East LoI dated 2007-02-06

Unto Elisabeth Laurel, Jeanne Marie Wreath, Margaret Pelican, the SCA College of Arms, and all others who do receive this letter, greetings from Tanczos Istvan, Blue Tyger Herald!

It is the intent of Easterners to register the following items. Unless otherwise noted, the submitter has no desire for authenticity and allows any changes.

This item was on the 06-2007 LoAR

1: Beyond the Mountain, Barony - New Order Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 1973,

Defenders of the White Oak, Order of

No changes.

Either the branch name or device was registered in Sep. 1973.

Use of 'Defender' or 'Defenders' in an order or award name has been declared SCA-compatible (Artemisia, Kingdom of: Order of the Defenders of the Citadel, 05/03 A-Artemisia).

The order name Order of the White Oak was registered to Beyond the Mountain, Barony in Apr. 1981 via Laurel.

The barony's previous submission of this order name, "Defender of the Oak", was returned at kingdom in 2003 for lack of documentation of the construction of the order name and for probable conflict with "Order of the Oak" (Barony of the Steppes, Jan. 1981 via Ansteorra) and "Oaken Herald" (Dec. 1983 via the Middle). This submission adds an adjective to clear these conflicts.


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2: Beyond the Mountain, Barony - New Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 1973,

Companions of the Holly, Order of

(Fieldless) On a holly leaf bendwise vert an acorn bendwise argent.

No major changes.

Either the branch name or device was registered in Sep. 1973. If the name must be changed, they care most about the meaning.

The construction of this order name is analogous to "Order of the Companions of the Rock", which was noted as registerable in the return of the order name "Companions of the Rock" (Smoking Rocks, Barony of, 02/2005 R-East). Thus, this submission should be registerable, based on the "heraldic charge" meta-pattern of order names.


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3: Beyond the Mountain, Barony - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 1973,

Per fess azure and vert, in canton a bezant.

Either the branch name or device was registered in Sep. 1973. This badge is to be associated with the order name Order of the Sun and Soil, which was registered to Beyond the Mountain, Barony 'at some point'.


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4: Diana Kidder - New Badge

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

(Fieldless) An increscent sustaining between its horns a pinecone stem to chief Or.

Her name was registered in April 2006 via the East.

If the pinecone is seen as a sustained charge, then this badge appears to be clear of conflict. If, however, the pinecone is considered a maintained charge, then this conflicts with Darius Coligny (Aug. 2003 via Artemisia), Plumetty sable and argent, an increscent Or, with only a single CD for the field(lessness). Kingdom believes the pinecone is not small enough to be so utterly ignored.


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5: Eoin an Doire - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (an Doire = from the oak grove) most important.

Eoin is found as the name of 58 men in Mari's Annals Index (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Eoin.shtml), with dates ranging from 1246 to 1600 (with no noticable gaps along the way).

an Doire is found as a Gaelic byname meaning 'of the oak wood' in Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "Index of Names in Irish Annals - Masculine Descriptive Bynames" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/DescriptiveBynames/anDoire.shtml), dated to 1249, 1487, 1578, and 1588.


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6: Gálmr refskegg - New Name & New Device

Per fess argent and gules, a serpent nowed and a stag trippant reguardant counterchanged.

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Gálmr is found in Aryanhwy's "Viking Names found in the Landnámabók," (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html), among the names with one occurence. It's also listed as a masculine name on p. 10 of Geirr Bassi.

Refskegg is a byname meaning 'fox-beard', found in Aryanhwy's "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók" (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html), and on p. 26 of Geirr Bassi.


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7: Johanna de Glastingburi - New Device

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

Per pale azure and argent, three seeblatter counterchanged.

Her name was forwarded to Laurel on the East's July 2006 LoI, which was decided in November, 2006. The LoAR for that meeting has not yet been published.

This device is clear of Sapphira the Navigator (Feb. 1992 via the East), Per pale azure and argent, a fig leaf counterchanged, with one CD for the type of leaf and another for the number of charges. It's also clear of Annabella Debonnaire (Jun. 2006 via Lochac), Per pale azure and argent estencely azure, a seeblatt per pale argent estencely and azure, with one CD for number of leaves and another for removing the strewn charges.


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8: Justin Turner - New Name

No changes.

Justin is the submitter's legal first name, though no proof is provided. It's also the name of a 3rd c. French saint and of the first bishop of Tarbes, according to Dauzat p. 349. R&W p. 259 s.n. Justin lists Justinus Clericus 1175-80, Justina 1221, Justinus filius Wakerild 1229, Ralph Justyn 1327, and John Justyn 1327. The entry says that the cleric and the feminine name "suggest that Justinus was used occasionally" in England. (The name was also apparently used as a Latinization of Old Norse Iósteinn.) The 14th c. patronymics confirm that the vernacular form was Justin.

Turner is dated to around 1500 in Middlesex in Julian Goodwyn's "Brass Enscription Index" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/brasses/lastnameTZ.html). It also occurs 14 times in Julie Stampnitzky's "Surnames in Durham and Northumberland, 1521-1615" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/parish/surnames_tuv.html). R&W p. 458 s.n. Turner has Ralph le turner 1191-2 (among others); between this and the 16c. documentation, it seems the submitted spelling is plausible throughout most of period.


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9: Liadain ingen Fhailbe - New Name & New Device

Per bend argent and azure, a fret counterchanged.

Meaning (Liadain daughter of Failbe) most important.

OCM has Líadain as an Old or Middle Irish form of Liadan, and says this was the name of one of the patron saints of the Dal Cais. The entry says Liadan was the beloved of the 7th c. poet Cuirithir.

OCM p. 93 says Failbhe Fland, who died in 639, was an early king of Munster. There are also two early Irish saints named Failbhe. Tangwystyl's "100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/irish100.html) lists Faílbe, with the genitive form identical to the nominative.

The word meaning "daughter" is ingen (early) or inghean (late), which corresponds to mac "son"; the feminine counterpart of Ó is inghean Uí (using post-1200 spelling). Putting this all together, we get Líadain ingen Fhaílbe as a pre-1200 spelling of "Liadan daughter of Failbe". (The 'h' after the 'F' is for lenition.)

The submitted Liadain ò Failbhe has therefore been corrected to Liadain ingen Fhailbe. Kingdom has chosen to leave off all the accent marks: it's the smaller change and will hopefully make the submitter's life easier.


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10: Merlyn Kuster - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2003, via the East

Purpure, a unicorn and a dragon addorsed argent and in chief three fleurs-de-lys Or.

Her name was registered in Jan. 2003 via the East.

[The device was colored in a graphics program. The tinctures do not exactly correspond to the tinctures of the emblazon forms.]


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11: Muin maqq Mínaín - New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 1997, via Atlantia

Per saltire argent semy of flames vert and vert semy of flames argent, an annulet counterchanged.

Old Item: Vert, on a plate a flame issuant to chief from a bowl vert and a bordure rayonny Or, to be released.

His name was registered in Oct. 1997 via Atlantia. His current device was registered in Mar. 1999 via the East.

Many commenters felt that this device is an example of excessive counterchanging. One commenter also said it might run afoul of RfS VIII.4.d., Modern Style: "Generally modern style in the depiction of individual elements or the total design may not be registered." Kingdom requests the input of the CoA on this decision.


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12: Pagan Graeme - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 1999, via the East

Gyronny argent and sable, a heart gules between eight acorns counterchanged.

Her name was registered in June 1999 via the East.


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13: Saint Cuthbert, College of - New Device

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

Azure, a cross formy pierced within a laurel wreath argent.

The group's name was registered in Apr. 2006 via the East. Their original submission, Azure, on a pale argent a Cuthbert cross azure, pierced argent, within a laurel wreath overall counterchanged, was returned at kingdom for style problems: wreaths are too complex to counterchange over an ordinary, and the Cuthbert cross was not documented as a period charge.

This submission removes the counterchanging and changes the cross to a better-known type.

The submission was accompanied by a petition showing the group's support for the device.

[The device was colored in a graphics program. The tinctures do not exactly correspond to the tinctures of the emblazon forms.]


Bibliography

Dauzat, Albert; Dictionnaire Étymologique des Noms de Famille et des Prénoms de France; Libraire Larousse, Paris, 1987.

Geirr Bassi Haraldsson; The Old Norse Name; Studia Marklandica, Yggsalr Press. Professor G. Fleck, Olney, Maryland, 1977.

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh & Fidelma Maguire; Irish Names; The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1990.

Reaney, P.H, and R.M. Wilson; A Dictionary of English Surnames, Revised Edition; Routledge & Kegan Paul: New York, 1991.


OSCAR counts 4 New Names, 2 New Order Names, 6 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 3 New Badges. These 16 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $64 for them. There are a total of 16 items submitted on this letter.