March Heraldic Decisions for the Middle Kingdom

Greetings unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom from Konrad Rouge Scarpe.

The March Heraldic Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. Official notification will come out shortly to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Jean Yves de Chierebourg. Look for an email form ; if you have items in submission you may want to add it to your address book as we have occasionally had issues with spam filters grabbing them. Please make sure to follow the link in the email as that lets us know that you have received the notification.

Arnbjǫrn Frakkason. Name and device. Per fess gules and Or, two eagles and a bear rampant counterchanged.
The submitter requested authenticity for “1000 to 1100 Norse Viking”. This request was not summarized in the Letter of Intent. Luckily, we had enough information to consider this request instead of pending the name for further commentary.
The given name Arnbj{o,}rn is found as a name in Iceland in the Landnámabók, but the given name Frakki, from which the byname Frakkason is constructed, is found as a runic name in the Isle of Man. As the two names are found in two different parts of the Viking world, this name is not authentic, but it is registerable.

Briarwood, Canton of. Branch name.

Däg Thorgrimsson. Augmentation of arms. Tierced per pall argent, azure and sable, two dexter gauntlets clasped in chevron inverted argent and in chief a wolf’s head caboshed sable and for augmentation on an escutcheon argent, a pale gules surmounted by a dragon passant vert.

Kjalvor Sæbjarnardottir. Name change from Teffan Grenelefe and device change. Azure, on a fess wavy cotised argent three gouttes des larmes.
The submitter’s previous name, Teffan Grenelefe, is released.
The submitter’s previous device, Argent goutty purpure, a leaf vert, is released.

Leofrun Godwinesdohtor. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Submitted as Leofrune Godwinesdohtor, the given name, Leofrune, is in the dative case, not the required nominative case. We have changed the name to Leofrun Godwinesdohtor to correct the grammar and register this name.

Lyggessauc Cook. Name change from holding name Josh of Stormvale.
Submitted as Ligessac Cook, the given name was changed in kingdom to Lyggessauc to use a period form.
Lyggessauc is a Welsh given name that likely dates no later than 700. The byname le Cook, which can be used to justify the unmarked form, Cook, is dated to 1296. Therefore, there is a temporal gap of greater than 500 years between the elements. However, Cook is the submitter’s legal surname, so we can register this name under the legal name allowance.

Maggie MacKeith. Name change from Leonia de Calais.
Nice late 16th century Scots name!
The submitter’s previous name, Leonia de Calais, is released.

Rory Buchanan. Name (see RETURNS for device).
This name combines an Anglicized Irish given name and a Scots byname. As both languages are included in the English/Welsh regional language group, this is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Sáerlaith Arnbjarnarkona. Name and device. Purpure, a bend checky Or and vert between two domestic cats couchant regardant argent.
This name combines a Middle Gaelic given name and Old Norse byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

Saldís Domnalsdóttir. Name and device. Per chevron azure and paly wavy azure and Or, a chevron Or semy of ogresses.

Waldetrudis von Metten. Name and device. Per pale gules and argent, a pair of arms in chevron inverted, vested and with hands to base sustaining two croziers in saltire counterchanged, a point pointed plumetty azure and Or.

Leofrun Godwinesdohtor. Device. Per bend gules and vert, a boar rampant Or and four Thor’s hammers conjoined at the haft argent.
This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, which states “A charge group in which postures for different charges must be blazoned individually will not be allowed without period examples of that combination of postures.” The charges here are not in a unified arrangement, as the hammers in cross must be blazoned separately from the boar in order to adequately describe their orientation. Additionally, the arrangement of the hammers and their reduced size leads to reduced identifiability.

Middle, Kingdom of the. Heraldic title Gold Mace Herald.
This heraldic title was originally submitted under the name of an individual who had been granted the use of a personal heraldic title in October 2014. Gold Mace Herald conflicts with Order of the Gold Mace, previously registered by the Middle Kingdom. Although the submitter had a letter of permission to conflict from the kingdom, the change in the designator from Order to Herald is not sufficient to allow registration under NPN3E of SENA:
Any change to the sound and appearance of the designator is sufficient to allow the registration of a non-personal name with a letter of permission to conflict, except when both items are branches, orders or awards, or heraldic titles or when one item is an order or award and the other is a heraldic title. This is because designators for branches and heraldic titles may change over time, we consider the designators for orders, awards, and honors to be equivalent, and we allow branches to register heraldic titles formed from their registered order and award names. However, household and affiliation designators do not change over time and are considered an integral part of the name.
Because the individual was not able to register the title personally, it was then submitted to Laurel under the name of the kingdom, with the intention of transferring it after registration.
The July 2013 Cover Letter states:
…while we recognize that there are [heraldic] titles which were registered to kingdoms in the days before individual ownership was allowed, and we will not stop the transfer of already registered titles to the individuals they were registered for, new titles should be registered directly by individuals, not kingdoms. Titles registered before the May 2013 Laurel meetings will be allowed to be transferred to individuals, and all such transfers should be submitted to Laurel by December 31, 2013. Any personal titles currently in process for individuals which are being registered to groups should be withdrawn immediately and resubmitted by the individual, with a fee collected.
In the case that the title is expected to be transferred to an individual who has not yet been granted a title, and the above date passes, the individual may purchase the title from the group. All transfer paperwork should be made out as if it were a normal transfer, with the exception that this submission must be accompanied by the usual Laurel payment amount, and that payment must have been collected from the submitter. Whether or not to charge a full submission price instead of just the (currently $ 3) Laurel fee is a matter for the kingdom to determine.
As this heraldic title was not registered prior to the May 2013 Laurel meetings, and could not be registered by an individual due to conflict with the active order name, it is not permitted to be transferred to an individual. Due to these issues, this submission has been withdrawn.

Mór ingen Lorccáin. Name.
Unfortunately, this name conflicts with the registered Mór ingen Lonáin. Although a consonant cluster has been changed in the byname (Lon- versus Lorcc-), the sounds that were affected are adjacent and the two syllables share a vowel. Therefore, it is not eligible for PN3C2 of SENA and the name must be returned.
The submitter may wish to know that Lorcán is not a Gaelic form of Lawrence. Rather, modern sources have Anglicized this name as Lawrence, a name of Latin origin that is unrelated in meaning to Lorcán.

North Woods, Barony of the. Badge. Azure, a sun Or within three wolves courant in annulo legs outward argent.
This badge is returned for multiple conflicts. It is in conflict with the device of Paul of Sunriver: Azure, a compass star Or and that of Wendryn Townsend: Azure, a sun in glory Or. In each case, there is only one DC for adding the secondary wolf group.
There is a step from period practice for the use of wolves in annulo not in their default palewise orientation.

Rory Buchanan. Device. Bendy azure and argent, a chief embattled gules.
Sadly, this lovely device conflicts with the device of Kateryna de Bonnay: Argent, three bendlets azure with only one DC for adding the chief.

The letter will soon be available at

Meister Konrad Mailander
Rouge Scarpe Herald