As siobhan_genie noted, her name passed the Kingdom heraldry meeting with one minor change, whilst my name and device were both found to be in conflict with others… as such, I need to add a descriptor to my name.
For the border regions, I have found the descriptor is typically betwixt the first and surnames: Such as, “Seamus, of the Isles, O’Domhnaill” but would be spoken “Seamus of the Isles” with very few if ever written references to the last name.
I kinda like “Seamus of Devils Beef Tub” which references a particular location on the borders and just makes me laugh every time I hear it. And it IS all about the funny…
“Seamus, of Erin” would be good and explain the Irish spelling of the last name whilst being in Scotland proper, much like the “of the Isles” above, but seems to lack any character or soul to the name. It just feels dry and boring.
So I charge you all, if you wish, to help me decide on a good descriptor to add to my name in order to allow it to pass the Kingdom Heralds. To help you, if needed, you can also search the Online Armorial to find any possible conflicts: http://oanda.sca.org/
Remember, I am trying to pull off a 16th century (Dec. 31st, 1599) impression of an English/Scottish Border Reiver. Names such as “Big Dickie Kingswood of Longtown” are not only fun, but documentable as well. The borderers loved their descriptors, and likewise, so should I.
Show me whatcha got….