Meridies LoI dated 2017-01-31
Unto Andrewe, Laurel Principal, Alys Pelican, Brunissende, Wreath, and all the College of Arms does Carlos, Pennon of the Glorious Kingdom of Meridies, on behalf of Mistress Flannait inghean uí hEighnigh, Beacon, and the Illustrious Meridian College of Heralds, send most humble and respectful greetings.
Please note all arms were given a conflict check at decision meeting.
1: Alainn Aodhmoira Bean Larren - New Badge
OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1980, via Meridies.
Azure, a rose argent and on a bordure Or an orle azure.
Previous submission, "Azure, a double rose argent and two orles Or." was returned by Kingdom in February 2016.
Must be returned for further work. Conflicts with the following devices
*****Originally submitted as a double rose the blazon was change to "a rose" due to the fact this has a single tincture and a true double rose has two tinctures
2: Arthur Longbow - New Name & New Device
Azure, between the tines of a stag's massacre a wolf's head erased to sinister argent
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client wishes the name "Arthur Longbow". "Longbow" is the most important, as the client is an archer.
Arthur - Surname found in "A Dictionary of English Surnames" by Reaney & Wilson (revised 3rd ed.), p.15: Geoffry Artur, 1135; Adam Arthur, 1246.
Longbow - Longbow is a plausible constructed byname. Per SENA Appendix B:
D. Descriptive Bynames: A descriptive byname describes an individual in terms of their mental or physical characteristics. The names are literal in nature and the sorts of descriptions another person would immediately recognize. Therefore, the suitability of a constructed byname of this sort must be shown with attested bynames that are similar in content and level of abstraction. Examples include the Old Norse gullskeggr 'gold-beard' and the English le Proude 'the proud'.
"Strongbow" is found in Reaney & Wilson, p.431: Simon Strongbow, 1395 "nickname for a good archer".
"Long-" is used in various bynames such as Agnes Longbottom, 1539 (R&W p.283); Richard Longshaunk ("long legs"), 1307 (R&W p.284). Therefore, the constructed "Longbow" should be acceptable.
*****Commenters added that the Middle English Dictionary has examples that include weapons or tools as sir names that include
Willo Slyng (1332); http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED40896
Jamys Arblaster (1475); http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED2096, and
Walterus Speare (1302-3); http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED42136.
Which would give strong chance that longbow as a sir name also
The plural "longbowes" is dated to 1386 in the Middle English Dictionary (http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED26018). Since -es was a standard plural suffix in that language (http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED14417)
******Originally as Azure, a wolf's head erased to sinister within a stag's massacre argent commenters suggested a reblazon to "between the tines" because the head was not encircled by the massacre
3: Malyna MacRae - New Name & New Device
Argent, on a bend sinister Or fimbriated gules between two thistles slipped and leaved proper three mullets palewise gules.
Sound (Mac-Ray -OR- Mc-Ray) most important.
Malyna - Feminine given name, found in the article "Feminine Given Name in 'A Dictionary of English Surnames'" by Talan Gwynek, Fause Losenge Herald Extraordinary (Brian M. Scott), s.n. "Mary", dated to 1311. https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/reaney.cgi?Mary
MacRae - Surname, found in "A Dictionary of English Surnames" by Reaney & Wilson, p.293, s.n. "MacRae/McRaith, etc.", dated 1376.
Previous submission, "Annabella MacRae" was returned by Kingdom in March 2016.
Must be returned for further work.
Previous submission, "Argent, a thistle proper and in chief three mullets gules", was returned by Kingdom in March 2016.
Must be returned for further work. Device is in conflict.
*****the word palewise was added to the blazon to show that the mullets do not follow the orientation of the bend sinister
4: Margaret Northwode - New Name & New Device
Azure, a domestic cat statant erect contourny vested in monk's robes argent maintaining in its forepaws a shepherd's crook contourny and a bordure Or semy of gillyflowers gules seeded Or.
Sound (North-Wood) most important.
Both name elements can be found in Academy of St. Gabriel report #2439, written by Lisa and Ken Theriot, dated Jan. 31, 2002. http://www.s-gabriel.org/2439
*****Commenters were able to strengthen the Academy of St Gabriel report with the following documentation
Margaret) DMNES has recorded in Middle English, in England:
Margaret 1429, 1430, 1436, 1439. (http://dmnes.org/name/Margaret
Northwode ) Bardsley's A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames sn. Norwood, https://archive.org/stream/adictionaryengl00goog#page/n580/mode/1up
<Manger de Northwode> 1273
<Tillot de Northwode> 1379
<Johannes Norwode> 1379
<Edmund Northwoode> 1592
SENA Appendix A says that English patronymic bynames can be marked, or unmarked, hence "Northwode" without the "de" should be fine.
***** the word contourny was added to denote the orientation of the shepherd's crook
5: Ragnarr Þorfinnsson - New Name & New Badge
Argent, a winged monkey passant contourny sable.
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Ragnarr - Given name, found in "The Old Norse Name" by Geirr Bassi Haraldsson, p.14.
Þorfinnsson - Patronymic surname, formed from the given name "Þorfinn", which is found in "The Old Norse Name" by Geirr Bassi Haraldsson, p.16.
badge to be associated with House of the Flying Monkey
6: Ragnarr Þorfinnsson - New Household Name
OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.
House of the Flying Monkey
Household names may be constructed using elements found in period inn sign names, as stated in SENA NPN.1.B.3.
Flying - Found in Juliana de Luna's "Inn-Sign Names in Medieval and Renaissance England" (in progress), under entry "Flying Horse 1638 Dale".
Source: Dale, T.C., The inhabitants of London in 1638, Centre for Metropolitan History, 1931. Accessed from http://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/london-inhabitants/1638/pp147-149
Source states: Humphrey Palmer at Flying Horse, Inhabitants of London in 1638: St. Michael near Crooked Lane.
Monkey - OED cites 1530 J. Palsgrave Lesclarcissement 246/1 Monkey a beest, brouticque, marmot.
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