West LoI dated 2017-07-18

Unto Mistress Emma de Featherstan, Laurel; Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican; Master Cormac Mor, Wreath; and the various members of the College of Arms, greetings from Lady Edith of Swanesdale, Matins trainee and Viscountess Krysta of Starfall, Green Crown Pursuivant for the Kingdom of the West.

It is the intent of the West Kingdom that the following be registered.

1: Arnþór Hestofði - New Name & New Device

Quarterly azure and gules, a hippogriff segreant contourny within an orle Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for language and/or culture, time period - none noted.
Language (none noted) most important.
Culture (none noted) most important.
Meaning (none noted) most important.

Submitter cares about meaning (none noted), language and/or culture (none noted), and the gender of the name (male). AUTHENTICITY REQUEST: language and/or culture, time period (none noted).

Arnþór - `Arnþórr' from Viking Names found in Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) [http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html]

Hestofði - `hesthǫfði' from Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) [http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html]; `hesthǫfði' also found in Bassi on p. 22.

The Old Norse name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A. SENA Appendix A also states, "Accents and other diacritics (like þ, ðnd ǫ) may be used or omitted, as long as the system is consistent; ..."

`Arnþór' is actually listed as `Arnþórr' and `Hestofði' as `hesthǫfði' in the listed sources. Based on the SENA requirements regarding accents and diacritics, as well as the spelling changes, we believe that this name should be registered as `Arnþórr Hesthǫfði' or `Arnþórr hesthǫfði'.


2: Dustin Thorn - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in February of 2016, via the West.

Old Item: Thoen Silverthorn of Silver Desert, to be released.
Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Spelling (none noted) most important.

Previously registered name: Thoen Silverthorn of Silver Desert, February 2016 via the West is to be released upon registration of this name.

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about spelling (none noted) and the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Dustin - surname from [https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NR9C-LHV] dated 1546. Indexing Project (Batch) Number C04756-1.

Thorn - surname from [https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NG8C-BTP] dated 1565. Indexing Project (Batch) Number C03620-2.

The English name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A.

Late Period English surname used as given name: April 2010 LoAR: Alton of Grimfells. Name (see RETURNS for device). Alton is the submitter's legal middle name. Middle names are registerable by type: if it is structurally a given name it can be used as a given name, but if it is structurally a surname it can only be used as a surname.

In this case, the LoI also documented Alton as an English surname dated to 1508. The LoI also documented a pattern of English surnames being used as given names in the second half of the 16th C and early 17th C. Therefore, Alton is registerable as an English surname used as a given name following this late 16th C practice.

Note: Registerability of surnames used as a given name under this practice is limited solely to the context of this practice. Specifically, the surname must be documented as a 16th C English surname form. It will be evaluated for compatibility with the rest of the name in the same manner as a given name documented as a 16th C English given name.

Regarding familysearch and batch numbers: "Using FamilySearch Historical Records", by Domhnall na Moicheirghe and Juliana de Luna, at [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/familysearch.html]: according to this article, numbers starting with C are generally acceptable.


3: Ferro Mori - New Name & New Device

Sable, ten plates four, three, two and one, a chief argent.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (none noted) most important.

Submitter will NOT accept MAJOR changes. Submitter cares about meaning (none noted) the gender of the name (male). No authenticity request.

Ferro - from Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa (Given Names in Alphabetical Order) by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith): [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-given-alpha.html]

Mori - from Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa (Bynames Names in Alphabetical Order) by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith): [http://heraldry.sca.org/names/pisa/pisa-bynames-alpha.html]

The Italian name formation <given + byname> is found in SENA Appendix A.


Standard disclaimer: This letter accurately reflects the contents of the various submission forms and accompanying documents, including consent to changes, expressed preferences, requests for authenticity, and formation of holding names. Any and all assistance will be gratefully accepted.

Respectfully submitted,

Edith of Swanesdale, Matins Trainee

Krysta of Starfall, Green Crown

Matins Office, West Kingdom College of Heralds

matins@heralds.westkingdom.org Matins.WestKingdom@gmail.com


OSCAR counts 2 New Names, 1 New Name Change and 2 New Devices. These 5 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $20 for them. There are a total of 5 items submitted on this letter.