Calontir LoI dated 2018-04-08

Grüß Gott!

Unto Juliana de Luna, Laurel; Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican; Cormac Mor, Wreath; and the esteemed members of the College of Arms does Herr Gotfrid von Schwaben, Saker Herolt of the Kingdom of Calontir send heartfelt greetings.

The Calontir College of Heralds presents this Letter of Intent for your consideration requesting registration of the following submissions:

1: Áine inghean Mhic Con - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: 'Old Item' should contain the former primary name. The form that is there is not a registered name.

Old Item: Victoria of Standing Stones, to be released.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Irish Gaelic) most important.
Culture (Irish Gaelic) most important.

Áine: Gaelic feminine name dated from 1169 to 1468 listed in Index of Names in Irish Annals: Áine by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) (

inghean: patronymic particle meaning daughter of, appropriate for a masculine name after roughly 1200, per Quick and Easy Gaelic Names (3rd Edition) by Sharon L. Krossa (

Mhic Con: genitive form of Gaelic masculine given name Mac Con. Dated from 1196 to 1595 in Index of Names in Irish Annals: Mac Con by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) (

Name Notes:
Previous name Victoria of Standing Stones is currently on the Calontir LoI dated 2017-11-30. (

2: Alianora Jehannette des Amandiers - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 2016, via Calontir.

Azure semy-de-lys, an owl displayed maintaining in its talons a spoon fesswise argent

Device Notes:
Per SENA Appendix G, there is a step from period practice for having a bird displayed that is not an eagle.

3: Anna Beckett - New Name & New Device

Per pale vert and azure, a pale wavy between in fess a bee and a tree argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Anna: Withycombe, p.25, s.n. Ann, feminine given name "used in England, France, Germany and Spain … first in England beginning of 13th C (1218 first recorded) but rare until beginning of 14th century."

Beckett: R&W, cites Beckett in that spelling from c.1155. Also Bardsley, s.n. Beckett, dates it 1586.

Device Notes:
Commentary brought up the possibility of conflict with the badge of Ealusaid of Ardrenk (Oct 2017, Outlands): Per pale vert and azure, a pale wavy between two hares combatant argent.

Commentary further posited while there is a DC for change in type of the secondaries per SENA A.5.G.4., we believe there is a second DC for change of position/orientation within a charge group per SENA A.5.G.7. because half of the charge group (the bee) can be compared to the combatant (aka rampant respectant) hares and there is a difference in position/orientation between them.

4: Duncan þe Eard-stapa - Resub Name & Resub Device

Per chevron inverted azure and argent, a drinking horn fesswise argent and two Danish axes addorsed in pile sable

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Anglo-saxon) most important.
Meaning (land-stepper, wanderer) most important.

Duncan: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Duncan". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. ( cites Duncan as a masculine given name from Old Irish donn 'brown, dun' + Old Irish cath 'battle'. The name of a 7th C king of Dal Riata, an 8th C high king of Ireland, an 8th C Irish saint, a 10th C high king of Ireland, and two 11th C kings of Scotland.

See also Names from 13th Century Northumberland by Sara L. Uckelman (known in the SCA as Aryanhwy merch Catmael), where Duncan, the vernacular form of Duncanus, is found 3 times. (

þe: A Guide to Old English by Bruce Mitchell, ppg. 355, 347-348. Old English definitive article meaning the.

Eard-stapa: descriptive byname using the Anglo-Saxon masculine noun eard-stapa meaning "A land-stepper, wanderer; terras peragrans, peregrīnātor" found in Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. (

Name Notes:
The previous name, Donnchad Eardstapa, was returned on the March 2011 LoAR. (

The byname was constructed from a word that appears in use only in a poetic context. Without evidence that bynames were created from poetic terms in Anglo-Saxon or that the term eardstapa was used more generally, we cannot register it as a byname.

SENA, Appendix B, section D states in part, "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."

Attested bynames include the 13th century Wander and Wanderbug (from the Middle English Dictionary), Alice Wayfarar, 1394, and Emma Weyfare, 1327 (Jönsjö, Middle English Nicknames, pp.185-6), Petr. Wydefare, 1279; and Ad. Rideway "ride away", 1218 (Jönsjö, ibid, pp.190, 151) and the 12th-13th century (le) Pelerin ("one who travels to a holy place, traveler from foreign lands", found in the Middle English Dictionary and Robert Peregrine "traveler from foreign lands", 1243 (Reaney & Wilson 351, s.n. Pilgrim). There are also multiple examples of some form of Romfare, referring to pilgrims to Rome. All of these support the concept of a traveler or wanderer as a period byname.

The registration of Eoswyth þe Siðend in April of 2013 indicates that an Anglo-Saxon byname meaning "journeyer" is unremarkable. We take that to mean an Anglo-Saxon byname meaning "wanderer" is also unremarkable.

SENA Appendix C supports the combination of an Old English byname with a Gaelic or Old Irish given name.

Device Notes:
Previous device submission, Azure, in pale an axe fesswise head to sinister and a drinking horn fesswise argent, was returned on the March 2011 LoAR. (

This device is returned for blurring the distinction between a group of co-primary charges and two separate groups, one primary and the other secondary. The horn and axe are roughly equivalent in visual weight, which would make them co-primary charges. At the same time, the drinking horn is the central charge, placed exactly where a sole primary charge would be, and the axe is placed in chief, exactly where a long, narrow secondary charge would be placed in chief.

On resubmission, the submitter should either draw a single charge group with the entire group centered on the field, or should draw the horn much more prominently and the axe with slightly less visual weight, so the horn is unmistakably the sole primary charge and the axe is unmistakably a secondary charge.

This is a complete redesign.

5: Edward Logan de Munro - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in May of 2010, via Calontir.

Per bend sinister azure and sable, in pale a jester's cap conjoined with a mask of comedy within a bordure argent

Device Notes:
Previously submitted device Per bend sinister sable and azure, a bauta mask affronty wearing a jester's cap within a bordure argent was returned on the May 2010 LoAR. (

This device is returned for violating section VII.3 of the Rules for Submissions, which says that "Artifacts that were known in the period and domain of the Society may be registered in armory, provided they are depicted in their period forms." The bauta mask has not been shown to be a period artifact. The only documentation provided was from a website for a company selling these masks, which claims that they were introduced in the 16th century. While that may very well be the case, we are not willing to accept the unsupported word of a salesman as documentation for the first registration of a charge.

Masks are certainly period for Venice. The earliest mask-makers appear in the civilian registers of Venice in 1530, according to Mask, The Other Face of Humanity, edited by Maria Clara V. Ravina, but the existence of the bauta mask as a specific type of mask in period remains unproven.

This resubmission addresses the reasons for the previous return by replacing the bauta mask with a more standard mask of comedy.

6: Eibhilin O Beirn - New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name on the Calontir LoI of March 31, 2017 as Eibhilin Ó Beirn.

Yrsa kettlingr

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Old Norse) most important.

Yrsa: feminine given name, Geirr Bassi, pg. 16

kettlingr: byname meaning "kitten", Geirr Bassi, pg. 24

7: Jane Fox of Foxhall - New Name Change & New Device Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in December of 2005, via Calontir.

Per bend sinister purpure and sable, a fox sejant contourny and a fleur-de-lys argent

Old Item: Constance Wilkicke, to be retained as an alternate name.
Old Item: Per pale gules and sable, on a bend argent three footprints palewise sable, to be retained as a badge.
Submitter desires a feminine name.

Jane: Withycombe, pg. 172, s.n. Jane, feminine given name which "comes from the old French Jehane and is not found much before the 16th C. with a Jane Coventry being found in the Mysteries written in the 15th. C."

