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East ILoI dated 2015-06-01

Greetings to the heralds of the East Kingdom and the Knowne Worlde.

Commentary on this letter closes at midnight on July 1, 2015.

This is my last letter as Blue Tyger, after a little over three years and over 1500 submissions. It's been a heck of a ride, and I have a lot of people to thank:

Thank you to Lillia, Brunissende and Istvan for answering all of my many stupid questions as I learned how to do the job.

Thank you to Ryan Brigantia for supporting my crazy ideas for re-structuring the submissions job, and to Rowen Brigantia for planting those ideas in my mind in the first place.

Thank you to Charitye, Jeanne and Yehuda for all their help and hard work, and for their willingness to carry the ball going forward.

Thank you to my crack notifications people, Mari, Dreda and Cezilia.

Thank you to all the new, up-and-coming heralds who enjoyment and enthusiasm is obvious in their work.

Thank you to all of the reliable heralds and commenters willing to take on assignments and work with submitters.

Thank you to all of the out-Kingdom people who come over and comment here in the East.

I'm sure there are people I've forgotten, but blame that on my burned out brain and not on a lack of appreciation.

The official hand-over of the Blue Tyger office to Yehuda ben Moshe will take place at KWHSS.

Alys Blue Tyger

1: Brennan MacFergus -New Alternate Name

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

Otey Pankie

Sound (Oh-tay) most important.

Otey is a 16th century English given name found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Margery Otey; Female; Marriage; 19 Sep 1574; Saint John The Baptist, Chester, Cheshire, England; Batch: M03657-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVMQ-8M9)
Alice Otey; Female; Christening; 03 Feb 1599; Bluntisham, Huntingdon, England; Batch: C16854-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N8GC-1M4)

Such surnames can be used as given names by precedent. [Alton of Grimfells, 4/2010 LoAR, A-East].

Pankie is a gray-period English surname found in the Family Search Historical Records:

William Pankie; Male; Marriage; 15 Apr 1607; Bourne, Lincoln, England; Batch: M01178-3 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVHS-GXZ)


2: Brynhildr Ansvarsdottir -New Name & New Device

Per fess Or and purpure, a lion counterchanged

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Brynhildr is a female given name found on p. 9 of Geirr Bassi's The Old Norse Name

Ansvarr is a variant spelling of a male given name found sn. An(d)svarr/Ansurr/Assurr/Ôssurr at p. 12 of Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (The Dictionary of Norse Runic Names), by Lena Peterson (http://www.sprakochfolkminnen.se/download/18.4aec91b214565240e19f20/1398493750944/lexikon.pdf).

Ansvarsdottir is formed using the patronymic creation rules set forth on p. 17 of Geirr Bassi, and omitting the accents. Accents may be omitted from Old Norse names as long as they are treated consistently throughout. [Bjorn Hildólfsson, 7/2014 LoAR, A-Lochac]


3: Fearghus mac Uilliam -New Name & New Device

Per pall argent, azure and vert, three Latin crosses azure, argent and argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (son of) most important.

Fearghus is a male given name found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada from 1402, 1420, 1423, 1490, 1505, 1599. http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Fearghus.shtml

mac Uilliam is a patronymic byname meaning "son of Uilliam". Uilliam is a male given name found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada from 1302, 1312, 1322, 1324, 1447, 1461, 1464, 1466, 1473, 1476, 1488, 1496, 1504, 1512, 1516, 1573, 1577. http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Uilliam.shtml

Per Appendix A of SENA, the patronymic marker for a son in Gaelic is "mac"


4: Gabrielle an Doire -New Name

Gabrielle is an English given name found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Gabrielle James; Male; Marriage; 26 Oct 1601; More, Shropshire, England; Batch: M00685-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NL9Z-YZH)
Gabrielle Poole; Male; Christening; 28 Sep 1610; ALSALL, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND; Batch: C03291-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N55D-LP1)

an Doire is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic byname meaning "[of] the Oak-grove/Oak-wood" dated from 1249 and 1588, appearing in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/DescriptiveBynames/anDoire.shtml)

Appendix C of SENA allows for the combination of English and Gaelic names.


5: Jacob Fisher -New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2006, via the East

Azure, a sea lion erect and in a chief argent a rapier vert

Consulting herald: Grímólfr Skúlason


6: Leon Cristo del Camino -New Name & New Device

Sable, a bend wavy Or between two Maltese crosses argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound (unspecified) most important.
Language (13th Century Spanish) most important.
Culture (Spanish) most important.

