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An Tir KLOI from An Tir dated 2022-12-07

Greetings unto Black Lion, Demi-Lion and the College of Heralds. Please find herein this month's submissions for An Tir. I am forever grateful for the advice of my deputies, Master Iago and Countess Elisabeth and the College at large. I am especially grateful to all the heralds who consulted at Collegium this month! Well done!

This letter will open for commentary by heralds from outside of An Tir on the 14th of December.

Commentary on this letter closes on January 7th, 2023. Happy New Year!

Commentators, please cite references to SENA when noting problems. Please provide executive summaries for any extended commentary. Thank you


1: Æffan Mikaelsdottir -New Name (NP) & New Device

Azure, a bee and on a chief embattled argent three cherry blossoms azure

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Culture (Anglo Saxon (any century) to mean Michael's daughter) most important.

Submitter is from Blatha an Oir
Female Name Desired

Æffan is a 10th C feminine name found under the header Æffe "Anglo-Saxon Women's Names from Royal Charters" by Marieke van de Dal https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/marieke/anglosaxonfem/

Mikael is found on the Viking Answer Lady website listed as GB p. 13 s.nn. Mikael http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#m

-dottir Patronymic construction is as per Appendix A

Lingual mix allowed per Appendix C


2: Æsa Ormr-í-auga -New Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as ?sa Ormr-?-auga in December of 2016, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A triskelion of dragon's heads purpure

Submitter is from Vulcanfeldt


3: Æsa Ormr-í-auga -New Badge

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as ?sa Ormr-?-auga in December of 2016, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A triskelion of dragon's heads vert

Submitter is from Vulcanfeldt


4: An Tir, Kingdom of -New Request for Name Reconsideration

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 1981, via the West.

Order of Sanguins Thorn

Submitter is the Kingdom of An Tir

Submission was accepted on the March 2020 LoAR http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2020/03/20-03lar.html#43 with the following commentary:
Submitted as Order of the Sanguine Thorn, per the April 2012 Cover Letter, only heraldic tincture terms and the ordinary color terms for heraldic tinctures may be used in order names. Further, "no convincing evidence has been presented for the use of non-heraldic color names, including the names for particular shades of a color, like scarlet or crimson." [April 2012 Cover Letter] No new evidence has been presented since April 2012 for the use of non-heraldic color terms. Accordingly, while ordinary color names (such as red) or heraldic tinctures (such as gules) can be registered in order names, the use of a color term outside of these two categories, such as sanguine, continues to be prohibited by precedent.

At the Kingdom's request, we have changed the name to Order of _ Sanguins Thorn. Sanguin is a 16th century English surname that can be used as a given name. This order name follows the pattern of orders named after saints plus associated objects, usually heraldic charges. [Carillion, Barony of. Order name Order of Irons Bell, 11/2014 LoAR, A-East]

Letter of reconsideration

"Unto the most Noble Sovereigns of Arms, Emma Laurel, Elisabetta Pelicana, and Oddr Wreath, do I, Pompeia Rufina, Black Lion Principal Herald of the Kingdom of An Tir, send greetings.

I write you today to make a petition on behalf of my Kingdom. In 2019, we submitted a new order name for registration, the Order of the Sanguine Thorn. At commentary, it was noted that only heraldic tinctures or ordinary color terms could be used in heraldic registrations, and no new evidence had been presented at that time to support allowing the use of a color term that did not fall into either of these categories. Based on this commentary, An Tir agreed to change the name of the order to the Order of Sanguins Thorn, and this order name was passed and appeared on the March 2020 LoAR.

In the Cover Letter of the August 2022 LoAR, Pelican and Wreath expanded tincture names for non-personal names and specifically overturned the precedent that previously prevented An Tir from registering the Order of the Sanguine Thorn. In light of this decision, I write on behalf of my Kingdom to request that the College reconsider our previous submission and allow us to register the name of the order as it was originally submitted. I am joined in this petition for reconsideration by our Crown, King Octamasades and Queen Achaxe.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Magistra Pompeia Rufina, OP
Black Lion Principal Herald
Kingdom of An Tir"

This letter was accepted for submission by Her Majesty Achaxe, Queen An Tir, via email from the An Tir Crown Office email on December 4, 2022 and forwarded to this Office by Black Lion Herald via her Office email on December 5, 2022

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2658/2022-12-06/11-08-33_Sanguins_Thorn_Ltr.jpg


5: Andromacha of Lesbos -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2013, via An Tir.

Gules, a three-headed lion couped affronty, dexter and sinister heads addorsed Or

Submitter is from Blatha an Oir

This item was originally returned at kingdom for lack of identifiable Charges:The lion's heads are not distinctly separate from each the other making it difficult to identify three individual lion's heads. Also, the snakes are not clearly visible as snakes as they are the same tincture and blend too much into the lions' heads. The snakes are also unblazonable - there is no way to blazon a mane that is partially made of hair and partially of snakes. It appeared on the An Tir KLoI dated 2022-04-09 https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingsingleitem.php?kingdom=10&id=115566

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2658/2022-12-06/02-15-32_Andromacha-Badge_Cropped.jpeg


6: Athelyna de Oldenfeld -New Name (NP) & New Device

Vert, a lion's head cabossed, in chief two frets Or, a ford proper

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

Submitter is from Aquaterra
No MAJOR changes
Feminine Name Desired

Athelyna is a feminine Name dated to 1346 found under the heading "Ethelinda" in Withycombe, ODECN, page 109

de Oldenfeld - Oldenfeld is a Barony in Trimaris, name originally registered in August of 1979


7: Bergdís sæfari -New Name (NP) & New Device

Or, a mermaid vert maintaining in canton a bow sable

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

Submitter is from Dragon's Laire
Feminine Name Desired

Bergdís is a feminine given name found on the Viking Answer Lady page http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONWomensNames.shtml#b
This name appears in Landnámabók for Bergdís Geirsdóttir, ch. 20; and for Bergdís, the wife of Grímr Ingjaldsson in ch. 26.

Sæfari is a Norse byname found in OW.Norse as Sæfari, the name of a fictional character, also found as a by-name. From OW.Norse sæfari "sea-farer" Occurs in the runic nominative case form sefari. as per Viking Answer Lady http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#s NR s.nn. Sæfari


8: Conchobhar Ciúin -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per chevron sable and vert, in pall three rabbits conjoined rampant ears outward argent, in chief five hawk's bells Or

Meaning (byname meaning quiet) most important.

Submitter is from Aquaterra
LB notes form is light but there is a definite acute mark over each of the "Ciúin" spellings

Conchobhar is a masculine Irish name dated from the 12th-15th century in the Irish Annals as found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Conchobar/Conchobhar" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan https://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Conchobar.shtml

Ciúin is found in EDIL, meaning calm or quiet and is used to describe people, as gentle or mild.
This pattern is supported by "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Masculine Descriptive Bynames" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan https://oscar.sca.org/s.php?u=1479 [ medievalscotland.org ]


9: Cuthbert Weaver -New Name (NP) & New Device

Gules, a palm tree on a chief argent four bells gules

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (Nothing noted) most important.
Culture (12thC English) most important.

Submitter is from Akornebir
Masculine Name Desired

Cuthbert is a male Anglo-Saxon name attributed to the Saint Cuthbert. Name mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 relating to the city of Durham
https://opendomesday.org/name/durham-st-cuthbert-bishop-of/
https://opendomesday.org/place/SE3796/brompton/
Medieval Sourcebook:

Bede: The Life and Miracles of St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindesfarne (721) https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/basis/bede-cuthbert.asp

Weaver is an occupational by name found in "12th & 13th Century English Textile Surnames" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
from Old English wefan 'to weave, a weaver'
Weaver, 1197, 1233, 1235
The Weaver, 1250, 1260, 1280


10: Dzovinar Korikosen -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per bend argent and azure, a pomegranate gules seeded and an anchor Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Culture (Armenian) most important.

Submitter is from Aquaterra
Female Name desired

Dzovinar is the name of a princess who would have lived in the 9th Century or so in the oral Armenian epic David of Sassam. While this is an oral tradition only captured in the 19th C, it describes historic events attributed presumeably to circa 9th C.

