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An Tir IL dated 2008-02-05 (Jump to Submissions)

Unto Christopher Black Lion and the esteemed members of the An Tir College of Heralds to whom this missive comes, Li Ban ingen Echtigeirn, Boar Herald, sends greetings and felicitations.

The following items are presented for your consideration.

Commentary on this letter is due on March 10th, 2007.

1: Alexandria Sophie Kessler - New Name

• Submitter desires a female name.
• Sound (unspecified) most important.

The submitter's branch is Lions Gate.

The submitter will allow any changes necessary, desires a feminine name, and cares most about the sound of the given name and the spelling of the surname. She expresses no interest in having her name changed to be authentic and will allow the creation of a holding name.

Brechenmacher (sn Ke§ler) dates <Erbo kesseler> to 1261. This spelling is also the spelling of her mundane surname.

Withycombe (sn Alexandra) dates <Alexandria> to 1218 in England.

<Sophie> is dated to 1375 and 1383 in Talan's "Medieval German Given Names from Silesia".

German + English is a step from period practice. If the mundane name allowance must be invoked, drop Sophie instead of changing the surname spelling.

Included at the bottom of the form is the note "Do not change spelling of surname; you may drop Sophie or change".

A photocopy of the submitter's drivers license is included with this submission showing the surname <Kessler>.

1: Alexandria Sophie Kessler - New Device

Sable, a lion rampant argent transfixed by a spear in chief two swords fesswise points to center Or.

2: Aline de Seez - New Name

• Submitter desires a female name.

The submitter's branch is Lions Gate.

The submitter will allow any changes, desires a feminine name and cares most about the spelling of her name. Included in this section is a note which reads "the last is my maiden name - Seez". She expresses no interest in having her name changed to be authentic and will allow the creation of a holding name.

<Aline> - (R & W, sn Aline) dated to 1428.

<Seez> - Birth certificate attached.

2: Aline de Seez - New Device

Per chevron azure and Or, a decrescent and an increscent argent and a tree blasted and eradicated sable.

3: Althaia filia Lazari - Resub Device

Azure, a common kingfisher, rising, argent; within a torse argent and Or.

The submitter's branch is Wyewood.

The submitter's name was forwarded to Laurel in October of 2007. Her previous device submission of Azure, a common kingfisher volant with wings addorsed argent within a torse argent and purpure was returned by Kingdom at the same time for unidentifiability of the torse due to the colors used and the posture of the bird being unblazonable as either rising or volant.

Previously, her name (Althaia Lazura) was returned in August 2006 because it could not be registered as submitted and no changes were allowed. Her device of Azure, a Common Kingfisher, volant with wings addorsed, argent; within a torse argent and purpure was returned at the same time for lack of a name.

This submission changes the coloration of the torse and corrects the posture of the bird to rising.

This submitter includes the following notes with this submission: "1) Please see Oct. 2007 rejection letter for the basis for changes. 2) Please see 2 attached pages for a photo and proof this bird lives all over Europe. 3) If Or in the torse is not acceptable, green or solely argent will be fine. If red is the only acceptable option, please notify me and I will choose a different device. Per your letter black and purple do not contrast enough, but they are fine with me. Thank you…." It is signed with the submitter's legal name.

4: Alyne of Kendal - Resub Device

Azure, a hind springing contourné, increscent center chief, argent.

The submitter's branch is Borealis.

The submitter's name was registered in May of 2005.

No action type was marked on the form.

The submitter's previous submission of Azure, a doe springing contourny argent was returned by Laurel in May of 2005 for conflict with Silverhart, Shire of Azure, a stag rampant contourny within a laurel wreath argent, and Douglass Grayhart de la Feld, Per pale purpure and vert, a hart springing contourny argent.

5: An Tir, Kingdom of - Resub Order Name

Honor of the Lion's Sword.

• Meaning (sword, lion) most important.

The submitter's name was registered in December of 1981.

The submitter's previous submission of the same order name was returned in September of 1997 for lack of evidence that the name followed period order/award name patterns.

The submitter will accept any changes, cares most about the meaning of the name, which is specified to mean "sword, lion", and expresses no interest in having the name changed to be authentic.

