[Darkwood-SCA] A question about Darkwood...

Michelle Chapman-Thurber mct at warriorprincess.com
Wed Jan 3 20:11:32 PST 2007

Heya Duncan,

If I remember right, you're in Colorado now, 
yes?  If my brain's working correctly, that's 
Artemesia?  It sounds like you've already at 
least talked to a herald or heralds about it and been stymied.

The main SCA heraldry page does have a names 
resource, but it's mostly focused toward given 
names.  (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names.html)

The one article there that deals with English 
place names is lengthy, but the bibliography 
could give you a few good places to start 
searching for documentation to help you legitimize the use of "of Darkwood".

Here they are, so you don't have to go looking:
Cameron, Kenneth. English Place­Names. London: B. T. Batsford, 1961.

Ekwall, Eilert. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of 
English Place­Names. 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1960.
Fellows Jensen, Gillian. Scandinavian Settlement 
Names in Yorkshire. Copenhagen, 1972.
Gelling, Margaret. Signposts to the Past. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1978.
Mills, A. D., A Dictionary of English 
Place­names. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Reaney, P. H. The Origins of English Place­Names. 
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1960.
I'm sure some of these would be available at a 
big public library or university library in your 
area....or, perhaps a herald or two in Artemesia 
might have some on hand?  Here's a link to 
standard SCA accepted name books that could be 
used as sources:  http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/admin.html#APPENDIX_H

Good luck!


>--- Duncan of Darkwood <duncanofdarkwood at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Greetings to all of you,
> >
> >
> >
> > As of recent events, I am finally trying to register my name, Duncan
> > of
> > Darkwood, and I was told that there may be a conflict with Darkwood.
> > Apparently, I need documentation for the name of Darkwood in history
> > and not
> > in the SCA itself.
> >
> >
> >
> > Does anyone know where I can get the "official" documentation so that
> > I can
> > submit that as proof that Darkwood is a legitimate location in
> > history?  I
> > have received several awards under Duncan of Darkwood and I would
> > hate to
> > have to change my name to accommodate the heralds in my area.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank you for all and any help.
> >
> >
> >
> > Duncan
> >
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