January Heraldic Submissions

The January Letter of Acceptances and Returns has been published. Here are the decisions for the Middle Kingdom. The letter can be found online here: http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/
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.


Áine ingen Barddáin. Alternate name Katty of Cheshire.

Alric of the Mists. Badge. Per bend sinister purpure and sable, a pear and a bordure embattled Or.

Ann Marie Morgane. Name.

Argus MacGregour. Name.
This name was originally submitted as Argus Mac Gregour, and changed at Kingdom with the submitter’s permission to add the branch name of Cleftlands to clear a perceived conflict with the registered Angus MacGregor. We have made an additional change, changing the byname from Mac_Gregour to MacGregour. Scots does not use a space between Mac- and the rest of the surname.
On the question of conflict, PN3C of SENA states: “Names may be different in sound under one standard and appearance under another standard.” In this case, the two names are clear by sound under PN3C2 as the result of a substantial change to the first syllable of the given name. The two names also have changes in appearance that affect two syllables, which brings them clear under PN3C1. Therefore, Angus MacGregor and Argus MacGregour are clear of conflict. We have removed of Cleftlands from the name as it is not needed.
The Letter of Intent argued for MacGregour as an interpolated spelling. However, this exact spelling appears in the FamilySearch Historical Records for Scotland dated to 1570.

Ascelina de Tanet. Device. Per pale wavy argent and purpure, a dragon and a wolf passant respectant counterchanged, a point pointed sable.

Avice Grenefeld. Name and device. Argent, on a bend vert between a raven contourny and a tower sable six roundels argent.
The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified time or language/culture. In commentary, Lillia Pelican Emerita was able to document the name to the 1460s in England, so it is authentic for that time and place.

Berenger of the Five Lakes. Name and device. Per pale gules and azure, an eagle maintaining in its talons a lance fesswise Or.

Bj{o,}rn inn viðf{o,}rli. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Norse 9-10th Century.” Although both elements are found in Old Norse in Iceland, we cannot be certain that both were found during the requested time period.

Caden MacMichel. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Edgar von Drachenstein. Name change from Edgar Chiswick.
The given name Edgar is grandfathered to the submitter.
The submitter’s prior name, Edgar Chiswick, is retained as an alternate name.

Elena verch Llywelyn. Name and device. Purpure, two otters combattant maintaining between them a trident and in chief three bees Or.
This name combines a 13th century form of the given name with a 16th century form of her father’s name. This combination is registerable. However, the submitter may be interested to know that a fully 13th century Welsh form of her name would be Elena verch Lewelyn or Elena verch Lewelin. If she prefers either of these forms, she may submit a request for reconsideration.

Genovefa da Terranova. Name and device. Per pale vert and purpure, an open book and on a chief Or two dragonflies purpure.
The submitter requested authenticity for Italian. Although it is registerable, this name is not authentic because it combines a French given name with an Italian surname. An authentic, fully Italian form would be Ginevra da Terranova. If the submitter prefers the fully Italian form, she may submit a request for reconsideration.

Godiva Langevin of the Osprey. Device. Azure, in bend two domestic cats rampant contourny erminois, a bordure raguly ermine.

Guy d’Avignon. Name.
Both name elements are found in the 1292 Census of Paris, making this an excellent 13th century French name!

Harkin of the Moorlands. Device. Quarterly sable and vert, a Bowen cross within a serpent in annulo vorant of its tail argent.

Hjálmr Njálsson. Name and device. Per fess argent and azure, three valknuts and a wolf’s head cabossed counterchanged.
There is a step from period practice for the use of valknuts.

Illiton, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for other badge). (Fieldless) On a tower sable a fountain.

Leofric of the Osprey. Device. Gyronny arrondi of six Or and azure, a ferret rampant argent maintaining in its forepaws a wooden barrel proper.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a central charge on a gyronny arrondi field drawn with the corners of the field in the center of a gyron.

Leonardo Voltera. Device. Argent, a tortoise vert and in chief two katanas inverted in saltire sable, a bordure azure.
There is a step from period practice for the use of the non-European katanas.
Commenters wondered whether this design, especially in combination with the given name, was obtrusively modern and too allusive to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle imagery. It is not.

Luca de Luca. Name and device. Azure, a falcon stooping and on a point pointed argent a Latin cross flory sable.
The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified language and time period, although the Letter of Intent indicated a preference for “culturally-consistent Italian.” This name is an authentic Latinized form of a Tuscan Italian name. An authentic vernacular form is Luca di Luca. If the submitter prefers this form, he may submit a request for reconsideration.

Nas{i}ra bint {.I}vaz. Name.
Submitted as Nas{i}ra bint {I.}vaz, the father’s name should have a dot on the top of the I, rather than below it. We have made this correction for registration.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Turkish/Ottoman.” The given name appears in “Sixteenth Century Turkish Names” by Ursula Palimpsest (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ursula/ottoman/feminine.html). In addition, at the Pelican decision meeting, Ursula Palimpsest was able to document the patronym to sixteenth century Istanbul, in Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital by Çi{gu}dem Kafescio{gu}lu (https://books.google.com/books?id=tchKiDne15UC). Therefore, this name is authentic for 16th century Turkish.

Reichart von Drachenstein. Name change from Wilhelm Reichart.
No documentation was provided in the Letter of Intent for Reichart as a given name. Fortunately, Konrad Dragon found Reichart as a given name in 16th-17th Century Hessian Given Names and Surnames by Kunegundis filia Theoderici (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/kunegund/hessenames.html).
The submitter’s prior name, Wilhelm Reichart, is retained as an alternate name.

Thomas O Donnabhair. Name and device. Or goutty purpure, three doves rising sable, a chief nebuly purpure.
This name combines an English given name with a Gaelic byname, a lingual mix permitted by Appendix C. The submitter may wish to know that a fully Gaelic form is Tomas O Donnabhair. If he prefers this form, the submitter may submit a request for reconsideration.

Toirrdhealbhach Déabhrús. Name.

Úlfrún Biornsdóttir. Name.
Submitted as Úlfrún Biornsdottir, accent marks must be used (or omitted) consistently throughout an Old Norse name. We have changed this name to Úlfrún Biornsdóttir for registration.

Ursula Mortimer. Name change from Ursula the Widow.
The submitter requested authenticity for 16th century England. This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, commenters provided enough information on authenticity for us to register the name rather than pending it for further discussion. This name is authentic for 16th century English.
The submitter’s prior name, Ursula the Widow, is released.

Valgautr ormstunga. Name and device. Sable, a serpent in annulo vorant of its tail Or estencelly vert.

Vladimir Grigorovich D’ragoun’. Name and device. Per chevron gules and sable, two onion domed towers and a bear rampant Or.
Submitted as Vladimir Grigorovich D’ragoun_, the documentation shows that the third element should be spelled D’ragoun’. We have changed the name to match the documentation.
As used in this name, D’ragoun’ is an unmarked patronymic. The June 2013 Cover Letter states that “[u]nmarked patronymics in Russian are rare but registerable.” Such bynames are found more frequently in the Ukraine or Belarus rather than in Russia proper.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Russia.” This name may be authentic for c. 1200 in Russia, but we cannot be certain due to our limited documentation in this language.

Wilhelm von Drachenstein. Name change from William Alexander Larchier.
The submitter’s prior name, William Alexander Larchier, is released.


Caden MacMichel. Device. Per pale azure and vert, a winged narwhal naiant embowed argent between three escallops Or.
This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters had trouble identifying the primary charge, generally parsing it as a hummingbird with an odd tail.

Illiton, Barony of. Badge. Barry wavy argent and azure, a fish contourny gules.
This badge is returned for redraw. Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as a “salmon”, commenters had no trouble identifying the charge as a fish but not specifically a salmon. Salmon in period heraldic art were typically drawn with a pronounced overbite and longer head than generic fish. Since the submitter requested that the primary charge not be blazoned as a “fish”, we are forced to return this badge.

Sofonisba Voltera. Device. Argent, a peacock in his pride proper within a four lobed quadrate cornice sable, in chief two seeblätter gules.
This device is returned for violating SENA A3E1, Arrangement of Charge Groups. All patterns with three or more charge groups must be found in Appendix J or documented as a period arrangement. This arrangement, “a primary charge within a secondary charge, with another secondary charge group of enumerated charges”, is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups.