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The Academy of Saint Gabriel's Medieval Names Archive: for all your period-accurate onomastic needs.
posted by Iridic (11 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
and about five hundred fantasy and historical fiction authors breathed a sigh of relief.
posted by The Whelk at 8:24 AM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


No way to search? :(
posted by slater at 8:28 AM on December 21, 2011


Both my given name and my surname have been around since the Battle of Hastings. This confirms that I am a badass.
posted by Mrs.Spiffy at 8:45 AM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you, I will now get nothing else done for the rest of the year, at least.
posted by gimonca at 8:54 AM on December 21, 2011


Slater, you can search using google by inputting the terms "site:http://www.s-gabriel.org SEARCHTERM" (without quotes and with your search term.

My last name's Gaelic root name has been in use since 870 to describe Danish invaders. I never knew I was Danish!
posted by quadrilaterals at 9:16 AM on December 21, 2011


This will prove to be invaluable to the SCA. Lots of Great info in there.
posted by Jaymzifer at 9:20 AM on December 21, 2011


Actually, Jaymzifer, it's run by members of the SCA. I was a kingdom submissions herald when it was founded, with an aim of improving the level of SCA naming practices.

The basic problem is that people are expected to come up with a medievally authentic name soon after joining, but that requires a nontrivial level of onomastics knowledge, or else familiarity with period names. Not the names we think are period, like "Richard the Lion-Hearted" or "Edward III", but how they were actually named: "Ricardi fili Henricii"/"Richard Plantagenet", "Edward of Gloucester".

So, the SCA gets shitpiled with "Orak the Wolf Killer" crud, when it should be replete with John Jackson's and William atte Mille's. It's improved over the years, in no small part because of the Academy of St. Gabriel.

-- Emrys Eustace, fils ser John Eustace.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:34 AM on December 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


So, the SCA gets shitpiled with "Orak the Wolf Killer" crud, when it should be replete with John Jackson's and William atte Mille's. It's improved over the years, in no small part because of the Academy of St. Gabriel.

Surely there's room for the Thomas Cokheveds and Boydin Massacres of the world?
posted by Jehan at 9:55 AM on December 21, 2011


Well Jehan,there certainly is in real life.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 10:15 AM on December 21, 2011


That's great info IAmBroom. I was a member of heather wine in the kingdom of Caid for a very brief time. Went to the war in Arizona, had a blast.
posted by Jaymzifer at 11:14 AM on December 21, 2011


Oh thank you for this.
posted by General Tonic at 12:42 PM on December 21, 2011


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