There are quite a few ways to go about the first half of your
The second one is more defined in answer so I will tackle it first.
You can either register it with the Society Herald if you would like
or you can just use it. If you choose to register it (often referred
to as "getting it passed") it is probably easiest to work with your
local herald on filling out the paperwork. You will need to document
that the elements of your name and the way it is put together
are "period" meaning it is correct for the time and location you
claim them to be. Those should be ones that are consistent with the
practices of the Society. Nominally that means 600-1650, Northern
Western Europe but in practice, you can pretty much pick any time up
to 1650, anywhere on planet Earth! It just has to be "real." there
are some great websites out there that can help with the
documentation part or you can find a lot at your local library as I
did long before the Web was so available! Talk to your herald about
what documentation will qualify.
So why get your name passed? For one thing, we are or rather claim to
be interested in research and study. It can be quite interesting,
soul-satisfying, and fun. And then the name is yours in the Society.
No one else can get it passed. It is possible that someone else might
use your name, it polite not to make a fuss about it, but it is your
name and you can take private pride in it.
Now about the first question. There is a rather chicken and egg
aspect to it. Which comes first? Who do you want to be, where from,
and when (your persona)? Perhaps there is something in your family
history that interests you? Or there is a time and place that you
have always liked. Or your good friends are all doing something in
particular. If you don't have anything in particular in mind yet,
give it some thought (but don't feel you will be locked in if you
make a choice, you can change at any time or even use more than one.)
I am partial to the Academy of St. Gabriel website. They have some
terrific resources there and (one of the best parts!) an opinion
letter from them about a name is sufficient documentation for the
head Laurel if you decide to get your name passed!
There are some other great sources off of the main SCA web site
Most of the Kingdom webpages have some good resources too. You might
try looking at your Kingdoms. If you need help locating that, let us
Also, just try a web search on SCA heraldry and you will find all
sorts of great sites!
Hope this is a start. Let us know how it goes and we can try and help
with more specific sources too. There are a ton of people here who
have already worked in various areas who might be able to give you a
headstart if you find something that interests you.
whose full name is Kathryn Fletcher of Shrewsbury, and who is a 12th
century lady-in-waiting to her cousin, a minor English noblewoman.
--- In scanewcomers@y..., "davidmc24" <davidmc24@y...> wrote:
> Total newbie here. How do I start choosing a name, and what do I
> when I think I've chosen one?
> David Michael Carr
> Email: carrd@o...
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