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Meridies ILoI from Meridies dated 2017-09-01

I, THL Ulrich Eisenhand for the Kingdom of Meridies, send greetings unto Maistreas Flannait inghean ui hEighnigh, Beacon Herald; Señor Carlos Blanco el Barbero, Pennon Herald; and the commenting heralds of the Meridies Internal Letter of Intent Commentary list.

It is the intent of the Meridian College of Heralds to submit the following names and armory as part of the next external Letter of Intent published by the Pennon Herald.

The pleasure of your response to Pennon is requested no later than September 21, 2017. A decision meeting is tentatively set for the following Tuesday after the 21st. Any changes will be announced through proper channels.

1: Amina Ellara -Resub Device

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

Per chevron purpure and sable, a lotus blossom in profile and in chief two dragonflies argent.

Previous submission, Per chevron purpure and sable, a lotus blossom in profile and in chief two dragonflies argent, was returned by Laurel in June 2017.

This device must be returned for a redraw. The lotus blossom obscures the line of division to the point where commenters had difficulty recognizing it as a per chevron line of division.

Upon resubmission, the submitter is encouraged to draw the lotus flower clearly in profile without lower petals or leaves that might detract from its appearance as a cup-shaped flower.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2017-09-01/20-37-40_Amena_Ellara_device01_b-n-amp;w_image.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2017-09-01/20-37-41_Amena_Ellara_device01_color_image.jpg


2: Avelyn Dale -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Language (English) most important.

Avelyn - English feminine given name, found in "A Dictionary of English Surnames" by Reaney and Wilson, via the article, "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames, Part Two: The Names A-G" by Talan Gwynek. http://heraldry.sca.org/names/reaneyAG.html. Found dated to 1379.

Dale - English surname, found in the article "Surnames in 15th Century York" by Karen Larsdatter, http://heraldry.sca.org/names/york15/index.htm. Article compiles names from the article "York Bridgemasters' Accounts", translated by Philip M. Stell, http://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AY2-2-bridgemasters.pdf. Found on p.471, s.n. "Robert Dale", dated 1490.


3: Avelyn Loveday -New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2013, via Meridies.

Azure, a natural tiger rampant and a dragon segreant addorsed and on a chief Or a secrescent between two estoilles purpure.

Old Item: Azure, a natural tiger statant guardant Or marked sable and on a chief Or a decrescent between two mullets purpure., to be retained as a badge.


4: Berengaria de Monferrier -New Name & New Device

Or, a Lily of the Valley argent slipped and leaved vert and on a chief azure two talbots passant Or.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Culture (13th-14th Century Occitan) most important.

Berengaria - Feminine given name found in the article "Occitan Townspeople in the 14th Century - Feminine Given names" by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith), http://heraldry.sca.org/names/occitan/occitan-given-women.html#freq. Found 2 times with this spelling.

de Monferrier - Byname found in the article "Occitan Townspeople in the 14th Century - Bynames" by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith), http://heraldry.sca.org/names/occitan/occitan-bynames.html.


4: Ceatta o Gulcleth -New Blanket Permission to Conflict & New Blanket Permission to Conflict

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 1983, via Meridies.

Azure, a catamount passant guardant argent between three estoilles within a bordure Or.

I, <mundane name redacted>, of full age 64, declare as follows:

1. <mundane name redacted>, known in the SCA as Ceatta o Gulcleth, was my legal spouse under the laws of the State of Texas.

2. <mundane name redacted> died on April 20, 2016.

3. I am the legal heir of <mundane name redacted> by operation of law. I hereby give blanket permission to conflict with his arms and name.

Registered Name: Ceatta o Gulcleth

Registered Armory: Azure, a catamount passant guardant argent between three estoilles within a bordure Or.

I understand that release of registration is permanent.

Dated and signed, July 26, 2017.


5: Bertram de Bothemes -New Name & New Device

Vert, in pale three rabbits courant contourney argent and a bordure Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Culture (French) most important.

Bertram - Masculine given name, found via DMNES as "Bertram. Latin. Gascony, France. 1310. GasReg-A p. 217". http://dmnes.org/cite/Bertram/1310/GasReg-A

de Bothemes - Descriptive/locative byname, found in "Dictionary of English Surnames" by Reaney and Wilson, s.n. "Bottom". Cited example is "Dowe de Bothemes", dated 1246. Name means "Dweller in the dell or hollow(s)", from the Old English botm, "bottom, lowest part of a valley".


6: Cáelán mac Oduinn -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2015, via Meridies.

(Fieldless) A monster comprised of the head of an owl and the body of a lion sejant affronty winged and attired Or.


7: Constancia de la Rocha -New Name & New Device

Argent, a raven striking and an orle sable

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Language (French) most important.

