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East LoI dated 2019-05-31

To Juliana Laurel, Alys Pelican, Cormac Wreath and the College of Arms, greetings from Muirenn Blue Tyger and the East Kingdom College of Heralds.

It is the intent of the East Kingdom to register the following items, which I commend for your attention:

1: Adeliza de Lahaia - New Name

Client requests authenticity for 1050-1200 Anglo-Norman.
Language (Anglo-Norman) most important.
Culture (Anglo-Norman) most important.

Adeliza is a feminine English name found in "Feminine Given Names in a Dictionary of English Surnames" by Talan Gwynek, sn Adelaide. Adeliza is dated to 1086.

de Lahaia is an English surname found in "A Dictionary of English Surnames", by William Alexander Francis Browne, Percy Hide Reaney, Richard Middlewood Wilson sn Delahaye, De Lahaia is dated to 1119. n&source=bl&ots=hRoMcFxxOe&sig=ACfU3U2RdCj28Y3ytZPgWmEX_DS1LtxcAQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjn9uHl28PhA hVimuAKHccIC98Q6AEwCnoECAYQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22delahaye%22%20Reaney%20and%20Wilson&f=false

The submitted documentation only supports the lowercase "de", and since the submitter allows all changes we have adjusted the submission to reflect the documentation.

2: Ailwin æt Mitune - New Name & New Device

Per fess azure goutty d'eau and vert, a bridge throughout of three spans Or masoned sable, issuant threfrom as many pallets wavy argent

Language (11th century Anglo-Saxon) most important.
Culture (11th century Anglo-Saxon) most important.

Ailwin is a male Anglo Saxon name found in The Anglo-Saxon Home: a history of domestic institutions and customs of England from the Fifth Century to the Eleventh Century, by John Thrupp, London 1862. See attached documentation.

Cristina Volpina provided additional documentation of the proto- and deuterothemes to allow for this name to be constructed.



æt is a commonly used OE/ME contraction for 'at the' used in toponymic bynames, similar to 'atte'.

Mitune is a locative byname dated to circa 1086 in the Domesday Book for Yorkshire and found in The Place Names of England and Wales, by Rev James Brown Johnston, New York, 1916. See attached documentation.

Kingdom commenters were concerned that this depiction blurs the line between an improperly large chief and a field divided per fess - they felt that if this were drawn properly per fess there might actually be a bit of the "azure goutty" visible at the top of the bridge spans, before the pallets begin. However, other registered depictions of "bridge throughout" have the span of the bridge straddling the fess line, which lends credence to this being a properly drawn "bridge throughout". As the sliver of area where the azure goutty field could show through the arches is mostly obscured by the pallets, we feel this is an acceptable depiction of the submitted blazon. (Gregory of Sherwood, A-Atenveldt, July 2009, and Ronan mac Carthaich, A-An Tir, February 2009, Robert Woods of Trowbridge, A-Caid, August 2015 )

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

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

3: Aonghus mac Aodha of Invernaver - New Name

No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 13th-14th century Scottish Highlands.
Language (Highlands, 13th-14th century) most important.
Culture (Highlands, 13th-14th century) most important.

Aonghus is a male Scottish Gaelic given name found in "Scottish Gaelic Given Names for Men (draft edition)" by Sharon L Krossa, dated between 1301 and 1600.

mac Aodha is a Scottish Gaelic and Early Modern Irish Gaelic patronym formed from the masculine given name Aodh. The nominative form of the given name is found in Scotland between 1401 and 1600 in the article cited above (see also Post-1200 forms of the nominative or genitive are found in Ireland between 1232 and 1594 in "Index of Names in the Irish Annals" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan.

of Invernaver is a locative byname derived from a hamlet, Inbhir Nabhair (mouth/confluence of the Naver) in the Sutherland/Strathnaver region of the Scottish Highlands. The submitted spelling is a Scots form dated to 1567 (and also in the lingua Anglica form) in the ratification of the Earl of Huntley, in "Records of the Scottish Parliament to 1707", which read, in part, "extending to twa pennye land, the landis of Mullines and Hoip, with the watter and salmond fischeing of the same, Gauldwall, Balnahacles, Skelpik, Mowadell, Mekill Groub, Litill Groub, Syr, Carnoch, Invernaver..."

