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East LoI dated 2008-09-22

Unto Olwyn Laurel, Istvan Wreath, Aryanhwy Pelican, the SCA College of Arms, and all others who do receive this letter, greetings from Brunissende Dragonette de Brocéliande, Blue Tyger Herald.

It is the intent of the Easterners to register the following items.

Unless otherwise noted, the submitter has no desire for authenticity, allows any changes, and allows a holding name.

This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

1: Caitriona MacCasky - New Name Change From Holding Name & New Badge

OSCAR NOTE: filing name should not be registered for a primary name change. It was, in in January of 2009, via the East.

(Fieldless) On an escallop inverted azure a mermaid guardant proper.

Old Item: Penni of Iron Bog, to be released.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound most important.

Her previous name submission of Triona Mac Casky was returned (05/2005 R-East) for lack of evidence for Triona as a period name, and because of the space in her surname. Her device, Argent, a mermaid vert and on a chief azure two spoons palewise argent, a base wavy azure, was registered under the holding name Penni of Iron Bog.

The return noted: "We would register this name as either the all English Catrina MacCasky or as the English/Gaelic mix Caítríona MacCasky". The submitter is going with this latter option, which is a step from period practice but registerable. She prefers to drop the accent marks, which is allowed in Gaelic names as long as it's done consistently.

For completeness, the name can be documented as follows:

Caitríona is found in Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "Index of Names in Irish Annals" (http://www.medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/) as the standard Early Modern Irish Gaelic spelling of the name of 15 women, dated between 1360 and 1654. As noted, Gaelic names are registerable with all the accents dropped.

MacCasky is a reasonable variant spelling based on Black p. 455 s.n. Macaskie: McKasky 1494, Makcasky 1574, and M'Caskie 1588.

This badge is clear of Ysolt de la Mere (Jan. 2007 Atlantia): (Fieldless) On an escallop inverted azure a fleur-de-lys Or, and the Kingdom of Atlantia (June 1981 Atlantia): (Fieldless) On an escallop inverted azure a plate; in each case, there's one CD for fieldlessness, and one for the type and tincture of the tertiary charge. It's also clear of Thora Ragnarsdottir (April 1994 Middle): Or, an escallop inverted azure, with one CD for removing the field, and another for adding the tertiary charge.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

2: Cecily Tupholme - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.

Cecily is dated to 1246, 1279, and 1523 in Talan Gwynek's "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames" (http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/reaneyAG.html) s.n. Cecilia. Also, "Faire Names for English Folks" by Christian de Holacombe (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/christian/fairnames/givennames.html#women) lists Cecily among the top 50 women's names in the 1560s and 70s.

Tupholme is a header in Ekwall, p. 482, with the spellings Tupeholm and Tupholm dated to 1175. For the final 'e', ibid p. 246 s.n. Holme dates Holme to DB, 1252, 1305, 1316, and 1571, and s.n. Holme, East & West, there's Westholme 1316.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

3: Diana Kidder - Resub Badge

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

(Fieldless) Upon an increscent vert a pine cone Or, stem to chief.

Her name and device (Vert, in pale an increscent and a pinecone, stem to chief Or) were registered in April 2006, via the East.

Her previous badge submission of (Fieldless) An increscent maintaining between its horns a pinecone stem to chief Or was returned by Laurel (June 2007 R-East) for conflict with Darius Coligny (Aug. 2003 Artemisia): Plumetty sable and argent, an increscent Or, with just one CD for the field, and nothing for the maintained pinecone.

This submission changes the tincture of the crescent and makes the pinecone a tertiary charge to clear this conflict.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

4: Elisabeth Borden of Kent - New Name & Resub Device

Azure, in saltire two candles burning at both ends between four tau crosses argent.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No holding name.
No changes.
Client requests authenticity for English language/culture.

She cares most about spelling.

The return of her previous device submission noted that the name Elisabeth Borden was unregisterable because of conflict with Lizzie Borden; this submission adds a locative to clear this conflict.

Elisabeth is found twice s.n. Elizabeth in Aryanhwy merch Catmael's "16th Century Gloucestershire Names" (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/late16.html). It's also found in her "English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C. Marriage Records" (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/parishes.html), dated to 1589, 1613, and 1615.

R&W p. 54 s.n. Borden dates de Borden' 1206 and Borden 1375.

Ibid p. 263 s.n. Kent dates de Kent 1185, Kent 1296, and a Kent 1524.

This identical device was returned on the May 1998 LoAR (Elisabeth Borden, R-East) because there was no valid name submission accompanying it.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

5: Fáelán Mer - New Name & New Device

Vert, an ounce ermine rampant incensed proper and on a chief argent a scimitar sable.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound most important.

Both name parts are from the "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (http://www.medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/).

Fáelán is given as the standard Old and Middle Irish Gaelic (c.700 - c.1200) spelling of the name of 19 men, found between 628 and 1423. The submitter prefers this earlier spelling, but will accept alternates if needed.

Mer is found in the Descriptive Bynames section with the meaning "the swift". This is the standard Early Modern Irish Gaelic spelling (c.1200 - c. 1700) of a byname found once in the Annals, in 1399.

The submitted spelling of the given name is appropriate up to about 1200. This is less than 300 years from the date for the byname, so the combination is registerable, although combining Middle and Early Modern Irish orthographies like this is considered a step from period practice (Áedan Ó Miadhaigh, 03/06 A-Middle).

This device is clear of Symonne de Clare (Nov. 1999 Artemisia): Sable, a lion ermine and on a chief argent three roses gules barbed and seeded vert, with one CD for the field, and another for the type, tincture, and number of tertiaries.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

6: Horace Eastbourne - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister argent and azure, a sinister wing counterchanged.

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Horace is a header in Withycombe; the entry says "its use as a Christian name dates to the Renaissance ... The earliest example noted in England is Sir Horatio Vere 1563-1635."

Eastbourne is a header in Ekwall, dated in the spelling Estburn to 1279. For East-, ibid s.n. Eastchurch has Eastcyrce 11c. For -bourne, ibid s.n. Westbourne dates Westbourne 1305 and Westebourne 1317.

This device is clear of Dante Alighieri (Dec. 1994 Laurel): Azure, a sinister wing argent, with one CD for the field and another for half the tincture of the primary charge.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

7: Katerine Fitzwilliam - New Device Change

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

Or, on a fess vert three dragonflies Or, in base a rose sable barbed and seeded proper.

Old Item: Argent, three dragonflies in pale vert between flaunches barry wavy azure and argent, to be released.

Her name and current device were registered in Sep. 2006, via the East.

This device is clear of Juliana van Ardenburg (Oct. 2002 An Tir): Or, on a fess vert a castle Or, with one CD for adding a secondary charge, and one for the multiple changes to the tertiary charge(s).


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

8: Katrin Cooper - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2008, via the East

Quarterly azure and argent, a horse rampant contourny sable between in bend two swords bendwise sinister argent all within an orle sable.

Her name was forwarded to Laurel on the East's August xLoI.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

9: Leofwenn of Wytleseie - Resub Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No holding name.
No changes.

Her previous name submission of Leofwyn of Whittlesey was returned by Laurel (Feb. 2008 R-East) for documentation and construction problems.

This submission follows the recommendation at the end of the return: "If the submitter wants to combine Old and Middle English, we suggest Leofwenn of Wytleseie."


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

10: Naomi bat Avraham - New Request for Name Reconsideration

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

She cares most about spelling.

This is a Request for Reconsideration concerning the spelling of her given name.

The originally submitted Naomi bat Avraham was changed at kingdom to Noomi bat Avraham, based on the entry for this name in Beider, A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names (Bergenfield, NJ; Avotaynu, Inc., 2001). The name was registered in Feb. 2008, without comment, using the Noomi spelling.

Although the submitter appreciates the effort in registering a more period form of her name, she prefers the original spelling, which also happens to be her mundane given name. (Both the consulting herald and Eastern Crown can attest to having seen ID to this effect.) The name is found as yod mem ayin nun in Hebrew tomb inscriptions from 1446 (Brandenburg) and 1594 (Prague), according to Beider p. 551 s.n. Noyme. The registered Noomi is given as a phonetic rendering of the name. On p. 239, Beider describes the transliteration system used: "The Yiddish phonetic forms are transliterated from Hebrew to Latin characters according to the standard rules established by YIVO (New York)." According to a document from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research's website (http://www.yivo.org/downloads/Yiddish.pdf), Yiddish can be divided into two broad dialect groups: northern ("Litvak") and southern ("Polish"). The former is considered the "standard", literary form, but the latter represents about 3/4 of Yiddish speakers. The primary difference between the dialects is in the vowels. The registered Noomi is therefore based on a literary standard from a dialect with different vowels than the dialects spoken in the areas where the name was actually recorded. Furthermore, per precedent, modern standard transliterations of period Hebrew names are registerable (Avraham Harofeh, 10/2003 A-Atlantia).

Therefore, the Naomi spelling should be registerable and we ask that it be restored.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

11: Simon Ludsthorpe - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No changes.

Simon is listed among the top 50 men's names for the 1560s and 70s in Christian de Holacombe's "Faire Names for English Folks" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/christian/fairnames/givennames.html#men). Also, Simon occurs once (and Symon three times) in Karen Larsdatter's "An Index to the 1523 Subsidy Roll for York and Ainsty, England" (http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/york16/index.htm).

Ludsthorpe: Julian Goodwyn's "Brass Enscription Index" (http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/names/brasses/lastnameIZ.htm) gives Ludsthorp 1454, along with Leventhorpe 1484, Thorpe 1504, and de Buslingthorpe 1335, showing that the final 'e' is consistent with period orthography.


This item was on the 01-2009 LoAR

12: Symonne de Bellefort - New Name & New Device

Quarterly purpure and Or, four hawk's bells and a bordure counterchanged.

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Symonne: "An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris" by Colm Dubh (http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/paris.html) cites a Symonne la converte.

Bellefort is a placename found in this spelling in "Ansbert: Letter from the East to the Master of the Hospitallers, 1187" from the Internet Medieval Sourcebook (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1187ansbert.html). According to the translator's notes, "the proper names are spelled as in the original letter."


Here ends, in this glorious beginning of Fall, this East Kingdom letter of intent.

Yours in service,

Brunissende

Blue Tyger Herald

Bibliography

Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland. New York Public Library, 1989.

Ekwall, Eilert. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Fourth edition. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1991.

Reaney, P.H. and R. M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Third edition, Oxford University Press, 1995.

Withycombe, E.G. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Third edition. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1979.


OSCAR counts 6 New Names, 4 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 1 New Badge. These 12 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $36 for them. OSCAR counts 1 New Holding Name Change. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Name, 1 Resub Device and 1 Resub Badge. These 4 items are not chargeable. OSCAR counts 1 Request for Name Reconsideration. This item may or may not require payment. There are a total of 17 items submitted on this letter.

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