An Tir LoI dated 2018-01-15

Greetings unto the College of Heralds from Elizabeth Lions Blood!

The following items are submitted to the College for January 2018:

1: Anneke von Frankenstein - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 31, 2016 as submitted.

Lozengy purpure and argent, on a chief triangular purpure a reremouse argent.

This device was returned by An Tir in September 2017 as follows:

Anneke von Frankenstein. Resub Device. Per chevron inverted purpure and lozengy purpure and argent, a reremouse argent.

A previous device submission, "Per chevron inverted purpure and lozengy purpure and argent, four mascles in cross argent," was returned on the January 2017 LOAR with the following text:

"This device is returned for conflict with the device of Lisabetta Davanzati: Quarterly azure and purpure, four mascles argent. There is a DC for changes to the field. However, Anneke's mascles' position is forced on the purpure portion of the field, so there is no additional DC for arrangement."

Unfortunately this design conflicts for exactly the same reason as the previous submission did, this time with Chabi of Burkhan Khaldun: Per bend sinister sable and vert, a reremouse argent, and also with Damon Xanthos: Per chevron rayonny sable and gules, in chief a reremouse argent.

2: Brynki Skúlason - New Name

No major changes.
Spelling (want spelling as close as possible) most important.

1) Bryn- / -ki: GB pp. 9; FJ pp. 343, 439; CV pp. 85, 197 sv brynja, Gerða / NR s.v. Tóka as referenced at (see enclosed)

2) Bryn- / -ki: GB p.9 s.n. Brynjólfr; FJ pp. 67-68, 343, 351 s.n. Brynjulfr, Bryn-, -ulfr; CV p. xxxiv s.v. "Pet Names"; CV pp. 668 s.v. úlfr; ; NR s.nn. BryniulfR/BrunulfR, Bryn(in)-, - ulfR / GB p.15 s.n. Súlki; NR s.n. Súlki as referenced at (see enclosed)

3) Skúli-: "Skúli Þorsteinsson, Flokkr" by Yale history professor Anders Winroth as referenced at (see enclosed)

4) -ason: Geirr bassi Haraldsson's "The Old Norse Name" as referenced at (see enclosed)

"Brynki" is taken from the "pet names" section of Cleasby & Vigfusson. Precedent says:

LoAR February 2016 sn. Kitta Ormarsdottir.


"Commenters questioned if Kitta is a modern form, as it does not appear to be attested. This name is identified as a diminutive form of Kristin in Cleasby-Vigfusson's section "Pet Names", but is not clearly dated to period. This source states, "many of the old names with weak declension in -i and -a were probably originally pet names". After the Pelican decision meeting, Orle noted:

[Cleasby-Vigfusson] cites examples dated examples [sic] of this pattern, such as 8th c. <Boddi>, derived from names in <Bǫð->, or 10th c. <Daði> from <Davíð>, in 994 <Erli> for <Erlingr>, etc.

Given this pattern, and that many of the examples from this section of Cleasby-Vigfusson are attested, we are giving the submitter the benefit of the doubt that Kitta is a plausible diminutive form in period."

So, it looks like "Brynki" with no direct evidence that it was ever used in period, might be given the benefit of the doubt too. (here's the page though it was noted in commentary it's only the simpler -i and -a names that mention dates, not -ki).

Non photocopy source for the patronymic:

Lind col. 925 sn. Skúli, masculine name.

3: Domhnall MacCeallaigh of Dublin - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.

recommend submitting a name with minor changes, <Domhnall mac Ceallaigh of Dublin>, using:

<Domhnall>: masc given name, Early Modern Irish Gaelic,

<Ceallaigh>: masc given name, gen, Early Modern Irish Gaelic,

SENA Appendix A shows <mac> for Early Modern Irish Gaelic patronymics. shows the city established in the 9th century, so lingua Anglica should allow "of Dublin".

Commenters brought up a potential conflict with Domnall mac Cellaig. This name was registered in December of 2011 (via Meridies) however the addition of locative makes it a non-issue.

4: Geoffrey Hightower - New Name & New Device

Per pale vert and argent, a lighthouse counterchanged flammant proper.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity.
Language most important.

  • Geoffrey Medlay, male, buried 04 Apr 1569, Epworth, Lincoln, England, B02814-2,

  • Hightower is a constructed byname based on Highstead (Highstede 1473) and Highet ("high gate", Hyet, 1514). The submitter preferes it as one word but will accept double bynames (High, sn. Highe 1327) (Tower, 1255).
  • All these refs are to R&W.

    Additionally we find the words used paired in Facsimile of the 1611 Authorized Version of the Bible, Psalms 18:2 and 144:2 have high tower. See images.

    1: Image 1 2: Image 2

    No conflicts were found at Kingdom with the name.

    With the submitter's permission, this device has been recolored at the kingdom level with solid gules flames.

    5: Glymm Mere, Barony of - Resub Badge

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1993, via An Tir.

    (Fieldless) On a chalice per pale argent and azure, three gouttes counterchanged.

    This submission is to be associated with Order of the White Chalice of Glymm Mere

    This badge was returned by Laurel on the June 2017 LOAR for the following:

    Glymm Mere, Barony of. Badge. (Fieldless) A jeweled chalice argent.

    This badge must be returned for conflict with Kathleen Erin-go-burne-the-Bragh, Vert, a chalice argent containing flames Or. There is one DC for fieldlessness, but nothing for jeweling the chalice. Prior precedent does not grant a DC for enflaming objects.

    6: Glymm Mere, Barony of - Resub Badge

    OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1993, via An Tir.

    Azure, two swords inverted in saltire within a bordure rayonny Or.

    This submission is to be associated with Orden de Rodrigo

    This badge was returned by An Tir in August 2017 as follows:

    Glymm Mere, Barony of. New Badge. Azure, two swords inverted in saltire proper within a bourdure rayonny Or.

    In accordance with the Standards for Evaluation of Name and Armoury (section A3.D1). "Having two close variants of a charge in a design is confusing and makes the charge groups difficult to identify. Thus, two charges or depictions of charges that are artistic variants of one another or that otherwise are considered to have less than a distinct change (DC) between them are not allowed in a single armorial design. A.5 defines distinct changes in more detail. This is true even if one charge is on the field and the other charge is on another charge. In precedent, this is sometimes referred to as 'sword and dagger'.". Although the submitters gesture towards inclusiveness is appreciated by their emblazon depicting a heavy and rapier sword, it unfortunately does not appear to be heraldic-ally acceptable.

    7: Luther Gutman - New Name

    Submitter desires a masculine name.
    Sound most important.

  • Luther is dated to 1317-39 in "Medieval German Given Names from Silesia" by Talan Gwynek <>
  • Gutman is dated to 1312 in Bahlow s.n. Gutmann.
  • No conflicts were found at Kingdom with this name.

    8: Maral of Dragon's Mist - New Name & New Device

    Maral of Dragon's Mist

    Per chevron sable and erminois.

    Sound most important.

    Maral: 1240 AD from "Mongolian Naming Practices" by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald (retrieved from on 10/3/2017)

    of Dragon's Mist: Branch Name Allowance

    No conflict found with the name.

    9: Thierry Dalcy - New Name

    Submitter desires a masculine name.
    No changes.
    Language most important.

  • Thierry is dated to 1421 in "French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423 & 1438" by Sara L. Uckelman.
  • Dalcy is dated to the same year and source.
  • No Conflicts found

    10: Wilhelm Heinrich Meyer - Resub Badge

    OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of February 28, 2017 as submitted.

    Fieldless, an eagle per bend sinister Or and gules.

    The original submission (a completely different design) was returned by Laurel on the May 2017 LOAR as follows:

    Wilhelm Heinrich Meyer. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a bull passant argent armed Or standing atop a feather fesswise gules, overall an arrow Or.

    This badge is returned for redraw because of the partial overlap of the bull's hooves and the feather. "Standing atop" (or "standing upon" as was submitted) would have the bull standing on the top edge of the feather, a simple conjoining. Here, the charges are not simply conjoined as the hooves of the bull significantly overlap the feather. The bull is also not really overlapping the feather, as most of the charge lies on the field. This sort of overlap for conjoined charges has long been cause for return, as the relationship between the charges is not blazonable.

    11: Zulaikha al-Zarqa' - New Name

    Zulaikha al-Zarqa'

    Submitter desires a feminine name.
    Language most important.

    Both name elements were found in "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices (2nd edition)" by Da'ud ibn Auda <>

    No conflicts were found at Kingdom with this name.

    I remain, yours in service,
    Viscountess Elizabeth Turner de Carlisle
    Lions Blood Herald

    OSCAR counts 7 New Names and 2 New Devices. These 9 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $36 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device and 3 Resub Badges. These 4 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 13 items submitted on this letter.