Although the overall territory of Strathnaver is closely tied with the historacal Mackay clan, the hamlet of Invernaver is not the clan seat, and can be used in combination with the patronym. In addition, none of the historical clan chiefs named Angus Mackay appear to have been linked to this town.

The pattern of given + patronymic+locative is found in Scots, the pattern of given+patronym is found in Scottish Gaelic, and locative bynames are noted as being "rare" in Scottish Gaelic in SENA Appendix A. The combination of Gaelic and Scots is acceptable as found in SENA Appendix C.

The submitter desired a form of the name Angus Mackay, and specifically requested that these elements be in Gaelic, not Scots. The locative byname was added to clear conflict with the registered Angus Mac Aeda (Artemisia, 1998). The submitter prefers the Scots/lingua Anglica form of the byname instead of the Gaelic, and is aware that this may not be authentic.

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

4: Brendan Firebow - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 1992, via the East.

(Fieldless) Three acorns in pall conjoined by the stems Or

5: Brice MacTavisch - New Name

Sound (Brice McTavish) most important.

Brice is a male Scots given name found in the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707, and dated to 1478. The record reads, in part, "In the actioune and cause persewit be Johne of Quhitfurd' of that Ilk, on the taparte, again Brice Grenhillis and Johne [Y]oung duellande in Grenhillis..."

Bricii is dated to 1376 in Scotland in M. Slíz, S.L. Uckelman. "Brice". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2018, no. 1. The expected nominative form would be Brice.

MacTavisch is an interpolated byname, taken from records in Black (McTawisch, 1480 and McTaevis, 1515) and found in a registration from Lochac, Sept 2013

6: Bridget MacKinnon - New Name & New Device

Or, a heart gules and a bordure checky sable and argent

Sound (not specified) most important.

Bridget is a feminine English name found twice in the data in "English Names from Pre-1600 Brass Inscriptions" by Julian Goodwyn

It is also found that spelling between 1562 and 1598 in Early Modern English - R. Le Get, S.L. Uckelman. "Bridget". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2018, no. 1.

MacKinnon is a Scottish byname, found in Black as a header, p 531. Dated spellings include Makkynnon (1536) and Mackinynnan (1545).;view=1up;seq=619

SENA Appendix C allows for English and Early Modern Scottish to be combined.

7: Daniela Rosa da Venezia - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in January of 2013, via the East.

Old Item: Elena Rosa da Venezia, to be released.
No major changes.
Language (as close an approximation of mundane first name as possible) most important.
Culture most important.

Daniela is a feminine given name dated to 1480 found in "Names from Sixteenth Century Venice" by Juliana de Luna

Rosa is a feminine given name found in "Italian Names from Imola, 1312" by Aryannwy merch Catmael

Double given names in later period Italian are supported by SENA Appendix A.

da Venezia is a marked locative byname based on the city of Venezia, which is listed in the placename index of "Florentine Renaissance Resources: Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532" The form <da X> is the standard locative form in Italian according to SENA Appendix A

Initially entered as "de Venezia", this error has been corrected to match the form submitted.

8: Donnchadh mac Eoin - New Device

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Donnchadh mac E?in in February of 2017, via the East.

Azure, an open book and on a chief argent a domino mask sable

9: Finna Hrafnsdóttir - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in April of 2014, via the East as Eithne B?n ingen Fhiachach.

Old Item: Eithne Bán ingen Fhiachach, to be released.
Client requests authenticity for Viking.
Language (not specified) most important.
Culture (not specified) most important.

