Minutes of the July, 2017 Heralds Meeting

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MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING – July 2, 2017
(11:07 am to 1:28 pm)

The July 2017 meeting was held in San Leandro, CA.

ATTENDEES:
Aasa Thorvaldsdottir, Vesper; Edith of Swanesdale, Matins trainee/PaL; Krysta of Starfall, Green Crown; Hirsch von Henford, Golem; Astrið of Swansvale, Latimer; Angus Duncan Cameron, CoH Exchequer; Anne FitzRichard, Banner; Aine inghean Tuathail ui Ghallchobhair, Green Cloak; eilis o’Boirne, PaL; Frederick of Holland, PaL; Geneviefve d’Estelle, PaL; Gwenhwyfaer ferch Gwilym, PaL/Archivist; Safiya bint Zakariya al-Tayyib, PEaL; Elinora O’Connor, Cornet; Carrick MacBrian, Cornet.

COLLEGE OF HERALDS MEETINGS
Heralds’ Meetings for 2017: September 17, November 19, January 7, 2018 (Sunday of Twelfth Night). Meetings usually begin at 11:00 AM and will be held at Green Crown's home. “Road show” meetings, if any, will be announced well in advance.

The DEADLINES for submission forms and documentation are: September 6, November 8, December 20, 2017. Submission forms must be complete, and received either via EMAIL or hardcopy by the deadline date at midnight to be considered at the next meeting (which is about 11 days later, except December due to holidays and the roadshow meeting prep time needed). If the forms are EMAILED, then payment must arrive by the meeting day. WALK-IN submissions will only be considered if there is time, but in most cases will be delayed until the next meeting so that each submission can be reviewed fully.

Walk-in submissions may be held over until the following meeting at the discretion of Matins.


REPORTS

Vesper (Aasa): Attended Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium (and Known World Music & Dance), had a wonderful time and made new contacts. New thoughts and ideas coming! The WK Heralds College still has some vacancies that really need to be filled, Vesper is working on recruitment plans.

Seawolf (Kean): no report

Sable Swan (Miach): no report

Stellanordica (Rodrigo): no report

Exchequer (Angus): The College has money. The 1st Quarter books balanced. 2nd Quarter is due by end of July, just waiting for the final statement to arrive. Setting up time with Kingdom Exchequer for a signatory changeover.

Matins (vacant – Edith reporting): Can we setup some kind of video chat / conferencing to allow long distance meeting attendance? GoToMeeting has worked well for several class formats. It allows microphone muting and typed comments/questions. Suggestion: post on FB groups asking for help with suggestions and setup. Goal: have a trial run with an online meeting format during the September meeting.

Green Crown (Krysta): Post-meeting paperwork has fallen slightly behind, will get caught up after AnTir/West. LoAR acceptance clerk (Morwenna of Tintagel) staying current with the letter drafts, Green Crown is busy so there is a delay getting them emailed. Continuing to attend Wreath meetings monthly. Edith is doing the bulk of the Matins work now; Krysta is back to depositing the paid fees and doing the clerking job.

Banner (Anne): Crown happened. We have a new court herald (Lucius)! Expect to see more new faces at Sunday courts, as this is a good format for new heralds to gain experience. At AnTir/West War: Knighting ceremony Saturday morning on the war field, Pelican ceremony during grand court Saturday evening.

Working on the final revisions for Kingdom ceremonies, to be finalized by Purgatorio and sent on to Golem, etc. for review prior to formal publication. Kingdom ceremony revisions will be followed by Mists, Cynagua, and Oertha, in that order. Also currently working with the Baronies of Tarnmist and Darkwood on their ceremonies. Na’arah will act as Baronial ceremony archiver. Hirsch will add ceremony archival links online and further comments that the College has been told online storage space is unlimited.

Discussion around when and how the Court Herald (especially if they are not a Senior Herald) knows that the bureaucratic process has been properly and fully completed prior to a Baronial changeover, when King and Queen will not be present. NOTE - add a page in front of the ceremony for the herald to review, similar to those in place in front of the Laurel/Knight/Pelican/MoD ceremonies.

There shall be at least 30 minutes between Royals discussion with their court herald and the start of Court. This gives the heralds the time they need to prep without the pressure of Royalty and the populace ‘waiting on the herald’ for Court to start.

Baldric (Lucius): Anne reporting: he started reviewing the Herald’s Handbook, so far he has found nothing that he sees that requires correction. He is in contact with Vesper about a herald’s training list.

Collegium: the current plan is to hold a herald’s track during Collegium. Anne & Aine have discussed teaching a ‘how to be a court herald’ class aimed at being the frame for the royalty, how to hold the book so they can read it, etc. Potential courses should run through Baldric, who will then submit them to the autocrat to be added to the overall course schedule. Contact at: baldric@heralds.westkingdom.org

What is the potential for posting some of this online as training videos? Possibly film an entire court and then break it down in a video into a training format.

Brachet (vacant): The College needs to fill this position. This position can be completed entirely remotely. Bratchet Herald acts as the West Kingdom College of Heralds Commenting Deputy. They are responsible for adding comments in OSCAR to every LoI posted by other kingdoms. This process provides Pelican and Wreath with research information about each entry, including conflict checks (Wreath must have two separate individuals specify they have not found a conflict before he can officially declare the submission as free-of-conflict). This position has no physical requirements, including geographic location of Bratchet Herald. Requirements to do this job are: sufficient understanding of the current rules (SENA) to offer knowledgeable comments on both name and device submissions - at a minimum the knowledge to identify rules violations and the skill to run accurate conflict checks; reliable access to the internet and an OSCAR account; communication skills at a level to post information in a semi-public forum; sufficient available time to comment on up to 20 Kingdom LoIs per month. If interested, please contact Vesper Principal Herald with your qualifications: vesper@heralds.westkingdom.org

Greencloak (Aine): Deputy: Elinora, Successor: Safiya. Starting to have some trouble getting field heralds at Kingdom events. Please come out when you do not have other responsibilities and/or consider setting time aside for this duty. New heralds are in training, but new trainees need support. As seasoned field heralds, consider attending the morning training to make sure you are following the training pattern that the new heralds just received. Note: add a course at Collegium for seasoned field heralds on ‘how to train a new field herald’. Please also consider taking the time to man Heralds Point during the day, this provides relief to Greencloak without requiring Consultation Table to do double-duty. Greencloak to consider generating a list of heralds who will be at the event and can fill certain responsibilities, in case they need to be individually tapped.

Latimer (Astrið): Ran Table at June Crown, had one client despite the heat. Table will be at October Crown, but neither Latimer nor her backup will be at Fall Mists Coronet. Waiting to find out the location for Fall Cynagua Coronet. Very happy to see submissions coming in documented from the College of Arms website name articles. Latimer continues to seek a successor.

Golem (Hirsch): Herald’s Handbook - started converting to html last fall, waiting for Senior Heralds to look through and comment. [heralds.westkingdom.org/Handbook2/]. Please review and respond to Golem before the next Meeting (Sept. 17). Geneviefve d’Estelle has expressed interest in acting as Golem’s drop-dead deputy; she now has access to all the information including the Awards database. FYI - according to Corpora, Kingdom awards/orders are to be ratified by the College of Arms. Many of the WK awards/orders are not for various reasons, including years of use predating the College of Arms and its rules. For people moving between kingdoms, this may result in a failure to carry across these awards/orders to other Kingdoms. Awards that carry precedence, however (AoA, GoA, PoA) will ALWAYS carry those ranks, and so will be acknowledged by other Kingdoms.

The College of Heralds online presence is up and working and continues to be updated.


ANNOUNCEMENTS / Other Business

Laurel requires now 0 (zero) paper submissions – we need only one copy and Matins doesn’t mail anything to Laurel, just sends scans. Effective immediately we will only require from submitters:

Name submission: one copy and documentation
Device submission: one line drawing, one colored-in copy of the line drawing, with documentation if needed
Badge submission: one line drawing, one colored-in copy of the line drawing, documentation as needed
Money: $6 per item. An item is a name, a device, or a badge.

