November Heraldic Decisions

The November Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here:
Official notification will be sent to the submitters from the Opinicus Pursuivant, Thora Grimudottir. 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.

Agmundr Skúli. Name.

Artare MacBane. Name and device. Per saltire argent and azure, a pawprint and a bordure sable.
Submitted as Artair McBane, the given name was changed at Kingdom to Artúr to match the documentation that could be found. In commentary, Christopher Liber documented the English given name Artare in the FamilySearch Historical Records. As to the byname, the scribal abbreviation Mc- expands to Mac- for registration per the September 2013 Cover Letter. The submitter indicated that he preferred the form Artare MacBane to the submitted form, so we have made that change for registration.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a pawprint.

Artemisia da Firenze. Name and device. Azure, a peacock contourny regardant argent between flaunches Or.
Submitted as Artemesia da Firenze, the given name was changed at Kingdom to Artemisia to match the documentation that could be found. Because the submitter prefers the spelling Artemisia, we have left this change in place.
Please advise the submitter to draw the flaunches issuant in chief from the corners of the shield.

Audette la Tricoteuse de Saint Denis. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for late 15th century French. This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, we had sufficient information to determine the authenticity of the name without needing to pend this submission.
The given name Audette is a hypothetical feminine form of the documented male given name Audet, which is recorded in French in 1470 and 1520. The byname de Saint Denis can also be found in the late 15th century in French. However, we were not able to document the term tricoteuse to any earlier than 1585. Even the documentation provided in the Letter of Intent documented the term to the 17th century. Further, the pattern [given name] + [marked occupational byname] + [locative] is implausible for late 15th century French. Accordingly, the name is registerable, but it is not authentic for the requested time period.

Briana Stonefield. Name.
Nice late 16th century English name!

Dai Gerdwr. Name.
Gerdwr is an occupational byname for a musician dated c. 1400, found in The Dictionary of the Welsh Language (
Nice Welsh name for c. 1400!

Edward Archer of Kent. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The submitter may be interested to know that an Edward Archer was married in Kent in 1602 according to the FamilySearch Historical Records (

Enrico Morosini. Name and device. Argent, a porphyrio between in pale two broadarrows azure.
Nice name for 16th century Venice!
This is the defining instance of a porphyrio in Society armory. Also known as a swamphen, it is a poultry-shaped bird with long feet.

Eschina MacDonell. Device. Per pale azure and gules, a horse’s head couped between three compass stars Or.
There is a step from period practice for the use of compass stars.

Finn O’Connor. Device. Azure, a bend sinister sable fimbriated, a bordure argent.

Joseph of Illiton. Name.
Illiton is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Katelin the Greene. Name.

Percivall Brackley. Name.
Nice late 16th century English name!

Rivenvale, Shire of. Device change. Vert, on a pile azure fimbriated and cotised argent a laurel wreath Or.
Their old device, Vert, on a pile throughout azure fimbriated, an angel statant to sinister maintaining a sword palewise argent and in dexter chief a laurel wreath Or, is retained as ancient arms.

Rose de la Cumbe. Device. Per pale purpure and sable, a winged unicorn segreant contourny and in chief three roses argent.

Rüdiger of the Flaming Gryphon. Name.
The phrase the Flaming Gryphon is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Edward Archer of Kent. Device. Per bend vert and gules, a drawn bow with arrow nocked, an orle argent.
This device is returned administratively. There was no mention on the Letter of Intent that the device had been redrawn after kingdom commentary, nor whether the submitter had approved the redraw.

Sóma Hjálmarsdóttir. Device. Argent, a Latin cross voided sable and overall a heart gules enflamed proper.
This device is returned for having a “barely overall” charge. SENA Appendix I, Charge Group Theory, in defining overall charges states “An overall charge must have a significant portion on the field; a design with a charge that has only a little bit sticking over the edges of an underlying charge is known as “barely overall” and is not registerable.” Here, more of the heart is on the cross than on the field.