The use of Honor or Honour as an order name designator is grandfathered to the Kingdom of An Tir:

Belated Rose, Honor of the (Aug. 1979)

Lion's Heart, Honor of the (Sept. 1994)

Lion's Rapier, Honor of the (Sept. 1994)

Lions Arrow, Honour of the (Jan. 1995)

The construction "Honor of the Lion's (weapon)" is also grandfathered to the kingdom by the registrations of Lion's Rapier and Lions Arrow. The OED s.v. sword, n. (http://www.oed.com/) shows forms of the word "sword" as early as 971, and dates the modern spelling to c. 1400. A sword is a reasonable heraldic charge.

At the bottom of the form is the following: "This award is given to former heavy champions. The name was previously returned for lack of documentation."

6: Arion the Wanderer - Resub Badge

(Fieldless) A trident sable.

The submitter's branch is Dragon's Laire.

The submitter's name was registered in July of 2006.

The submitter's previous submission of the same blazon was returned by Laurel in September of 2007 for violating the ban on "thin-line" heraldry.

This submission addresses the above problem.

7: Elfreda atte Kingeswode - Resub Name

• Submitter desires a female name.
• Sound (elf-reed-uh at-tuh kings-wood) most important.

The submitter's branch is Three Mountains.

This name is marked as being new, however, this is a resubmission.

The submitter's previous submission of Eldreda Thorirsdottir was returned by Laurel in August 1991 for improper formation of the patronymic. As the submitter allowed no changes, the name was returned.

The submitter will accept any changes, desires a feminine name and cares most about the sound ("elf-reed-uh at-tuh kings-wood") of her name. She expresses no desire to have her name changed to be authentic and will allow the creation of a holding name.

<Elfreda>: "England, Anglo-Saxon and Danish Kings," http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLAND,%20AngloSaxon%20&%20Danish%20Kings.htm says "The Book of Hyde names Elfredam virginam as 2nd of the 4 daughters of King Alfred and his wife. (The Book of Hyde is a late 14th-century cartulary.) Elfreda is the moninative form of Elfredam. Also, in Polydore Vergil's, Anglica Historia (1555 version) (http://www.philological.bham.ac.uk/polverg/), Chapter 6 gives an account of an <Elfreda> (a Latin spelling) who was the sister of the c. 900 king Edward the Elder. She married the king of Murcia.

<Atte Kingeswode>: Reaney & Wilson, s.n. Kingswood have de Kingeswode 1275, and 1330. "atte" is the expected middle English translation of Latin "de".

Also included is the note "First name most important to submitter."

Photocopies of the first website are included with this submission.

8: Gregor von Drachenstein - New Name Change

Old Item: Diego Ramirez de Salamanca, to be released.

The submitter's branch is Hartwood.

The submitter wishes his old name of Diego Ramirez de Salamanca (registered October of 2006 as a name change from Grimon de Beaujolais, June 2001) to be released. Another name change appeared on last month's (January 2008) Internal Letter (see letter below).

The submitter will accept any changes, desires a masculine name and will allow the creation of a holding name. He expresses no preference if his name must be changed, and no interest in having his name changed to be authentic.

<Gregor> is found in Talan Gwynek's "Medieval German Given Names from Silesia" at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/bahlow_v.htm with a frequency of 3, dated to 1389, 1390, and 1463.

<von Drachenstein> is found at http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseuwe.asp with the following information:

German Name Drachenstein

Today's Name Smokowo

Kreis/County Rastenburg

German Province Ostpreussen

Today's Province Olsztynskie

Location East 21∞18' North 54∞03'

Location Description This village/town is located 4.2 km and 67 degrees from P"otschendorf, which is known today as Pieckowo

The submitter includes the statement "Village exists during medieval period corroboration reference:

The British Library contains a book artifact bearing Shelfmark IC376042 entitled Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia by Jacobus de Voragine Whom [sic.] they suggest may have been a priest of Drachenstein circa the 16th century. http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/bookbindings/Results.aspx?SearchType=AlphabeticSearch&ListType=Bookbinder&Value=1726". [Actual note in entry reads: "Traces of bosses and clasps. BMC III 720 i. Ms note Michael Häydecker, Priest in Drachenstein, (16c) perhaps S Maria Drachenstein? 'ii Signed by Johannes Richenbach of Geislingen Covent OFM" - Lí Ban]

Photocopies of the webpages were not included with the submission, however, the following letter was:

"December 27th, 2007

"Unto Lion's Blood Herald, Greetings!

