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Middle Kingdom ILoI dated 2012-04-02

Greetings unto THL Kriemhilt von Ebersberg, Dragon Herald, Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald, and the commenting members of the Midrealm College of Heralds; from Lady Hiordis Ragnarsdottir, Escutcheon Herald.

Herein please find submissions received from my assumption of the office through March 2012. Unless noted, clients will accept a holding name.

All comments are due to Rouge Scarpe and Dragon by May 25, 2012.

1: Antony Wolverton -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 13th Century England.

<Antony> Withycombe. Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. 3rd Ed. pg 28

<Wolverton> Reaney & Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Rev 3rd Ed. pg 499

2: Celeste le Rouge de Calais -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (french) most important.
Meaning (Red (for submitter's hair)) most important.

"Oxford Dictionary of English Names" 3rd Ed. EG Withycambe pg 61

In email on 14 Mar 2012, when asked to clarify the meaning that the submitter desires, she said: "I would like my name to have the proper french wording in reference to my red hair and using the correct adjectives for "the" and "of". From what I researched I felt I used the correct wording but if I did not I wanted to be certain it is correct."

3: D'vorah bint Dā'ūd -New Name & New Device

Azure a goblet and in chief an arabic pen box argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No minor changes.

<D'vorah (דבורה)> from "Rylands Library Geniza collection" found at

-- Document Name: "TS 8 J 9 9" Line 11

-- Document Name: "TS 10 J 21 16", Line 4

-- Document Name: "JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY A1159-1", Line 4

A printout indicating a pronunciation from Judges 4:4 and Genesis 35:8 is included, and a table from indicating that the pronunciation should be "a schwa sound like the a in alone" (the 8th item in the list) rather than as "e as in met" (the 4th item in the list).

Also included is "Jewish Names in the World of Medieval Islam: Women's Names" but D'vorah does not appear in this article.

<bint> "Arabic Naming Practices"

<Dā'ūd> "Jewish Names in the World of Medieval Islam: Men's Names"

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

4: D'vorah bint Dā'ūd -New Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as D'vorah bint Da'ud in September of 2012, via the Middle.

(Fieldless) an arabic pen box azure voided argent

This badge should be attached to the the name submission also included in this letter, but OSCAR will only allow one emblazon attachment per name.

5: Froði Ketilsson -New Name & New Device

Sable, in pale thre musical bows fesswise argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 9th - 11th C Danelaw England.

<Froði> Reaney and Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. - "OE frōd 'wise, prudent'... Frode 1296 Wak (Y). ON Froði, Oda Frothi."

-- -- "Originally a by-name, "the wise one." Probably a Danish personal name, very common in Denmark and found in Old Danish as Frothi. Occasionally found in Sweden, where it occurs in Old Swedish as both the name and the by-name Frodhe. Found rarely in Norway and very rare in Iceland, occurring in OW.Norse as the name and by-name Fróði. From the OW.Norse adjective fróðr "wise, learned". Runic examples include the nominative form fruþi and the accusative form fruþa. Anglo-Scandinavian forms include Frode."

<Ketill> -- "Found in Old Danish as Ketil (also found as a by-name), in Old Swedish as Kætil, and in OW.Norse as Ketill. From the OW.Norse noun ketill. The basic sense of this word is "kettle" but is used in names meaning "helmet," as in a kettle-helm. Another sense is "chieftain with helmet."

<Ketilsson> -- link demonstrates patrynomic naming practice "-ll> -ls: Ketill > Ketilsson"

6: Hiordís Ragnars dóttir -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 2011, via the Middle

(Fieldless) a sew-mew volant contourny argent marked sable, maintaining in its beak a plummet dependent on a cord sable.

Submitter attaches a note to this submission. It reads:

"The O and A shows a submission by Petr Aleksivich of Novgorod, "Per pale sable and gules, a tern volant to sinister proper." in 1975, which looks like it would conflict, given that there's one CD for field, but a tern is not significantly different from an albatross or sea-mew.

"On March 23 submitter had a conversation with Bruce Miller regarding conflict checking my submission. He said:

"I just pulled up the emblazon for Petr's badge: his tern is "volant to sinister, WINGS ADDORSED". So (a) we need a blazon correction for Petr, and (b) we get a CD for posture of bird!"

7: Johannes Robbertszoon -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 15th C.
Culture (Dutch) most important.

"15th Century Dutch Names"

<Johannes> Given name 1432-33 ... 1481-86

<Robbertszoon> Patronymic surname, 1478-1481

8: Susanna du Mont-Saint-Michel -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 12th Century.
Culture (French) most important.

<Susanna> Academy St. Gabriel Report 3009

<Mont-Saint-Michel> attested from 8th C onward

Submitter checked "No holding name" but did not submit device paperwork with this item.

In Service,

Lady Hiordis Ragnarsdottir


THL Kriemhilt von Ebersberg

mka Sabine Lessing-Tyson

Rouge Scarpe:

Master Konrad Mailander

mka Dale Niederhauser


Lady Hiordis Ragnarsdottir

mka Skye Savage

OSCAR counts 6 Names, 2 Devices and 2 Badges. There are a total of 10 items submitted on this letter.

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