East LoI dated 2017-02-28

Unto Andrewe Laurel, Brunissende Couronne, Alys Pellicane, and Cormac soon-to-be Wreath, from Yehuda Blue Tyger, greetings!

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

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1: Anneke Valmarsdotter - New Name & New Badge

(Fieldless) A pinecone stem to chief azure

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Finnish - ideally pre-15th century) most important.

Anneke is a female given name found in Swedish Feminine Given Names from SMP by Aryanhwy merch Catmael dated to 1465. (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/swedish/smp/anneke.html)

Valmarsdotter is a patronymic byname from the male given name Valmar found in Vanhat nimityyppimme (Finnish Names) by Rouva Gertrud. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/FinnishNamesArticle.htm)

Kingdom commenters noted that Valmar is a normalized header form. The attested form is Walmar. However, other Val- names start with V- instead of W- appear to be found in the same naming pool.

The patronymic is formed using the Swedish -dotter rather than the Finnish -tytär. While we normally don't allow the mixing of different languages in the same name phrase, the introduction to the Finnish names article above states that "The parent's name was often in Swedish. Actual examples are … Appollonia Pedersdotter (Pietari's daughter)."

Therefore, we believe this construction is registerable and are forwarding the name unchanged for wider commentary.


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2: Christiana Crane - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2013, via the East.

(Fieldless) Six caltrops conjoined in annulo points to center argent

Kingdom commenters were concerned with possible visual conflicts with the badge of Clovia Lumi (January 1973): Sable, a snowflake argent, the badge of Thorbjorn Wulfgrimmssønn (May 1983, Meridies): Per fess azure and Or masoned sable, in chief a snowflake argent, and the badge of Cerelia de Lacy of Sherborne (February 1983, Ansteorra): Purpure, an escarbuncle argent,

Kingdom commenters were also concerned that this is an attempt to register a snowflake, a charge long prohibited by the College on the grounds that the hexagonal snowflake shape was not known until the 19th Century.

As questions of visual conflict and a determination of whether this is an impermissible attempt to register a snowflake are reserved for Wreath, we are forwarding this badge.


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3: Jean Oste de Murat - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2012, via the East.

(Fieldless) A prawn, Or

We believe this badge is clear of the device of Mór Ruadh (Oct 2014, Caid) Gules, a crab Or. There is one DC for fieldlessness. We believe that there should be at least a DC between this prawn and a crab.


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4: Jean Oste de Murat - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2012, via the East.

Per bend argent and azure, a hop cone slipped and leaved Or

We believe this badge to be clear of the badge of Mora Ottavia Spadera (July 2007, Caid): (Fieldless) An artichoke Or. There is one DC for the field and an examination of the charges shows that they are inverted from one another, which should provide a second DC.

We believe this badge is also clear of the badge of Turold of Normandy (May 2004, West): Purpure, a New World pineapple Or leaved vert. Again, there is a DC for the field. We are unable to find precedent as to whether there is a DC for the change of type between a pineapple and a hop cone, but a related precedent states that "There is at least a CD for the difference between pinecones and New World pineapples" [Margarette Bonvallet, Dec 2011, A-Ansteorra]. We believe that a DC should be found here, as well.


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5: Lijsbet van Catwiic - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2014, via the East.

(Fieldless) A mortar and pestle sable charged with an elderflower argent seeded and barbed Or


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6: Lijsbet van Catwiic - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2014, via the East.

(Fieldless) An escallop purpure winged Or


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7: Ruantallan, Barony of - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 1988, via the East.

(Fieldless) On a dolphin haurient argent a tenterhook azure

This submission is to be associated with Populace


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8: Ruantallan, Barony of - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 1988, via the East.

(Fieldless) On a dolphin haurient contourney argent a tenterhook reversed azure

This submission is to be associated with Populace


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9: Ryan Mac Whyte - New Heraldic Title

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2013, via the East.

Skunk Herald

No changes.

Submitter was granted the rank of Herald Extraordinary and the right to register a personal title by Malcolm Brigantia during the court of their Majesties Brion and Anna at the Barony Beyond the Mountain / Bergental Yule on Dec 3rd 2016. This was witnessed and is testified to by Yehuda Blue Tyger and Charitye Pantheon.

Skunk is a gray-period Swedish byname found in the FamilySearch historical records:

Jöns Person Skunk

Mentioned in the record of Jöns Person Skunk and Ebba Andersdr

Name: Jöns Person Skunk

Event Date: 15 Oct 1648

Event Place: Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

"Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FKJS-5ZG : 8 December 2014), Jöns Person Skunk and Ebba Andersdr, 15 Oct 1648; citing Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, reference 1636-1738; FHL microfilm 77,814. -

Indexing Project (Batch) Number M41986-1

The Pattern of heraldic titles based on family names is found in the "Heraldic Titles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Overview" by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith), Siren Herald (http://medievalscotland.org/jes/HeraldicTitlesSCA/index.shtml), showing heraldic titles based on Family names to be the 5th most commonly used pattern.

The documentation is for a Scandinavian byname. The cited article notes that very few Scandinavian titles were found, and the ones that were found were locative in nature.

However, this can alternately be documented using the pattern of heraldic titles based on heraldic charges, found in the same article, and in English, with Skunk being a potential heraldic charge based on a New World animal. Skunk would be a lingua Anglica form, with the plural form Squunckes found in the OED dated to 1634.


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10: Samuel Peter Bump - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in February of 2015, via the East.

(Fieldless) A fess couped wavy within and conjoined to a mascle sable


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11: Stronghold of Ravensdale - New Branch Name

No changes.
Meaning (Raven Valley) most important.

Ravensdale Park, a deer park in Derbyshire established by the reign of Edward I [1239-1307]. http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MDR2780&resourceID=1023

Stronghold is a recognized branch name designator as per SENA Appendix E.A

During Kingdom commentary Lillia Pelican Emeritus and Maridonna Benvenuti provided additional documentation for the substantive element from the MED:

(1223) EPNSoc.43 (Wm.) 30: Ravenesdal'.

Possibly (1367) EPNSoc.29 (Der.) 597: Rawennisdale.

Similar pl.nms. (c1115) in Ekwall Dict.EPN 363: Ravendala. and (1380) EPNSoc.29 (Der.) 597: Ravendale.

We believe this provides sufficient examples of alternate spellings that the submitted spelling is a reasonable interpolation.


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12: Thomas de Marr - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2014, via the East.

(Fieldless) A barrel sable charged with a dragon passant Or


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13: Thomas de Marr - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2014, via the East.

(Fieldless) A cock Or and a bull rampant gules addorsed and conjoined at the tails


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14: Thomas de Marr - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2014, via the East.

Per chevron inverted gules and azure, in chief a cockatrice Or


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15: Vígþorn Vetsson - New Name

No changes.

Vígþorn is a male given name found CV p. 742 s.v. þorn; NR s.nn. Vígþorn, Víg-, -þorn, Vígi (http://vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#v)

Vetsson is a patronymic byname formed from the given name Vetr found in NR s.n. Vintr (http://vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#v)

During kingdom commentary ffride wlfsdotter provided the following additional documentation:

Nordiskt runnamnslexikon by Lena Peterson (http://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/download/18.6dffb94c149794d926e379/1415279748920/Runnamnslexikon_T+ 141106.pdf) has:

sn. Vintr (?), masculine name p. 256.

Lists the Old West Norse form as "Vetr".

sn. Vígþorn, masculine name p. 254.

Kingdom commenters were concerned by whether the byname is correctly formed. Lind col. 1097 sn. Vetr notes the genitive case is Vetar, which would form the patronymic Vetarson. As the submitter allows no changes, and as Blue Tyger is not certain of Norse Grammar, we are forwarding this name for wider commentary.


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16: Whyt Whey, Canton of - New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1990, via the East.

Argent, an apple gules slipped and leaved proper within a laurel wreath vert and an orle sable

Old Item: Sable, a cockroach tergiant within a laurel wreath and on a chief embattled argent, a pomme., to be retained as a badge.

A petition in support of this change is included in the packet and signed by six of the seven branch officers.

The submitter's previous device, Sable, a cockroach tergiant within a laurel wreath and on a chief embattled argent, a pomme, is to be retained as ancient arms. OSCAR labels that as "retained as badge", as there is no provision for "ancient arms".


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17: Whyt Whey, Canton of - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 1990, via the East.

Argent, an apple gules slipped and leaved proper within an orle sable

This submission is to be associated with Populace


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18: Zoya the Orphan - New Name & New Device

Purpure, three Arabian lamps argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound (Zoya) most important.

Zoya is a female given name found in the "Dictionary of Period Russian Names" by Paul Goldschmidt dated to 1356. (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/z.html) The spelling in this article is "Zoia". This follows the Library of Congress transliteration system used throughout Wickenden (seehttp://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/zpreface.html). The LoC system transliterates the Cyrillic character 'я' as 'ia'. However, SENA Appendix D (http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#AppendixD) allows the use of either the Library of Congress system, the International Phonetic system, or the Revised English system for transliterating Russian names. In the Cyrillic alphabet, the name would have been spelled "3oя" which can be transliterated under the Revised English system as "Zoya".

Kingdom commenters asked for evidence that the Cyrillic for "Zoia" is "3oя", which can be rendered as "Zoya" as discussed above and not "Зоиа" which cannot. Unfortunately, the transliteration system used by Wickenden is not reversible - we can't automatically recover the Cyrillic from the English, as either "3oя" or "Зоиа" will transliterate as "Zoia".

Blue Tyger has been unable to document the Russian spelling of this name - the source used by Wickenden isn't publicly available, and none of the other sources I have access to have this name. However, "3oя" is a perfectly common modern Russian name and there's no such name, either modernly or in any of my sources, as "Зоиа". We believe that this is enough to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt.

The Orphan is a Lingua Anglica form of the Russian byname Sirot (m) -- "orphan", 1552, or Sirota (m) -- "orphan", 1633, both found in Wickenden 2ed (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/si.html).

The pattern of descriptive bynames is found in Paul Wickenden of Thanet's "A Dictionary of Period Russian Names" (http://heraldry.sca.org/paul/)


In Service,

Yehuda ben Moshe

Blue Tyger Herald


OSCAR counts 3 New Names, 1 New Branch Name, 1 New Heraldic Title, 1 New Device, 1 New Device Change and 13 New Badges. These 20 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $80 for them. There are a total of 20 items submitted on this letter.