SCA Laurel Sovereign of Arms
Online System for Commentary and Response

Site News
Sub Status



Create Account

MAIL ME my password.


Skip 4/1:
Site News | LoIs | KLoIs | SENA | Prec | AH | Track | Sub Status ]

Meridies ILoI dated 2023-09-06

I, THL Kurt Bogner, Cypher Herald for the Kingdom of Meridies, send greetings unto Baronesa Sara al-Garnatiyya, Beacon Herald; THL Soo Yun, 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 the 21 of this month. A decision meeting is tentatively set for the fourth Tuesday of each month. Any changes will be announced through all proper channels.

1: Bjorn Valdriksson -New Name (NP)

No changes.

'Bjorn' is found in Geirr Bassi Haraldson, "The Old Norse Name" as a masculine given name, p. 7. Geirr Bassi indicates 42 examples. 'Valdriksson' is a constructed patronymic byname, construct from 'ValdrikR' per Geirr Bassi, p. 17. "The Formation of Patronymics and Matronymics". 'ValdrikR' is found on the Viking Answer Lady's website as a masculine given name, s.n. ValdrikR. The reference given is: "NR s.nn. ValdríkR, Vald-, -ríkR" ( Submitter would prefer no accents.

2: Emrys of Cambion -New Name (NP) & New Device

Argent, a baton sinister between four furisons in bend sinister two and two sable

No holding name.

Emrys is the Welsh version of Ambrose and can be dated to throughout our period The name of Clan Cambion was registered to Rorik Fredericsson in November, 1979 and has been used in forming a fair number of registered Society names: Barbara of Cambion, Gunnild of Cambion, James Ingram of Cambion, Leannan of Cambion/Lerben of Cambion, Myfanwy o'Mwyle ni Cambion, Nessa Dunna of Cambion, Stefan of Cambion and Volodomir of Cambion. However, while registered territorial names can be used fairly freely in formation of personal names, current precedent may restrict the use of household names as Society-compatible personal name components unless the personal relationships required for the ERA apply. As a result, the Pennsic Consult Table opted to document the byname as a "constructed variant" of the byname Campion, although little supporting documentation was provided. However, Black (Surnames of Scotland, s.n. Campion) dates Simon Campion to 1500, though that is in original an occupational surname (= "champion"). Reaney and Wilson (Dictionary of English Surnames, s.n. Champion) cite Herbert campion dated to 1148 and Roger le Campion 1197 and note an alternative locative derivation "Champion may sometimes be a corruption of CHAMPAIN. Champion Wood (PN K 287 [i.e., Place Names of Kent by Wallenberg, pg 287]) owes its name to a family variously called de Chaumpayne or Champeyneys (1278) and de Campayne (1332)." It should be noted that the alternation of the two bilabial plosives "p" and "b" in English names is well-documented with Reaney and Wilson showing dozens of examples including de Camp Arnulfi (1172), de Cambernof (1189) and de Chaumbernum (1230) for Champernowne (op. cit., s.n. Champernowne), Campbell (1282), Cambel (1296), Camble (1513) and Campell (1524) for Campbell (op.cit, s.n. Campbell). Indeed, the alternation is even documented in the Oxford English Dictionary for champion: from line 1007 of the Havelok from around 1300 "With hem com mani chanbioun."

3: John le Mailur -New Name (NP) & New Badge

(Fieldless) A spur fracted and conjoined in chevron argent

No holding name.

Spur is a heraldic charge, cited in the Pictorial Dictionary ( as being found in Italian heraldry, and the same object is found in the MED (s.n. spore). The spelling spur is found in Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, scene 6: "From helmet to the spur all blood he was." Henry V was first performed in 1599. ( Cracked is a descriptive byname referring to a spur fracted. Fracted charges do happen in the SCA (such as sword fracted list in Pictorial Dictionary (example limited to intermittent internet). Cracked is closed to the vernacular. Cracked is not in the MED, so we still need to date the word. Visual changes should be registrable as adjectives, such as Croskeyes (keys crossed) found in English Sign Names, (, dated to James I. Company is a standard designator. (More examples would be appreciated.)

4: Miltiades To Chlomo -New Name (NP) & New Device

Azure, an owl displayed argent and an olive tree fructed and eradicated Or, a bordure potenty argent.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No holding name.
Client requests authenticity for Ancient Greek.

Greek Miltiades (Μιλτιάδης) found in Lexicon of Greek Personal Names [ ] To Chlomo (το χλωμό) descriptive byname meaning "the pale". Descriptive bynames (example "The Rat Slayer") occurred per SENA reference to "Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era"

5: Ríoghnach Locha nEchaigh -New Name (NP) & New Device

Purpure, a calamarie argent maintaining in base two rapiers Or and on a chief invected argent three quavers vert

No holding name.
Spelling ('Ríoghnach') most important.

'Ríoghnach' is attested in the Martyrology of Donegal as <Rioghnach inghen Fheradhaigh> as a saint (Feast day 18 Dec), and in the Martyrology of Tallaght as <Rignaige inghen Feradhaigh>. nEachach is found in Adrian Room "A Dictionary of Irish Place-Names" Revised Ed. 1994: s.n. Neagh, Lough: "Neagh, Lough (Antrim) Loch nEathach, 'Eochaid's lake'. Eochaid (Eochaidh) was a legendary kin of Munster who was said to have drowned in the lough when it suddenly flooded in the 1st century AD." From Alys: "A locative byname based on this place name has to be the WHOLE place name in the genitive form [Mór Cille Caindigh, 2/2016 LoAR, A-East]. So I think it would be Rioghnach Locha nEchaigh" If the spelling of "nEachach" is judged unregisterable, submitter would accept the documented spelling "nEathach". FIXME: gaelic locative

6: Seán Maguire -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per bend azure and sable, a bow and a carving knife Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No holding name.
No major changes.
Sound (Shawn Ma-gwire) most important.

Seán can be found in the Index of Names in the Irish Annals by Kathleen O'Brien (, dated 1316, 1337, 1343, 1369, 1380, 1452, 1459, 1469, 1474, 1486, 1487, 1490, 1492, 1506, 1507, 1510, 1511, 1543, 1578, 1583, 1588, 1589, 1602. Maguire can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland by Kay Muhr and Liam Ó hAisibéil, s.n. Maguire, dated to 1591. [ ] - see the woodcut image for a medieval woodcarver's knife. It has a longer blade and a shorter handle than a modern tool. This will be the defining instance of this charge. Please use heraldicart bow image 5 - this is a recurve bow and it is important to the submitter. For the carving knife, see the image in the woodcut at [ ] this is a carving knife from 1502. Please make sure that the handle and the spine are aligned as in the drawing, this knife has a through tang.

7: Sophia Berkeley -New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2017, via Meridies.

Per bend sinister argent and azure, in pale a crescent and an owl, counterchanged

Old Item: Azure, in pale an owl argent atop a fleam Or and a chief indented fleury at the points argent, to be released.

submitter's previously registered device Azure, in pale an owl argent atop a fleam Or and a chief indented fleury at the points argent. Crescent 8 traceable art Owl 8 traceable art

In Service,

THL Kurt Bogner

[email protected]

OSCAR counts 6 Names, 4 Devices, 1 Device Change and 1 Badge. There are a total of 12 items submitted on this letter.

Site News | LoIs | KLoIs | SENA | Prec | AH | Track | Sub Status ]

Site Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, Lewis Tanzos