Advice Re: [SCA Newcomers] Names and Coat of Arms
I think this time around, new to SCA after many years totally
way and few years of little involvement back in time, I want to be more
So I want to do a name and a coat of arms.... or some device.
I think it will be of great fun!
So, I found a form online for names
what is process for developing a coat of arms??
REPLYm'Lady Ann ,
you haven't told us
where you live, so specifics recoomedations as to who - in your SCA
Kingdom - to contact for help, we can't give you. However, whichever
SCA Kingdom you dwell in, - your local herald ought to be able to
give you guidance. If your local area [Shire] doesn't have a shire
herald, then move a step up the "Table of Organisation" for
your Kingdom, and contact either the herald for your Barony, or your
Principality, or even for your Kingdom, and send your questions
My Lady and I met up with SCA members
at an event in our little island in 2004, and they became our first
real friends in the Society, and have helped us greatly, ever since.
We still vividly remember what it was like to be SCA "newcomers"
- which is why we are members of this List - "paying it
forwards" to flatten the "learning curve" for others.
Choosing a period name: -
whether you want to choose a "holding name" [which you can
change later, as many people do] - while you make up your mind about
your period persona; - or whether - you already being sure about the
period and country from which you wish to draw your persona, - you
want to dive right in and match name to period persona.
There are many helpful websites which
you can study to help you make a choice, - and one of the very best
of them is the Medieval Nameas Archive - of the Guild of St. Gabriel
- to be found at
<http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/> - [this
URL is "active" - I've just checked it for you].
You will find many more such helpful
websites listed in the Arts & Sciences Files of the Kingdom of
Atlantia – [over 8000 helpful files on every SCA-related subject
you can think of – organised alphabetically by subject for easy
reference] , and the greatest single collected research resource on
the Internet, along with those in “Stefan's Florilegium”.
"What is the process for
developing a coat of Arms?">
As for designing personal
heraldry - there are so many things to consider, you would be wise to
consult heralds in your Kingdom for advice.
You are NOT
"required" to register either your name or your Arms with
the SCA's Heraldic College. AFAIK, there is no SCA Rule which says
you MUST do so. However, if you don't register name and Arms with the
College, anyone else may register an identical name or Arms so close
to your preferred design as to prevent you registering those you have
chosen, at a later date.
SCA Custom and tradition in many
Kingdoms strongly suggests that it can be seen as "presumptuous"
to try to register Arms before your have been given an SCA "Award
of Arms" from your Kingdom.
An "Award of Arms" [the “AoA”
- which officially confers the "Right To Bear Arms” within the
SCA"] is usually the first Kingdom-level Award which SCA
newcomers receive, - and - taken across the 19 Kingdoms, - it
seems that such an Award is usually made after about 2 years of
regular attendance at SCA events. This "lapse time" varies
from kingdom to kingdom, and also depends upon the number of events
you are able to take-part-in during your first 2 years within the
An AoA usually arrives unexpectedly
after some of the Members from your local area have made secret*
recommendations to your Crowns - [ * secret? - you will never
be told "officially" who made those recommendations -
though you may discover whom to thank in private gossip, afterwards.]
There are exceptions. I have heard of a young newcomer who spent
their entire first event keeping the toilets clean at a big event;
and had an AoA conferred upon them at the end of the event. I
also know of a very helpful and enthusiastic young person within
Drachenwald who had attended a number of Events with his parents, and
was given his AoA at the first event he attended following his 18th
Birthday. But - from what else I have heard, - such happenings
are quire rare; and there seems to be no "hard & fast"
Rule for this.
For more detailed help, consult the
nearest herald to your area, in your Kingdom. If you cannot discover
who that might be, look at your kingdom's webpage, and send your
queries to the principal herald – who may either choose to help you
personally, - or amy put you in touch with your closest herald.
In Service to the medieval Dream,
Schwarzdrachen Principal Herald,
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