[Sca-cooks] OT Judith has an SCA name!

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 06:38:17 PST 2009

I understand what you are trying to do.  However, unfortunately, the College
of Heralds will only register names that can be documented.  So...unless you
can locate another source, you may have trouble registering a name that's
not in this list.  Our sources for non-European names in general is limited,
especially with regard to minority populations, which a Jewish person in the
Middle East would be.  I know one person who has a Jewish Khazar persona
and, if he agrees, I can put you in touch with him.

Also, I suspect that the names on the Cairo list are probably a good
sampling of names that were widely used at that time.  Yes, it's a small
group, but I suspect a fairly representative group.

  (former Principal Herald of Atlantia...so I have a little experience in
this area!)

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM, Judith Epstein <judith at ipstenu.org> wrote:

> Thank you for that, but yes, I've seen the Gabriel Academy site. Every time
> I mention playing a non-European Jew, in fact, I get a plethora of emails
> about it. The chief source of information on those names is the geniza at
> Cairo -- which contained 175 women's names, covering 200 women, all of them
> Cairo residents during a specific, short time period. It's a good example of
> the names that were popular in Cairo within that time period, but it's by no
> means exhaustive, and I didn't want to restrict myself to such a tiny
> segment of the Jewish population in the entire Islamic world.
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
> D'vorah, mka Judith Epstein

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