Colored submissions are still required to be hand colored using markers, not crayons or pencils, and must be colored with “quality markers” so colors don’t change; we encourage the use of Crayola Classic markers. If the submission is not colored in true colors, the College is required to send it back. If the line drawing and the colored-in drawing are different, the College is required to send it back. PLEASE make a copy of your line drawing and then color it in; do not draw the design twice.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Vesper at herald@westkingdom.org -- answers may take a few days.

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.

BRACHET MEETINGS

Contact brachet@heralds.westkingdom.org for external commenting participation. A central Cynagua external commenting meeting may begin soon, so watch this space!


EXCERPTS FROM THE LOARS

The cover letters, acceptances and returns for the past can be found at http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/. If you are interested in responding to some of the calls for commentary put out by the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, please be sure to visit the site.

March 2017 LoAR (printed March 23, 2017) (No West LOI)

Cover Letter

From Wreath(s): The transition continues

This month, the decisions were split as follows:

Cormac Mor made the armory decisions for the kingdoms of Æthelmearc, Atlantia, Calontir, Drachenwald, Ealdormere, East, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Middle, and Northshield.

Brunissende Dragonette made the armory decisions for the kingdoms of An Tir, Ansteorra, Artemisia, Atenveldt, Avacal, Caid, Lochac, Outlands, Trimaris, and West.

From Incoming Wreath: Crossing the Line for Primary Charge Groups

In the last couple of LoARs, devices were returned for blurring the distinction between primary and secondary charge groups. This seems to be a source of confusion for many in the CoA, so here are some illustrated examples.

Generally, dissimilar charges are co-primary if they:

  1. Are placed directly on the field
  2. Are of similar size and visual weight
  3. Share the central space of the field with the rest of the charge group.

And dissimilar charges are primary and secondary if:

  1. They are placed directly on the field
  2. Are of notably dissimilar size and visual weight
  3. Are positioned so that the primary charge is in the center of the design and the secondary charge is not.

On all of the armory submission forms, there are tick marks that show the fess-line, pale-line, and bend-lines. When deciding whether dissimilar charges share the central space, these are go-to tools for quick evaluation. If the charges are co-primary, then generally either they all cross the same major line of division, or none of them do.

In figures 1-4, we see clearly designated charge groups. Figure 1 has three charges of roughly equal visual weight on opposite sides of the fess line, making them co-primary. Figure 2 has the sword filling all of the space available to it, crossing the fess line with the annulets shifted to chief, making the sword clearly the sole primary charge. Figure 3 has the annulets and sword equally expanded to fill available space, and all three charges cross the fess line, making them co-primary. Figure 4 has large annulets in the middle of the field, crossing the fess line, while a diminished sword is pushed to base, making the annulets clearly co-primary.

When secondary charges flank a primary charge, crossing the fess line, they can still be considered secondary when they are of noticeably different size from the primary charge, as we see in figure 5.

With the exception of figure 1, all images thus far have worked to fill the available space with the primary charge(s), then use the remaining charges as necessary to fill the remaining space, ensuring that the secondary charges are noticeably smaller than the primary charges. This is indicative of good period style; generally, when heraldic artists follow this pattern, placing first any charge which would affect the layout of lines of division (e.g. a chief), then the line of division (if any), then the primary charge(s), then secondary charge(s), always utilizing the appropriate amount of space for the charge, the clarity of charge groups is maintained.

What we have seen recently have been charges directly on the field, of similar visual weight, but where the layout of the charges and the use of space have combined to cause confusion between charge groups. As both recent returned devices used two animate charges combatant in chief and an inanimate charge in base, we will use as a theoretical example, "Argent, two lions combatant and a tower gules." In figure 6, all of the charges are the same height, they all cross the fess line, and they all appropriately fill the space allotted to them, making the design clearly co-primary. However, in figure 7, despite the charges still being the same height, the lions are more centrally located than the tower, and their hindpaws cross the fessline, while the tower does not. This blurs the distinction between figure 6, where the charges are co-primary, and figure 8, where the lions are clearly primary and the tower clearly secondary, due both to their placement on the field and size relative to each other. As such, figure 7 would be returned, with instructions to the submitter to more clearly distinguish their intent.

