Meridies LoI from Meridies dated 2018-03-31

Unto Juliana, Laurel Principal; Alys, Pelican; Cormac, Wreath; and all the College of Arms does Ulrich, Pennon of the Glorious Kingdom of Meridies, on behalf of Mistress Flannait inghean uí hEighnigh, Beacon, and the Illustrious Meridian College of Heralds, send most humble and respectful greetings.

1: Avelyn Loveday - New Device Change

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2013, via Meridies.

Azure, a natural tiger Or marked purpure rampant and a dragon addorsed, on a chief Or a decrescent between two estoiles purpure.

Old Item: Azure, a natural tiger statant guardant Or marked sable and on a chief Or a decrescent between two mullets purpure., to be released.

Previous submission, Azure, a natural tiger Or marked sable rampant and a dragon addorsed, on a chief Or a decrescent between two estoiles purpure, was returned at Kingdom in September 2017.

Must be returned for further work.

This device violates the complexity laws of A3E2 of SENA. The law states that 8 is the highest number and 9 were counted in your device (tiger + dragon + chief + estoiles + decrescent) + (azure + Or + purpure + sable) = complexity count of 9.

A tiger's stripes, being a part of an image that is significant enough to be blazoned, must have its color counted.

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No conflicts found during commentary.

Original blazon, Azure, a natural tiger Or marked purpure rampant and a dragon rampant addorsed, on a chief Or between two estoiles a decrescent purpure, changed at Kingdom to remove unnecessary terminology.

There is a SFPP for using a natural tiger.


2: Basileios Philanthropenos Philomathes - New Alternate Name & New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1999, via Meridies.

Johan von dem Graben

Sable estencely, a point pointed Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (German) most important.
Culture (15th c Germany) most important.

Johan - Masculine given name, from the article "German Names from Nurnberg, 1497" by Sara L. Uckelman, http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/nurnberg1497.html. Found once with this spelling.

von dem Graben - Constructed locative byname, meaning "from the ditch/moat/trench". Documentation pulled from the references of Academy of St. Gabriel Report 2365:

[2] <Greben> is an early Middle High German term, cognate with modern German <Graben> "ditch, trench, moat". It appears in medieval High German bynames: <Rugerus an dem Graben> 1286, Ludwigsburg; <Burchart Am Graben>

1322, Pfullendorf; <Sifridus in dem Graben> 1320, Bu"hl [3]; <Nic. Graben>

1402, Prague; <Hanns auf dem graben> 1395, Haslau [4]. The form <von der

Gro"ben> (where ő represents o-umlaut) occurs in numerous places in

Bavaria and Austria; <Greben> is an earlier form of this word [3].

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

Originally submitted as "Johan von der graben", and changed with submitter permission. "Graben" is a masculine German noun, and "von" forces it into the dative case, which would change "der" to "dem", resulting in the surname "von dem Graben" or "vom Graben". Submitter prefers the form "von dem" to the contracted form "vom".

The following comment was also included with this name submission.

I query the use of "von der" in the locative.

The examples in the St. Gabriel letter are:

"an den Graben" [on the ditch] 1286

"am Graben" [am = a contraction of "an dem"] 1322

"in dem Graben" [in the ditch] 1320

"auf dem graben" [in/on the ditch] 1395

These are all taking the dative, because it's referring to a local feature in the landscape, not a named town.

Eg. May 2014 LoAR sn. Johann vom Hasengraben

http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2014/05/14-05lar.html#52

"Submitted as Johann von Hasengraben, the preposition von ("of") is used with town names, not with toponyms (place names named after geographic features) such as Hasengraben. For bynames formed from these types of locatives, im ("in the") is the most commonly used, but von den/von dem or the contracted form vom ("in the") can also be found, as long as normal German rules of grammar are followed.

The documentation in the Letter of Intent shows that Johann von den Hasengraben (constructed from the attested in den hasen graben) or Johann im Hasengraben would be registerable. However, we have changed the name to Johann vom Hasengraben because it is the closest to what was submitted."

Finally, Hessian Fieldnames sn. Grabe has:

vom Graben, 1443

(https://www.lagis-hessen.de/en/subjects/gsrec/current/9/sn/fln?q=vom+Graben)

I'd suggest "Johan vom graben" or "Johan von dem graben."

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No conflicts found during commentary.

Device was redrawn during commentary with submitter's permission. Commenters had trouble identifying the sparks in the estencely field treatment, so they were made larger. It was also adjusted to fit within the lines of the shield on the device submission form.

Original artwork included below.

