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Middle ILoI dated 2016-10-31

Greetings Unto Konrad Dragon, Sybella Rouge Scarpe, and the commenting heralds of the Midrealm.

Commentary on the enclosed submissions is due by November 31, 2016. Additionally, the position of Escutcheon is open to new applicants. For more info see the Pale letter, or contact Escutcheon or Dragon.



1: Americk Gilead -New Name Change & Resub Device

OSCAR NOTE: filing name should not be registered for a primary name change. It was, in in February of 2017, via the Middle.

Argent, a bend sinister gules cotised and overall a raven displayed sable.

Old Item: Cathal Drach, to be retained as an alternate name.
Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Spelling most important.

Under SENA Appendix C, late period English and Dutch are an allowable regional naming mix.

<Americk> is documented as a Dutch first name on the Familysearch IGI website.

Americk Christened 2 May 1604 Nieuwekerk, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands -

Batch C00826-5 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XBB3-CJV) accessed 9 September 2016.

<Gilead> is documented as an English byname on the Familysearch IGI website.

Marie Gilead Married 4 Feb 1618 Whitgift, York, England - Batch M00602-1

(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NLDG-ZWR) accessed 9 September 2016.

Thomas Gilead (father of An Gilead) Christened 12 September 1613 Snaith, York, England -

Batch P00923-1 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JW6V-9PN) accessed 9 September 2016.

This submission is a resub of a device returned at the kingdom level in Caid in 2014.

2: Aoife inghean Eoghain -New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Middle LoI of October 28, 2015 as submitted.

Argent, three tortoises azure.

3: Arnóra in skarpa -New Name & New Device

Per chevron argent and vert, two pairs of arrows inverted each crossed in saltire vert and a horse rampant argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (Arnóra) most important.

Arnóra - Found as a feminine given name in Geirr Bassi p. 7 inn skarpi - found as a byname meaning "sharp" in Geirr Bassi p. 26; in skarpa is the feminine form. Construction according to Geirr Bassi p. 18-19

Pennsic 2016 sub that got missed on the previous letters.

4: Ava Steinbock -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Client requests authenticity for permits change to 13th or 14th century only if necessary to ensure registration..
Sound ("Steinbock:) most important.

Ava - name of a 9th c Frankish saint. "Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources" Edition 2016, no 1. by Sarah M. Uckelman, http://dmnes.org/2016/1/name/Ava

Steinbock - https://familysearch.org

Johannes Balthasarus Steinbock, Christened 05 Oct 1587.

"Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NZJX-5XG: accessed 3 March 2016), Johannes Balthasarus Steinbock, 05 Oct 1587 ; FHL microfilm 957,291

Batch C92524-1

5: Christian Atzinger -New Name

Sound (Kris-tian At-zing-er) most important.

Christian - found in Late Period German Masculine Given Names by Talan Gwynek

http://heraldry.sca.org/names/germmasc.html#plauen15 listed under Christian names 1401-1450

Atzinger - Historischer Atlas von Bayern: Grafenau. Die Gerichte Bärnstein, Diessenstein und Hals


The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/631/2016-10-16/15-29-40_Christian.docx

6: Donald MacBrew -Resub Name & New Device

Gules, Triskelion of arms armored argent within a bordure embattled Or.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.

Original submission returned in the 12/2014 LoAR. (Muldony McVriw)


Digitized full text of "The Manorial Roll of the Isle of Man, 1511-1515"

Appendix D. Christian Names of Men. Donald

Index IV. List of Surnames MacBrew

7: Kai Tseng -New Name

Submitter has no desire as to gender.
No major changes.
Sound most important.

"Kai" is a chinese given name that means "victory", "triumphant" or "unceasing" in Mandarin Chinese.


"Tseng" is an alternate pronunciation of "Zeng", which appears during multiple periods of chinese history, including in the name of the general Zeng Tian and accounts of explorer Zheng He's travels to the east coast of Africa.


Escutcheon note - while the cites provided are not historical in nature, due to the difficulty in locating Chinese naming sources, I am placing this item up for commentary in the hopes that a herald more familiar with Chinese naming practices may be able to assist.

