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Calontir LoI dated 2017-08-30

Grüß Gott!

Unto Emma de Fetherstan, Laurel; Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican; Cormac Mor, Wreath; and the esteemed members of the College of Arms does Herr Gotfrid von Schwaben, Saker Herolt of the Kingdom of Calontir send heartfelt greetings.

The Calontir College of Heralds presents this Letter of Intent for your consideration requesting registration of the following submissions:

1: Agnes von Heidelberg - New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2011, via Calontir.

Chiba no Suzu

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Japanese) most important.

Chiba: surname dated to 1332 in NCMJ page 168

no: possessive particle meaning "of"

Suzu: given name dated to 1600 in NCMJ page 272

Commentary suggested use of the possessive particle no might be superfluous in this name. Client is amenable to dropping the element if required.


2: Aldred Ketcham - New Household Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2014, via Calontir.

House of Ketcham

Submitter has no desire as to gender.
Spelling (Ketcham) most important.

Ketcham: 16th century English surname, documented via Family Search archives listing John Ketcham, married 06 Aug 1571, Saint John Timberhill, Norwich, Norfolk, England, Batch No. M04766-1, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N2WW-GPB

House of Ketcham follows the meta pattern Inn/House of byname found in A Brief, Incomplete, and Rather Stopgap Article about European Household and Other Group Names Before 1600 by Sharon L. Krossa, s.v. Patterns Using the Word "House" located at: (http://medievalscotland.org/names/eurohouseholds/englandhouseholds.shtml).


3: Bót væna - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Icelandic) most important.

Bót: feminine given name, listed in GB p. 8

væna: epithet byname meaning promising, hopeful, fair, listed in GB p. 29


4: Bryniólfr Brandssmiðr - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Calontir LoI of July 29, 2017 as submitted.

Gules, a human head cabossed, crined and gernoned, and in base a sword fesswise Or

Device Notes:
Commentary correctly yielded this is a human head cabossed, not merely a face. Garnet noted the term gernon is stated as moustache in Brault's Early Blazon shown here: http://tinyurl.com/ydafsgq3. We have corrected the blazon in Kingdom accordingly.


5: Calontir, Kingdom of - Resub Heraldic Title

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 1983, via Calontir.

Merlyne Herald

Merlyne Herald: Heraldic Title derived from the name of the bird. This is also shown in Heraldic Titles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Dictionary of Period Forms by Julia Smith (Juliana de Luna) <http://medievalscotland.org/jes/HeraldicTitles/dictionary.shtml>, s.v. Merlyne Pursuivant it states: "This English title is probably derived from a byname, but may be derived from the name of the bird. Godfrey indicates this title is an English title in use in 1444." Per SENA, Appendix E, C. - Herald is a standard designation for Heraldic Titles.

Merlyne Pursuivant is listed in the O&A and states the following: "This heraldic title was registered to unknown owner in August of 1987 (via Laurel) and released in November of 2006 (via An Tir)."

Title Notes
Originally submitted as item #7 on the Calontir LoI dated 2017-03-31 (http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=4428), it was returned on the Jun 2017 LoAR (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2017/06/17-06lar.html#Calontir_returns9) with the following ruling:

This heraldic title must be returned because it conflicts with the registered Award of the Marlin, belonging to the Barony of Marinus. The names differ only slightly in the initial vowel sound. However, the two names are sufficiently different that this title would be registerable with permission to conflict.

This title cannot reasonably be understood as a claim to be the fictional Merlin. Additionally, Order of Merlin from the Harry Potter books and movies is not significant enough to protect.
We have since obtained the following LoPtC from Their Excellencies Marinus which states:
We, [Legal names redacted], known in the SCA as Jean Maurice le Marinier and Catalina Riquel de Luna, Baron and Baroness of Marinus, give the Kingdom of Calontir permission for their Heraldic title, Merlyne Herald to be similar to, but not identical to our Award of the Marlin, I understand that this permission cannot be withdrawn once Calontir's Heraldic Title is registered.


6: Caoimhin McKee - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 1985, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) A bat-winged demi-boar gules


7: Charles Vaux - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Calontir LoI of June 30, 2017 as submitted.

Per chevron Or and gules, a tree eradicated proper between two hounds combattant Or


8: Emerick Jones - New Name & New Device

Per pales gules and argent, in pale a lantern and a pair of rapiers in saltire sable

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (Emrick or Emerick) most important.

Emerick: English given name documented via Family Search archives listed as Emeric Spyre, burial date: 20 Feb 1606; citing Barford, Warwickshire, England, Record Office, Warwick; FHL microfilm 548,392. GS Film number 548392, Digital Folder Number 4290810, Image Number 00172 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VH6Y-MPQ). Dated spelling variation documented via Family search archives as a late period English surname (probable unmarked patronymic), via Beatrice Emerick, married on 04 Dec 1561, Saint Clement Danes, Westminster, London, England, batch M04160-8 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKNL-JL7).

Jones: Welsh surname, dated to 1547 in "Some 16th & 17th C Welsh Masculine Names" by Sara L. Friedemann (Aryanhwy merch Catmael) (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/welsh/welsh.html).

Device Notes:
Submission was free-hand drawn at a consultation table.


9: FlíR Fróðason - New Name

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

FlíR: masculine name found in Nordiskt runnamnslexikon, s.n. FlíR (http://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/download/18.6dffb94c149794d926e379/1415279748920/Runnamnslexikon_T% 20141106.pdf). Translation by Gunnvöra Silfrahárr (see image below) located at: (http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/FTP_Files/NordisktRunnamnslexicon.zip)

Fróðason: patronymic formed from OW Norse given name Fróði, listed in GB, pg. 10.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=164/2017-08-30/21-01-31_FlíR_Fróðason_name_doc01.jpg


10: Gráinne Ó Gallchobhair - New Name

Submitter has no desire as to gender.
Language (Irish) most important.

Gráinne: female given name found in Withycombe, 3rd ed., pg. 138, header entry. Also found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Gráinne" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien), with instances dated from 1317 to 1852. (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Grainne.shtml)

Ó Gallchobhair Irish Clan affiliation byname found in 16th & 17th Century Anglicized Irish Surnames from Woulfe by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O'Brien) (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/Woulfe/SortedByGaelicRoot_G1.shtml)


11: Katrina Weiss - New Name

No major changes.
Language (German) most important.
Spelling (Katrina Weiss) most important.

Katrina: German feminine name found in German Names from Nürnberg, 1497 by Sara L. Uckelman, known in the SCA as Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/german/nurnberg1497.html)

Weiss: German surname found in German Names from Nürnberg, 1497: Surnames N - Z by Sara L. Uckelman, known in the SCA as Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/german/surnamesnurnn-z.html)


12: Michele dei Medici - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 2012, via Calontir.

Per fess gules and azure, a ladle and a rapier fesswise reversed argent

Badge Notes:
Both the ladle and the rapier are fesswise reversed. Table 5 Conventional S.C.A. Default Postures (http://heraldry.sca.org/coagloss.html#default) includes the following note:

In general, the end of a charge that is to chief when the charge is palewise will be to dexter when the same charge is placed fesswise (as if rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise).
Both ladles and swords are palewise by default. These charges have both been rotated 90 degrees clockwise from their defaults, making them both fesswise reversed.


13: Mistislav gleðill - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Rus Viking) most important.
Culture (Rus Viking) most important.

Mistislav: Russian masculine given name dated to 1052, as a variant of Mstislav, found in A Dictionary of Period Russian Names by Paul Wickenden of Thanet (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/mi.html)

gleðill Epithet byname listed in GB, p. 21 meaning fun, good cheer.

SENA Appendix C supports mixing Russian and Scandinavian both early and late. Both name elements are within 300 years of each other.