This submitter already has a registered device; however, also included on this letter are the letters to transfer ownership of the registered device to Devon of Sol Haven (see items 3 and 7 on this LOI). This new device to replace the one being transferred as the submitter's primary device.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-29/20-08-47_Baseleios_Philanthropenos_Philomathes_device_bw_image.jpeg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-29/20-08-48_Baseleios_Philanthropenos_Philomathes_device_color_image.jpeg


3: Basileios Philanthropenos Philomathes - New Transfer of Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1999, via Meridies.

Argent, a chevron between three crosses of Jerusalem gules

Letter of Transfer received from the submitter.

I, (mundane name redacted), known in the SCA as Basileios Philanthropenos Philomathes, do transfer to (mundane name redacted), known in the SCA as Devon of Sol Haven, the following device: "Argent, a chevron between three crosses of Jerusalem gules". I understand that this transfer cannot be withdrawn once made.

Signed and dated, 18 February, 2018


4: Dante Michelangelo di Trieste - New Household Name

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

Companie of the Red Sword

Sound most important.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

Red: A color

Sword: a cutting, slashing, or stabbing device

Company: household designator

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No conflicts found during commentary.

Original submission, "Red Sword Companie" was changed with submitter permission. As stated on the submission "Company of the Black Boot", on the June 2017 LOAR:

"Submitted as Black Boot Company, no evidence could be found to support the pattern of this household name. In December 2013, we ruled that the correct form of a company name using the pattern Color + Heraldic Charge is Company of [color] [charge].

Submitter prefers spelling "Companie", but commenters were unable to find documentation for this spelling. We ask for assistance in finding documentation with this spelling for an English household name. Submitter is willing to change to "Company of the Red Sword" if desired spelling cannot be documented.


5: Dante Michelangelo di Trieste - New Household Name

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

Mission of Saint Ignatius

St. Ignatius: http://www.catholic.org/saints.php?saint_id=56 1491-1556, beatified 1609 by Paul V

Mission: merriam-webster.com - a body of persons sent to [...] carry out an activity

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

"Mission", while plausible as a household designator, was not included on any lists as an accepted designator, nor has it been used as a designator for any registered household name. The OED has the following relevant entries for "mission":

III. Polit. and Diplomatic.

a. The sending of representatives to a foreign country, esp. for the purpose of conducting negotiations, establishing political or commercial relations, watching over certain interests, etc.; a body of persons thus sent.

1626 "That in either of these Shipps, ther should be a Mission of three of the Fellowes, or Brethren of Salomon's House; whose Errand was onely to giue vs Knowledge of the Affaires..of those Countries, to which they were designed."

and

2. a. A body of priests, esp. Jesuits, trained in seminaries abroad and sent to the British Isles to spread the Catholic faith and minister to the Recusant population; the enterprise or purpose for which such a body is sent or established. Now hist.

1598 Ye continuallie confluence of the rares and bestes [sic] wittes of our nation to the Seminaires, and ther constance in following their missions.

1598 Thes evident testimones of missions and remissions..sent continuallie to Fr. P. by expresse messingers.

1606 Beinge sent in mission to the Colledge of Siville.

1629 His place..was Prefect of the English Mission.

1644 My brother..was one of that mission for Valladolid, which was taken either by the Turks or other pirates.

With the above source, the line in the first block "...ther should be a Mission of three of the Fellowes..." seemed enough to possibly serve as sufficient documentation for the use of "Mission" as a household designator, or at least sufficient to make us hesitant to return the submission.

Also mentioned in commentary was the Spanish practice of founding missions in the New World, beginning in the 17th century. However, we were unable to find any documentation for a Spanish mission dated before 1687, using the naming pattern "Misión de <X>".


6: Dante Michelangelo di Trieste - New Badge

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

(Fieldless) Two wolves combattant argent sustaining a cauldron sable.

Original submission, Sable, a pale argent, overall a cauldron suspended by a chain sable maintained by two wolves combatant argent, was changed with submitter permission. Commenters expressed doubts over whether the conjoined charge could be placed overall in the manner it was displayed, and when the wolves were separated from the cauldron it was drawn into conflict with:

Gary of Dragon's Aerie The following device associated with this name was registered in March of 1993 (via the East): Sable, on a pale between two wolves combattant argent a rose slipped and leaved sable.

The only difference is the tertiary charge is a cauldron instead of a rise.

The badge was made fieldless to remove it from conflict. The chain was also removed, as elements which rely on the edge of the field for definition cannot be used with fieldless badges.

