February Heraldic Decisions

The February 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.


Americk Gilead. Name change from Cathal Drach (see RETURNS for device).
This name was documented in the Letter of Intent as the combination of a Dutch given name and an English byname. At the Pelican decision meeting, Christopher Liber documented Americk as an English surname dated to 1579 in the FamilySearch Historical Records. Americk therefore can be treated as a given name, making this an entirely late-period English name.
The submitter’s prior name, Cathal Drach, is retained as an alternate name.

Aoife inghean Eoghain. Device. Argent, three tortoises azure.
Nice device!

Arnóra in skarpa. Name and device. Per chevron argent and vert, two pairs of arrows inverted in saltire vert and a horse rampant argent.
There has been some question about whether arrows have a DC from arrows inverted. Appendix L states that “Long charges of identical types may also receive a DC for facing – the change from dexter facing to sinister facing and from upright to inverted – if they have a clearly defined point or head.” Properly depicted arrows meet this requirement, and can thus receive a DC for upright vs. inverted. This device is therefore clear of Rowland Taylor, Per chevron argent and vert, two pairs of arrows in saltire and a bear’s head couped counterchanged., with one DC for the type of the basemost charge and another for inverting the arrows.

Ava Steinbock. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for “13th or 14th century (if needed!).” This name is not authentic because it combines an early 17th century Dutch or English given name with a late 16th century German byname. However, the name is registerable.

Christian Atzinger. Name.
Nice 15th century German name!

Donald MacBrew. Name (see RETURNS for device).
MacBrew is a registerable interpolated form based on the documented period Manx forms McBrow, McBrewe, Brew, and Briew, dated between 1408 and 1648 in A.W. Moore, The Manx Note Book, Vol. 2, pp. 155-6 and in Reaney & Wilson, s.n. Brew.

Lucretia Natta. Name and device. Azure, a sea-horse argent maintaining a candle enflamed Or and on a chief argent three gouttes des larmes.
Artist’s note: While the gouttes are technically twice as long as they are wide, we encourage the submitter to depict them taller.

Marilla of the Vale. Name.
Marilla is the submitter’s legal given name.
The byname of the Vale is the lingua Anglica form of the documented Middle English byname del la Val, which is found in Reaney and Wilson, Dictionary of English Surnames, s.n. Vale dated to 1190.

Roarr Rekksson. Name and device. Quarterly sable and argent, four boars statant respectant counterchanged argent and gules.
Submitted as Roarr Rekkrsson, we have changed the byname to Rekksson to use the correct grammar.
The submitter initially requested authenticity for “780 Dane/Norse/Pict Migration Period.” During commentary, he dropped this authenticity request in favor of a request for the name as close to the submitted spelling as possible. However, the submitter may be interested to know that Hróarr Rekksson appears to be an authentic Old East Norse form for the 10th century. If he prefers this form, he may submit a request for reconsideration.

Rüdiger of the Flaming Gryphon. Device. Per chevron vert and sable, two bears combatant Or and a tower argent.
Artist’s note: Please provide internal detailing for the bears.

Sybella of Dragon’s Mark. Badge. (Fieldless) A unicorn contourny quarterly azure and argent.

Ts’eng K’ai. Name.
Submitted as Kai Tseng, with the submitter’s permission we have changed the name to Ts’eng K’ai to use the correct Chinese naming pattern and Romanization.

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


Americk Gilead. Device. Argent, a bend sinister gules cotised and overall a raven displayed sable.
This device submission must unfortunately be returned administratively: the black and white and the color emblazon are blazonably different. The bend sinister in the outline drawing is fimbriated, while the color emblazon has the bend sinister cotised.
The use of a raven displayed is a step from period practice. We note that a fimbriated ordinary surmounted by another charge is also a step from period practice, which would likewise be grounds for return when combined with the displayed bird. If the intent of the submitter is to use cotises rather than fimbriation, this will not be an issue.

Donald MacBrew. Device. Gules, a triskelion of armored arms argent, a bordure embattled Or.
This device is returned for conflict with the Lord of the Isle of Man (important non-SCA arms), Gules, a triskelion of armored legs argent. There is one DC for the addition of the bordure. However, a triskelion of armored legs closely resembles a triskelion of armored arms to the point that we cannot grant a DC between the two.
We decline to rule at this point whether triskelions of any discrete charge conflict with triskelions of any other discrete charges.

Wendell of Dark River. Device. Gyronny arrondi Or, azure, Or, sable, Or, azure, Or, sable.
This device is returned for conflict with Campbell, Duke of Argyle, Gyronny Or and sable, and Ottar Hrafnsson, Gyronny arrondy Or and azure. For each of these, only one quarter of the field tincture is changed.
This device is also returned for lack of documentation of gyronny arrondi of three tinctures. While the submitter provided several examples of tri-tinctured gyronny fields, no documentation was provided for gyronny arrondi of three tinctures. Absent such documentation, gyronny arrondi of three tinctures is not registerable.