Ealdormere LoI dated 2017-06-24

Unto the Sovereigns and other members of the College of Arms of the Society, come greetings from Dietrich von Sachsen, Green Mantle Herald Acting.

It is the intent of the Ealdormere College of Heralds to submit the following for your consideration.

1: Annes Tinker - New Name & New Device

Azure, a bend and in sinister canton a crescent argent.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Language (12th Century Anglo-Norman) most important.
Culture (12th Century Anglo-Norman) most important.

Annes: French feminine name, which is a version of Annas or Agnes, dated to 1170-76. From Brian M. Scott's "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames" (1994). https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/reaney.cgi?Agnes accessed May 18th, 2017.

Tinker: Middle English surname, dated to 1243 CE (Robert le Tinker). Versions of the name without the "le" can be found in Laurence Tinekere (1244), Johanne Tynkere (1332) From P. H. Reaney, A Dictionary of British Surnames, 2nd ed., with corrections and additions by R. M. Wilson (1976), page 350. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?type=id&id=MED45922&egs=all&egdisplay=open accessed May 18th, 2017.


2: Daya Speyererin - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2014, via Ealdormere.

(Fieldless) A pumpkin gules slipped vert


3: Dubhesa inghean Uí Uilliam - New Name & New Device

Purpure, a triskelion of spirals, on a chief embattled argent, three badgers dormant sable, marked argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound (sounds like Dubhessa) most important.

Dubhesa: Feminine Variant of Dubh Essa, from Donnchadh Ó Corráin, ed., "Annals of Loch Cé A.D.1014- 1590" (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/DubEssa.shtml). This version is found is A. Martin Freeman; Ruth Murphy, ed., "The Annals in Cotton MS. Titus A. XXV [Cottonian Annals]" (WWW: CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork, Ireland., 2003); the entry number is 1190, as "Dubessa ingen Diarmata meic Taidg"

inghean Uí: daughter of a male descendent, as described in http://medievalscotland.org/scotnames/quickgaelicbynames/#clanaffiliationbyname

Uilliam: Male given name found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada from 1302, 1312, 1322, 1324, 1447, 1461, 1464, 1466, 1473, 1476, 1488, 1496, 1504, 1512, 1516, 1573, 1577. (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Uilliam.shtml)

(Green Mantle Note: some of the documentation was missing from the Internal letter; this should fix it)


4: Emelote of Calais - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2009, via Ealdormere.

Sable, a decrescent and a chief fleury counter fleury argent semy-de-lis sable

The original design was returned on the December 2011 LoAR for the following reasons.

Device. Per bend sinister sable and argent, a decrescent within a bordure flory-counterflory all counterchanged.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating section VII.7.a of the Rules for Submissions which requires that "Elements must be recognizable solely from their appearance." The depiction of the complex line of the bordure here is very difficult to identify; while a flory-counterflory complex line has been seen in period on straight lines, such as along a per bend line of division, its use on a curved shape such as this bordure further hampers its identifiability.

The submitter should also be aware that the use of a bordure flory itself is a step from period practice; we decline to rule at this time on whether a bordure flory-counterflory is also a step from period practice, or entirely unregisterable. Any future submission which uses a bordure flory-counterflory should be accompanied by documentation presenting a case that the use of such a bordure is no more than a single step from period practice.

This is a redesign.

Based on comments in Internal, the device has been redrawn with larger fleur-de-lys.


5: Gwendolyn of Aldburg - New Device Change

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

Vert, in fess a bezant between two falcons rising respectant argent

Old Item: Vert, two falcons rising respectant argent, a bordure Or., to be released.


6: Jǫfurr Rauðsson - New Name & New Device

Per pale embattled grady purpura and argent, a chamfron and a triskelion of spirals counterchanged.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (sounds like Joffr) most important.

