Outlandish College of Harolds
From the office of the Armpart Herald
Pendar the Bob - 10 Magnifico - Los Lunas, NM 87031 - (505) 866-4369

UNTO Frankie la Phlegm, Lolo King of Armpits upon this very 1st day of April, 2002,

DOES The Honorable, and sometimes not so honorable, Lord Pendar the Bob, Armpart Herald, send


On behalf of the most Outlandish White Stag Principal Herald, I offer the following submissions for speculation and ridicule: (just like every other Letter of Intent! :) )

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  1. Dag Nappett. Name.

  2. “Dag” is found on page 167 of the Old Germanic Principles of Name Giving by Henry Bosley Woolf, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press 1939. He is a member of a line of Scandinavian kings predating Beowulf. “Nappet” is found in R&W, p. 267, s.n. Knappett; John Nappet 1473 FrY.

  3. Duda Day. Name.

  4. “Duda” is found on page 140 of the Old Germanic Principles of Name Giving by Henry Bosley Woolf, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press 1939. “Duda” is a member of a genelogical list of a family of Northumbrian Earls. “Day” is found in R&W, p. 128.

  5. Frosti Snowball. Name and Device. Argent, a polar bear head cabossed with eyes closed proper.

  6. “Frosti” is found on page 170 of the Old Germanic Principles of Name Giving by Henry Bosley Woolf, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press 1939. He is the founding member of one of the groups Woolf lists as being connected to the Swedish royal family by marriage and named in Snorri’s Saga. “Snowball” is found in Bardsley, page 701, dated by citation to 1546; William Stacye and Katherine Snowball: Marriage Lic. (Faculty Office), p. 9.

  7. Harry Butt. Name and Device. Sable, a moon ermine.

  8. “Harry” is found in Withycombe, page 149, under the heading Henry, as “the right English version of the name.” Harry or Herry 15th C Brut. “Butt” is found in Reaney and Wilson, page 77, under the heading Butt, Butts. All of the various forms and citations listed are period.

  9. Herald Barkword. Name.

  10. “Herald” is found in Withycombe, p. 146, s.n. Harold. It is not exactly clear when it is dated to as it is lumped in with a number of other spellings at the bottom; Harald(US), Harold, Arold, Herold, Herald, Heral, Eral, Herould, Herolt, Hairaud DB 1086. I am assuming it means that all those forms were found in the Domesday Book. “Barkword” is found in R&W, p. 27, s.n. Barkwith; John Barkword 1371. The client, who is a herald, considers it an occupational byname.

  11. Iulius Erving. Name and Badge. Quarterly gules and argent, a pair of flaunches counterchanged argent and azure.

  12. “Iulius” is found in Withycombe, page 184, under the heading “Julius”, as the name of a Roman gens, of which the most famous member was Caius Iulius Caesar. “Erving” is found in Bardsley, page 420, under the heading Irving, though this particular spelling was in a citation dated 1800; Gardiner Greene and Eliz. Clarke, witness George Erving; Armstrong’s Debatable Land, Appendix, p. lxxiv.

  13. John the Horse Trader. Name and Device. Argent maily sable, a billet fesswise checky gules and Or.

  14. “John” is found in Withycombe, p.178. “Horse Trader” seems a reasonable variant of “Horsmongere 1279 RH (C) ‘horse-dealer’.” A citation found in R&W, p. 239, s.n. Horseman. He has not yet paid his submission fees but assures us that the check’s in the mail. We’ll be sure to pass it along after we get it. The device forms are apparently in the mail too.

  15. Martha Stuart. Name and Badge. Argent, in base a bezant semy of torteau.

  16. “Martha” is found in Withycombe, page 210, s.n. Martha; the name of the sister of Mary and Lazarus in the Bible. “Stuart” is found in R&W, page 427, s.n. Steward. “According to Black, the spelling Stuart was a French spelling adopted by Mary, Queen of Scots, but he himself records the form in 1429.”

  17. Robbie Robot. Name.

  18. “Robbie” is found in Black, Surnames of Scotland, p. 695, s.n. Robbie, as a diminutive of Robert. “With Mac- gives the Highland border name MacRobbie. Beatrix Robbie and Issobell Robie or Robye were witches in Aberdeen, 1597 (SCM., I, p. 152, 184, 189).” “Robot” is found in R&W, p. 369, s.n. Rabbatts; Thomas Robot 1327.

  19. Seymour Butts. Name and Device. Sable, in fess two moons ermine.

  20. “Seymour” is found in Bardsley, page 460, under the heading Knightley; Seymour Knightley, co, Northampton: Reg. Univ. Oxf. Vol ii. Pt.ii.p.58. “Butts” is found in R&W, s.n. But, Butts.

  21. Tarte d’Arsus. Name and Device. Per fess wavy azure and argent ermined vert, a fish head couped palewise counterchanged argent and sable.

  22. “Tarte” is found in R&W, p. 440 s.n. Tart, Tarte; Alwin filius Tarte 1066 “OE teart ‘sharp, rough’. Used also as a personal name.” “Arsus” is a city in Turkey near Iskendrun. The gentleman wants his persona to be born there as a result of the crusades in 1095. He pronounces it roughly “Tart dar Soss.”

  23. Wilhelmina the Vague. Name and Device. Or, a bush proper within an orle of beets purpure.

  24. “Wilhelmina” is found in Withycombe, p. 293, dated to the 18th c. She’s a little clueless about this whole “period” concept and beats around the bush when trying to explain her standpoint. “The Vague” was thus assigned to her by the consulting heralds. The OED has a citation for the word dated to 1548. “Likewise a Chirurgion must take heede that he deceiue (deceive) no man with his vague promises.” She was unclear about when she will get the device forms to us.

Blame for this letter is gratefully shared with Countess Anne Aliz de Bâle, Earl Cathyn Fitzgerald, Lady Kiena Munro, Lady Alia Marie de Blois, Lady Sorcha MacLeod, and Lady Mor inghean Cathail.
In disService,
Pendar the Bob, Armpart Herald

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