Finna is a feminine Norse given name found on the Viking Answer Lady's Site with the description "see -finna above". and is found in the Landnamabok as Finna Skaftadottir, wife of Refr inn mildi, Finna Hrutsdottir, and Finna Þormóðardóttir.

Hrafnsdóttir is a patronymic formed from the given name Hrafn, found in GB, p 11, using the construction on p 17.

10: Geirraðr Otrson - New Name

Meaning (patronymic to mean Otter's Son) most important.

Geirrađr is a male Norse given name found in GB, p 10.

Otr is a male Norse given name found in Lena Petersen's Nordiskt Runnamnslexikon, sn Utr mn.

Fda. Other (äv. som binamn Odder, Udder), fvn. Otr (fing.) (äv. som binamn),

fsv. binamn Oter, Av (fvn.) otr m. 'utter'. Ack. utr Ög26, UFv1975;169 20141106.pdf

Otrson is the patronymic formed from Otr, using construction in GB, p 17

SENA Appendix A supports the given + patronymic construction for Old Norse/Icelandic.

11: Giovanni il Cuoco di Napoli - New Name

Language (15th century Italian) most important.
Culture (15th century Italian) most important.
Meaning (Giovanni the cook from Naples) most important.

Giovanni is a male Italian name found in "Names from 15th Century Naples"

by Aryanhwy merch Catmael

il Cuoco is Italian for "the cook"

di Napoli is a locative byname.

Submitted as "Geovanni", commenters were unable to find documentation for that spelling at the kingdom level. Since the submitter allows all changes, this name has been adjusted to match the documentation. Assistance is requested in documenting the submitter's preferred form, if possible.

12: Hámundr Bjornsson - New Name & New Device

Per chevron paly gules and argent and sable, a chevron Or and in base a bear rampant argent.

Sound most important.

Hámundr is a male Old Norse name found in Geir Bassi p 11. s.n. Hámundr. To provide an even closer dating, Lind col. 481 sn. Hámundr has:

Helgi Hámundar son, died 1243. (The expected nominative case form would be Hámundr.)

Bjornsson is a patronymic found in Svenskt Kiplomatariums huvutkartotek över medeltidsbreven, dated 1309, which includes: "Filip Björnsson"

The submitted documentation does not support the use of ö - The document itself is in Latin with "Ego philippus bjornsson", with the Swedish-language summary showing "Filip Björnsson." As the submitter allows all changes, we have changed the submitted name to match the documentation - assistance is requested in documenting the desired form of Björnsson.

13: Ivarr Valsson - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of March 02, 2019 as Ívarr Valsson.

Azure, a fess checky argent and gules between two fleurs-de-lys and a falcon striking Or

14: Jeanne Robin - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in April of 2009, via the East.

Per chevron inverted flory at the point gules and Or.

The original item "Per chevron flory at the point Or and gules." was returned on the June 2015 LOAR for visual conflict with the device of Pendar the Bard: Per chevron ployé Or and azure, a demi-fleur-de-lys issuant from the line of division azure. These are two different ways of blazoning the same motif (save that Pendar has concaved lines, which is an artistic change and does not count for a difference). Since we can't blazon our way out of conflict, this must be returned.

This is a slight redesign.

Kingdom commenters had some concerns that this per chevron division might not be properly drawn, being unclear whether the division should be balanced around the fess line without considering the fleur, or taking it into consideration. Other similar registrations in the OandA are coded simply as "per chevron", making the argument that the fleur should be considered as part of the division and taken into account when balancing around the fess line. (Constance Warwick of Wynandermere and Mariette Devienne)

15: Kendrick de la Mer - New Name & New Device

Quarterly sable and vert all mullety, a wolf rampant argent

No major changes.
Sound (must sound as it is spelled) most important.

Kendrick is a male English given name found on Family Search in the gray period record of Kendrick Edesbury, christened 31 July 1635, Saint Antholin Budge, Row, London, England. Batch # P00080-1

De La Mer is a byname found in the gray period record of Anne De La Mer, christened 4 March 1631, Walloon or Strangers Church, Canterbury, Kent, England, Batch # C04902-1

16: Lily Morgaine of the East - Resub Name & Resub Device

Purpure a lily argent slipped and leaved proper and on a chief argent a roundel between an increscent and a decrescent sable

No major changes.
Sound (Lily) most important.

The previously submitted name, Lily Anlaith Faa, appeared on the 9/19/18 East Kingdom iLoI, and was withdrawn by the submitter. The device was withdrawn at that time as well, and is resubmitted alongside the new name. (

Lily is a feminine name found in the Family Search records in the Gray Period under Lily ... Vernden, event date 18 Jan 1619, Cranbrook, Kent, England, batch # M01834-4.

Morgaine is a feminine given name found in the Family Search records under Morgaine Hubble, event date 23 June 1558, Saint Antholin Budge Row, London, England. Batch # M00080-1. (

of the East uses the branch name allowance for a locative byname.

East, Kingdom of the

Either the branch-name or the following arms associated it (or both) were registered in January of 1973.

SENA Appendix A in Middle/Early Modern English allows for both double given names (late) and unmarked matronymics.

The patterns given+byname+locative and given+byname+byname are attested in Middle/Early Modern English in SENA Appendix A.

During kingdom commentary, the question was raised that the depiction of the lily was trian. The submitter has approved this alternate artwork. Although it scans as somewhat blue, the OSCAR color corrector recognizes the field as purpure.

17: Maryna Borowska - New Name & New Device

Per saltire azure and argent, a domestic cat passant sable and a bordure purpure

No major changes.
Language (Polish) most important.
Culture (Polish) most important.
Meaning (pun on blueberry (borowka)) most important.

Maryna is a Polish feminine name found in Bialystok in 1560. It is also found in "A Preliminary Survey of Names from the Historical Dictionary of Personal Names in Bialystok" by Lillia de Vaux.

SENA Appendix A notes that i/y/j switches are common in Polish, making Maryna an acceptable variant of Marina.

Borowska is a Polish feminine byname formed from the male byname Borowski. The pattern of male names ending in -ski and feminine names ending in -ska is a documented pattern in Polish. Borowski is attested in the years 1386, 1388, 1391, 1393. Photocopies are attached.

In addition, we have the byname Borowsky in Family Search records, as Anna Borowsky, christened 18 April 1623, Benern, Ostpreussen, Prussia, Batch # C99909-1. The i/y/j switch applies here as well.

18: Maryna Borowska - New Badge

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

(Fieldless) A domestic cat couchant sable maintaining a sprig of bilberry fructed and leaved proper

19: Sara of Stonley - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2007, via the East.

Per chevron argent and purpure two quatrefoils gules and an otter rampant argent

Submitted as "salient", one hind foot is clearly raised, making this a "rampant" posture.

20: Sarra Byrd - New Name & New Device

Azure, a martlet and on a chief argent three pomegranates gules slipped and leaved vert

Language (English 15th-16th century) most important.
Culture (English 15th-16th century) most important.
Meaning (bird) most important.

Sarra is a feminine English given name found in "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames, Part Three: The Names H-Z" by Talan Gwynek.

Byrd is found as an English byname in that spelling under the name William Byrd, Gentleman of the Queenes Mayflies, 1588. See attached.

21: Violet Hughes - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2014, via the East.

(Fieldless) A Suffolk knot purpure

The Suffolk knot is not currently protected as important non-SCA armory. The defining instance in Society heraldry was on the 07/2018 LOAR, - Aelia Musa. Badge. (Fieldless) A Suffolk knot Or - which indicates it is registrable.

Yours in service,

Muirenn Blue Tyger

OSCAR counts 11 New Names, 2 New Name Changes, 9 New Devices and 3 New Badges. These 25 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $100 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Name, 1 Resub Device and 1 Resub Badge. These 3 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 28 items submitted on this letter.

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