August 2014 LOAR Results

From the Vert Hawk Herald, via the Calonlist:

CALONTIR acceptances

* Adelaide Sarsfield.

Name and device. Per chevron argent and azure, two fleurs-de-lys sable and a martlet argent.

The sources cited in the Letter of Intent to document the byname, Sarsfield, use normalized, or modernized, forms of the names. The submitted spelling is found in Latin dated to 1516-7 (Chartularies of St Mary’s Abbey, Dublin;, p. 14), so we are able to register this name.

* Aelia Basina.

Name change from Ho’elun Checheg.

Submitted as Aelia Basina of Veii, the submitter requested authenticity for 6th-7th century Roman. Aelia and Basina were documented as Byzantine names. We do not have evidence of double given names for that culture. However, these elements can be interpreted as a Late classical Roman name. In commentary, Green Staff documented several Roman names with Aelia as a first element, although most of the women who used this pattern were empresses. In order to make the name authentic, however, the lingua Anglica of Veii should be dropped. We have made this change with the submitter’s permission in order to register this name.
The submitter’s previous name, Ho’elun Checheg, is released.

* Biby ferch Llewelyn of Camelford.

Name and device. Sable, a coney rampant contourny argent within a bordure per pale gules and Or semy of Bowen knots crosswise counterchanged.

This name combines an English given name and locative with a Welsh patronymic byname. This is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C of SENA.

* Caoimhin McKee.

Heraldic Title Sanglier Rouge Herald.

* Cesare di Lodovico Malefici.

Device. Bendy wavy argent and sable.

Nice device!

* Ffelix Æskelsson.

Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as F{oe}linx Æskelsson, the submitter requested a given name that sounded like “Felix”. Goutte d’Eau documented the name Ffelix to 16th century Norway (Diplomatarium Norvegicum). Æskelsson can also be documented as a 14th and 15th century byname in the same source, making this a wholly Norwegian name.
If the submitter had not agreed to this change, the name F{oe}linx is a genitive (possessive) form, not the required nominative form. The nominative forms would be F{oe}lins and F{oe}linss.

* Halldóra Guðrøðardóttir.

Name (see RETURNS for device).

* Isibél inghean Dáire.


Submitted as Isibél ingen Dáire, the name appeared on the Letter of Intent as Isibél inghen Dáire. This form contained a misspelling of the particle ingen/inghean (“daughter of”). The submitter confirmed that she preferred the Early Modern Irish byname inghean Dáire. We have made this correction in order to register the name.

* Ormar Svensson.


Submitted as Ormarr Svensson, the submitter expressed a preference for the form Ormar Svensson. In commentary, Goutte d’Eau documented both elements to Norway in 1384-1394 (in Diplomatarium Norvegicum). Therefore, we are happy to make this change to meet the submitter’s wishes.

* Uesugi Katsumoto.


* Wulfhere of Eofeshamme.


The submitter requested authenticity for 8th to 10th century Anglo-Saxon. The given name Wulfhere is dated to the 9th and 11th centuries, and the byname of Eofeshamme is dated to the 11th century. The name may be authentic for the desired time period, but we cannot be certain. 

CALONTIR returns

* Ffelix Æskelsson.

Device. Per fess sable and argent, an increscent Or and a penguin sable bellied argent beaked and footed Or maintaining a sword bendwise sable.

This device is returned for lack of contrast.
Per precedent:

Unfortunately, just as a black orca with a white belly can’t be put on an argent field (v. Rowan Seer, March 2000), so too a black auk with a white belly can’t be put on an argent field.

Here we have a similar case where the belly of the penguin disappears for sharing the tincture of the field.
Although the July 2010 cover letter, discussing about fox proper on an argent background, concluded “The precedent, therefore, is overturned. As long as the charge maintains its identifiability, minor details, even minor details which are identifying characteristics, may have no contrast with the underlying tinctures.” we have here a different situation, as it’s about half the charge that disappears against the argent field and thus the identifiability is not maintained.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a penguin.

* Halldóra Guðrøðardóttir.

Device. Or, a cameleopard couchant regardant argent spotted brown and a sinister gore gules.

This device is returned for multiple issues, each sufficient to justify a return.
This depiction of the posture renders the camelopard unidentifiable, with the neck so close to the back that the separation disappears.
This device is also returned for contrast and tincture issues.
Blazoned as proper, an older precedent regarding the proper tincture of camelopards states:

A cameleopard, or giraffe, proper is Or marked brown/tan; as such, it lacks sufficient contrast against the argent field. (Trust me on this one; I have a relatively recent photograph taken while on one of those “drive-through” safari-type animal reserves, in which a very curious giraffe’s fills up most of the windscreen. Quite dramatic, it was! [Pushy beggar, too. Wouldn’t move out of the roadway until we bribed it with some of the feed pellets they sell you at the entrance.] [Ceridwen Alianora McInnes, 06/1995, Atenveldt-r]

Although there is currently no defined proper tinctures for a camelopard in the Glossary of terms, if we follow this precedent, this charge would not be actually proper. Instead, the camelopard is argent marked brown, which presents two issues:
– it cannot be blazoned as marked brown, as brown is not a heraldic tincture.
– it lacks contrast with the field. We treat markings as details that don’t change the underlying tincture, so the charge is argent, on an Or field.
Per the May 2014 cover letter, the use of gores with other charges is a step from period practice.

* Rodrigo Hernández of Vatavia.

Device. Argent, on a chevron purpure three dragonflies palewise Or.

This device was registered last month. It appears to have been sent up identically in two consecutive months.


* Deidra de Warenne.

Name change from holding name Deidra of Bonwicke.

Submitted as Deidra de Warenne of Childentune, the second byname (of Childentune) had been added to clear a potential conflict with the registered Deirdre the Warrener. Under SENA, however, Deidra de Warenne does not in fact conflict with Deirdre the Warrener. Kingdom confirmed with the submitter that she preferred the name without the second byname. We have made this change with her permission.
The Letter of Intent stated that Deidra is grandfathered to the submitter. However, the submitter’s previous name is a holding name, and thus, Deidra is not eligible for the grandfather clause. As this was not noticed until after the Pelican decision meeting, we are pending the name to allow commenters time to either document the given name Deidra or allow the submitter to provide documentation of her legal name.
This was item 6 on the Calontir letter of May 13, 2014