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Outlands College of Heralds

27 January 2007

From the Office of Rampart Herald
Furukusu Masahide (John Newton)

Unto the Outlands College of Heralds, the esteemed submitters, and all others who come by these letters, on this 27th day of January 2007, A.S. XL, does Furukusu Masahide, Rampart Herald, send greetings.

My deepest gratitude to those who took time to send internal commentary: .

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The following items were sent on to Laurel for final determination:

  1. Conn mac Eoghain. New Name and New Device. Gyronny argent and azure, a double-headed eagle and in base a stag's head cabossed Or.
  2. Delara-yi Shirāzī. New Name. Name changed from [Delara yi Shirāzī] to [Delara-yi Shirāzī] to conform to the documentation.
  3. Hawk's Hollow, Canton of. New badge. Or, in fess three feathers palewise gules.
  4. Melodia Shaw. Device Resubmission. Azure, a double rose argent and sable within a harpframe argent.
  5. Michael M'Quilline. Device Resubmission. Quarterly sable and azure, two rapiers in saltire surmounted by an arrow inverted, all within a bordure embattled argent.

The following items were returned for further work:

  1. A'isha bint al-Miraayaat. New Change of name from [A'isha bint Asad Ud-Din].

    Gender: Female. Submitter cares most about the meaning of the name - "I am my own creation". She requests a name authentic for Arabic language/culture. If the name change is registered, she wishes to retain her present name as an alternate.
    The current name was registered in April 1999.

    [A'isha]: [A'isha bint Abu Bakr] was the daughter of [Abu Bakr] and a wife of Muhammad. _Wives of the Prophet_ by Fida Hussein (Kazi Publications Inc, June 1979) is cited, but copies are not provided. Copies from Wikipedia ( are included documenting A'isha, as well as several other random names that do not appear to have anything to do with this submission.
    [bint]: "daughter of" (ie A'isha bint Abu Bakr; see above)
    [al-Miraayaat]: [Miraayaat] is defined as [Mirror] (Mahmoud Gaafar and Jane Wightwick, _English-Arabic/Arabic-English Dictionary and Phrasebook_. New York: Hippocrene Books, Inc., page 54). In the Wikipedia article cited above, [A'isha] has the title [Mother of the Believers]: [Umm-al-Momineen], which may be documentation for [al-] meaning "of" or "of the".

    Commenters indicate that use of [`A'isha] may be more appropriate. This and [bint] are included in the no-copy source "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices" by Da'ud at
    Commenters indicate that there is no documentation to indicate that [al-Miraayaat] is a period Arabic byname. One commenter suggested that the submitter's desire of a name meaning close to "I am my own creation" could be better simulated with a name like [A'isha bint A'isha] (or [`A'isha bint `A'isha] for a better transliteration). Commenters also indicate that many period women were known to have used a generic patronymic even when their father's actual names were known. An example of this would be [bint `Abd Allah] - "daughter of a servant of God."

    Rampart notes that the inclusion of the discussion of why the submitter wishes to change her name is not necessary.
    While the submitter does provide for Major changes, they also indicate that they wish to have the name indicate they have created who they currently are. The only documentable names offered by commenters only infer this fact, instead of being a close translation or transcription of that idea. Due to this Rampart is reluctant to forward this name to Laurel with so radical a change.

    Name returned for lack of documentation.

  2. Conall of Stony Ford. Device Resubmission. Sable, a domestic cat sejant erect Or holding a retort argent.

    Name was registered in July 2001.
    Original device submission, [Or, two cats rampant respectant sable each maintaining a retort azure], was returned for multiple conflicts on July 2001 LoAR.
    This is a major redesign.

    Many commenters felt that the "cat" was not identifiable as such. The head and haunches do not make this beast look like a cat. Please redraw the cat to make it more identifiable as such on resubmission.
    Commenters found many conflict. Some, but not all, are listed here. For a more complete list, please contact Rampart.
    Belgium - December of 1994 : [Sable, a lion rampant Or.]
    Rhine, Palatinate of the - December of 1994: [Sable, a lion rampant Or crowned gules.]
    Natalya de Foix - April of 1988: [Sable, a lion couchant, its head a sun in splendour Or.]
    Thomas Lackland of Appledore - June of 1982: [Sable, a domestic cat sejant to sinister Or.]

    Device returned for multiple conflicts.

Thus ends my Letter of Response.

In service and duty,

Furukusu Masahide
Rampart Herald

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December 2006 Letter of Presentation
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