From Palimpsest: Changes to SENA

Effective as of the publication date of this letter, we are making the following changes to SENA in order to reflect current name precedents. These proposed changes appeared on the October 2016 and December 2016 Palimpsest Letters.

Change to SENA GP.3.A Temporal Definition

Old Text

We allow elements and patterns from before the Middle Ages, but require them to be from cultures that were known to medieval and Renaissance Europeans. Therefore, classical Greek and Roman names are registerable, but names from Pharaonic Egypt are not.

New Text

We allowregister elements and patterns from before the Middle Ages, but require them to be from cultures that were known to medieval and Renaissance Europeans. Therefore, classical Greek and Roman names are registerable, but names from Pharaonic Egyptrecorded only in Egyptian hieroglyphs are not.

Change to SENA PN.2.B Name Phrase Requirements

Old Text

Each name phrase must be grammatically correct for its position in a name. In some languages, spelling changes are used to indicate aspects of relationships in bynames. Some languages capitalize some bynames, but consistently use lower case for others.

For example, because of the way Gaelic grammar works, the byname mac Fearchair 'son of Fearchar' must be changed to mhic Fhearchair when it occurs after another byname of the form mac X (i.e., when your father was the son of Fearchar). So, the son of Donnchadh mac Fearchair would be Fionn mac Donnchaidh mhic Fhearchair. For example, most Norse descriptive bynames are consistently in lower case. Thus, Halla the skald would be Halla skaldkona, not Halla Skaldkona.

New Text

Each name phrase must be grammatically correct for its position in a name. In some languages, spelling changes are used to indicate aspects of relationships in bynames. Some languages capitalize some bynames, but consistently use lower case for others.

For example, because of the way Gaelic grammar works, the byname mac Fearchair 'son of Fearchar' must be changed to mhic Fhearchair when it occurs after another byname of the form mac X (i.e., when your father was the son of Fearchar). So, the son of Donnchadh mac Fearchair would be Fionn mac Donnchaidh mhic Fhearchair. For example, most Norse descriptive bynames are consistently in lower case. Thus, Halla the skald would be Halla skaldkona, not Halla Skaldkona.

Capitalization should be consistent with the language of the name phrase. Some patterns for capitalization in important European languages can be found in Appendix A.

For example, we have evidence (reflected in Appendix A) showing Dutch locative markers entirely in lowercase. Thus, Frederick van der Vaerden may be registered without specific evidence for this capitalization pattern, whereas Frederick van Der Vaerden would require specific evidence for van Der.

Change to SENA PN.3.C Standards for Identity Conflict

Old Text

C. Standards for Identity Conflict: To be clear of identity conflict, two names must be substantially different in both sound and appearance. Because conflict is a modern concept, we consider matters such as meaning, language, etymological origin, etc. to be irrelevant for conflict. Only sound and appearance are considered for difference. Thus, the Latinized form of a name may be clear of conflict with the vernacular form. While we do not go out of our way to consider variant pronunciations, we do consider important period and modern pronunciations of name elements.

To be substantially different, a pair of names must be different in sound and appearance under the standards laid out below. Names may be different in sound under one standard and appearance under another standard. Names are compared as complete items, so that Lisa Betta Gonzaga conflicts with Lisabetta Gonzaga, although the elements are different.

New Text

C. Standards for Identity Conflict: To be clear of identity conflict, two names must be substantially different in both sound and appearance. Because conflict is a modern concept, we consider matters such as meaning, language, etymological origin, etc. to be irrelevant for conflict. Only sound and appearance are considered for difference. Thus, the Latinized form of a name may be clear of conflict with the vernacular form. While we do not go out of our way to consider variant pronunciations, we do consider important period and modern pronunciations of name elements.

To be substantially different, a pair of names must be different in sound and appearance under the standards laid out belowa pair of names must meet at least one standard for substantial difference in sound and at least one standard for substantial difference in appearance, as described below. Names may be different in sound under one standard and appearance under another standard. Names are compared as complete items, so that Lisa Betta Gonzaga conflicts with Lisabetta Gonzaga, although the elements are different.

