Nathan W. Jones
njones at ix.netcom.com
Sat Feb 1 17:10:28 PST 1997
> > For first names, try Shakespeare.
then Daniel wrote:
> That'd be a "no", Bob. Two examples:
Bob? No, Daniel, it's Gio! *grin*
First off, point taken, Shakespeare isn't a great source when it
comes to authentic names. However, I refer you to a point you make
later in your letter (which, I admit, I am taking out of context).
> I suggest that anyone selecting a name from non-fiction
> realize this, and realize that there may be a more authentic spelling
> (and preferably seek it out, via alt.heraldry.sca, rec.org.sca, the
> Academy of St. Gabriel, ...).
There is no reason someone can't use Shakespeare as a starting point
to finding an Italian name. Note, I said _starting_point_.
I wouldn't recommend to anyone trying to use it as documentation.
Heck, it probably wouldn't pass the local herald's office.
I myself go by the Rule of Three. [if you can find it in three
period documents it's probably correct.] Or, if you last name happens
to be the same of a well published period author. (Benvenuto Cellini,
in my case. :)
But, I probably shouldn't have brought up Shakespeare as a source. It
could start someone out on the path to the Dark Side of Heraldry.
Pretty soon, they will be reverse documenting stuff ["Well, Goofy could
have been a nickname of someone who was named Gundadag!", or worse
just making stuff up on the fly like ... Star Bright of the Cosmos
stars, right? and they were bright, and Cosmos is Greek or
something like that!"]
p.s. Insert many *grins* into above document!
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