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17143Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: Names

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  • Sevika Balachandra
    Jul 24, 2013
      Stefan, only one person aside from me uses "Lalleshwari." My persona is
      named after a 15th century Kashmiri poetess. The Muslims called her
      "Lalla." I was not originally aware that this was a Muslim name and not
      simply a nickname, so when people began to give up (immediately) on
      pronouncing "Lalleshwari," I told them "Lalla" was fine. One of my friends
      picked it up, started pronouncing it "Lahl-lah" (it's supposed to be
      pronounced more like "Lull" as in "lullaby,") it made the rounds, and now
      it's what most people call me. I don't have the power to change it at this
      point and even if I did, they're my friends, and I don't want to argue
      every time they call my name. Also, as a woman told me at my last event,
      "sometimes the nickname chooses you."

      However, I have not registered my persona's name in any form yet. I plan to
      bring documentation and look into doing so at Pennsic. I've been playing
      since February this year and I've been an official member since earlier
      this month.

      Locally, we have a Lady who has been a member for many years, and she had
      some difficulty registering her name at first, but it happened after a few
      years. Sometimes heralds disagree.

      "There is at least one document where the same person's name is spelled
      three different ways, on the same document."

      HA ^ :) this makes me happy.

      Sincerely,

      Lalleshwari Sah, called Lalla


      On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM, Stefan li Rous <stefanlirous@...
      > wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > Lalleshwari Sah, called Lalla commented:
      >
      > <<< P.P.S. What I meant, by doing research and documentation and checking
      > with
      > the college of heralds, is that you should do that at some point if you
      > wish to have your persona's name registered. It's not technically necessary
      > to do all that to start using it. A lot of people never register their
      > personas' names. >>>
      >
      > Yes, you can use a name that you haven't registered or isn't registerable.
      >
      > However, I would think carefully before you do such a thing.
      >
      > In fact, I would hold off using a name until you have a good idea it *can*
      > be registered.
      >
      > Even more I would make sure that SOMEONE ELSE hasn't registered a name
      > before you start to use it. With the registered names online this is a
      > fairly easy thing to do these days. When I registered my name, checking it
      > involved getting and checking through a half-dozen floppy disks to make
      > sure that it wasn't already registered. :-)
      >
      > But don't wait too long. Folks in the Society have a way of making up
      > their own name for you, if you wait too long. Ask John the Plain (who
      > answered, "I'm just plain John") or Eve the Just (who had said "I'm just
      > Eve"). She is now after a number of years trying change that to Astridr.
      >
      > One thing to keep in mind is that at first, you really only need a first
      > name. You can get along with just that for a while. My AoA scroll says
      > "Stephan of Bryn Gwlad", because at that time, a year into playing in the
      > Society, I hadn't picked a last name yet. And as you can see, the spelling
      > changed also, but spelling was often rather irregular in period. There is
      > at least one document where the same person's name is spelled three
      > different ways, on the same document.
      >
      > Some people will wish to use a nickname that they've already been using
      > outside of the SCA. Even if you can't find that name used in your time
      > period in your region, sometimes you can come up with formal name which is
      > close, but still use the nickname for informal use. Sometimes folks have
      > found their nickname used as a last name, but not as a first name, and will
      > register the name that way. Lalla, is that what you did?
      >
      > This can mean that, even if it passes the heralds as being period, you
      > have an odd name, in that while it was used in period, it would be rather
      > odd to hear it in your chosen period. The same goes with mixing first and
      > last names. Today it would be strange to be Kennedy John or Bush George.
      >
      > Also remember that if you choose a difficult to read and pronounce name,
      > even if the heralds are good and try their best, you may hear many
      > different pronunciations in Court. :-)
      >
      > While you can always change your persona name later, the longer and wider
      > you are known by that name the harder it will be to change it later.
      >
      > Since you rarely write your name on a lot of objects in ways that can't be
      > changed later, using a name and then having to register a different
      > spelling or different name seldom causes real pain.
      >
      > However, I would definitely hold off painting or carving your heraldic
      > device on items until after you have that officially registered!
      >
      >
      > Stefan
      >
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      >


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