constructed and invented bynames (was: Names: more specific question)
- Sara wrote:
> I am looking at 14-15th century Bruges (Flanders) Persona.That would be either a constructed byname or an invented byname.
> . . .what are the SCA's rules on using "foreign" languages in name
> creation. For example, let's say I wanted to be Sara the fair and my
> persona were going to be German. The German word for Fair is schön.
> Therefore, as a German persona I would be Sara de schön of Sara the
> What I would ultimately like to do, is research the flemish language
> and create my own surname using this method.. . .
They're both covered in Part II of the Rules for Submissions
<http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/rfs.html#2.2>. The rules boil
down to this: If you're going to make up a name, you'll need to offer
solid evidence that people from the time, place, and culture to which
you mean it to belong made names up the same way and might have made up
the one you did.
In this case, you'd need to show that:
1) women living in 14th-15th century Bruges used descriptive bynames
related to (a) concrete characteristics, if you mean "fair" as in
"light-colored" or (b) abstract qualities, if you mean "fair" as in
"pleasing to the eye",
2) the word you're using for "fair" was used to mean "fair" (in the
same sense) in 14th-15th-century Flemish, and
3) the construction you're using is the one (or one of the ones) used
for descriptive bynames of this type in 14th-15th-century Flemish
(using the same preposition or article, words in the same cases, etc.).
> I probably will need to speak with a local herald. . .Someone will need to speak to someone who knows something about Flemish
onomastics. That could be you, working directly with a specialist, or
your branch herald, working with one for you. But you need specialized
knowledge to construct or invent a plausible name, not just general
knowledge about heraldry.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra