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East LoI dated 2014-04-28

Greetings to the Sovereigns of Arms and the College of Heralds from Joscelin Pantheon and Alys Blue Tyger.

For anyone who has not yet heard, effective April 7, 2014, in order to resolve the continuing confusion about the role of Eastern Crown Herald, the title of the chief submissions herald of the East Kingdom has changed to Blue Tyger Herald. The external submissions deputy is now Pantheon Herald. We are in the process of making the necessary changes to the web sites and e-mails.

This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

1: Aeolus Tighe - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (given name like Ay-oh-lus) most important.
Spelling (as submitted) most important.

Aeolus is an English male given name found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Aeolus Baldwinne; Male; Christening; 15 Jan 1640; Birchington, Kent, England; Batch: P01649-1

Tighe is an English surname also found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Jana Tighe; Female; Christening; 13 Jun 1602; Swinstead, Lincoln, England; Batch: C03231-2
Anne Tighe; Female; Christening; 12 Jul 1590; Kinver, Stafford, England; Batch: C04869-5

The submission notes that the submitter cares most about the sound "Ay-oh-lus." Commenters noted that the name would not be pronounced this way in classical Latin, but could not opine on how it would be pronounced in 16th cen. English.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

2: Alesone Gray of Cranlegh - New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2009, via the East

Ama Panda

The submitter has one primary name and one other alternate name registered. She is permitted a total of six names.

Ama is a female given name found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Ama Juares Rrodriges; Female, Christening; 27 May 1627; San Juan Bautista, Acultzingo, Veracruz, Mexico; Batch: C60021-1

Panda is a byname also found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Francisco Togro Panda; Male; Christening; 10 Mar 1592; San Martin de Tours, Traspinedo, Valladolid, Spain; Batch C87386-1

Evidence of names from European colonies in the New World (and specifically from Mexico) has been accepted as documentation in the recent past: [Ariana Elia Del Rosario, Jan. 2014 LoAR, A-Caid].


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

3: Corwin Blackthorn - New Name & New Device

Or, a chaplet of thorns sable

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Corwin is a 16th cen. English surname found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Katheryne Corwin; Female; Christening; 11 Jan 1599; St. Botolph Without Aldgate, London, London, England; Batch: C02555-2
William Corwin; Male; Christening; 20 Jun 1602; Saint Mary, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; Batch: P00681-1
Margret Corwin; Female; Marriage; 06 Oct 1595; Kimpton, Hertford, England; Batch: M07255-2

By precedent, such surnames can be used as given names. [Alton of Grimfells, 04/2010 LoAR, A-East].

Blackthorn is also found in the Family Search Historical Records:

John Blackthorn married 1581, London, England; Batch no. M04160-8 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NKNG-XYS).

Submitted as Or, a wreath of thorns sable, we have reblazoned this as a chaplet to more closely match typical usage. A question was raised as to whether an artist's note should be included to make the chaplet of thorns more compact and less open based on period examples. We leave that question Wreath.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

4: Courtney Rose - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of February 23, 2014 as submitted.

Erminois, a mermaid in her vanity proper crined gules and on a chief gules four roses argent.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

5: Elena Rose Greenwood - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2013, via the East

Per bend sinister argent and vert, a drop spindle inverted and a sprig of heather palewise counterchanged.

An inverted drop spindle is an acceptable heraldic charge: "A drop spindle inverted is a drop spindle with the whorl at the top. It may be either a bottom-weighted drop spindle upside-down, or a top-weighted drop spindle right-side up, as in this depiction. While bottom-weighted drop spindles were by far the most common in period, top-weighted drop spindles were known as well. Therefore, the use of a top-weighted drop spindle, blazoned as a drop spindle inverted, is not a step from period practice." [Aoife inghean Odhráin mhic Bhrain, 2/2013 LoAR, A-Northshield].


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

6: Genevieve de Saint-Denis - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.

Genevieve is a female given name found in "An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris" by Colm Dubh (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paris.html#G). Although the article includes a grave accent in the name, precedent has established that the accent was not used in period and is not registerable. [Genevieve la Minstrelle, 1/2011 LoAR, A-Caid].

de Saint-Denis appears as a byname under several given names in the same article. The submitter will accept the byname without or without the hyphen, whichever is more appropriate.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

7: Giuseppe Pallido - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Language (Italian) most important.
Meaning (person with a pale complexion) most important.