Korikosen - Korikos (modern Armenian) is anglicized from Corycus. It is an ancient town that was held by an Armenian Kingdom from the 12th C until the late 14th C. Submitter believes the correct form of a locative by name in Armenian is to add -en.

As this name is from an oral tradition, we ask the College of Arms for assistance with documentation.


11: Guðrun Ulriksdottir -New Name Change (NP)

OSCAR NOTE: filing name should not be registered for a primary name change. It was, in in April of 2023, via An Tir.

Old Item: Guðrun Sæbjarnardottir, to be retained as an alternate name.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
Client requests authenticity for Old Norse.

Submitter is from Akornebir
Feminine Name Desired
Authenticity request for Old Norse

Guðrun is already registered to the submitter as an Old Norse feminine given name found in Geirr Bassi's Old Norse Names: Guðrun

Ulrik appears in the DGP in culumn 1529-1530 as a header name. s.n. Ulirk Ulrike, Vlric, s.n. Ulrik: Ulrike 1434, and Vlric 1425 as found at https://slaegtsbibliotek.dk/911827.pdf

-dóttir per SENA , Appendix A for Old Norse, "Marked; -son or -dóttir added to the genitive of the fathers name"


12: Halldóra Bjǫrn -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per pale azure and vert, on a bird Or a rose proper

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Spelling (Halldóra) most important.

Submitter is from Dragon's Laire
Feminine Name desired

Halldóra is a feminine Norse name found in Geirr Bussi p 10

Bjǫrn is the Old Norse word for bear per [Skjoldr Bjorn, 6/2019,A-Æthelmearc] allowing the use of animal names for bynames


13: Isabella de Walingeford -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2008, via An Tir.

Azure, in saltire a needle argent threaded Or and an artist's paintbrush between in pale a chess knight and a die argent

Submitter is from Glymm Mere

This device was returned on the October 2019 LoAR http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2019/10/19-10lar.html#18is for violation of SENA A3D2c, which requires that charges in the same charge group be in a unified orientation and arrangement. In this submission, the dice, which are in the same charge group as the chess knight, are blazoned in fess, an arrangement that does not include the chess knight.

Upon resubmission, please either make the gouttes substantially larger so that they can be recognized as secondary charges, or leave them out of the submitted emblazon entirely; we recommend the latter, to avoid other potential issues with SENA A3D2c.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2658/2022-12-06/02-46-40_Isabella_device_NEW.jpg


14: James Shoemaker -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per chevron azure and vert, a sun in its splendour Or and overall a decrescent argent

Submitter desires a gender-neutral name.

Submitter is from Glymm Mere
No Gender Desired

James is found 170 times in "English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/parishes.html)

Shoemaker is found at Lambert Shoemaker, buried 1581, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRXK-F2X : 15 March 2020), Lambert Shoemaker, 1582. Batch B02101-5


15: Katryne MacKim -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2008, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A raven sable maintaining an arrow argent

Submitter is from Madrone


16: Katryne MacKim -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in July of 2008, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A raven sable maintaining gem ring azure

Submitter is from Madrone


17: Lif Guðrunardottir -New Device

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Lif Gu?runardottir in May of 2020, via An Tir.

Or, a hare rampant proper maintaining an ax sable sinister, on a chief wavy gules a furison Or between two dice argent spotted sable

Submitter is from Akornebir


18: Muriele Gordon -New Name (NP) & New Device

Or, on a horse passant sable a lozenge Or

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language/Culture (Scottish) most important.

Submitter is from Dragon's Lair
Feminine Name Desired

Muriele is a feminine Scottish Name found in "A List of Feminine Personal Names Found in Scottish Records Part Two: Pre-1400 Names" by Talan Gwynek
Muriel a.1174, 1225, 1279; c.1350 [GRAY, 325]
Muriele 1296 [INCHBAIKIE, 374]

Gordon is dated to grey period 1644 in "Index of Scots names found in Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue: Gordon" by Sara L. Uckelman


19: Mýrún Bjarnardóttir -New Alternate Name (NP)

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as M?r?n Bjarnard?ttir in September of 2008, via An Tir.