8: Lucretia Natta -New Name & New Device

Azure a sea-horse argent maintaining a candle enflamed Or, and on a chief argent 3 gouttes des larmes.

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

Lucretia - Naming patter and nomen taken from "A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges. Using the feminine form of <Lucretius>. http://heraldry.sca.org/names/roman.html

Natta - The desired cognomen is taken from "The Annels" by Cornelius Tacitus. In Tac. Ann.4.34 we see referenced the name Pinarius Natta. It was common for children to take the cognomen of their fathers and Natta is seen to be a gender neutral cognomen. Natta also means artist and it was common for persons to have a cognomen related to their work.

http://perseus.uchicago.edu/perseus-cgi/citequery3.pl?dbname=PerseusLatinTexts&getid=1&query=Tac.%20 Ann.%204.34

9: Marilla of the Vale -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.

Marilla: This is the submitters legal mundane first name. Submitter provided a photocopy of their mundane driver's license as proof.

If submitter cannot use <Marilla>, they will also accept -

Miriella: E.G. Withycombe, Oxford Dictionary of English Christian names, as a variant of Muriel dated to 1199.

of the Vale - Reaney and Wilson, Dictionary of English Surnames, s.n. Vale cites Wido del la Val dated to 1190. The submitted name is a direct lingua Anglica rendition of that byname.

10: Roarr Rekkrsson -New Name & New Device

Quarterly sable and argent, four boars statant respectant counterchanged argent and gules.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 780 Dane/Norse/Pict Migration Period.
Sound (Roar) most important.
Culture (Norse/pictish) most important.
Meaning (Warrior) most important.

Nordiskt Runnamslexikon

Pg 118-119 Roar

pg 183 Rekkr

s.nn Rekkr, Rinkr pg 78

Fellowes-Jensen, Gillian. "Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire". (from Viking Answer Lady site). p221, 346, 348

Roarr, (H)rod-, -geirr-, -var,

Geirr Bassi p11 - s.n. Hroarr

11: Sybella of Dragon's Mark -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2013, via the Middle.

(Fieldless) A unicorn rampant to sinister quarterly azure and argent.

12: Victorius Suspectus -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 2008, via the Middle.

(Fieldless) A scorpion within and conjoined to an annulet sable.

13: Wendell of Dark River -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Middle LoI of September 28, 2015 as submitted.

Gyronny arrondi Or, azure,Or, sable, Or, azure, Or, sable.

The original submission was returned at Laurel level 12/15.

The submitter has included documentation to support a gyronny of three colors. A summary appears here, and the full file is attached.

Stemmario Trivulziano

A Cura Di Carlo Maspoli

Niccolo Orsini De Marzo

Blazonature p 474 listed for de Parono, Line drawing indicated on p290 (h). "Grembiato di rosso, d'argento e d'azzuro. I color sono indicati dalle iniziali." Translates as "Gyronny of red, silver, and blue. The colors are indicated by the initials: B-azire, R-rules, x-argent".

This codex dates back to the early years of the condottiere Francesco Sforze as Duke of Milan (1450-66).

From the book "A Treatise on Heraldry, British and Foreign" from 1896, page 95.

"Gyronny is sometimes composed of more than two tinctures, this a branch of the Milanese family of ORIGO bears: Gyronny, sable, argent, vert, sable, argent, vert, sable, argent, vert."

Page 97 -

A very curious German partition is that of Tierced in gyron gyronnant; in it the whole field is occupied by three spiral gyrons; VON MEGENTZER bears this gules, sable and argent (Plated XVIII, fig 16.)"

Johan Siebmacher's Wappenbuch from 1605. Von Megentzer

The submitter also cites the LoAR submission for Tryggr Tyrsson (April 2013)


Commentary there discussed two other examples shields showing gyronny of more than three colors, The Magister Militum per Thracias, Constantini Dafnenses and the Magister Peditum, Tertia Herculea.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/images/cImages/631/2016-10-18/20-34-35_Wendell_devicedocumentation.pdf

OSCAR counts 8 Names, 1 Name Change, 7 Devices and 2 Badges. There are a total of 18 items submitted on this letter.