registering a name (was: New member question)
- LH wrote:
> . . .where does one submit the name they have chosen for their personaYou submit it to the College of Arms, "through the appropriate heraldic
> and when will you know if it is approved.
officers as defined by the kingdom of which [you are] a subject". Your
local group herald will help, if you have one. (It's not a required
office for groups below a certain size/status.) If you tell us where
you are (if not which local group, at least which kingdom--visit
<http://www.sca.org/geography/welcome.html> if you're not sure),
someone may be able to give you more details on your submissions
process, or a pointer to someone in your area who has the background to
help you out. Your kingdom website may also have helpful info, in a
section on heraldry or one designed to benefit newcomers.
A good intro to the SCA name, with links to resources on names from
various cultures, is provided in the heraldry section of the SCA site
<http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names.html>. The same section has
links to the submission forms of all the kingdoms, so you can print one
out and get started whenever you like, and a PDF of the Rules for
Submission. You'll increase the odds that your name will be approved
the first time if you make sure it follows all the rules BEFORE you
turn in your paperwork.
Just to clarify: Your name does not have to be registered. You can
have an unregistered name printed on your membership card, use it while
holding office or when you enter a list, and put it in your group's
address book (if it has one). Registering a name does two things: (1)
It establishes the name as uniquely yours. Nobody else in the Society
can claim a name registered to you. (2) It allows you to verify that
you have chosen a plausible name for your persona, by having it
reviewed by some of those members of the Society who are most
knowledgeable about naming practices. This will become important to
you, if you are or become interested in authenticity.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad