[Heralds] Yet another name question

PoetLover poetlover at spdway.net
Fri May 4 05:18:50 PDT 2001

> Okay, I thought I had a vague recollection of the color+animal names.
> Reaney & Wilson, s.n. Graygoose, has <Graigos> 1249 'gray goose' from
> the wild goose and then includes <Graydere> 1373 'gray deer'; <Grehound>
> 1327 'greyhound'. S.N. Whitebuck, we have <Whitbok> 1313 'white buck';
> <Whytebull> 1379; and, among others, <Whytegos> 1334 'white goose'.  So
> you've got support for these colors and the goose, buck, and deer
> examples are wildlife. S.N. Wolf is <Wulf> 1166, so that particular wild
> animal shows up.
> In order to argue that <Silver> could be exchanged for gray or white,
> I'd point to the documented <Whytlok> 1285 [s.n. Whitelock], <Greyberd>
> 1279 [s.n. Graybeard], and <Silverloc> 1268 [s.n. Silverlock] as
> examples that all of these colors were used for by names based on hair
> color, so it would be logical to postulate a <Silverwulf>.
> Is it Norse? No.  Does <Odin Silverwulf> look like a passable name?
> Probably.  Does it make me twitch?  Like Clousseau's boss.

I apologize for the twitching....however, this particular client is adamant
that he wanted Silverwolf as a nickname or last name.
He will be happy to read this latest response.

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