Original artwork included below.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-30/09-14-26_Dante_Alatrista_badge_bw_image.jpeg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-30/09-14-26_Dante_Alatrista_badge_color_image.jpeg


7: Devon of Sol Haven - New Name & New Transfer of Acceptance of Device

Argent, a chevron between three crosses of Jerusalem gules.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (Devon) most important.

Devon is found in Family Search as an English surname:

Hellen <Devon> Date 1552, Place: Tydd-St. Mary, Lincoln, England, Batch M03306-3

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NF48-9LF

Per precedent, late 16th c English bynames may be used as given names.

Sol Haven - SCA branch name, registered as "Sol Haven, Canton of" in September 1990 via Meridies, and changed to "Sol Haven, Shire of", in November 2007 via Meridies.

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

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Letter of Acceptance of Transfer received from submitter.

I, (mundane name redacted), known in the SCA as Devon of Sol Haven, do accept the transfer from (mundane name redacted), known in the SCA as Basileios Philanthropenos Philomathes, the following device, "Argent, a chevron between three crosses of Jerusalem gules" as a device.

Signed and dated, 18 February, 2018


8: Donndubán Bersason - New Name & New Device

Vert, a wolf couchant between three paw prints all within an orle Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound most important.
Culture (9th to 10th c. Irish) most important.

Donndubán - Masculine given name, found in the article "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Donndubán" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan. http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Donnduban.shtml. Middle Irish Gaelic (c900-c1200) nominative form: Donndubán

Bersason - Patronymic surname, constructed from the masculine given name "Bersi", found in "The Old Norse Name" by Geirr Bassi Haraldsson, p.9. Following the patterns for constructing patronymics on p.17 of Geirr Bassi, the proper patronymic construction is "Bersason".

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Original submission, "Donndub'an Bersison", changed with submitter permission. The given name was changed to correct a transcription typo, and the surname was changed to conform to name construction pattern.

According to SENA Appendix C, Middle Irish Gaelic and Scandinavian name elements can be combined.

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No conflicts found for device during commentary.

There is a SFPP for the use of paw prints.


9: Hanna al-Tajiriyya - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister Or and azure, on a hand of Fatima inverted a star of David counterchanged.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Culture (Jew in Arabic North Africa) most important.
Meaning (spelling variation on Ann) most important.

Hanna - Feminine given name, found in article, "Jewish Names in Ottoman Court Records(16th C Jerusalem)" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O'Brien). http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/Jerusalem/WomenFreq.shtml

al-Tajiriyya - Constructed occupational byname, meaning "the merchant". Constructed using "tajir", meaning "trader, merchant", and constructed with the suffix "-iyya" to denote the feminine construction. Please see the sources below; image 1 is from Hans Wehr's Dictionary, while image 2 is from The Encyclopedia of Islam, volume 10.

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

Name changed with submitter permission from "Anya al-Tujjar" to "Hanna al-Tajiriyya". Documentation provided with submission did not support submitted name; document for given name came from a modern source for Amazigh names with no dated citations, while document for surname attempted to use a portion of a given name, Sitt al-Tujjar, as documentation.

Working within the constraints laid out by the submitter's preferences, the closest we could come to the desired name was "Hanna al-Tajiriyya".

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No conflicts found for device during commentary.

Original blazon, "Per pale sinister Or and azure, on a Hand of Miriam a Star of David counterchanged" was changed at Kingdom to match the emblazon.

Commenters noted possible issues with the placement of the star of David upon the hand, and the way it lay on the line of division with regards to its being counterchanged. We recommend an artist's note to center the star on the hand, and in so doing make the counterchange for the star more balanced.

We understand that there is currently a decision pending on the use of the Hand of Fatima as a heraldic charge. Given that no issues were found with this device during commentary to necessitate returning it, and that no decision on the charge in question had been announced at the time of the decision meeting, it was determined that there was insufficient reason to hold it at Kingdom.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-29/18-11-45_Hanna_al-Tajiriyya_name_doc1.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-29/18-11-45_Hanna_al-Tajiriyya_name_doc2.jpg


10: Luchia del Mar - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in May of 1994, via Trimaris.

Old Item: Lucia del Mar, to be released.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
Meaning (Lucy of the sea) most important.

Luchia - Feminine given name found in the article "Names of Slaves in 1480 Palermo, Sicily" by Maridonna Benvenuti, http://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2013/Maridonna_Benvenuti/Names_of_Slaves_in_1480_Palermo.pdf. Found once as "Luchia la Nigra liberta", which translates to "Luchia the Black freed slave".

del Mar - Surname already registered to submitter, in May of 1994 via Trimaris.