Giuseppe found in "Names of Jews in Rome In the 1550's," compiled by Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/Jewish/rome_names.html)

Pallido is an Italian word found in Florio's 1611 Italian Dictionary with the meaning "pale, wanne-colored, fallow, bleak." (http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/florio/search/367c.html). The submitter believes that a descriptive byname of Pallido based on the coloration of the body is reasonable based on period patterns: "Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa" by Juliana de Luna (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-bynames-freq.html) gives the color bynames Rubeus and Rossus, both meaning "red." "Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names" by Arval Benicoeur and Talan Gwynek (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/venice14/venice14sur.html) has numerous examples of descriptive bynames based on words, such as "tooth" and "leg."

Maridonna Benvenuti noted that the surname Rosso could apply equally to skin color, as Florio's 1611 Dictionary has several words from the root "rosso": Rossardo, a Ruddy or Reddish-man; Rosseggiare, to bluish or be ruddy [sic]. In addition, she noted that her article "Names of Slaves in 1480 Palermo, Sicily" (http://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2013/#Palermo) included evidence of descriptions of slaves based on skin color as well as descriptive bynames based on skin color:

Luchia la Nigra liberta = Luchia the Black freed slave;
Caterina scava blanca di misser Stefanu di Ponti = Caterina white slave of misser Stefanu di Ponti;
Joanni lu Capu nigru libertu = Joanni the Chief (or head) black freed slave

Additionally, we found evidence of the adjective pallido being applied to humans, as in Della Fisonomia dell' huomo by Giambattista Della Porta (http://books.google.com/books?id=lak2LYvzN14C), an Italian medical book published in 1615 which, at pp. 159-160 uses pallido to describe a man's body as being pale and languid.

Based on this evidence, it appears that Pallido is plausible as a descriptive byname in Italian and we are forwarding it for further commentary.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

8: Godric inn hvíti úlfr - New Name & New Device

Per fess gules and sable, a wolf's head erased affronty and in chief three wolf's jambes benwise argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (unspecified) most important.

Godric is a male given name dated to 1066 in Reaney & Wilson s.n. Goodwright.

Old English and Old Norse name elements can be combined under Appendix C of SENA.

inn hvíti is an Old Norse byname meaning "white," found in "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html).

úlfr is an Old Norse word meaning "wolf." See Cleasby and Vigfusson, An Icelandic-English Dictionary, page b0668, entry 26 s.n. ÚLFR. Its use as a byname is based on the pattern of animal names used as descriptive bynames seen in Geirr Bassi, The Old Norse Name:

<kráka> "crow"
<lambi> "lamb"
<aurriði> "salmon-trout"
<brimill> "large seal"
<dýr> "animal, deer"
<galti> "boar"
<gríss> "shoat, piglet"
<hani> "rooster"
<hákr> "hake-fish"
<hjörtr> "hart, stag"
<köttr> "cat"

Although prior registration is no guarantee, Eastern Crown notes that this identical documentation was used to register úlfr as a byname in 2010 [Aron ulfr, 9/2010 LoAR, A-Ansteorra; Thorvaldr ulfr, 10/2010 LoAR, A-Ansteorra], and 2011 [Eiríkr úlfr Þorisson, 2/2011 LoAR, A-Atlantia].

The use of two descriptive bynames in Old Norse is permitted as long as the bynames reasonably could be used simultaneously to describe the same person. [Þorfinnr inn svarti gylðir, 4/2010 LoAR, A-Trimaris].


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

9: Ian Sloane Donovan - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Spelling (as close to submitted as possible) most important.

Ian is found as an English given name dated to 1608 and 1614 in "Something Rich and Strange: "Undocumentable" Names From The IGI Parish Records" by Alys Mackyntoich (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/SomethingRichandStrange.html).

