Documenting and Registering Names for the SCA

Everyone in the SCA needs a name to use, preferably based in historic naming practices. In order to register the name with the College of Heralds, it needs to be supported with evidence, and adhere to some SCA specific conventions. When picking a name, I recommend starting with one of the name articles available on…

Russian names from the Trinity- Sergius Monastery

My article ‘Inscriptions for their memory: 14-17th century Russian names from the collections of the Trinity-Sergius monastery ‘ is now available in the online Proceedings of the 2017 Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium. Direct link to the article. Image credit: Trinty- Sergius in the 19th c, Wikimedia Commons

Name Frequency in Medieval Novgorod, Russia

When looking at sources of medieval Russian names, the city state of Novgorod stands out, based on the availability of the birchbark documents (letters and other documents written on birchbark and well preserved by Novgorod’s distinct archaeological conditions) and the availability of collected legal records. We have several places to look for specifically Novgorodian names:…