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Greetings to All,
The Armorial and Saker website have been updated to reflect the items below.
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- * Alexander Brightmoore. Release of name and device. Per pale azure and argent, in fess four chalices counterchanged.
- * Bechte von Holtzburg. Name and device. Per chevron vert and azure, a chevron dovetailed argent semy of cloves sable between two grape clusters and a tree blasted and eradicated argent.
- The Letter of Intent documented the spelling Holzburg rather than the submitted form Holtzburg. Ælfwynn Leoflæde dohtor documented the place names Holtzhaim, Holtzheim, and Holtzhaym to the 12th-14th centuries in Wolf-Armin von Reitzenstein, Lexikon Bayerischer Ortsnamen, s.n. Holzheim a. Forst. Thus, the Holtz- spelling is also plausible. In addition, she documented the given name to 1385 in Siebicke, s.n. Bechte.
Nice 14th century German name!
Please advise the submitter to draw fewer and larger cloves in order to improve identifiability.
Although the emblazon on the Letter of Intent does not match the actual submission form uploaded, the discrepancy was noted and the proper emblazon was provided in the commentary section within seven days of the publication of the Letter of Intent, as is allowed by section VB2g of the Administrative Handbook. Therefore this device will not be returned administratively.
- * Charles von Strausberg. Name change from Charles von Strasburg.
- The submitted spelling of the place name Strausberg was not documented in the Letter of Intent. In commentary, Orle found the preferred spelling in Annales marchiae Brandenburgicae by Andreas Engel, dated to 1598 (http://books.google.com/books?id=9GFcAAAAcAAJ). Therefore, we are able to register this name.
The submitter's previous name, Charles von Strasburg, is released.
- * Eynon Langenyth. Name change from holding name Eynon of Grimfells.
- * Johannes Gast. Name.
- Nice 12th century German name!
- * Karina Gründelhardt. Name and device. Per bend sinister vert and argent, a falcon stooping and a tree blasted counterchanged, on a chief argent three maple leaves vert.
- Karina was documented as the submitter's legal given name. However, neither a copy of the submitter's driver's license nor an attestation by two witnesses was provided, as required per the July 2012 Cover Letter. Luckily for the submitter, Metron Ariston documented Karina as a Swedish given name dated between 1628 and 1640 in the FamilySearch Historical Records. Therefore, we are able to register this name without relying on the legal name allowance.
This name combines a Swedish given name and German byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.
- * Lelia Corsini. Name and device. Per bend purpure and azure, an arrow bendwise between two pomegranates slipped and leaved argent.
- Nice late period Italian name!
- * Lisette la fauconniere d'Amboise. Name and device. Plumetty Or and sable, a sinister glove fesswise reversed gules.
- The submitter requested authenticity for "1295 France". As the given name Lisette and the byname d'Ambroise were not dated prior to the 16th and 15th centuries, respectively, we cannot meet the submitter's request for authenticity.
- * Lucia Flecher. Name (see RETURNS for device).
- Nice 13th century English name!
- * Luckie Glasbrenner. Name change from Luckie of Falcon's Keep.
- The given name Luckie is grandfathered to the submitter. Commenters noted that the currently submitted name combines an English given name and German given name, a lingual mix that was not found in the previous name, Luckie of Falcon's Keep. They argued that the current submission introduces a new problem (a now unregisterable lingual mix), so the grandfather clause does not apply under PN1B2g of SENA. Precedent states:
The byname the Gipsie is grandfathered to the submitter, but "[t]he use of the grandfather clause does not allow the submitter to evade new style problems (as discussed in PN.2 below). It only allows the submitter to keep style problems that already exist with the registered name." As the combination of Judeo-Arabic and English does not exist in her previous name, this adds a new problem. However, this given name is compatible with a lingua Anglica byname based on a documented Italian byname with that meaning. For a lingua Anglica byname, we must use the standard modern gypsy or gipsy; we have changed the name to the latter in order to register this name. [Shaia the Gipsy, November 2013, A-Caid]However, SENA PN2C2d states:
A name which includes name phrases documented under the legal name allowance, the grandfather clause, or the branch name allowance follows special rules. These name phrases are treated as neutral in language and time. Such name phrases may be combined with name phrases from a single regional naming group dated to within 500 years of one another. They may not be combined with name phrases from two or more regional naming groups. If a name phrase can also be documented as either an attested or constructed name, it may be treated in whichever way is more favorable for registration.SENA was intended to bring parity to how documentable elements are treated vs. now-unregisterable elements. For example, an attested English name from period could be treated more harshly than an invented Elvish name. It also allows family members to use an element from a close relative's name. It is for this reason that grandfathered names are treated as neutral in language and time as long as they are combined with name phrases dated within 500 years from a single regional naming group. Therefore, the November 2013 decision was incorrect and the grandfathering of the submitted byname should have been allowed under PN2C2d of SENA. In the present submission, the item being grandfathered is being combined with a single byname dated within 100 years, so this name is registerable.
We acknowledge that treating grandfathered items as neutral in some cases can open the door to combinations such as a German given name and Japanese byname, but the benefits of treating all submitters fairly outweigh the risk of allowing a small number of such registrations. However, we will revisit this if it appears as though the grandfather clause is being used frequently in this manner.
The submitter's previous name, Luckie of Falcon's Keep, is retained as an alternate name.
- * Maggie MacKellar. Name (see RETURNS for device).
- * Rab the Piper. Name (see RETURNS for device).
- Rab was documented in the Letter of Intent as a Middle English given name. However, the attested form was Rab', with a scribal suspension (a type of abbreviation). Blue Tyger was able to document Rab as a late period English surname in the FamilySearch Historical Records, so we can register this element as a given name.
The byname the Piper is the lingua Anglica form of the Middle English le pipere.
- * Rolant de Bourbonne. Name.
- The spelling of the locative byname, de Bourbonne, was not found in the article cited in the Letter of Intent. Metron Ariston documented the desired spelling in commentary, dated to 1376 (Bibliotheca Borvoniensis, p. 50; http://books.google.com/books/about/Bibliotheca_Borvoniensis.html?id=B_FAAAAAcAAJ).
- * Sakurai no Jirou Takeo. Release of name and device. Argent, a torii gate gules and on a chief wavy sable three cherry blossoms argent.
- * Sawbina Fahy. Device. Purpure semy of butterflies, a bordure argent.
- * Ulfvaldr Folkmarsson. Name.
- * Agamemnon Platolithidae. Name.
- Commenters were unable to document Platolithidae as either a descriptive byname or place name. Green Staff provided documentation of platamon as an ancient Greek word meaning "flat rock" (citing Liddell and Scott), but no evidence of bynames derived from this term were found in period, although there is a modern Macedonian town called Platamon or Platamonas. As the submitted byname or similar bynames could not be documented, this name cannot be registered.
The submitter may wish to know that there are ancient Greek towns named Plataia (from the root meaning "flat") and that Petraios ("of the rock") is a classical Greek given name and epithet of Poseidon. Lastly, Plataies is an ethnic byname for someone from Petra. Green Staff suggested Plataies Petraois as a plausible double byname with the submitter's apparent desired etymology.
The submitter may also wish to know that there is a pattern of using given names from classical literature in late period England, and both Flat and Rock are English surnames found in the FamilySearch Historical Records. Therefore, the name Agamemnon Flat Rock would be registerable as a late 16th or early 17th century English name.
- * Lucia Flecher. Device. Purpure, a Russian firebird Or tailed and crested gules between three increscents each maintaining a mullet between its horns Or.
- This device is returned for multiple issues. The mullet and increscent combination has identifiability issues as many commenters saw them as badly drawn annulets and/or could not identify the mullets at all.
The primary charge is also not in a standard heraldic position as it appears displayed but has its feet drawn up to the chest rather than in the normal location extending out from the body.
Finally, the primary charge itself is unidentifiable and may well not be a period charge. Not only is there no clearly defined depiction for a Russian firebird in Society armory, but it appears that the charge itself is post-period with the earliest descriptions dating only to the 1800s.
Therefore, pending period documentation, we will not register Russian firebirds after the July 2015 meeting. As is usual, the submitter is allowed to use this charge in a timely resubmission.
- * Maggie MacKellar. Device. Per bend sinister azure and argent, a gurges counterchanged.
- This device submission is returned for redraw: the gurges should completely cover the field, so that partial rings appear in the corners.
- * Rab the Piper. Device. Azure, an eagle Or and an orle argent semy of smith's tongs gules.
- This device submission is returned administratively: the hand-colored form uploaded does not match the computer-generated mini emblazon apparent in OSCAR. In particular, the smith's tongs on the submission form are all palewise, whereas the emblazon on the Letter of Intent has them following the direction of the orle.