[Northkeep] Just a point on names

Kevinkeary kevinkeary at aol.com
Wed Sep 29 11:38:44 PDT 2010

Polaris has several other names. Many of them are already in use in the SCA, and will have to be avoided.
Alpha Ursa Minoris, Dhruva Tara, Lodestar, Pole Star, Alruccabah, Cynosura, Dhruv, Phoenice, Tramontana, Angel Stern, Navigatoria, Star of Arcady, Yilduz, Mismar, Gwiazda Polarna, Polyarnaya, Midnight Star.

Cynosura's Latin origin relates to a dog's tail (It's the tip of the tail of the Small Bear) but as the word has come into English, cynosure means a thing to which all attention is drawn, or that serves as a guide.

Lodestar also carries the connotation of a leader, or something that shows the way. Navigatoria obviously does the same.

I believe there are names that imply the star is the hub of the wheel of heaven, around which all the other stars turn, but I haven't found that for sure.

Someone a short time ago suggested finding a name based on "Storm Moon", and I think it's worth pointing out that "Moon" is a name fragment of importance to those of us from what was once the Western Region, and to those of us from Mooneschadowe, and that "Storm" is a name fragment of importance to both Namron (our oldest barony) and to Northkeep (our youngest and largest barony), which was once called Nordliche Sturm, the Northern Storm. It's not a bad name, carrying connections from one end of the region to the other.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Britton <zeurburt2003 at yahoo.com>
To: The Barony of Northkeep <northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wed, Sep 29, 2010 12:54 pm
Subject: Re: [Northkeep] Just a point on names

I had a thought that maybe someone can run with to find variations in other 
We are looking for a name to represent the NORTHern region, right?
e are Ansteorra-the home of the black STAR, right?
Why not find a name that represents the NORTH STAR- like Polaris? What would 
his be in other languages?
Ly Dervilia O'ShannonNorthkeep ChirurgeonBaronial Scribe
--- On Wed, 9/29/10, Jerry Herring <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
From: Jerry Herring <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net>
ubject: [Northkeep] Just a point on names
o: "The Barony of Northkeep" <northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org>, 
orthern at Ansteorra.org
ate: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:44 AM
All the kidding aside many of us appear to be all for naming this region 
omething that signifies its people which is a good idea or for being in the 
eart land but that idea is unfortunately not a new one and there are some 
oncerns regarding names that have already been claimed:
Ethelmearc means home land in Old English
alontir is literally Welsh for heart land
he Middle Kingdom sort of signifies it is in the center or things like a heart
eridies is latin for middle of the day
o as you can see the whole heart land idea has sort of been done. A good idea 
ut lets not jump on that bandwagon, we are a diverse people who are different 
rom almost anywhere else I have been in the SCA so please lets try to step out 
ide of the middle and heart of things and step outside ourselves and come up 
ith some names that define the strength, pride, unity, and heart of the people 
f Northern Ansteorra. 

ere are some words old English that I have been playing with for name ideas. 
ne of them is Hird which is Old English for the people of a family, household, 
egion, or race. You could combine that with any number of words like:
Hirdmarc =land of the people
ildhird = warlike people...and this could be a pretty accurate depiction of the 
Northern region. 
Ellenhird = strong people...an even better description maybe. 
withanhird = people giving strength
fenhird = equal people
rice is a word for realm or land so what about trying some combinations of 
Sibrice = land of Unity.
irdrice= land of the people
llenrice = land of strength
withanrice = giving strength to the realm
fenrice = land of equals
How about getting outside the box a little and going with something like...
Bunewald = the mighty cup, referring to our love of strong drinks and the skill 
f our brewers could also be Bunellen.
rfworth = Cattle court referring to the regions history and modern ties to the 
anching industry.
Àrengan= Which means to make proud, raise up, or exalt. Personally I think this 
ne is my favorite so far.
There are a lot of name concepts out there and each of us has to find the one 
hat best represents the people of this Northern Region and then take it to 
eart. We must rely upon the heralds to find the best format for that name and 
hen Kingdom and Society to allow us to use it. This naming movement has caught 
 fire in many of us and for my part I am simply trying to fuel those fires of 
hought in each of us and help head these ideas in a constructive direction. I 
elieve that there are more meetings planned I know there is talk of Namron, and 
Eldern Hills these opportunities will be there for people attend and openly 
hare their thoughts and ideas before more steps are taken to bring this project 
from concept to completion.

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