28680Re: [SCA-JML] How to pass a alias.
- Oct 30, 2013Bolline wrote:
> I am trying to figure out how to pass a alias.Registering a name in the SCA is straightforward, though I would
not say it is easy. There is a form and a process. The heralds
in you kingdom will help you fill out the form and follow the
submissions process. To complete the form, you will need to do
two main things.
One is to demonstrate that the name you want to use does not
conflict with any other registered names in the SCA. The heralds
can help you with this. I can't find anything in the database
containing "Kumakawa" (which is good news), but I am neither
great at this nor official.
The other is to support your choice of name with historical
references. You will need to show that your name is either based
directly on historical examples, or plausible based on period
naming practices. The fact that the name you want makes sense
linguistically does not mean it has historical support.
Ask the heralds if they have a copy of THLady Solveig's "Name
Construction in Mediaeval Japan" (NCMJ). If you can find support
for your name in there, it is quite likely to be accepted. If
not, you will have to do your own research to support it by
finding historical documents with similar names in them.
I don't see "Yumitaka" in
which is a list of given names extracted from NCMJ (which is bad
news). Don't give up hope, though.
Keep two more things in mind:
1) You don't need to register a name in order to use it in the
SCA. Registering a name reserves it for your use and makes it
official. If neither of those is as important to you as the
name itself, grit your teeth and just use the name.
2) Names, especially in medieval Japan, can be distinct from
what you are called. You can register one name for official
purposes, and introduce yourself by what you want people to
The simplest way to get started is to go to an SCA event and
when you are checking in ask, "Is there a heraldic consultation
table at this event?" The full process can take an hour or two,
so make sure you can devote the time. I assure you that the
heralds in your local group want to help you pick a name you
are happy with.
THL Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie
(mka: Elliott C. Evans)
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