"Recently, (Dec. 15th or so) I submitted a name change request, namely Gregor von Habsburg. Only this week I have discovered that this will doubtless conflict with an important real person. I thought I had researched well enough in period to avoid conflict but suspect that the actual Baron Gregor von Habsburg might object and more importantly, result in an "insta-boing" name submission.

"Therefore, I most humbly request that you replace the Gregor von Habsburg submission packet with the one encloses herein: Gergor von Drachenstein.

"I have attempted to prove Drachenstein was a real village and was extant in period.

"My ultimate desire is to release Diego de Salamanca when Gregor von Drachenstein has passed. Also my device submission of not-quite-canting arms will hopefully pass and my previous device "sable, a chevron or, a fleure-de-lys [sic.] argent overall" may be released and finally, I wish to retain my badge "In fess a dragon's jambe inverted issuant from a dragon's wing Or".

"I thank you and the College of Heralds for your kind consideration and efforts in affording me this boon.

"I beg to remain, your humble and obedient servant, and with fervent wish soon to be known as:

"Gregor von Drachenstein

"GdS, Order of the Hafoc

"Gregory B. White"

9: John Warrick Draker - New Name

• Submitter desires a male name.
• No major changes.
• Sound (phonetically) most important.
• Language (unspecified) most important.
• Culture (unspecified) most important.

The submitter's branch is Lions Gate.

The submitter will not accept major changes, desires a masculine name, and cares most about the sound ("phonetically") of his name. He wishes his name to be changed to be authentic for an unspecified language and/or culture. He will allow the creation of a holding name.

John - R&W (s.n., John) dates <Johns> to 1327 as a byname.

Bardsley (s.n., Warwick) dates <Warwick> to 1601 and <Warricke> to 1619.

R&W (s.n., Draker) dates <Godman the Drakere> to 1260 - forms without a final e of a related name are <Dragoner> to 1338 & Dragonir to 1343 (R&W s.n., Dragon)

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Also included is the following:

"Warrick is derived from Warwick, and I've seen it translated in two ways - from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wic "dairy farm", and also as "strong leader".

"Main Entry: weir

"Pronunciation: wer, wir

"Function: Noun

"Etymology: Middle English were, fro Old English wer, akin to Old Norse ver fishing place. Old High German werian, werren to defend

"Date: before 12th century

"1: a fence or enclosure set in a waterway for taking fish

"2: a dam in a stream or river to raise the water level or divert its flow

"Main Entry: wick

"Pronunciation: 'wik

"Function: Noun

"Etymology: Middle English weke, wicke, from Old English weoce; akin to Old High German wiohha, wick. Middle Irish figid he weaves

"Date: Before 12th century

"1: a bundle of fibers or a loosely twisted, braided, or woven cord, tape, or tube usually of soft spun cotton threads that by capillary attraction draws up to be burned a steady supply of the oil in lamps or the melted tallow or wax in candles

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"Main Entry: War-wick

"Pronunciation: .'wár-ik, US also `wo?r-ik, `wo?r-[?]ik

"Function: biographical name

"Earl of 1428-1471 Richard Neville the Kingmaker English soldier & statesman

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"Drakkar - a corruption to draiki from old French, for dragon (old French has Germanic roots - norman is just a corruption of northman after all)"

At the bottom of the form is the following note: "Submitter would prefer Drakkar if possible."

9: John Warrick Draker - New Device

Argent, a horse's head couped to sinister sable within a bordure dovetailed gules.

10: Kara of St. Davids - New Name

• Submitter desires a female name.

The submitter's branch is Glymm Mere.

The submitter will accept any changes and desires a feminine name. She expresses no preference if her name must be changed. She expresses no interest in having her name changed to be authentic. She will allow the creation of a holding name.

<Kara> is the submitter's mundane legal given name. A photocopy of her driver license is included.