April 2017 LoAR (printed June 21, 2017) (West January, 2017 LOI)

Cover Letter

From Laurel: Ragged Staff Transition

Starting June 1, 2017, Lady Seraphina Delfino, previously Golden Dolphin Herald from Atlantia, assumed the office of Ragged Staff Herald. On behalf of the College, I thank Mistress Wu Yun for her years of diligent service in the position and welcome Seraphina to Laurel staff.

From Laurel: Requests for Personal Identifying Information from Submissions Forms

Over the last several months, the Archivist has received several requests for release of Personal Identifying Information found on submissions forms. These requests highlighted the need for a consistent policy for handling this information. Effective immediately, the following policy applies to all requests for Personal Identifying Information found on submissions forms.

Personal Identifying Information consists of legal names, mailing addresses, birth dates, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Such information will be disclosed by the Archivist only to Kingdom Principal Heralds and Kingdom Submissions Heralds from the same Kingdom as the person whose information is sought. As with all other requests to the Archivist, release of Personal Identifying Information must be approved by Laurel, Wreath or Pelican.

Any person may ask the Archivist to confirm whether a particular item is associated with a particular legal name. For any additional information, the request must go through the Principal Herald or the Submissions Herald of the relevant kingdom. We ask that Principal Heralds and Submissions Heralds give careful consideration to whether a request for Personal Identifying Information is appropriate before forwarding it on to the Archivist.

As a general reminder, the Archivist can be reached at archivist@heraldry.sca.org. Requests should include the full O&A entry of the desired item.

From Wreath(s): The transition continues

This month, the decisions were split as follows:

Cormac Mór made the armory decisions for the kingdoms of Æthelmearc, Atlantia, Calontir, Drachenwald, Ealdormere, East, Gleann Abhann, Meridies, Middle, and Northshield.

Brunissende Dragonette made the armory decisions for the kingdoms of An Tir, Ansteorra, Artemisia, Atenveldt, Avacal, Caid, Lochac, Outlands, Trimaris and West.

From Pelican: Pilgrim in Order and Household Names

In April 2015, we ruled that the word pilgrim could not be used in order names based on heraldic charges because a pilgrim was not a period heraldic charge. [Granite Mountain, Barony of, 4/2015 LoAR, A-Atenveldt]. This month, we overturn that precedent based on new evidence provided by Bruce Batonvert. The canting arms of Pelegrina, found in the Insignia Nobilium Veronensium, an armorial dated to c.1550 (BSB-Hss Cod.icon. 276 f.43r, http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/bsb00001423/image_89), show a figure that is clearly a pilgrim with appropriate medieval imagery so identifying him, including a staff, a wide-brimmed hat and a rosary. Based on this evidence, we overturn the April 2015 precedent and hold that a pilgrim is considered a period heraldic charge for the purposes of creating order and household names based on heraldic charges.

From Pelican: Conflict-Checking and Hungarian Names

Questions were raised this month concerning how Hungarian names should be checked for conflicts. Under the old Rules for Submissions, we instructed that, "when a name is submitted as a Hungarian name, to check for conflict in both forward and reverse order." [June 2005 CL]. However, that June 2005 precedent was overturned by SENA, which changed the way in which the College handles name conflicts.

Conflicts under SENA are determined solely by sound and appearance, not by meaning or whether the names are potentially variant forms of each other. Specifically, PN3C of SENA states: "Because conflict is a modern concept, we consider matters such as meaning, language, etymological origin, etc. to be irrelevant for conflict. Only sound and appearance are considered for difference. Thus, the Latinized form of a name may be clear of conflict with the vernacular form." Because of the fundamental change in how conflicts are analyzed under SENA, the June 2005 precedent no longer applies. Hungarian names should be checked for conflicts based solely on sound and appearance, just like any other name under SENA.

From Pelican: Grammar and Old English / Anglo-Saxon Names

In Old English / Anglo-Saxon, nouns (including proper names) have cases depending on how the noun is used in a sentence. Not every spelling of a name found in a document, therefore, can be used in a Society name. Only nominative forms can be used as given names.

The best source for the nominative form of an Old English / Anglo-Saxon name is the name database in the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England website (http://www.pase.ac.uk/). Header forms from the PASE website are always in the nominative case. Both the header forms and the documentary forms from PASE are registerable.

The article "Anglo-Saxon Women's Names from Royal Charters," by Marieke van de Dal (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/marieke/anglosaxonfem/) should be used with caution. While the bolded header forms in the article are always the nominative forms, the various spellings under the header are not. In the last several months we have had numerous submitters relying on unbolded spellings as if they were spelling alternate spellings, when in fact those spellings each represented the name in a different case and were not usable as given names.

West Acceptances - April LoAR

Angela of Eskalya. Name and device. Argent, a tree purpure within an orle of hearts gules.

Angela was documented as the submitter's legal given name. However, the submitter does not need to rely on the legal name allowance because there are multiple examples of Angela as a period female given name in Italian, Spanish, Dutch and English.

Eskalya is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Bersi Eðvarðarson. Device change. Per saltire azure and argent, a bear couchant contourny sable.

The submitter's old device, Per saltire argent and azure, a valknut sable, is released.

Dagmar the Red. Name and device. Quarterly gules and sable, a polypus and an orle Or.

The byname the Red is the lingua Anglica form of the Old Norse byname in rauða.

Dan'slav Medvednikov. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Elena verch Rhys. Device. Purpure, on a pale between two enfields combattant argent three pomegranates gules slipped and leaved vert.

Ellisif Gyðadottir. Device. Per chevron gules and azure, a simurgh rising to sinister wings displayed argent.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Alessandra Lo Piccolo: Quarterly gules and sable, a dove rising to sinister, wings displayed, argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a simurgh.

Jadwiga Dambrowska. Name.

Submitted as Jadwiga Dombrowska, the spelling of the byname was not documented to our period. Thanks to ffride Joye sans fin and Lillia Pelican Emerita, the spelling Dambrowska was documented to the 15th century. We have made that change.

The submitter requested authenticity for "late period Polish 1400-1600." With the corrected spelling, this name meets the submitter's request.

Lala of Oertha. Name.

Oertha is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Lo{dh}h{o,}ttr austmannaskelfir. Device. Per chevron ployé throughout gules and Or, in base a double-bitted axe inverted sable, on a chief Or two ravens respectant sable.

Orraca Afonso. Name.

Nice early 13th C Portuguese name!

Sevastian Agafangilovich Golytsin. Name and device. Per bend sinister embattled sable and gules, an anvil reversed argent and a tower Or.

Submitted as Sevastian Agafangilovitch Golytsin, during commentary the submitter requested a correction to the patronymic; he intended the spelling to be Agafangilovich as shown in the documentation. We have made that correction for registration.

West Returns - April LoAR

Dan'slav Medvednikov. Device. Barry Or and sable, a base sable semy of bees statant wings addorsed Or marked sable.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." Here, several issues combined to render the bees on the base unidentifiable. First, their small size, which might have been enough of an issue in itself. Additionally, the bees were rendered further unidentifiable because of their unusual posture for bees and the fact that a significant portion of their bodies share a tincture with the base, significantly reducing the contrast.

On resubmission, this posture would need to be documented.

May 2017 LoAR (printed July 8, 2017) (No West LOI)

Cover Letter

From Laurel: KWHSS News

Over the weekend of June 23-25, 2017, the Barony of Thor's Mountain and the Shire of Nant y Derwyddon hosted this year's Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium. It was well attended and well run, with plenty of excellent classes. We wish to thank the staff of the event for a grand time!

The 2018 KWHSS will be held on June 8-10, 2018, in the Shire of Sunderoak with the Barony-Marche of the Debateable Lands in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc (Greater Pittsburgh area).

From Wreath(s): Last month of split decisions

This month, for the last time for this transition, the decisions were split between Cormac Mór and Brunissende Dragonette. Starting in June, Cormac will make all decisions. The decisions were split as follows:

Brunissende made the armory decisions for the kingdoms of An Tir and Lochac. Cormac made the armory decisions for everything else.

