I write this letter on behalf of my beloved lord, Crian, who after three
years in the SCA is still using his modern name at events. He has chosen a
persona in that he knows where/when he's from (Charlemagne's empire is
going strong, so far as he is concerned). In fact, at a recent collegium
he took a class on "persona development" where they handed out a quiz
they'd found on-line which was full of questions about how your persona
lives, where they live, what they eat, what their country's foreign policy
is, etc. He managed to get a score on that pointing to a well-rounded
persona story. However, he couldn't answer that most basic question "What
is your name?"!
This is not for lack of research--he's read a number of books on the era
and made lists of all of the names he's seen, but not one name has spoken
to him--not one has he been able to say "yes, I can see myself answering to
that". Therefore we have decided to ask others for help. If anyone has
encountered names suitable for a man who is part of Charlemagne's army
(he's got an AA in the SCA, so he figures that his persona rank should be
roughly equivalent to that) please let him know off list (he doesn't
subscribe to this one) at crian (at) shaw (dot) ca. One never knows, the
name you find just might be the one he's looking for!
PS, I *suspect* that he's looking for a name that was used then, but isn't
all that common today
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From: Kareina Talvi Tytär
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] name help
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 11:07:29 -0800
>I write this letter on behalf of my beloved lord, Crian, who after three
>years in the SCA is still using his modern name at events. He has chosen a
>persona in that he knows where/when he's from (Charlemagne's empire is
>going strong, so far as he is concerned).
I would suggest checking out the articles on Frankish Names at:
This website is the best source for articles on names and naming practices that I'm aware of.
If he needs more assistance I will be glad to do my humble best via email, or he might want to talk to his local herald. I'm not an expert on Frankish stuff, but I *do* know how to conflict check, can generally put a authentic name together as long as he doesn't want anything too unusual, and can of course, offer my opinions on which names sound pleasing to the ear :)
If he is still stuck on picking out a name after reading the articles, I'd suggest emailing the Academy of St. Gabriel at:
It can take awhile to get a report back from them, but at the end of the day one can be certain that the resulting name will be authentic.
Arguing with a herald is like wrestling with a pig. First you get really dirty and muddy, and then, after a while, you begin to realize the pig is enjoying himself. -Sliverwing's 54th Law of SCA Dynamics
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