In June 1994, Laurel ruled:Although Earl is a protected title in the SCA, the byname jarlamóðir does not make the claim that the submitter herself is an Earl. Merely being related to someone of a certain rank does not necessarily mean that the name is presumptuous.[Registering Mark FitzRoy.] RfS VI.1. states that "Names documented to have been used in period may be used, even if they were derived from titles, provided there is no suggestion of territorial claim or explicit assertion of rank." FitzRoy meets that criteria. RfS VI.3. states that "Names that unmistakably imply identity with or close relationship to a protected person or literary character will generally not be registered." There is no implication of "identity with or close relationship to" any protected individual or character as used here. Consequently, the surname here is not considered pretentious. [6/94, p.8]Here as well, the name is documented to have been used in period, and there is no territorial claim, assertion of rank, or close relationship to a protected individual on the part of the submitter. Therefore, it can be registered.
We would welcome further discussion of whether Rabbi is an appropriate equivalent to Master. We note that this precedent would not be affected by a decision to consider it equivalent to Master, as the existing precedent allows the claim to be related to a kind of person with rank (when that claim does not imply a rank on the part of the submitter). The combination Rabbi Mendel is not sufficient to unmistakably make a claim to relationship with a protected person, which we would not allow. [Katherine de Staverton. Alternate name Judith bas Rabbi Mendel, Feb. 2011, A-East]
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