From Outgoing Wreath: Merci! Thank you!

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude" (A.A. Milne)

As this letter sees my last decisions I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Andrewe Bawldwyn for initially trusting me and Emma de Fetherstan for renewing this trust as Laurel regent. I also want to thank all the people who have helped me during my tenure.

Many who read these letters do not realize that behind the Sovereigns there are many other people who make our job possible. They are awesome!

We could hardly make decisions without commenters. So I want to thank all those who spend the time to check for conflicts or other issues, month after month after month. I know that it is endless ungrateful work, but it is oh so necessary.

I want to thank Tanczos Istvan and Emma de Fetherstan as my go to people to bounce ideas and get a heraldic sanity check. Also many thanks to the people who in those years have attended my meetings.

I want to thank Saint Emma de Fetherstan and Reis ap Tuder, for their work as postmeeting clerks, and the proofreaders. These are the people who make the LoARs possible.

There is a quote attributed to the Buddha that somewhat applies here: "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." I am glad that not only I did survive these years as Wreath but I did learn a lot. So I have a lot to be thankful.

Tag Cormac. You're it!

From Laurel: Thank you, Bruni!

The College of Arms has a rank of Herald Extraordinary that has a long and honored history. The rank was formally created and defined in the July 1981 cover letter by Wilhelm Laurel. The intent of the rank is to recognize and reward "... those heralds who have greatly served the College of Heralds and/or the College of Arms and have achieved the highest level of competence in heraldry."

Brunissende Dragonette has offered considerable effort and service throughout her tenure as Wreath Queen of Arms. I therefore confer upon her the rank and style of Herald Extraordinary, and charge her to register a title of her choosing with the College of Arms.

We are all no doubt grateful for Bruni's service, but perhaps none so much as me, who was quite happy she succeeded me as Wreath. Enjoy your retirement, Bruni, but not too much!


In Service,
Edith of Swanesdale,
for the Green Crown Pursuivant


SUBMISSONS – July (2017)

ITEMS SENT TO LAUREL
Arnþórr Hesthǫfði (Arn{th}órr Hesth{o,}f{dh}i) (NEW Name and Device)

Submitted as: Arnþór Hestofði.

Submitter cares about meaning (none noted), language and/or culture (none noted), and the gender of the name (male). AUTHENTICITY REQUEST: language and/or culture, time period (none noted).

Arnþór – ‘Arnþórr’ from Viking Names found in Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) [http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html].

Hestǫfði - ‘hesthǫfði’ from Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) [http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html].

‘hesthǫfði’ also found in Bassi on p. 22.

The Old Norse name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A. SENA Appendix A also states, “Accents and other diacritics (Accents and other diacritics (like þ, ð and ǫ)...) may be used or omitted, as long as the system is consistent; see Appendix D for more details.”

‘Arnþór’ is actually listed in the source as ‘Arnþórr’ and ‘Hestofði’ as ‘hesthǫfði’ at the listed sources. Based on the SENA requirements regarding accents and diacritics, as well as the spelling changes, we have changed the name to ‘Arnþórr Hesthǫfði’.

Armory:
Quarterly azure and gules, a hippogriff segreant contourny within an orle Or.


Dustin Thorn (CHANGE of Name)

Previously registered name: Thoen Silverthorn of Silver Desert, February 2016 via the West is to be released upon registration of this name.

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about spelling (none noted) and the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Dustin - surname from [https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NR9C-LHV] dated 1546. Indexing Project (Batch) Number C04756-1.

Thorn - surname from [https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NG8C-BTP] dated 1565. Indexing Project (Batch) Number C03620-2.

The English name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A.

Late Period English surname used as given name: April 2010 LoAR: Alton of Grimfells. Name (see RETURNS for device). Alton is the submitter's legal middle name. Middle names are registerable by type: if it is structurally a given name it can be used as a given name, but if it is structurally a surname it can only be used as a surname.

In this case, the LoI also documented Alton as an English surname dated to 1508. The LoI also documented a pattern of English surnames being used as given names in the second half of the 16th C and early 17th C. Therefore, Alton is registerable as an English surname used as a given name following this late 16th C practice.

Note: Registerability of surnames used as a given name under this practice is limited solely to the context of this practice. Specifically, the surname must be documented as a 16th C English surname form. It will be evaluated for compatibility with the rest of the name in the same manner as a given name documented as a 16th C English given name.

The version of SENA currently posted on the Laurel website says nothing about familysearch or batch numbers. That information is provided in "Using FamilySearch Historical Records", by Domhnall na Moicheirghe and Juliana de Luna, at [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/familysearch.html]. According to that article, numbers starting with C are generally acceptable.


Ferro Mori (NEW Name and Device)

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about meaning (none noted) the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Ferro – from Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa (Given Names in Alphabetical Order) by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith): [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-given-alpha.html].

Mori - from Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa (Bynames Names in Alphabetical Order) by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith): [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-bynames-alpha.html].

The Italian name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A.

Armory:
Sable, ten plates, four, three, two and one, and a chief argent.


RETURNS

Tzipurah bas Baruch Eliezar (NEW Name, Device, and Badge)

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about sound (none noted) the gender of the name (female). No authenticity request.

Tzipurah – Tziporah, Tzipporah, Zippora, Zipora, Tsipporah are all variant spelling on the same name. Tzipporah is the name of Moses' wife in Exodus. Exodus 2:21; Hebrew meaning "bird". It is a fairly common Hebrew name for women. found listed in 'Names from Hebrew Chronicles of the 10th to 13th Centuries' by Julie Stampnitzky [https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/crusades.html].

bas - standard patronymic meaning "daughter of" listed in SENA Appendix A.

Baruch - means “blessing”. Masculine Hebrew name from Book of Jeremiah. found listed in:

‘Jewish Naming Convention in Angevin England’ by Eleazar ha-Levi [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/jewish.html] – “Baruch” multiple listings.

'Names from Hebrew Chronicles of the 10th to 13th Centuries' by Julie Stampnitzky [https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/crusades.html].

‘Jewish Names in the World of Medieval Islam: Men's Names’ compiled by Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi (MKA Zachary Kessin), at: [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/Jewish/Cairo/cairo_men.html].

Eliezar - listed as a given name in ‘Jewish Naming Convention in Angevin England’, by Eleazar ha-Levi, at [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/jewish.html].

Spelled as <Eliezer>, it is also found in ‘Names of Jews in Rome in the 1550's, Table of Names’, compiled by Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi (MKA Zachary Kessin), at: [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/Jewish/rome_names.html]. And in

'Names from Hebrew Chronicles of the 10th to 13th Centuries' by Julie Stampnitzky [https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/crusades.html]. And in

‘Names of Rabbis in Pirkei Avot’, compiled by Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi (MKA Zachary Kessin) [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/Jewish/perkei_avot.html].

This name is returned for further work for the following:

‘Tziporah’ can only be documented by the College as ‘Tzipurah’, which a fluent Hebrew speaker has informed us is a major pronuncial change. If the submitter has an official religious document, she can submit this spelling using the legal name allowance exception. Note: for a name to be registered with the College of Arms, it must have at least one element different from the submitter’s legal name.

Additionally, according to SENA Appendix A, Jewish names in period did not use double given names, and patronymics are always marked. Thus, <Baruch ben Eliezar> (Baruch son of Eliezar) is an acceptable formation, but <Baruch Eliezar> is not. If the submitter wants both names, the correct form would be <Tzipurah bas Baruch ben Eliezar> or if simplified <Tzipurah bas Baruch>. Because <Tzipurah bas Baruch ben Eliezar> adds a name element, it is a Major Change, which the submitter does not allow.

No conflict was found at this time for any of the above suggested names.

Armory:
Device: Argent, on a hand of Fatima vert, a snail shell argent.

This device is returned as we were unable to register the attached name. Snail shells, being “round” on the outer edge (like roses), have no orientation. No conflict found at this time.

Badge: Argent, on a hand of Fatima vert, a snail argent.

The badge is returned as we are unable to use heraldic terms to describe the position of the snail on top of the hand of Fatima (base along the edge of the dexter side of the palm, body filling the thumb).


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