Jǫfurr: Found in Old Swedish as Iuvur and in OW.Norse as Jofurr. From the OW.Norse noun jofurr (from Primitive Scandinavian *eburaR), originally with a sense of "wild boar" but coming to mean "prince" because of the boar-crested helmets such men were said to have worn. Runic examples include the nominative forms iofur, iufur (3 instances), [iufur] (3 instances) and the accusative forms iafur, iufur, [iufur]. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#Jofurr accessed on April 26th, 2017.

Rauðsson: Found both as a personal name and as a by-name, occurring in in Old Danish as Røth, in Old Swedish as Rødh, and in OW.Norse as Rauðr. From the OW.Norse adjective rauðr "red". Rauðr appears very early as a personal name in Norway, and is the name of one of the original settlers of Iceland in Landnámabók (ch. 21). Runic examples include the nominative case forms rauþr, [rauþr], ruþr. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#Raud accessed on April 26th, 2017


7: Laura Battista - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2001, via Ealdormere.

(Fieldless) A natural seahorse contourny purpure bezanty.

The original joint badge (Fieldless) A natural seahorse contourny purpure bezanty, maintaining with its tail a dagger bendwise sinister sable was returned on the Feb 2017 LoAR for the following reason.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." Because of its position and the lack of contrast with the body of the seahorse, the dagger looks like an extension of the tail.

The dagger has been removed and it is no longer to be jointly held


8: Marioun Golightly - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2003, via Ealdormere.

Azure, a semy of feathers bendwise sinsister argent

This item was returned on the March 2015 LoAR for the following reasons..

This device is returned for conflict with the device Anne la Grisa: Gules, semy of quill pens argent. There is only one DC for changing the tincture of the field. No DC is granted for the minor differences between feather and quill pen

The changing of the position of the feathers, will add the additional DC required.


9: Varakhii Varenko Vlkovich - New Name & New Device

Azure, within a chaplet of thorns a maple leaf Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (The name of Varenko. Pronunciation > Spelling) most important.

Varakhii: masculine Russian name, meaning "blessed by god". Name of a 3rd Century martyr. From Paul Goldschmidt's "Dictionary of Period Russian Names", © 1996 http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/va.html accessed May 10th, 2017.

Varenko: masculine diminutive of Varul, "god's slave", the name of a 4th century martyr, as found in Paul Goldschmidt's "Dictionary of Period Russian Names", © 1996 http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/va.html accessed May 10th, 2017.

Client notes that Russian and Ukranian are both East Slavic languages, which can be mixed in accordance with Appendix C. http://sofyalarus.info/russia/ukrainian.html

"So when you're looking at Paul Wickenden's Dictionary of Period Russian Names, the "Russian" names documented before c. 1200 should also be considered "Ukrainian", because the split between Old Russian and Old Ukrainian hadn't fully started yet."

Slavic Diminutives can use only part of the base name; in this case, the element of Var. In this case, we are using the Ukrainian -enko ending; examples of this are found in "Early 17th century names from Zhytomyr, Ukraine." By Rebecca Lucas, 2013. https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ffride/zhytomyrmasc.html accessed May 10th, 2017. (See examples of Koval -> Kovalenko, Mykolay-> Mykolaenko, etc.)

Vlkovich: male patronymic derived from the Russian masculine name Vlk, meaning "wolf". As per Wikenden, names ending in a consonant add the -ov suffix, to which we additionally add the -ich suffix. (Vlk becomes Vlkov, which becomes Vlkovich). From Paul Goldschmidt's "Dictionary of Period Russian Names", © 1996 http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/vl-y.html accessed May 10th, 2017.


10: Yamagata Yukiko - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Ealdormere LoI of February 25, 2017 as submitted.

Vert, in pale two dragonflies fesswise counter-volant volant Or.

This device was pulled prematurely from the 2017-02-25 Ealdormere LoI.


Many and warmest thanks to those who have taken the time to comment and thus advance the art and science of heraldry in the Society.

Dietrich von Sachsen

Green Mantle Herald (Acting)


OSCAR counts 4 New Names, 4 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 1 New Badge. These 10 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $40 for them. OSCAR counts 3 Resub Devices and 1 Resub Badge. These 4 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 14 items submitted on this letter.