Name Notes:
This name generated much debate regarding the source documentation [Wickenden] and whether the given name is Russian, or Slavic. An attempt to properly capture the highlights of commentary can be seen in the enclosed images (see below). We cannot definitively conclude from the information provided if the name is constructed correctly, or the probability of its existence in period. As such, we are forwarding it to the greater resources of the College of Arms at this time.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=164/2017-08-30/23-41-08_Mistislav_gleðill_name_doc01.JPG
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=164/2017-08-30/23-41-08_Mistislav_gleðill_name_doc02.JPG


14: Mjǫll Úlfarsdóttir - New Name & New Device

Gyronny arrondi gules and argent, a wolf sejant forepaw raised within a bordure azure

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

Mjǫll: feminine given name listed in GB, p. 13

Úlfarsdóttir: patronymic byname formed from male given name Úlfarr listed in GB, p. 15

Name Notes:
Given name originally submitted as Mjöll. Corrected spelling was changed at Kingdom with submitter approval.

Device Notes:
The stray horizontal lines are an artifact of scanning the device which was printed on heavy shiny paper.


15: Petrus Sagittarius - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (Peter the Archer) most important.

Petrus: male given name, dated between 1323 and 1591 in 14th-16th C Names from Valais by Sara L. Uckelman (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/swiss/valaisraw.html)

Sagittarius: German epithet byname documented via Family Search archives listing Johannes Sagittarius, male, died 21 Mar 1636, in Baden, Germany, batch B02524-6 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWLC-V54)


16: Ren Jie - Resub Device

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

Per bend sinister gules and sable, on a bend sinister potenty argent three caltrops palewise gules

Device Notes:
This is a complete redesign of a device that was returned in June 2016 (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2016/06/16-06lar.html#Calontir_returns9) and again on the April 2017 LoAR (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2017/04/17-04lar.html#Calontir_returns8), wherein it was ruled:

Argent, in fess an Oriental dragon rampant contourny gules and a Chinese maiden statant affronty proper crined sable and vested sable and Or.

This device must be returned for violation of SENA A.2.B.4.a, which states that "The use of two [non-European] elements requires the use of the Individually Attested Pattern rules, discussed in A.4. These elements must still be describable in standard SCA heraldic terms." In this case, we have an Oriental dragon and a woman in Chinese-style vestments, neither of which are attested in European armory. Thus this can only be registered if it can be shown to follow a pattern for period armory. Barring such evidence it cannot be registered. The use of Chinese-style vestments will in the future be considered a step from period practice unless documented in period European heraldry. We apologize for not mentioning this issue in the prior return. Had this been the only reason for return, we likely would have registered the device.

However, this device is also returned for violation of SENA A.3.F.5, which requires that blazons be reproducible without heavily detailed blazons. The arm position of the maiden does not follow a standard blazonable posture, nor are the arms arranged in a way that can be easily described (e.g. "arms raised"). Barring evidence that such a posture is found in period armory, this posture cannot be registered.

There may also be an issue with Unity of Posture with the rampant dragon and statant affronty human in the same charge group; we do not choose at this time to address this issue due to the previously mentioned arm placement issue.
This complete redesign alleviates all prior issues.


17: Wilhelm Lich and Roselyn of Aberdeen - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name (Wilhelm Lich) registered exactly as it appears in December of 2008, via Calontir.
OSCAR finds the name (Roselyn of Aberdeen) registered exactly as it appears in August of 1994, via Calontir.

Gules, a falcon jessed displayed argent and a chief Or golpy

Badge Notes:
There is one SFPP for use of a falcon vice an eagle displayed.


18: Zachariah MacDonald - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2016, via Calontir.

(Fieldless) A vulture contourny sable maintaining a mace bendwise sinister argent

Badge Notes:
This submission was free-hand drawn at a consultation table.


My thanks to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the Laurel Staff and the SCA College of Arms for their consideration of this letter.

Ich dien,
Gotfrid von Schwaben
Saker Herolt


OSCAR counts 8 New Names, 1 New Alternate Name, 1 New Household Name, 4 New Devices and 4 New Badges. These 18 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $72 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Heraldic Title and 1 Resub Device. These 2 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 20 items submitted on this letter.

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