Sloane is found as an English surname in the Family Search Historical Records:

Dorothy Sloane; Female; Christening; 25 Jul 1619; Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England; Batch: C05949-3
Sarah Sloane; Female; Christening; 20 Aug 1618; Saint Gregory by Saint Paul, London, London, England; Batch: C05426-1

Donovan is found as an English surname in the Family Search Historical Records:

Robertus Donovan; Male; Christening; 18 Oct 1584; Netherseal, Leicester, England; C01992-7

Double surnames are found in late-period English according to Appendix A of SENA.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

10: Ísgerðr ísungr - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2009, via the East

Sable semy of six-armed escarbuncles, a bear statant argent

Her original device submission, Sable, a chevron between in chevron four escarbuncles of six arms and a bear statant argent, was returned on the September 2009 LoAR for conflict with the device of Cerdic of Atenveldt, Sable, a chevron between four triskeles three and one argent. There was a CD for changing the type of secondary charges, but nothing for changing the number as four was not significantly different from five under the RfS.

This resubmission is a completely new design.

Some commenters questioned whether six-armed escarbuncles are registerable. In fact, escarbuncles of six arms are registerable period charges by precedent. [Dietrich Schneewolf, 2/2001 LoAR, A-Artemesia]. They are explicitly noted in the just-released on-line Pic Dic (http://mistholme.com/?s=escarbuncle). The blazon has been changed to reflect that the escarbuncles have six arms.

This device appears clear of Alan Silverbear (8/12, Caid): Sable, in base a polar bear statant argent. There is a DC for changes to the field, and we expect there to be a DC for the placement of the bear, as Alan Silverbear's placement in base is unforced.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

11: Ísgerðr ísungr - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2009, via the East

Sable semy of escarbuncles, a bear's head erased affronty argent

Some commenters questioned whether six-armed escarbuncles are registerable. In fact, escarbuncles of six arms are registerable period charges by precedent. [Dietrich Schneewolf, 2/2001 LoAR, A-Artemesia]. They are explicitly noted in the just-released on-line Pic Dic (http://mistholme.com/?s=escarbuncle). The blazon has been changed to note that the escarbuncles are six-armed.

This badge appears to be clear of Knute Hvitabjörn (1/87, Middle): Sable, platy, a polar bear's head erased to sinister argent>/i>. There is one DC for the field and another for the orientation of the bear's head.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

12: Katharina Helene von Hohenhaim - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister azure and argent, an oak leave bendwise sinister and an acorn counterchanged.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (14th. cen. German) most important.
Culture (14th cen. German) most important.

The name was originally submitted as Katharina Helene von Hohenheim, but the documentation did not support the submitted spelling. We have changed the name to reflect the documentation found by commenters.

We also note that the submitted name forms had the spelling Katherina, while the armory forms had the spelling Katharina. Alys Blue Tyger checked with the submitter and confirmed that the desired spelling is Katharina with three a's.

Katharina and Helene are both found in the Family Search Historical Records for Germany:

Katharina Abeler; Female; Marriage; 08 Jul 1565; Überkingen, Württemberg, Germany; Batch: M01382-0

Helene Boepp; Female; Marriage; 29 Apr 1572; Ulm, Württemberg, Germany; Batch: M91503-4

The locative byname was found as the byname of the author Philippi Theophrasti Paracelsi von Hohenhaim on the cover page of a book published in 1570 (http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0001/bsb00015018/image_1).

The device presents an interesting problem, as the Unity of Posture and Orientation requirement of SENA A.3.D.2.c applies to charges that have the same kinds of orientations and postures. The leaf is a long charge with a clear axis. How to categorize the acorn, however, is less clear. While an acorn is a rounded compact charge, the cap gives it a definite top and bottom. Precedent is unclear on how such charges should be treated. Therefore, we are forwarding this for guidance from Wreath.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

13: Katherine de Staverton - New Exchange of Primary and Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2006, via the East

Judith bas Rabbi Mendel

"I, [legal name redacted], known in the SCA as Katherine de Staverton and Judith bas Rabbi Mendel, wish to have Judith bas Rabbi Mendel designated as my primary name and Katherine de Staverton designated as an alternate name."

Katherine de Staverton registered Judith bas Rabbi Mendel as an alternate name in February 2011 via the East.

The request for the change was made by e-mail. The submitter is personally known to Blue Tyger and Alys verified that it was from her.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

14: Lilie of Eastham - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2000, via the East

Argent, a phoenix gules rising from flames proper and a bordure gules semy of bezants


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

15: Luther von Schwarzenburg - New Name & New Device

Quarterly gules and argent, a mullet of four points elongated to base sable between four vols counterchanged.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (unspecified) most important.

Luther is a given name dated to 1301-1350 in "Late Period German Masculine Given Names" by Talan Gwynek (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/germmasc.html#plauen14).

Reliable documentation for the byname was not provided with the original submission. In commentary, ffride Goutte d'Eau found evidence of that something happened on 25 March 1575 involving a person named Der Graff Günter von Schwarzenburg in Historische Tagbeschreibung allerley gedenckwierdigen Händelfrom 1585 (http://books.google.com.au/books?id=PdRSAAAAcAAJ).

The October 2013 Cover Letter notes that mullets elongated to base are period charges. Originally submitted as Quarterly gules and argent, a mullet of four points elongated to base sable and four vols counterchanged, we have modified the blazon slightly to note that the mullet is the sole primary charge between the secondary vols.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

16: Owyn Greenwood - New Household Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2004, via the East

Bacoun Taverne

The pattern [sign name] + Tavern is found in "English Sign Names From 17th Century Tradesman's Tokens" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada(http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/Tokens/Designators.shtml#Tavern)

"English Sign Names" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/inn/#BynameInn) discusses a pattern of naming inns and taverns after the owner's surname, giving the examples of Bosoms yn dated to 1522 and Mitforde taverne dated to 1489 (although Mari notes that Mitforde may be a place name).

Bacoun is an English surname found in "An Index to the 1296 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Rutland, England" by Karen Larsdatter (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/Rutland/bynamesalphabetically.htm).

The spelling taverne is found in the MED s.n. tavern(e) dated to 1393, 1400, 1432 and 1475.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

17: Robyn de la Pesterye - New Name & New Device

Azure, on a lozenge argent between in chief two pomegranates argent seeded gules a moon in her plenitude azure.

Submitter has no desire as to gender.

Robyn is found as a personal name in the Middle English Dictionary s.n. Robin, with examples in the submitted spelling dated to c. 1400, 1425, 1500 and 1532.

de la Pesterye is a byname dated to 1280 found in Reaney & Wilson s.n. Pester.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

18: Simeon ben Iucef de Alcaçar - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of August 28, 2013 as submitted.

(Fieldless) An open book Or transfixed by an arrow fesswise reversed sable.

The submitter's name was registered on the November 2013 LoAR.

Cormac Longstrider granted permission to the submitter for this badge to conflict with his arms, Gyronny azure and argent, an open book Or bound sable, by e-mail dated 2/19/2014. The submitter is personally known to Alys Blue Tyger and she verified that the e-mail came from him.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

19: Sweyn Mac Awliffe - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of July 27, 2013 as submitted.

Gyronny gules and ermine, a brown bear proper rampant and on a chief argent a dagger fesswise gules.

The submitter's name was registered on the October 2013 LoAR.

Correction to Device (2014-Jun-22 18:06:11): This submission should be marked as NEW to Laurel level.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

20: Toi Poisson de Mortagne - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2005, via the East

(Fieldless) On a fish argent, a heart gules.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

21: Vettorio Antonello - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Both name elements are found in "Names in 15th Century Florence and her Dominions: the Condado," by Juliana de Luna (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/condado/).

Vettorio is a male given name appearing 4 times in the data (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/condado/mensalpha.html).

Antonello is a male given name appearing twice in the data (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/condado/mensalpha.html)

Unmarked patronymics are permitted in Italian according to Appendix A of SENA.


This item was on the 07-2014 LoAR

22: Zoila de la Montayana - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of February 23, 2014 as submitted.

Or, on a bend cotised azure a fleur-de-lys palewise between two cinquefoils palewise Or and on a chief gules a lion passant Or

Commenters questioned whether this device was overly complex, violating SENA A.3.E.2. However, SENA states that complexity count is determined by "by adding the number of types of charges to the number of tinctures." Cotises are the same type of charges as the bend for the purposes of complexity count. [Orion Storm Bruin, 8/2004 LoAR, R-Atenveldt]. Thus, the complexity count is an acceptable eight: bend/cotises + fleurs de lys + cinquefoils + chief + lion + Or + azure + gules.



OSCAR counts 10 New Names, 1 New Alternate Name, 1 New Household Name, 9 New Devices and 3 New Badges. These 24 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $72 for them. OSCAR counts 2 Resub Devices. These 2 items are not chargeable. OSCAR counts 1 Exchange of Primary and Alternate Name. This item may or may not require payment. There are a total of 27 items submitted on this letter.

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