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

Entry corrected at Kingdom. Submitter had submitted forms for a new name, "Luchia de la Mar", for the February ILOI, not realizing that her original name submission had passed. She then withdrew the name submission, and submitted a new name change for "Luchia del Mar", but the information from the first form was accidentally entered instead. The submission type and filing name have been changed to match the correct form.


11: Óspakr Dagsson - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1997, via Meridies.

Azure, three holly leaves bendwise in pale between two flaunches argent.

Previous submission, Azure, a chevron inverted and in chief a holly leaf argent, was returned at Laurel in August 1997.

Must be returned for additional work. This conflicts with Olafr Saelendingr Haraldsson (SCA) Azure, a chevron inverted and in chief an increscent argent, with only one CD for changing the type of the secondary charge.

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No conflicts found during commentary. Two near conflicts were found by commenters:

Constancia de Thorneberyg The following device associated with this name was registered in August of 2013 (via Ansteorra): Purpure, in pale three seeblätter between flaunches argent.

One DC for tincture of the field, one DC for visual differences between holly leaves and seeblätter, as per the ruling on the June 2003 LOAR, http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2003/06/03-06lar.html s.n. Auriana Maria Ravenstein:

Since an aspen leaf is not a period heraldic charge, the difference between an aspen leaf inverted and a seeblatt must be determined on visual grounds per RfS X.4.e. There is sufficient visual difference between these two charges for a CD. A seeblatt is a heart-shaped leaf with the tip of the leaf to the base of the shield, and with some sort of notch (often, but not always, trefoil-shaped) taken out of the part of the leaf which is to chief. An aspen leaf inverted is also a leaf with the tip of the leaf to the base of the shield, but it has a very distinct stem issuant to chief rather than a notch removed from the leaf.

Lucas Silvertre The following device associated with this name was registered in March of 2009 (via Artemisia): Azure, in pale three oak leaves bendwise sinister and a tierce indented argent.

One DC for change of type of secondary (tierce to flaunches), and one DC for orientation of the leaves in the primary charge group (bendwise sinister to bendwise)

Original blazon, Azure, between a pair of flaunches three holly leaves bendwise in pale argent, was changed at Kingdom. The holly leaves were moved up in the blazon to emphasize that they are the primary charges, and the flaunches are secondary.


12: Samirra bint Abbas - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister vert and gules, a bend sinister cotised between a pen and a scimitar inverted Or.

Samirra: Mundane Name Allowance. Samirra is the submitter's given name. GA Driver's license viewed and attested by Ld. Kurt Bogner and Ld. Margeurite Ysabelle du Val

bint Abbas: found as the masculine patronymic "ibn Abbas" in the article, "Arabic Personal Names from the Futuwwah" by Mustapha al-Muhaddith ibn al-Saqaat, https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mustapha/futuwwah.html. Patronymic changed following accepted naming practices from ibn Abbas (son of Abbas) to bint Abbas(daughter of Abbas) to match submitter's desired gender.

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Documents checked and confirmed. No conflicts found during commentary.

Original submission, "Samirra Abbas" was changed at Kingdom with submitter permission. The original submission had an unmarked patronymic, which is not an accepted name pattern with Arabic names.

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Device changed during commentary with submitter permission to remove conflict.

Congo The following badge associated with this name was registered in September of 1995 (via the West): Per bend sinister vert and gules, a bend sinister Or.

One DC for removal of the secondary charge group.

A cotise was added to the bend to add a second secondary charge group, to add an additional DC. Also, the bendlet was broadened into a bend, as single bendlets are no longer registerable. The goutte was also removed from the device, as commenters felt it would lead to 'slot machine', since it was not conjoined to the pen which was distilling it.

Original blazon, Per bend sinister vert and gules, a bendlet sinister between a pen distilling a gout and a scimitar Or, was changed to match the new emblazon.

Original artwork for submission included below.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-30/08-26-08_Samirra_Abbas_device_bw_image.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2015/2018-03-30/08-26-08_Samirra_Abbas_device_color_image.jpg


In Service,

THL Ulrich Eisenhand

Pennon Herald, Kingdom of Meridies

pennon@kingdom.meridies.org


OSCAR counts 4 New Names, 1 New Name Change, 1 New Alternate Name, 2 New Household Names, 4 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 1 New Badge. These 14 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $56 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device. This item is not chargeable. There are 2 transfers, which do not require payment. There is 1 acceptance of transfer, which does not require payment. There are a total of 18 items submitted on this letter.