Constancia - Feminine given name, found in the article, "Names from 13th- and 14th-Century Latin Records from Gascony" by Sara L. Uckelman, http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/earlygasconlatin.html. Found once with this spelling, dated 1310/11.

de la Rocha - Byname, found in the article, "Names from 13th- and 14th-Century Latin Records from Gascony" by Sara L. Uckelman, http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/earlygasconlatin.html. Found once with this spelling, dated 1287.


8: Cristoff de Winter -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the Meridies LoI of April 30, 2017 as submitted.

Gyronny sable and argent, four serpents entwined in cross heads addorsed in chief and base gules.


9: Elspeth Elfynston -New Name & New Device

Quarterly argent and azure, two dragonflies azure.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.
Spelling most important.

Elspeth - Feminine given name, found in article, "English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records" by Sara L. Uckelman, s.n. "Elizabeth". http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/parishes/parishes.html. Found with this spelling dated to 1607.

Elfynston - Surname, dated to 1362, found in "Surnames of Scotland" by Black, p.244, s.n. "Elphinstone".


10: Gelis Grim -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2016, via Meridies.

Azure, two snails contourney Or and a tree eradicated argent all within an orle of rope Or.

Previous submission, Azure, a snail contourney within a loop of rope with ends crossed Or, and in base a tree eradicated argent, was returned at Kingdom in March 2016.

Must be returned for further work. Commenters found it hard to match the blazon to the emblazon due to the positions and sizes of the charges. They also could not suggest a definite repair that would be in accordance with rules for positions and groupings.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2017-09-01/21-57-03_Gelis_Grim_device_b-n-amp;w_image.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2017-09-01/21-57-04_Gelis_Grim_device_color_image.jpg


11: Gelis Grim -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2016, via Meridies.

(Fieldless) On a snail contourney Or a gillyflower gules.


12: Hedda Harlander -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound most important.

Hedda - Feminine given name, found via FamilySearch.org. "Hedda Jervis, Female, 29 Apr 1599, Saint Lawrence Putney, London, England. Batch Number C02163-2". https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQ26-6MB

Harlander - Byname, found via FamilySearch.org. " Elizabeth Harlander, 18 May 1572, Penshurst, Kent, England. Batch Number I06763-4" https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2N1-7XB

As FamilySearch batches beginning in "I" are non-preferred:

Harlander - Byname, found in the article "German Names from Nürnberg, 1497" by Sara L. Uckelman, http://heraldry.sca.org/names/german/surnamesnurna-m.html

From the February 2015 LOAR: "...we will allow the borrowing of given names from German into English and vice versa, in the context of the 16th and early 17th centuries. An English given name that is borrowed from German is considered to be English under Appendix C, and a German given name that is borrowed from English is considered to be German."


13: Rørik mac Lugdach -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2015, via Meridies.

(Fieldless) On a sun argent two ravens close respectant sable


14: Roxana Xanthia -New Name & New Device

Per bend argent and sable, in bend sinister three arrows sable and a sword argent all bendwise.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound most important.

Roxana - Feminine given name, found via the Encyclopaedia Britannica, dated to Thrace ca. 310 BCE. Roxana was the wife of Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Roxana

Xanthia - Feminine construction of a locative byname in early Greek, meaning "from Xanthos". Pattern for construction is found in Academy of St. Gabriel Report 2654, dated 14 May 2003.

We aren't certain how a locative byname [...] was constructed in 5th century Greek. We haven't found any examples to guide us. We think the most likely construction is the feminine form of an adjective derived from the place name, i.e. a word that means "Xanthine [female]". The masculine adjective based on the place name <Olu/nthos> is <Olu/nthios>, and its feminine form is <Olu/nthia>[3]. If <Xa/nthos> followed the same pattern, then the word you want would be <Xa/nthia>

Citation [3] in the St. Gabriel Report is for "The Appendix of Proper and Geographical Names" in the book "The Classic Greek Dictionary" by George Ricker Berry (Chicago: Follett Publishing Co., 1962), s.n. <Olu/nthios>.


15: Þorfinna Masdottir -New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Meridies LoI of May 31, 2017 as submitted.

Argent, a mullet vert and a bordure dovetailed azure.


16: Tullio Mancini -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (Mancini, from the Italian noun "mancino", meaning "left-handed") most important.

Tullio - Masculine given name, found in the article "Names from 15th and 16th Century Pisa" by Juliana de Luna. http://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2014/Juliana_de_Luna/Names_from_15th_and_16th_Century_Pisa.pdf. Found 9 times with this spelling between 1533 and 1557, on p.15 of the PDF.

Mancini - Byname found in the article "Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa" by Juliana de Luna. http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-bynames-alpha.html.


In Service,

THL Ulrich Eisenhand

(m.k.a. Ian Woodworth)

4302 Hazelwood Ave

Kingsport, TN 37664

(304) 881-7746

ulrich.eisenhand@gmail.com


OSCAR counts 8 Names, 8 Devices, 1 Device Change, 4 Badges and 2 Blanket Permissions to Conflict. There are a total of 23 items submitted on this letter.

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