Fox: R&W, pg. 176, s.n. Fox, 'Toue fox Hy 2DC(L); Hugo le Fox 1297 MinAcctCo. A nickname.' Also from English Names from pre-1600 Brass Inscriptions ( contains the following information: The data in the article shows a total of 7 instances of the surname Fox or Foxe in Oxfordshire, Especially noting John Fox and wife dated to 1522.

of Foxhall: Dictionary of Tudor London Names by Aryanhwy merch Catmael, p. 152., s.n. Foxall. (

Surname additionally documented via Family Search record for George Foxhall, died 10 Mar 1599, St. Bride'S Parish, London, England, batch B04199-8 (

8: Jótun-Kaðall - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Old Norse) most important.
Culture (Old Norse) most important.
Meaning (giant) most important.

Jótun-: Geirr Bassi, p.24, prepended byname meaning Giant.

Kaðall: Geirr Bassi, p.12, masculine given name.

Name Notes:
This name fulfills the requirements of SENA PN.2.B, as it has a [prepended] byname and a given name.

9: Nemesis Erycina - New Name & New Device

Argent, on a pale purpure a key wards to base argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound most important.

Νέμεσις: Nemesis

LGPN - 10 instances cited (Νέμεσις [see images 1 & 2 below])

Erycina: locative meaning of Eryx, a town/mountain in Sicily (home to the Temple of Venus Erycina, which means Venus of Eryx). Supporting research provided during commentary seen in Image #3 below. Functional links therein are:

Notes associated with the attached photo (Image #4): Circa 250 BC, the Roman and Carthaginian camps at Eryce, Sicily, during the 1st Punic War between Carthage and Rome, 264-241 BC (photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

10: Nemesis Erycina - New Badge

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

(Fieldless) A skull sable maintaining in its jaw a key argent

11: Noemy del See - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Spelling (del Sea) most important.

Noemy: DMNES, s.n. Naomi, feminine given name listed. The name of an Old Testament character. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Noemy. The name came into use among Protestants in the 16th C. (

del See: R&W, p. 396, s.n. Sea, dates Bertram del See to 1312.

Additional cites:

OED entry for sea finds a French instance of that spelling dated to 1555.

Middle English Dictionary available online dates the spelling sea 1230 and 1540:
c1230: Al þe wa of þis world..ieuenet to helle..nis nawt swa muchel as is alutel deawes drope toȝeines þe brade sea.
c1540: I sailet forth soundly on the Sea occian.
Name Notes:
SENA Appendix C allows a French-English lingual mix.

12: Nut Meg Thorn - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound (Nutmeg) most important.

Nut: Found as a surname. Surname as given name is allowed for late period English names. IGI record: Elizabeth Nut, mentioned in the record of Edward Bonson, marriage, 28 Jan 1594, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, England, batch M03145-1 (

Meg: Found as a Scottish given name. Double given names are allowable in late period English names. IGI record: Meg Acheson, mentioned in the record of Adam Trumble, marriage, 10 Jul 1599, Kelso, Roxburgh, Scotland, batch M11793-7 (

Thorn: Found as a surname. IGI record: Elys Thorn, christening, 30 Aug 1579, St Andrew Hubbard with St Mary at Hill, London, London, England, batch C02362-1 (

Name Notes:
This is not meant to be a joke name. Submitter has been going by the name Nutmeg ever since she was a child in the SCA. Even if it were a joke name, it is not obtrusively modern, thus we believe it is registerable.

13: Rodrigo of Aston Tor - New Blanket Permission to Conflict

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2001, via Calontir.

Erminois, a cock contourny within a bordure embattled gules

Text of letter:

I, [legal name], known in the SCA as Rodrigo of Aston Tor, waive the full protection of my registered armory " Erminois, a cock contourny within a bordure embattled gules". I grant permission to any future submitter to register armory that is not identical to my registered armory. I understand that this permission can be withdrawn by written notice to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, but that conflicting items registered while it is in force will remain registered.


[legal signature]

14: Sechen Tatar - New Name & New Device

Per bend argent and gules, a lotus flower in profile gules and a natural tiger rampant argent marked sable and on a chief sable two human eyes argent irised sable

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Both names documented in .

Sechen: Mongolian Naming Practices by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald, under the header Women's Names, lists Sechen N [girl?; a girl raised by a tiger in folklore]. (

Tatar: Mongolian Naming Practices by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald, under the header Clan/Tribal Names lists Tatar (tr.). (

Device Notes:
SENA A.2.C.1, allows for use of a natural tiger vs. a heraldic tiger, but incurs a SFPP.

15: Skinna-Hrefna - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Meaning (fur trader) most important.

Skinna-: Geirr Bassi, p. 27, prepended byname meaning Skin-, fur-Trader.

Hrefna: Geirr Bassi, p. 11, feminine given name listed.

Name Notes:
This name fulfills the requirements of SENA PN.2.B, as it has a [prepended] byname and a given name.

16: Thorfinn Vǫttsson - New Name & New Device

Gules, a seawolf maintaining an axe bendwise sinister Or between three mullets of eight points argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (close to Torvin Vortison) most important.
Language (10th century Norse) most important.

Thorfinn: Given name documented, but undated via Family Search record for Thorfinn Sigurdsson, grave marker at Saint Magnus Churchyard, Birsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland, affiliate record number 109785500 (

Name is also documented via DMNES, s.n. Thorfinn, where it is listed as the name of a 10th C earl of Orkney and an 11th C earl of Orkney. (

Vǫttsson: Patronymic formed using the male given name Vǫttr, listed in Geirr Bassi, p. 16.

Name Notes:
Client has been informally using the name Torvin Vortison within the Society and seeks something as close as possible.

Originally submitted as Thorfinn Vottrson, the spelling was changed at Kingdom to conform to proper patronymic spelling conventions per Geirr Bassi, p. 17. Commentary further noted Geirr Bassi states some men's names form a genitive using -ar, so it might possibly be spelled Vǫttarson. We are unsure of the exact formation, but believe it follows more closely to the submitter's desires, should it prove true. Submitter is aware of the changes and approves.

17: Urich von Beren - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (Urick, Yorick) most important.

Urich: Bahlow, p. 527, s.n. U(h)rig, undated masculine first name equivalent to Ulrich, "Sent Urich = St. Ulrich in Aust."

Additional citations to date the given name:

Catholic online has entries for St. Ulric, 890-973 (, and St. Ulrich, 1029-1093 (

Family Search record for Urich Malneckh, born: 1572, death: 29 Dec 1613, Baden, Germany, batch B00892-9 (

von Beren: Bahlow, p. 53, s.n. Behren, lists the locative byname Theodor von Beeren dated to 1267, and Lüder von der Beren dated to 1317.

18: Veyl Robertsson - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Calontir LoI of February 06, 2018 as submitted.

Per pale argent and gules, two pallets argent and a chief sable

Device Notes:
The submitter's original device, Per pale argent and gules, two pallets argent, was originally submitted on the Calontir ILoI dated 2017-12-25 (Item #34,, and was returned at kingdom for conflict with Seagirt, Barony of, badge registered in October of 2005 (via An Tir): Azure, two pallets argent. This redesign adds a chief sable to clear that conflict.

19: Wulfþryð Maynes - New Name & New Device

Or, on a chalice purpure a cross of Calatrava Or and in chief a loaf of bread proper

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Meaning most important.
Spelling (Wulfþryð) most important.

Wulfþryð: female, Saxon name found in PASE database. Saint, d. c.1000; abbess of Wilton, queen of England, the second consort of King l x. ( [see result #6]

Maynes: Eckwall, s.n. Mayne, unmarked locative dated to c. 1100

Herzlichen Danke to Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the Laurel Staff and the SCA College of Arms for their consideration of this letter.

Ich dien,
Gotfrid von Schwaben
Saker Herolt

OSCAR counts 10 New Names, 2 New Name Changes, 1 New Alternate Name, 7 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 1 New Badge. These 22 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $88 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Name and 2 Resub Devices. These 3 items are not chargeable. OSCAR counts 1 Blanket Permission to Conflict. This item may or may not require payment. There are a total of 26 items submitted on this letter.