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Outlands College of Heralds

From the office of the Rampart Herald
Lady Alia Marie de Blois

UNTO François la Flamme, Laurel King of Arms, Mari Elspeth nic Bryan, Pelican Queen of Arms, Zenobia Naphtali, Armory Queen of Arms, and Daniel de Lincoln, Laurel clerk, upon this 24th day of February, A.S. XXXVII (2004 CE), does Lady Alia Marie de Blois, Rampart Herald, send greetings.

On behalf of Mistress Tatiana Pavlovna Sokolova, White Stag Principal Herald, I offer the following submissions for registration. Unless marked otherwise, all submitters will accept all changes and have no authenticity requests.

  1. Ailleann ingen Fhiodhbhuidhe. New Name.
    Ailleann is from Irish Names from O'Corrain and MacGuire under the heading Ailleann on page 19. This is both the early and the late form. There are two citations: the mother of a 10th C northern king, and the mother of Tigernan, king of Breifne (no hard dates). Fhiodhbhuide is from The Surnames of Ireland by MacLysaght under the heading MacEvoy on page 101. MacFhiodhbhuidhe (probably from hiodhbhadhach, woodsman) is listed as one of the 'Seven Septs of Leix'.
    She cares most about the sound.
    Submitted as Aileann ingen Fhiodhbhuidhe, the given name was changed to match the submitted documentation.
  2. Catherine de Northewoode. New Name and New Device. Sable, on a pile inverted ployé between two crosses of ermine spots bottoms to center Or a cross of ermine spots bottoms to center azure.
    Catherine is found in "Feminine Given Names in 'A Dictionary of English Surnames'" by Talan Gwynek under the heading Katherine ( with this spelling dated to 1591. de Northwoode is found in "Surname Index of English Names from Pre-1600 Brass Inscriptions" by Julian Goodwyn ( with this spelling dated to 1335.
    She cares most about the sound.
  3. Cecelia Corr Mhaire. New Badge. (Fieldless) On an amphora vert, a bowen knot crosswise argent.
    Her name was registered in April 1994.
  4. Elaisse de Garrigues. New Device. Gules, on a chevron sable fimbriated five fleurs-de-lys palewise Or.
    Her name was registered in July 2002.
  5. Fína ingen Chionaith. New Name.
    Fína is documented using Academy of St. Gabriel Report 1764 (dated 6 Jun 1999, which is in regards to the name Fiona. A relevant excerpt says "There is record of an abbess in Ireland named Fína who died in 805. This name would also be appropriate for the later part of your period [between 500 and 800]." Cionaith is found in the "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan under the heading Cinead (, dated to 932 as part of the name Echtighern, mac Cionaith, tigherna Ua Ceinnselaigh. Since the submittor is female, I used ingen instead of mac, and lenited the name (based on commentary from Aryanhwy merch Catmael).
    She cares most about the sound.
    Submitted as Fína Mac Kenna, where the byname was an undated header form on page 175 of The Surnames of Ireland, by MacLysaght, the name was changed to match better temporally and culturally. This is the closest I could find that sounds similar (at least, as best I can tell) - better suggestions and/or "it was just fine to begin with" requested.
  6. Mary Tynker. New Name and New Device. Or, a triskele sable, within each arm a roundel, a bordure gules.
    Mary is found in "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames" by Talan Gwynek ( under the header Mary, dated to 1272-1307 and 1480. Tynker is found in "An Index to the 1332 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Lincolnshire, England" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (at: ) in the section of Full Names sorted by byname under "T", which lists "Thomas Tynker". Tinker is also a header form in Reaney and Wilson's Dictionary of English Surnames, with spellings dated to the 1240's.
  7. Meadhbh inghean Imchada uí Flaithbertaig. New Name and New Device. Quarterly vert and argent, in bend sinister two cats sejant respectant purpure.
    Meadhbh is found in "Index of Names in Irish Annals" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan under the heading Meadhbh (, dated to 1555, 1577, 1582. Imchada and Flaithbertaig are both found as genitive forms in "100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland" by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn (, under the headings Imchad and Flaithertach respectively.
    She is interested in authenticity for "Irish Gaelic" language/culture.
  8. Samuel Tynker. New Device. Per pale sable and argent, a mask of tragedy and a mask of comedy counterchanged and on a chief gules a crescent Or.
    His name was on the September 2003 Outlands Letter of Intent.
  9. Tancred d'Avignon. New Name and New Device. Sable, in pale a ram's head between two fleurs-de-lys Or.
    Tancred is found as a header form in Withycombe's Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, on page 275, as the Norman French spelling. d'Avignon is found in "French/Occitan Names from the XII and XIII Century" by Ramons lo Montalbes ( where there is a listing for Bertrand d'Avignon (as a modern French form. The Occitan form is Bertrans d'Avinho.). The form Davignon is also found in Dauzat's Dictionnaire Etymologique des Noms de Famille et Prenoms de France on page 18, under the header Avignon, described as "de la ville d'origine", or "of the village of origin".
    He cares most about the (unspecified) language/culture, presumably French.
    Submitted as Tancred d'Avighnon, the byname was changed to match the documentation.
  10. Tyrfingr von Wolfsberg. New Device. Azure, a wolf statant to sinister, maintaining a sheaf of arrows inverted, in canton a mullet of seven points argent, and a ford proper.
    His name was registered on the August 2003 LOAR.

I count six new names, and seven new devices and one new badge for a total of fourteen submissions requiring payment and a check (sent separately) to Laurel for $56.
Serving Crown and Laurel, I am,
Her Ladyship Alia Marie de Blois,
Rampart Herald

And now, having a bit of spare space ...

The other day, I happened to read some of the oldest of LoARs (and pre-LoAR meeting results) available on the Laurel website, and came upon this gem from February 1971, the second part of which parallels the comment from the esteemed Laurel Clerk Daniel de Lincolia upon the Cover Letter of the May 2003 LoAR:

Two decisions:

1. Personal badges to appear on a ROUNDEL.

2. In all official communications to, from, and within the College of Heralds, the date to be written: 7 February 1971 (7 Feb. 1971). NOT: 7/2/71, 2/7/71; Feb. 7, 1971, ii/7/71; 7/ii/71, or any other such manner, which might be confusing.

Line Emblazon Sheet
Color Emblazon Sheet
January 2004 Letter of Presentation
February 2004 Letter of Response
February 2004 Letter of Intent
June 2004 LoAR Results
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