<St. Davids> is described in an article of the same name by K. Wyn Evans in the book entitled A Mirror of Medieval Wales: Gerald of Wales and His Journey of 1188 by Charles Kightly as being "Remote, rocky and riverless; its soil to barren to sustain trees and pastures; exposed to winds an inclement weather; and caught between warring Flemings and hostile Welsh: such were the dismal attributes which Giraldus close to highlight in his description of the St. Davids at which he and Baldwin arrived in 1188." The article goes on to say that Giraldus "described the city and its environs in the Itinerary" and details highlights of St. David's life, relating them to various landmarks.

10: Kara of St. Davids - New Device

Sable a horses head couped Argent and on a chief Or three pheons Gules.

11: Kathryn MacKim - Resub Name

• Submitter desires a female name.
• Client requests authenticity for late 16th century Scots.
• Language (Scots) most important.
• Culture (Scots) most important.

The submitter's branch is Madrone.

The submitter's previous submissions of the same name and device were returned in October of 2007 for administrative reasons.

The submitter will accept any changes, desires a feminine name, cares most about the language and/or culture of the name which she states to be late 16th century Scots, and wishes her name to be changed to be authentic for late 16th century Scots language/culture and time period. She will allow the creation of a holding name if necessary.

Per Black's Surnames of Scotland:

<MacKim> is a diminutive of McSimmon, with first usage as Ronald MacKim in 1589, It is/has been listed since that time as a sept of the Frazier Clan.

Notations for MacKim found on page 529.

Notations for McSimmon found no page 564

Notations for MacKimmie found on page 529.

<Kathryn> in any of the many spellings would be an acceptable change. The name itself derives from the 5th century saint. It was in common usage in the 16th century.

The sun is colored orange, not Or.

11: Kathryn MacKim - Resub Device

Sable, a sun in glory Or between three ravens rising to sinister wings endorsed and a bordure argent.

12: Maderun verch Trahaern - Resub Device

Or fess dancetty vert urchin rampant gules (claws sable)

The submitter's branch is Madrone.

The submitter's name was registered in March of 2004.

The submitter's previous submission of Or, a dance vert and overall an urchin rampant gules was returned by Laurel in March of 2004 for violating RfS VIII.3: Armorial identifiability in combination with RfS VII.7: Armorial Element Requirements.

13: Myfanwy Golwynwraig Penmynydd - Resub Device Change

Per Bend Sinister, Argent and Vert; A Triquetra, Azure, and an Eradicated Tree, Argent.

Old Item: Argent, a triquetra azure and a mountain of three peaks vert., to be released.

The submitter's branch is Ambergard.

The submitter's name was registered in May of 1998. Her name change to Mevanou Loyt was forwarded to Laurel in January of 2008.

She wishes her registered device of Argent, a triquetra azure and a mountain of three peaks vert released upon registration of this submission.

Her previous submission of the same blazon was returned by Kingdom in December of 2007 for fugitive color problems.

This submission was colored using pencil crayons.

14: Ninian Mackraken - New Name

The submitter's branch is Cragmere.

The submitter will accept any changes, expresses no interest in the gender of the name, expresses no preference should the name have to be changed, and expresses no interest in having the name changed to authentic. Creation of a holding name will be allowed.

<Ninian>: Withycombe s.n. Ninian says Ninian was a saint of British origin (died 432) and Ninian is "frequent in early-17th c. lists of Yorkshire recusants."

<Makcraken>: Black, Makcraken, 1526 (s.n. Macckrackan). Submitter would prefer Mackraken. <McKrachin> is dated to 1607. <Mackcraken> is dated to 1526.

14: Ninian Mackraken - New Device

Argent, a kraken gules within a bordure wavy azure.

15: Rúadhán Ó Fearáin - New Name

• Client requests authenticity for Irish Gaelic.
• Sound (byname sounds like FAIR-INN) most important.

The submitter's branch is Druim Doineann.

The submitter will accept any changes, expresses no preference as to the gender of the name, cares most about the sound of the name which is specified as "byname sounds like FAIR-INN". The submitter wishes the name changed to be authentic for Irish Gaelic language and/or culture and will allow the creation of a holding name.

The following is quoted from the Name Documentation section on the forms:

"Rúadán is dated to 904 in Mari's Index of Names in Irish Annals - OC & M says it's a saint's name

"We believe this is clear of Ruadhan Ó Faoláin (July 1998 via An Tir), which has anglicizations O'Phelan, Phelan, Whelan, Philan, Fylan in Wolfe s.n. Ó Faoláin, which suggests the 1st syllables of the bynames are distinct.

"Ó Fearáin is a header spelling in Woulfe and is a diminutive of "Fear.""

15: Rúadhán Ó Fearáin - New Device

Vert, a stag's massacre proper, between its attires a crescent argent

16: Runa Von Hesse - New Name

• Submitter desires a female name.
• No major changes.
• Language (unspecified) most important.
• Culture (unspecified) most important.

The submitter's branch is Terra Pomaria.

The submitter will not accept major changes, desires a feminine name, cares most about the language and/or culture of her name (unspecified), and expresses no interest in having her name changed to be authentic. She will allow the creation of a holding name.

The following is a direct quote from the Name Documentation section of the name form and is the only documentation provided:

"Of Norse & German Decent"

17: Steven Desjardins - New Name

• Submitter desires a male name.
• Meaning (of the grande garden) most important.

The submitter's branch is Madrone.

The submitter will accept any changes, desires a masculine name and cares most about the spelling of his given name - meaning "of the grande garden". He expresses no interest in having his name changed to be authentic, and will allow the creation of a holding name.

<Steven> is found once in "Pre 1600 English Brass Inscriptions" by Julian Goodwyn at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/brasses. Submitter really prefers this to Stephen.

<Des Jardins> is dated to the 13th c. in Morlet Picardie, p. 349. The submitter would prefer it as one word if possible.

Photocopies of the webpage are included with this submission.

17: Steven Desjardins - New Device

Per fess sable and argent, a keystone and a ferret rampant counterchanged.

18: Taisiia Brutova'doch - Resub Name

• Submitter desires a female name.
• Meaning (daughter of Brutus) most important.

The submitter's branch is Adiantum.

The submitter's previous name submission of Taisiia Brutusdottir was returned by Kingdom in August of 2007 for lack of documentation of the byname. Her device submission of Argent, a frog gules spotted within a bordure sable was returned at the same time for lack of a name with which to forward it.

The submitter will accept any changes, desires a feminine name, cares most about the meaning of the name ("daughter of Brutus"), expresses no interest in having her name changed to be authentic and will allow the creation of a holding name.

<Taisiia> was the name of a 4th century saint (Buk 571) (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/t-u.html). [Article is Paul Wickenden of Thanet's "Russian Names Database". - Lí Ban]

<Brut> is a masculine name dated to 1584 [Mor 28] (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/bl.html) [Article is the same as Taisiia. - Lí Ban]

18: Taisiia Brutova'doch - Resub Device

Argent, a frog tergiant gules spotted sable within a Bordure sable

19: Thomas von Hesse - New Name

• Submitter desires a male name.
• No major changes.
• Language (unspecified) most important.
• Culture (unspecified) most important.

The submitter's branch is Terra Pomaria.

The submitter will not accept major changes, desires a masculine name and cares most about the language and/or culture of his name. He expresses no interest in having his name changed to be authentic and will allow the creation of a holding name.

No documentation was provided for this name.

19: Thomas von Hesse - New Device

No blazon provided.

20: Wolfram Cordeau - Resub Device

Azure, a wolf and a ram combattant argent maintaining a harp Or, a chief argent.

The submitter's branch is Borealis.

The submitter's name was registered in October of 1996.

The submitter's previous device of Azure, a wolf and ram combattant argent maintaining a harp reversed Or was returned by Kingdom in January of 2005 for conflict with Alair of the Blood Fountain (1978): Azure, a wolf and unicorn combattant argent.

An Tir OSCAR counts: 9 New Names, 1 New Name Change, 8 New Devices. This gives 18 new items. Resub counts: 3 Resub Names, 1 Resub Order Name, 6 Resub Devices, 1 Resub Device Change, 1 Resub Badge. This is a total of 12 resubmissions on this letter, for a total of 30 actions.

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