BE THERE
OR
YOU NEED TO HAVE CONTACTED HER AHEAD OF TIME THAT YOU CAN'T COME!
NO EXCEPTIONS!


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MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING – 12 November XLI (2006)

The meeting was held on Sunday, 12 November 2006, at the home of Eilis O'Boirne in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:20 pm and ended at 2:25 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Eilis O'Boirne, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Banner; Edith Laufare, Seawolf; Wilhelm von Homburg, Baldric and Sable Swan; Owen ap Morgan, Latimer; Walraven van Nijmegen, Exchequer to the College; Astrith of Swansvale, Brachet; Vigdís vestfirzka, Sable Quill; Felix MacAvady, St. Katherine; Emma FitzWilliam, Acting Silver Gull; Maxen ap Morgan, and Na'arah bat Avraham, Pursuivants at Large; Aurelia de Montfort, Guest; James MacAllister, Artist, and Kiriana Michaelson, Matins.

COLLEGE OF HERALDS MEETINGS
The upcoming meetings are: are January 7, February 3, March 18, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 8, September 9, October 21 and November 18. Meetings start at noon. The Spring Herald's Collegium will be on March 10 and the Fall Herald's Collegium will be November 17.

In general, meetings will be held at Eilis’ house (2322 Russell Street, Berkeley CA 94705; 510-486-0633 -- call for directions). “Road show” meetings will be announced well in advance.

Anyone who is bringing a walk-in submission should contact Matins in advance, no later than the Thursday before the meeting. This is especially important if the submitter has previous submissions, since the files are stored in a remote location. If you are bringing the paperwork for a submission to a meeting, please plan to arrive by 11:00 am to allow the file to be set up.

We are researching some of the name submissions beforehand through an email list, wknames@yahoogroups.com. This list is open by request to heralds in the West Kingdom who are interested in onomastic (name) research. To join the list, please subscribe at wknames-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
Eilis O'Boirne, Vesper Principal Herald, will be sending out new roster letters to all branch heralds, senior staff and others who are listed on her current roster, to confirm contact information, offices and ranks. If you believe that you are a rostered herald and have not yet gotten your letter, please contact Eilis because she does not have you on her roster.

Wilhelm von Homburg, Baldric Herald, will be speaking with A&S about setting up some basic classes to be held at Crowns and Coronations for the general populace to help encourage the heraldic arts and a greater understanding of the basic rules.

PERSONNEL -- POSITION CHANGES:

PERSONNEL -- POSITIONS AVAILABLE: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submission fees are $8 per name, $8 per device, $8 per badge – and a name and device registered at the same time will cost $15 instead of $16. There is no fee for resubmission of a returned item. 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. Required documentation includes printouts of any web pages cited – including reports from the Academy of Saint Gabriel – as well as copies of the title page and cited pages from any books that are not standard heraldic references. The submission forms for the West Kingdom College are now available from Matins or the Kingdom consultation table or by following the http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Register.htm#Forms. Completed forms should be sent to Matins at the College 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 subscribe at wkheralds-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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

BRACHET MEETINGS
These meetings comment on heraldic submissions from other Kingdoms. Please consider attending – you do not have to be able to attend every week. 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.

CYNAGUAN BOOK HERALD TRAINING MEETINGS
A training and commenting meeting is being held in Cynagua to promote and encourage interest in book heraldry and raise the level of general heraldic knowledge along the eastern side of the kingdom. The meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm at 4317 Alderwood Way, Sacramento, CA 95864. Call Gwenhwyfaer ferch Gwilym for more information, (916) 323-4268 or email her, ginni.morgan@doj.ca.gov.

HERALDIC PUBLICATIONS
West Kingdom College of Heralds Minutes are published on the web. They may be read at or printed from the heralds’ website at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Minutes.htm. There is a colored version and a printer-friendly black and white version available.

A Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry as Used in the Society for Creative Anachronism (by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme and Akagawa Yoshio) is available by sending $15 to Bruce Miller, 728 Erica Place, Oxnard, CA 93030, (805) 278-0135.

EXCERPTS FROM THE LOAR
The LoAR for July 2006 was published in late October 2006, covering our March 2006 meeting. 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.

WEST - Acceptances - July 2006:

Eli{sv}ka z Jihlavy. Badge. (Fieldless) A heart gules winged Or.

Francesca Carletti. Name.

Nice 15th C Florentine name!

Georg of Glacier's Edge. Badge. Argent, a stag's attires gules.

This badge does not conflict with Axel Oxenstierna (important non-SCA arms), Or, a bull's scalp (oxenstjärna) gules. There is a CD for changes to the field and another for the difference between a bull's scalp and a stag's attires.

John Patten. Name change from Iason Vorax.

His old name, Iason Vorax, is retained as an alternate name.

Julian of Redwood. Name and device. Per pale purpure and sable, a crescent between two needles in pile, on a chief indented argent four mullets of seven points sable.

Sarra Peller. Name change from Oriana of Myrtlewood.

Her old name, Oriana of Myrtlewood, is retained as an alternate name.

Staffan Arffuidsson. Device. Azure, three seraphs Or.

Nice device.

William MacDougall. Device. Per pale argent and sable, two chevronels counterchanged and in canton a thistle purpure slipped and leaved vert.

WEST - Returns - July 2006 -- NONE!

In Service,

Kiriana
Matins Herald


SUBMISSONS – 12 November XLI (2006)

ITEMS SENT TO LAUREL

Celine Dubé     (Fettburg)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Per pall argent, vert and azure, three triquetrae inverted, one purpure and two argent.
The submitter desires an authentic French female name and will not accept any changes, major or minor. Celine is found in Dauzat as a matronymic on p. 97. Dubé is a locative byname found on p. 214 as the header spelling.

Cyrus Aurelio     (Eskalya)     New Name and Device

Counter-ermine, three lions Or.
The submitter desires a male name. Cyrus is in DeFelice Nomi under the header Ciro on p. 106, which mentions an Eighth Century saint with a Sicilian cult. According to DeFelice, Cyrus is the Latin form. Aurelio is a surname in DeFelice Cognomi on p. 63, under the heading Aureli, which indicates that this is a rare surname from the personal name Aurelius. The submitter originally proposed Gaius Cyrus Aurelius. The original desire of the submitter, based on personal consultation, was Cyrus Aurelius, and Cyrus is the most important element. He added Gaius only because he thought it was necessary for the submission process. We request the assistance of the College to see if we can provide this submitter with his truly desired form, Cyrus Aurelius.

Elysant atten Oke     (Mont d'Or)     Resubmission of Device to Laurel

Gules, a tree blasted and eradicated and on a chief nebuly argent, four acorns gules.
The submitter's name was registered 8/04. This same device was returned by Laurel in 8/04 because the line of division was indeterminate between nebuly and dovetailed/embattled and the emblazon form was too small. The submitter has redrawn the device on a properly sized form.

Gunther Bärenjäger     (Mountains Gate)     Resubmission of Device Change to Kingdom

Or, on a bend purpure a mallet Or.
The submitter's name was registered 12/02.

Juliana of Avon     (Mountain's Gate)     Device Resubmission to Laurel

Lozengy argent and sable, on a bend Or, three crescents azure.
The submitter's name was registered 3/06. Her previous submission of Lozengy argent and sable, on a bend argent, three crescents azure, was returned for visual issues because the color of the bend matched one of the colors of the field, leading to fears that the bend would appear to be complex. This revision of the bend to Or addresses that concern.

ITEMS RETURNED FOR FURTHER WORK

Pavlovsk Gavan, Shire of     (Pavlovsk Gavan)     Return of Branch Name
The incipient shire of Pavlovsk Gavan is located in Kodiak, Alaska. A petition from the populace is enclosed with the submission. The populace will not accept major changes to this name, but will accept Pavlovsk Gorod as an alternate. Pavlovsk Gavan is Russian for Saint Paul's Harbor, the original name of the town of Kodiak, Alaska, since its founding before 1788.

Generally we cannot register an exact original name for either a person or a place, even when the name is translated into a different language. It is the consensus of the West Kingdom College that some form of "Paul's City" or "Paul's Harbor" should be possible, but we do not have the resources to document such a form at this time.

The two leading Russian naming experts in the SCA are Paul Wickenden and Pryslava Vydrina, who may be found on the Slavic Interest Group online discussion group. We recommend contacting them for help with documentation of this name through that discussion group.

Based on our limited resources along with the summaries included by the submitter, we are able to document two structures of the proposed name. The first structure that we can document is "Paul City" using any one of the forms of Paul listed in Wickenden, such as Pavel, combined with Gorod, meaning City, e.g. Pavel-Gorod. The other structure we can support would be "City of Paul", which would be formed as Gorodets Pavlov based on the form in the citation Gorodets Radilov, "City of Radil", also in Wickenden. We do not have support for any other construction of a place name based on a given name (given name + Gorod) and the documented examples of cities with the -ovsk ending do not include examples formed from given names. We could find no documentation for Gavan and therefore cannot suggest any method for including this element in a place name.


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