Marta Lisabetta Barbadori da Poppi

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Sound (Nothing noted) most important.

Submitter is from Aquaterra
Feminine Name Desired
No MAJOR changes

Marta dated to 1460
Lisabetta dated to 1513x1521
Both are found in the DMNES as Italian feminine given names
A. Brown, S.L. Uckelman. "Martha". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2021, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2021/name/Martha.
A. Brown, R. Le Get, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Elizabeth". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2021, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2021/name/Elizabeth

Barbadori Italian byname found in Late Period
da Poppi Italian byname found in Late Period
"Late Period Italian Women's Names" by Juliana de Luna https://medievalscotland.org/jes/Nuns/Florence.shtml


20: Nafanail Lekarev -New Name (NP) & New Device

Sable semy of needles argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Submitter is from Madrone
Masculine Name Desired

Nafanail is a male Russian given name dated from 13th to 17th C
"given by God." Russianization of Nathaniel.
Nafanail, elder. 1613-45. [RIB XIV 228]
Vars: Nafanil. 13-14th Centuries. [Lev 39] as found in "Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Period Russian Names - Section N", Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt. http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/n.html

Lekar' is a male Russian given name dated to 1539 in (m) -- "cure."

Fedko Lekar', peasant. 1539. [Tup 235]
"Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Period Russian Names - Section L", Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt. http://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/l.html

Submitter believes the construction pattern follows "Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Russian Names - Grammar" Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt. https://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/zgrammar.html


21: Rulav Elkin -New Name (NP) & New Device

Sable mullety argent, a ray of the sun Or

Language/Culture (Nothing noted) most important.
Culture (Nothing noted) most important.

Submitter is from Thornwold
No Gender specified

Rulav is a male Russian name dated to 912
Rulav (m) -- Rulav. 912. [Mor 169] per "Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Period Russian Names - Section R"

Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt. https://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/r.html

Elka is a male Russian name dated to 1577
Elka (m) -- "fir tree."
Elka Leont'ev syn Rzhevskoi, courtier. 1577. [Tup 142]
Pats: Elkin (Zima Grigor'ev syn Elkin). 1622. [RIB XIV 880]

Submitter believes the construction pattern follows "Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Russian Names - Grammar" Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt. https://heraldry.sca.org/names/paul/zgrammar.html


22: Rurik Gjafvaldsson -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2016, via An Tir.

(IFieldless) An axe head with its blade to base Or

Submitter is from Vulcanfeldt


23: Sebina Flecher -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2012, via Caid.

Azure, a manatee erect embowed argent and in chief three dragonflies Or

Submitter is from Blatha an Oir

This device was returned on June 2015 LoAR http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/06/15-06lar.html#71 for not being reliably blazonable, a violation of SENA A1C and A3F5, both of which require an emblazon to be describable in heraldic terms. With the spine being horizontal, the belly bendwise and the tail palewise the posture cannot be really described in heraldic terms.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a manatee

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2658/2022-12-06/02-53-19_sebina_device.jpg


24: Sedanias maqqas Voenacunas -New Name (NP) & New Device

Purpure, a cat sejant argent ermined vert

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language/Culture (pre-600 Gaelic) most important.

Submitter is from Blatha an Oir
Masculine Name Desired

All elements are to be found in the article:
"Some Masculine Ogham Names" by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/ogham/


25: Thadeus Wood Butcher -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per pall argent, azure, and vert, an eagle Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No changes.

Submitter is from Fire Mountain Keep
NO CHANGES
Masculine Name Desired

Thadeus is a masculine given name dated to 1623 found in "Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents: Masculine Given Name Equivalents" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada, s.n. Teige, Thadeus alias Teige-y-Downie

Wood is found as a header spelling in R&W p 499

Butcher is found as a header spelling in R&W p 76


In Heraldic Service,
Bantiarna Sadhbh Bheag
Lion's Blood Herald


OSCAR counts 13 Names, 1 Name Change, 1 Alternate Name, 1 Request for Name Reconsideration, 17 Devices and 5 Badges. There are a total of 38 items submitted on this letter.