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West LoI dated 2017-05-27

Unto Mistress Emma de Featherstan, Laurel; Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican; Dame Brunissende Dragonette, Wreath; Master Cormac Mor, Wreath-elect; and the various members of the College of Arms, greetings from Viscountess Krysta of Starfall, Green Crown Pursuivant, and Lady Edith of Swanesdale, Matins trainee for the Kingdom of the West!

1: Beatrice de Moreby - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the West LoI of April 03, 2017 as submitted.

Or, on a pale sable, a trillium argent.

Originally submitted with the flower above the fessline but not truly in chief, submitter has approved the adjustment to the emblazon to place the trilluim on the fessline. There is an SFPP for use of a New World Trillium.


2: Beatrice de Moreby - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the West LoI of April 03, 2017 as submitted.

Argent, maintained between the horns of an increscent moon azure, a mullet of eight interlocking mascles sable.

Under Chiara Stella, A-An Tir, November 2011 LoAR: "This arrangement of [eight interlocking] mascles is recognizable in this depiction. However, the arrangement is not attested in period armory, and so we are declaring its use a step from period practice."


3: Bran Mac Fynin - New Name & New Device

Sable, a bend sinister cotised between two gryphon's heads erased argent.

No major changes.
Sound (none noted) most important.
Language (target of 16th century Ireland) most important.
Culture most important.

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about sound (none noted) and language and/or culture (Target of 16th century Ireland) and the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Bran - The name 'Bran' identified as a name used in the culture and time period the submitter wishes to express can be documented through two main sources: [http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Bran.shtml] and as a 16th century variant of 'Brian' via here: [http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Masculine.shtml]

Mac - the typical patronymic for the period, meaning 'son of'. Or in the case of capitalized (Mac), an inherited patronymic name.

Fynin - can be documented to 16th century, both as a given and patronymic surname in [http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnglicizedIrish/Masculine.shtml].

The Anglicized Irish name formation <given +pat. article + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A.


4: Finna kǫttr Goðormsdóttir - New Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Finna kottr Goðormsdóttir in November of 2012, via the West.

Sable, a skull and on a chief argent an apothecary jar vert between two paw prints sable.

SFPP for the use of paw prints.


5: Hannah Story Teller - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2013, via the West.

Fieldless, atop a Roman dining couch Or cushioned ermine, a bunch of grapes gules slipped and leaved vert.

There is one Roman dining couch registered: Gaius Curtius Primus, September of 2015 (via Gleann Abhann), Per bend sinister argent and sable, a maple leaf inverted sable and a Roman dining couch reversed Or.

This is a complete redesign from the returned submission.

Previous submission was: Dec. 2016 LoAR: Returns: Badge. Per pall inverted gules, Or and vert, a bull passant argent pied sable.


6: Hindrek Keuenpoeyck - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the West LoI of September 19, 2016 as submitted.

Sable, on a pile inverted throughout between two Arabic letters Zayn argent, a pink flamingo proper close

A "pink flamingo proper" was defined by Precedent in April 1985: (q.v., Cherie Ruadh MhicRath of Locksley) Laurel ruled, "The color of a flamingo's feathers is apparently dependent on its diet, so there really is no 'proper' color." This has been interpreted to mean that flamingos proper could not be registered; however, pink flamingos proper have been registered since that time, including as recently as April 2006. The 1985 precedent is hereby overturned; a pink flamingo proper is registerable. It is dark pink while the tincture of its beak and legs are treated as artistic license. Its tincture is a color, not a metal. [Marion Baggeputz, 02/2007, R-Calontir]

As it is not a common charge, we have included 5 instances of the registration of this charge in the past ten years:

Tangwistel Corista: The following device associated with this name was registered in March of 2010 (via Atenveldt): Argent, a pink flamingo proper and on a chief enarched vert two hedgehogs argent.

Sigrid the Generous: The following device associated with this name was registered in June of 2011 (via Atenveldt): Argent, two pink flamingos statant respectant proper and a bordure vert.

Roselynde d'Angleterre: The following badge associated with this name was registered in June of 2011 (via Ansteorra): Gules, on a lozenge argent between four fleurs-de-lys in saltire bases to center Or, a pink flamingo statant sinister leg raised proper. for Maison du Flamant Sauvage

Anzelm Kowalski: The following device associated with this name was registered in September of 2012 (via the Outlands): Argent, three pink flamingos proper and on a chief azure a greyhound courant contourny argent. Blanket permission to conflict with device granted 201309O

The following badge associated with this name was registered in October of 2013 (via the Outlands): Argent, three pink flamingos proper.

This device was previously returned by Kingdom at the September 2016 meeting: "The round white things and the drippy white things on either side of the pale could not be blazoned in a period way, so this design fails the period design test. We will suggest deeper, wider (and fewer) embattles on the pale, and that he register two ermine spots argent around the pale, then draw them how he wants after registration."

The submitter replaced the "roundel and goutte" charge groups with an Arabic letter, and removed the embattlements, addressing both concerns expressed by the College.


7: Kharatai Chinua - New Name & New Device

Or, a wolf rampant sable, on a chief gules a sun between two ravens respectant Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Mongolian) most important.
Culture (Mongolian) most important.
Meaning (Black Wolf) most important.

Submitter cares about meaning (Black Wolf) and language and/or culture (Mongolian) and the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Kharatai - According to Mongolian Naming Practices, by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/mongolian_names_marta.html]:

Khara- can be found as Khara Gulag = Black Puppy and Qara Budang = Black Bear. According to "On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names" by Baras-aghur Naran [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/mongol.html], "-tai" is a suffix that shows possession, and combined with Khara- would convey the meaning "he/she who is black".

Chinua - Found in On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names, by Baras-aghur Naran [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/mongol.html], meaning "wolf".

SENA Appendix A: Mongol names are quite different in structure from European names. All patterns documented in Baras-aghur Naran, "On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names" [http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/baras-aghur/mongolian.html] are registerable. NOTE: although the URL mentioned in SENA is different, these are the same articles.

From a native Mongol: "Chinua" is in Mongolian like "Smith" in English.


8: Naran Chinua - New Name & New Device

Quarterly gules and sable, on a sun Or, a pawprint sable.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Mongolian) most important.
Culture (Mongolian) most important.
Meaning (Sun wolf) most important.

Submitter cares about meaning (Sun Wolf) and language and/or culture (Mongolian) and the gender of the name (female). No authenticity request.

Naran - "On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names" by Baras-aghur Naran [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/mongol.html], mentions "naran = sun" as a name element in two examples of name constructions.

Chinua - Found in "On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names" by Baras-aghur Naran [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/mongol.html], meaning "wolf".

According to SENA, Appendix A, "All patterns documented in Baras-aghur Naran, "On the Documentation and Construction of Period Mongolian Names" [http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/baras-aghur/mongolian.html] are registerable." NOTE: although the URL mentioned in SENA is different, these are the same articles.

From a native Mongol: "Chinua" is in Mongolian like "Smith" in English.

SFPP for the use of paw prints.


9: Safiya bint Zakariya al-Tayyib - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2015, via the West.

Fieldless, a hedgehog rampant purpure maintaining a needle threaded Or.


10: Skygge Newcombe - New Name & New Device

Quarterly Or and argent, a lion rampant contourny queue fourchy sable crowned of an embattled coronet gules, in chief two ravens contourny, all within an orle of chain sable.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (none noted) most important.

Submitter cares about sound (none noted) and the gender of the name (male). Submitter has withdrawn his "importance" note for spelling. No authenticity request.

Skygge - The submitter would like the given name "Skeggi", as found in Bassi, on page 14. However, we can find no documentation for the use of this name post-1000, which would be required for its use with the desired English byname.

However, we do find "Skygge" as a late-period English byname, here used as a given name (Alton of Grimfells precedent) in FamilySearch [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=75&query=%2Bsurname%3ASkygg~%20%2Bany_year% 3A1100-1600~&collection_id=1462403] "England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VH6G-HY7 : 24 December 2014), Haman Skygge and Elizabeth Curtesse, 14 Jan 1599, Marriage; citing Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, England, Record Office, Warwick; FHL microfilm 548,387. (This record has no Batch number, however).

Newcombe - Submitter would like the spelling "Nyewcombe" if it can be documented. The earliest Newcomb variant reported in England appears to be Alan le Neucument in 1175, per Reaney & Wilson, p. 321, under the header Newcomb. Other spellings include William Neucum 1183, Walter le Neucumen 1185, Richard Newecume 1195. An article on the etymology of the Newcombes in Devonshire can be found at [http://www.newcombe.info/Newcombe%20Etymology.html] This author lists many spelling variations. The closest NAME to the submitted spelling is <Niwecumbe>, dated 1232. In many cases, the byname is "newcomer" and that is its etymological origin. In the author's speculation on the possible concurrent evolution of the name from <atte yew>, meaning "by the yew" and ultimately, "from the yew valley [combe]" the author mentions <Nyewcombe> as a possible intermediate form between <Atten yewcombe> and <Newcombe>. However, he does not state that <Nyewcombe> is a recorded spelling. There are enough spelling variations that there is a reasonable argument that <Nyewcombe> is a registerable variant. Do please note that <Nyewcombe> isn't an example of substituting "y" for the first "e" and then misplacing the second "e" in <Newecombe>. The second "e" is the equivalent of the "e" following "combe", and was prononunced. In later period, <Newcome> is found over 200 times in FamilySearch, [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=75&query=%2Bsurname%3ANewcome~%20%2Bany_yea r%3A1100-1600~&collection_id=1462403] including in the same source as "Skygge" - "England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHXG-54M : 24 December 2014), Alice Newcome, 19 Aug 1599, Christening; citing Wolston, Warwickshire, England, Record Office, Warwick; FHL microfilm 548,393. We also find the spelling "Newcombe" in FamilySearch, [https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=75&query=%2Bsurname%3Anewcombe~%20%2Bany_year%3 A1300-1600~] Batch C03997-2 "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NG1H-9V9 : 30 December 2014), Susanna Newcombe, 23 Mar 1599; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 555,366.

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

We would appreciate the College of Arms assistance in getting His Grace a name.

Submitter is a Knight and a Duke (and also a Count) and so may display a chain of open links and a coronet on his armory. (http://op.antirheralds.org/index.php?with=Start&name=Skeggi+Nyewcombe&GO=GO)


Standard disclaimer: This letter accurately reflects the contents of the various submission forms and accompanying documents, including consent to changes, expressed preferences, requests for authenticity, and formation of holding names. Any and all assistance will be gratefully accepted.

Respectfully submitted,

Edith of Swanesdale, Matins Trainee

Krysta of Starfall, Green Crown

Matins Office, West Kingdom College of Heralds

matins@heralds.westkingdom.org Matins.WestKingdom@gmail.com


OSCAR counts 4 New Names, 6 New Devices and 3 New Badges. These 13 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $52 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Badge. This item is not chargeable. There are a total of 14 items submitted on this letter.

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