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East LoI dated 2020-02-29

To Juliana de Luna, Laurel; Alys Mackyntoich, Pelican; Cormac Mor, Wreath; and the esteemed members of the College of Arms, the East Kingdom sends greetings and all good things.

If Muirenn Blue Tyger consulted on any submissions on this letter, decisions were made by Lilie Pantheon and Sláine Diademe.

It is the East Kingdom College of Arms' intent to register the following items. We thank you for your commentary and consideration.

1: Arnleif the Red - New Device

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

Or, on a bear passant gules a triskele argent

There is an SFPP for the use of a triskele (also known as a triskelion arrondi, reconfirmed http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2019/03/19-03lar.html#81.)


2: Brigid Halfdanardottir - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (none specified) most important.

Brigid is a feminine given name documentable as a Saint's name from Catholic Encyclopedia Online. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02784b.htm, which references her relics being (re)discovered and venerated in 1185 as well as her inclusion in the Stowe Missal of the 8th or 9th century. Spellings of the name from the Annals Index include forms with -t- and -d-: sancte Brigide/sancte Brigite. It also includes a form with -t: S. Brighit. These suggest an early Brigid. This is in Index of Names in Irish Annals: Feminine Given Names by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Brigit.shtml

Halfdanardottir is a constructed patronymic byname. Halfdan - found in Geirr Bassi - GB p. 11 s.n. Hálfdan; FJ pp. 126-129 s.n. Halfdan; NR s.n. Halfdan

SENA appendix C allows for the mixing of Old Norse and Gaelic names.

The sumbitter strongly wishes to use the form Brigid if possible, but is comfortable with the form Brigit if needed.

If the submitter wishes a wholly Scandinavian name, ffride wlffsdottir offers that "Brigid Halfdanardottir" would be a plausible later-period name.

Lind col. 167 sn. Brigit has:

  • Brigit [Bodvarsd.] Iceland, 1363
  • Brigida Bodvarsd. Iceland, 1397
  • Brigidar Ottars d. (genitive), Iceland, 1401

This supports the construction of Brigid, because if the nominative form of the name was Brigida the expected genitive would become Brigidu which is not what is seen. (ie. Lind treats Brigit and Brigitta as two different names.)

Lind col. 451 sn. Hálfdan has:

  • Halfdanar (genitive), Iceland, 1421

The September 2015 LoAR sn. Dagny Roðbertsdottir (https://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2015/09/15-09lar.html#386) notes: "In commentary, ffride wlffsdotter noted that the spelling -dottir is found in 15th century Iceland in Diplomatarium Islandicum, so it is compatible in a patronym formed from the Icelandic name Roðbert." This spelling would also apply here, for a wholly Icelandic name.


3: Collette d'Avignon - New Name

Collette d'Avignon

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 14th Century French.
Sound (none noted) most important.

Collette is a feminine French given name found in French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael. Collette is found 3 times in 1421. http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/paris1423.html

d'Avignon is a locative French byname, found one time in Names in the 1292 census of Paris, by Sara L. Uckelman, p 55. http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/1292paris.pdf


4: Cuthbert of Brom - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 12th century English.
Language (12th century English) most important.
Culture (12th century English) most important.

Cuthbert is a masculine name found in PASE, with 16 citations from 736 to 825. http://pase.ac.uk/jsp/pdb?dosp=V1EW_RECORDS&st=PERSON_NAME&value=930&level=1&1bl=Cuthbert

Brom is a locative, found in the Domesday Book, which provides a date probably no later than 1086. http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/suffolk1.html#brome

Brom: Brome, Brom / Brum: King's land, kept by Roger Bigot; Robert Malet and William Scutet and Warin from him; Roger

Bigot and Hugh de Carbon from him; Ralph de Beaufour; Abbot of St. Edmund's; Bishop of Thetford. Yz church. Moated site; church with a Norman doorway.

SENA appendix A allows for English locative names to be constructed as "of X".


5: Cuthbert of Brom - New Household Name & New Badge

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

Surtsstaðr

Per saltire sable and gules, on a flame Or a sword gules

No major changes.
Meaning (not specified) most important.

Surtr appears as a human name in the Landnámabók, as found in "Viking Names found in Landnámabók" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html). The genitive spelling of this would be Surts-.

-staðr appears as a household marker in "Alys' Simple Guide to Household Names," which reads "In Old Norse, household names can be formed from personal names. The personal name in the genitive form is combined with a suffix such as -staðr (steading)..." (http://alysprojects.blogspot.com/2016/10/alyss-simple-guide-to-household-names.html)

There was concern during kingdom commentary that this household name, in combination with the flaming sword of the household badge, would constitute a claim to powers under SENA NP4.C, "claim to powers" being strongly evocative of Surtr the Jotunn and his flaming sword, as depicted in a popular Marvel movie "Thor: Ragnarok." Decisions of this nature are best left to Laurel staff, so we commend this submission to their consideration.

This style of flame will be disallowed on external letters published after March: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2019/09/19-09cl.html#2.


6: Grigorii Dobryi - Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of December 31, 2019 as submitted.

Or, three goat's heads erased and in chief a bridge of two spans sable

This device was returned on the 12/15 EK LoD for non-heraldic depiction of erased, as outlined in the November 2001Cover Letter (https://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2001/11/01-11cl.html), which calls for 3-5 jags of significant height. We feel that this new artwork addresses that concern.

In addition, a recent precedent clarifies the standards for erasing:

"...To bring precedent into line with policy, we will explicitly state that while the guidelines laid out in the November 2001 Cover Letter are good to follow, they are not required. We also explicitly invoke the January 2011 precedent which states: "We will not be returning armory which is clearly meant to be erased unless the number of jags is overwhelming or the jags are too small to be clearly seen as erased." [Algar MacBlane, 1/2011 LoAR, A-An Tir]" (Nov. 2019 LoAR Cover Letter, http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2019/11/19-11cl.html)


7: Grigorii Dobryi - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of December 31, 2019 as submitted.

Or, a goat's head erased between three roundels sable

This badge was returned on the 12/15 EK LoD for non-heraldic depiction of erased, as outlined in the November 2001Cover Letter (https://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2001/11/01-11cl.html), which calls for 3-5 jags of significant height. We feel that this new artwork addresses that concern.

In addition, a recent precedent clarifies the standards for erasing:

"...To bring precedent into line with policy, we will explicitly state that while the guidelines laid out in the November 2001 Cover Letter are good to follow, they are not required. We also explicitly invoke the January 2011 precedent which states: "We will not be returning armory which is clearly meant to be erased unless the number of jags is overwhelming or the jags are too small to be clearly seen as erased." [Algar MacBlane, 1/2011 LoAR, A-An Tir]" (Nov. 2019 LoAR Cover Letter, http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2019/11/19-11cl.html)


8: Iriniia Mieszkowna - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2018, via the East.

Per pale azure and argent, two sparrows rising respectant counterchanged argent and sable


9: Iriniia Mieszkowna - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2018, via the East.

(Fieldless) A sparrow rising contourny maintaining a chasing hammer and an artist's paintbrush both inverted in saltire sable


10: Katheryn Bluscichof - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (Stubborn meaning for byname most important) most important.

Katheryn is a feminine German given name found in 1383, as per Medieval German Given Names from Silesia Women's Names by Talan Gwynek (Brian M. Scott) (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/bahlow/bahlowFem.html)

Bluscichof is a German byname documented to 1196, as Cunradus <Bluscichof> in "Some Early Middle High German Bynames with Emphasis on Names for Bavarian Dialect" Area by Brian M. Scott (https://heraldry.sca.org/names/Early_German_Bynames.html)


11: Perez ben Meir Gershon - New Name & New Device

Per pale gules and sable, on a pale purpure fimbriated a sun issuant from a cup Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Language (Sephardic Jewish) most important.
Culture (Sephardic Jewish) most important.

Perez is a Jewish masculine given name dated to 1292/1487 found in Jewish Given Names Found in Les Noms Des Israélites en France, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/jewish/levy/peres.html

ben Meir is a patronymic byname. The element <Meir> is found in Jews in Catalonia: 1250 to 1400 - Men's Given Names, by Juliana de Luna https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/catalan-jews/CatalanJews-given-men.html

Gershon is a second given name applied to the patronymic. According to On the Evolution of Jewish Names, by Eleazar ha-Levi, Although rare, some Jews in Period, both male and female, had double given names. https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/eleazar/evolutionjewishnames.pdf

We find the name <Gershon> once as a Jewish masculine given name in Names of Jews in Rome In the 1550's, Table of Names, Compiled by Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi https://heraldry.sca.org/names/Jewish/rome_names.html


12: Wrguist mac Wrguist - New Name & New Device

Azure, a crescent pendant and overall an arrow fracted in chevron inverted, in chief a mullet of four points argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No changes.
Meaning (would like patronymic as close to given name as possible) most important.

Wrguist is a masculine Pictish given name found in A Consideration of Pictish Names, by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn. https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/pictnames/pict3_4.html - It is marked as an 8th century form of the name <Virogustos>.

The construction of a Pictish name follows the pattern set out in the above article as <given> + <mac - son of - marker> + <father's name>.


Yours in service,

Muirenn Blue Tyger


OSCAR counts 6 New Names, 1 New Household Name, 4 New Devices and 2 New Badges. These 13 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $52 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device and 1 Resub Badge. These 2 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 15 items submitted on this letter.

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