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Middle ILoI dated 2014-02-13

Unto Kriemhilt Dragon, Konrad Rouge Scarpe, and the commenting members of the College of Herald, greetings!

Included you will find the collected submissions from the month of January 2014. All commentary will be due by March 13, 2014.

This letter is bittersweet for me, as it will be the last one that I publish as the Escutcheon Herald of the Midrealm. I thank you all for your hard work and countless hours researching, commenting and making sure that the people of the Midrealm have well-researched names and attractive devices!

Please allow me to introduce you to my successor, Calybrid Ine Tere, who has agreed to take on the mantle of this office.

Thank you!

Estelle de la Mer

1: Aislinn Celine de Richemont -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 1994, via the Middle

Argent semy of roses gules, a domestic cat sejant erect sable within an orle of ivy vert

Previous submission returned in Kingdom June 2000 for redrawing.


2: Algar fitzRaymond -New Name & New Device

Per fess, azure and vert, a fess embattled, Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (Saxon/Norman 'son of Raymond) most important.

<Algar> "masculine name Old English origin. 1150 - 1250." Academy of St. Gabriel Report #458 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/458)

<fitzRaymond> "The parish church of Martletwy may be a pre-conquest ecclesiastical foundation. It was granted, with a significant tract of land in the north of the parish, to the Knights Hospitaller at Slebech by the Lord of the Manor John FitzRaymond de Martletwy, during the 12th century." Dyfed Archaeological Trust (http://www.dyfedarchaeology.org.uk/HLC/milford/area/333.htm)


3: Anastasiia Rusa Iureva vnuchka, a Vladislava zhena -New Name & New Device

Per pale sable and gules, a Ukrainian trident and in base a crescent Or.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Client requests authenticity for 13th century russia.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

Anastasiia (f) - arisen, resurrected. Fem. of Anastasii. 1225

Iurii (m)- Russianization of George. 1372 "eva" added to make it feminine.

Vladislav (m) - "to rule gloriously." Serb. 13th Century. "a" added to make it feminine.

Rus"a"- redhead - 1180

vnuchka - granddaughter

zhen"a" - wife

Dictionary of Period Russian Names, Paul Goldschmidt

http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul

The submitter specifies that this is intended to be a Ukrainian trident, and has included the following supporting documentation:

http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=25231

Which notes:

" In internal commentary, some asked whether the Ukranian trident, which is registered only to the Barony of Forgotton Sea (and Ukraine) is still a registerable charge.

Aritê gunê Akasa gave the best summary of the evidence:

Here's an academic paper discussing the Ukranian bi/tridents: http://www.mnuai.ro/docs/apulum/articole/1.fetisov.pdf A historian named Iaroslav Lebedynsky published a fantastic book last year (Les Tamgas: Une "héraldique" de la steppe) which discusses them briefly. It's in French and I'm still in the process of translating it as part of a larger tamgas and heraldry project I'm doing. I've only done a rough translation of the bi/trident section, but it generally agrees with the paper and focuses more on their heraldic nature. Anywho, the main points about the Ukranian bi/tridents in relation to heraldry are that: 1)They were used by the Kiev dynasty as emblems of those princes. 2)They were stamped on coins minted under each ruler and have also been found as graffiti on walls and marks on pendants (at that point, possibly functioning somewhat like populace badges?). 3)The emblem was initially inherited by each successor as a symbol of the ruler, then the system switched to being a more personal one, where each son in the dynasty would modify it in some way to make it unique to him (i.e. marks of cadency). The lineage pictured on the Wikipedia page already mentioned is also drawn in the book. It isn't actually complete like the picture implies- the very earliest transition is reconstructed, not documented. That doesn't prevent the system from being documentable back into period, though.

(The Wikipedia article metioned was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Ukraine).

There is also a good example of a coin (c.1000-1015) showing this symbol: http://www.lydialithos.gr/pages/numismatics/xcoin0705_en.html.


4: Elvira de Avila -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Language (Did not specify) most important.
Culture (Did not specify) most important.

Both name elements are found in:

"Spanish Names From the 15th Century" by Juliana de Luna

http://heraldry.sca.org/names/isabella/index.html


5: Fiametta di Pippo Marchi -New Name & New Device

Argent, on a fess gules between three fleur-de-lys sable a gryphon passant argent.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound ("phonetically similar") most important.
Culture (15th/16th C Italian) most important.

<Fiametta> "Florence, 14th/15th C". Drake, Jo Lori. Italian Renaissance Women's Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/italian.html)
"Venetian woman's name recorded before 1600". Smith, Julia. Names from Sixteenth Century Venice. (http://s-gabriel.org//names/juliana/16thcvenice.html)

<Pippo> "Occurs 23 times in Florence in 1427". Italian Names from Florance, 1427. (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ferrante/catasto/)

<Marchi> "Appears 8 times in Florence in 1427". Family Names Appearing in the Catasto of 1427." (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ferrante/catasto/family_names.html)


6: Geatwald, Canton of -Resub Device

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Argent, a semy of pine trees, and on a pale sable a laurel wreath Or.

The name submission for this group was one last month's letter: http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=2299


7: Iohannes von Weisswald -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 1986, via the East

Azure, three pallets argent, chevronelly sable, in chief four mullets of eight argent

Resub. Original returned for redraw.

From Codex Manesse, Graf Rudolph von Neurenburg f.20 recto. 1251.

Or, two pallets gules chevronelly argent.


8: Iohannes von Weisswald -Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 1986, via the East

Fieldless, a bear salient Or, armed, langued, collared, and chained sable, maintaining in dexter paw a halberd fesswise gules.


9: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Baron's Cuff of the Middle Marches, Award of the

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from a piece of regalia. Examples include: the Collar, the Cord, and the Garter.". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


10: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Chevron and the Flame of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a semy of flames proper, a chevron inverted gules.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from two heraldic charges linked by a conjunction. Examples include the French Camail and the Porcupine, the German Fish and Falcon, etc." Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


11: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Compass of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules between three compasses sable.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from heraldic charges. Examples of inanimate heraldic charges: the Crown, the Club, the Ear of Wheat...". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


12: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Hero of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a chevron inverted between three suns gules.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from a person or groups of people. Examples include: the Fool, and the Graile-Templars of Saint George.". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


13: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Hope of the Middle Marches, Award of the

argent estencely, a chevron inverted gules.

This follows the attested form of an order name derived from an abstract quality.

Order of hope - 1379 France

Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


14: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Pillar of the Middle Marches, Order of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules between three zuls sable.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from heraldic charges. Examples of inanimate heraldic charges: the Crown, the Club, the Ear of Wheat...". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


15: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Red Chevron of the Middle Marches, Order of the

Argent, a chevron inverted rayonny gules.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from heraldic charges modified by a color adjective. Examples include the Italian Black Swan, the German Blue Cottage, the French Golden Apple...". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


16: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Sable Gate of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules between three portcullises sable.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from heraldic charges modified by a color adjective. Examples include the Italian Black Swan, the German Blue Cottage, the French Golden Apple...". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


17: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Shepherd of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules between three shepherd's crooks sable.

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from heraldic charges modified by a color adjective. Examples include the Italian Black Swan, the German Blue Cottage, the French Golden Apple...". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


18: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Warden of the Middle Marches, Award of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules and three mullets of sixteen points, sable

This order name follows the pattern of order names derived from a person or groups of people. Smith's "Medieval Secular Order Names" (http:heraldry.sca.org/laurel/names/order/new) lists examples of orders following this pattern, including the Fool and the Grail-Templars of Saint George.

In this case the term "warden" is used in its broader sense to denote someone who is a protector or guardian of place or a group of people or things, e.g. the warden of a castle.

Under the Rules for Submission the addition of a territorial group name did not difference the names of orders and awards and hence was considered "transparent" so an Award of the Warden with or without the group name might be considered too generic to register as any group or household might have a warden. However, under the current Standards for Evaluation, the addition of the substantive portion of a group's name is enough to differentiate two orders or awards which are otherwise identical. This would appear to argue that one could in fact have a Warden of the Middle Marches, a Warden of Meridies, and a Warden of Storvik, all of which would be specific, not generic, and none of which would conflict. The submitters would like this submission to be considered a test case for this principle.


19: Middle Marches, Barony of the -New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1973,

Titan of the Middle Marches, Order of the

Argent, a chevron inverted gules between three plates sable, each charged with a sun argent..

"This name follows the attested form of an order name derived from a person or groups of people. Examples include: the Fool, and the Graile-Templars of Saint George.". Smith, Julia. Medieval Secular Order Names. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)


20: Middle, Kingdom of the -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in of at some point,

Azure, a sinister gauntlet argent.

This submission is to be associated with Pentamere, Region of

This is intended to be a populace badge for the people of the Region of Pentamere in the Middle Kingdom


21: Middle, Kingdom of the -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in of at some point,

Gules, a dragon in annulo Or.

This submission is to be associated with Midlands, Region of

This is a badge intended to be for the people of the Region of the Midlands.


22: Vladislav Siretescu -New Name & New Device

Per fess gules and counter-ermine, an Auroch's head cabossed and in chief a mullet of five points, Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 1369 Romanian (Moldavian specifically slavic in nature).

Vladislav 1364-c.1377, 1446-1456, 1523-1524

Names from the Royal Lines of Moldavia and Wallachia, by Aryanhwy mercha Catmael

http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/other/romanian.html

Siretescu - locative surname.

<-escu> Submitter documents construction from Ary's article (cited above)

<Siret> is Moldavia's first capidal city

*government and Law in Medieval Moldavia Transylvania and Wallachia, page 7

By Martin Rady and Alexandu Simon

(documentation not provided)


I will remain Yours in Earnest Service,

Estelle de la Mer, ODH


OSCAR counts 5 Names, 11 Order Names, 7 Devices and 13 Badges. There are a total of 36 items submitted on this letter.

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