> I am fairly new to the SCA, about 3 months in and I've decided its
> about time to start thinking about names!
Have you read "Choosing a Society Name: Hints for Newcomers" <http://
www.s-gabriel.org/names/dietmar/hints.html>? It'll help you get into
the right mindset, and avoid most of the errors newcomers commonly make.
> I've been working my way through the lists at http://
> heraldry.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names.html#england looking for
> names I think might fit. I seem to keep coming back to Isabel. Its
> not as proliferate as say Elizabeth but there seems to be a fair
> smattering from multiple locations around England, so would it be
> fair to say its a reasonable name for the period?
> Now, having found the name Isabel on these various list, would they
> be considered evidence for registration purposes?
The names articles on the College of Arms' site (which is where the
URL you gave leads) are acceptable sources, yes.
> Would I need to narrow down a location more?
The College of Arms treats all of England as a single place when
evaluating a submitted name to determine whether it's eligible for
If you're interested in authenticity, however, you should probably
pick a region and look for a given name and a byname that were both
recorded there during the period of your choice. England (like most
countries) has a fair amount of dialectical variation, and various
parts of it have been influenced at one time or another by close
contact with assorted cultures. There was undoubtedly some
divergence in their name pools as a result, though I don't think
there're any readily-accessible analyses of those of any given era
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