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  • Steven & Gretchen Hulett
    Thank you My Lady for the wonderful ideas and the feedback on the surname. ... From: Alison Choyce To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, July 28,
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      Thank you My Lady for the wonderful ideas and the feedback on the surname.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Alison Choyce
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 4:09 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Help with Names

      Greetings Gretchen, and welcome!

      You've recieved some excellent advice. I am going to add to it a little.

      1. I would suggest thinking about what culture you are most interested in.
      Although your name does not have to match your culture, you may be happier
      if it does.

      2. Use the link to the St Gabriel's website for the "Medieval Names
      Archive" (which someone had already posted). They are an excellent, and
      well researched site.

      3. You haven't mentioned where you are from. Make use of your local
      herald. They usually come with books you can look through, and resources to
      other heralds and their combined knowledge to help you find a name that is
      right for you. (I am a herald, I know).

      4. I agree very much about letting the older kids choose thier names and
      interests. We've been playing about 3 years now. My daughters are 16 and
      17, and they have very definitely found the "game" much more interesting by
      doing thier own search for a name. We are a very multi-culture family (in
      the SCA), we all are from different times and places, and one of my
      daughters has chosen 15th century Italian as her primary persona, but also
      does 14th century English, and 16th century Indian (not the belly bunny
      style!). Because we all learning about different places and times, we are
      also learning from each, and really having fun doing it! So encourage your
      eldest daughter to look at not only names, but what style garb she likes,
      and anything else that interests her.

      5. You do not have to register a name to use it, but you can NOT register
      armory ("coat of arms") without registering a name. So in order to register
      you need to meet certain rules which can be viewed at
      http://sca.org/heraldry/laurel/rfs.html. If you are not sure what something
      means, ask a herald. Some of us on this list are happy to help, but your
      local herlad will be your best resource. The biggest things to keep in mind
      about registering a name is that it must be a documentable period name, it
      must not assume honors you have not earned, it cannot be the same as someone
      famous (ie. Henry Tudor), the given and by-names must be of the same
      culture, and not too far separated in years.

      6. de Someset is an excellent by-name for 12th or 13th century England.
      Other spellings include "Somersett," "Sommersett," "Summersett." It is also
      documented as "du Sumerset" dated to 1206, "de Somersete" dated to 1331,
      "Somerset" dated to 1545. These from pg. 417 of Reaney and Wilson 3rd
      edition. You do not need photocopies to use information from this book.

      Good luck,
      Lady Alison Wodehalle
      Shire of Hartshorn-dale, East Kingdom

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