Consulting Herald: Conall an Doire

Leon is a male given name found in the late 15th Century Spain, in Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century by Juliana de Luna http://heraldry.sca.org/names/isabella/index.html

Cristo is a male given name found in Spain in 1531 as outlined in Family Search batch #M87319-1 "Pedro Cristo De la Calle" http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM99.1.1/FFNG-M4F

del Camino is a byname found in "Names from the Chronicon Spilimbergense" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/italian/spilimbergo.html)


7: Lucie Lovegood of Ramisgate -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2011, via the East

Per bend sinister azure and vert, a stag springing within a bordure argent

This is a resubmission of a device returned on the April 2013 LoAR:

Lucie Lovegood of Ramisgate. Device. Argent, a brown sea-hedgehog proper tailed vert within a bordure checky vert and argent.

This device is returned for having a partially-brown monster. Precedent says, "a monster without a heraldically defined proper coloration may not be "brown proper", even if the animals which donated the component parts for the monster may be brown when in nature." [Cynuise ó Cianáin of Bardsea, R-Trimaris, Nov 2002 LoAR] We have the same issue here, with the brown hedgehog and green tail. While a hedgehog in nature may be brown, a sea-hedgehog does not exist in nature, and does not otherwise have a heraldically defined proper color. It may therefore not be brown proper.

This is a complete redesign.


8: Magnus Grimcroft -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 14th Century English.
Sound (English) most important.

Consulting herald: Brit Metzler

Magnus is a male given name found once in "Masculine Given Names Found in the 1332 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Lincolnshire, England" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/LincLSR/GivenMasculineAlpha.html

Grimcroft is a byname found once in "An Index to the 1332 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Lincolnshire, England" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/LincLSR/BynG.html


9: Odam an Doire -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Consulting Herald: Conall an Doire

Odam is found in Withycombe, E.G. Oxford A Dictionary of English Surnames Name under pg 327 under the entry of Odam, Odams, Odom, Odhams

an Doire is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic byname meaning "[of] the Oak-grove/Oak-wood" dated from 1249 and 1588, appearing in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/DescriptiveBynames/anDoire.shtml).


10: Sarra an Doire -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the East LoI of September 08, 2014 as submitted.

Per fess sable and gules, an owl displayed and in chief three crescents within a bordure argent

The submitter's original device, Gules, an owl displayed argent and on a chief sable three crescents argent, was returned on the September 2014 Eat Kingdom Letter of Decision for violating the rule of tincture by placing a sable chief on a gules field.


11: Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya -New Alternate Name

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

Hrefna Spákona

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (unspecified) most important.
Culture (unspecified) most important.
Meaning (unspecified) most important.

Consulting Herald: Grímólfr Skúlason

Hrefna is a female given name found in Geirr Bassi's The Old Norse Name at p. 11.

Spákona - spákona, a byname meaning "prophetess," is found in "Viking Bynames found in Geirr Bassi at p. 28. The April 2012 Cover Letter permits Old Norse bynames to be capitalized.


12: Sorcha an Doire -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Client requests authenticity for 12-16 century Irish.
Language (unspecified) most important.

Consulting Herald: Conall an Doire

Sorcha is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic female given name dated from 1480 and 1639, appearing in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Sorcha.shtml)

an Doire is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic byname meaning "[of] the Oak-grove/Oak-wood" dated from 1249 and 1588, appearing in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/DescriptiveBynames/anDoire.shtml)


13: Vasia von Königsberg -New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: filing name should not be registered for a primary name change. It was, in in October of 2015, via the East.

Old Item: Nicolai Wegener, to be released.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.
Language (Lithuanian Slavic) most important.
Culture (Lithuanian Slavic) most important.

Consulting Herald: Violet Hughes

Vasia is a female given name found s.n. Vasilisa in "16th and early 17th C. feminine names from Lithuanian records" by ffride wlffsdotter (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ffride/lithuanianwomenasmenv.html).

von Königsberg -- Koenigsberg appears as a place name in Chronica alter preußischer, livländischer und kurländischer Historien by Matthaus Waissel, published in 1599 (https://books.google.com/books?id=6XdTAAAAcAAJ). The relevant passage states:

. . . der durch Koenigsliche versicherung in Strasburg bleeitet under von dannen auff Koenigsberg sum hohmeister gefueret ward. Da er nu von Koenigsberg wider tam bestimmete er eine zusamenfunsst auff den I Maij im Reich Polen zu Prißten dahin sie sich benderseits alle versamken solten wie denn auch geschah . . ."

The passage appears to refer to something that happened during a religious holiday held at Königsberg, after which the person went from Königsberg to somewhere else.

The submitter asserts that the superscript 'e' is an early printer's method of rendering umlauts.

SENA Appendix A permits the combination of Baltic (Lithuanian) and German names.


14: Wulfgang Gruenwald -New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2011, via the East

Beelzebub Hotfoot

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Consulting Herald: Sofya La Rus

Beelzebub is a biblical figure, with this spelling found in the New Testament, 1611 King James version:

Luke 11:15: But some of them said, Hee casteth out deuils through Beelzebub the chiefe of the deuils. (http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611_Luke-11-15/)

Matthew 12:24: But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doeth not cast out deuils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the deuils. ( http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611_Matthew-12-24/)

There is a known pattern of using Biblical names in 16th cen. English. Not all of the Biblical names given to children were those of positive figures. Bardsley, Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature at pp. 72-73 mentioned a number of "objectionable" New Testament names used in the early 17th cen. (https://archive.org/stream/curiositiesofpur00bardrich#page/72/mode/2up), including Antipas (the name of a murderer and adulterer) and Ananias (a man who tried to cheat the Apostles).

There is evidence of real people using the Biblical name Judas, after the betrayer of Jesus:

Judas Kingswell; Male; Marriage; 03 Feb 1594; West Wittering, Sussex, England; Batch: M07132-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N22W-SHH)
Judas Dewrden; Male; Christening; 22 Jan 1584; BURNLEY, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND; Batch: P00520-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5LM-W31)

Cain, after the first murderer in the Bible:

Caine Crowe; Male; Christening; 28 Jan 1564; SAINT MATTHEW, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND; Batch: P01277-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRS2-1FH)
Kain Whitehouse; Male; Christening; 26 Sep 1600; St Martins, Tipton, Stafford, England; Batch: C16744-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2JY-GJ6)

Jezebel, Biblical princess who incited her husband King Ahab to abandon the worship of Yahweh and encourage worship of pagan dieties:

Jizabell Johnson; Female; Marriage; 06 Oct 1612; Great Steeping, Lincoln, England; Batch: M02872-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NV5X-69K)
Jesabell Wadsley; Female; Burial; 18 Jan 1589; Batch: B02862-0 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JCVP-HYF)
Jezabele Trewalle; Female; Christening; 25 Feb 1580; BLETCHINGLEY, SURREY, ENGLAND; Batch: P01710-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRMG-P31)

Haman, the character who plotted to kill all the Jews in the Book of Esther

Haman Wild; Male; Burial; 10 Feb 1580; St. Botolph Aldgate, London, England; Batch: B00047-6 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JC9D-B84)
Haman Woodall; Male; Marriage; 24 Oct 1559; Saint Mary Le Bow, London, London, England; Batch: M02060-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NL4Y-RJG)

Delilah, the woman who betrayed the hero Samson:

Delilah [no surname]; Female; Burial; 21 Jun 1635; Lincoln, England; Batch: B39304-7 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J8YH-KWG)
Dalilah Daniell; Female; Christening; 25 Mar 1637; Alconbury-Cum-Weston, Alconbury-Weston, Huntingdon, England; Batch: C16851-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N8G7-H97)

There is also a pattern of 16th and 17th cen. English names based on pagan gods. "16th Cen. Names from Classical History and Mythology" by Alys Mackyntoich (http://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/2014/Alys_Mackyntoich/Names_from_Classical_History_and_Mythology.pdf) has English examples of:

Atlas
Hermes
Juno
Mercury
Minerva
Pallas

and others.

The submitter believes that these two patterns make it plausible (although admittedly unlikely) for a 16th/early 17th cen. Englishman to be named Beelzebub.

Hotfoot is an English surname dated to 1327 in Reaney & Wilson s.n. Hotfoot.



OSCAR counts 7 Names, 1 Name Change, 3 Alternate Names and 6 Devices. There are a total of 17 items submitted on this letter.