Bahja had a name picked out and a lovely first draft of his device designed, but it needed a bit of adjustment to be registrable by the College of Arms.
Or, on a saltire between four rings purpure gemmed gules a pomegranate slipped and leaved Or seeded gules.
Although the original arrangement Bahja had sketched was problematic, we were able to retain all of the charges and the overall color scheme, while shifting them into a new layout which was free of conflicts.
Bahja is a Arabic masculine ism (given name) and al-Azraq is an Arabic masculine laqab (descriptive byname).
Both are found in “Arabic Names from al-Andalus” (Juliana de Luna, 2008).
Anne is an active fencer in the Province, who wanted to register armory that was personally meaningful, and had already identified a silver tree as the primary charge.
Per fess sable and vert, a tree and in chief a comet bendwise argent.
The illustration of the tree comes from the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, affectionately known as the PicDic, while the comet comes from the Viking Answer Lady’s SVG Images For Heralds collection.
Anne is a female given name in multiple parts of medieval Europe. It is found in the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources at http://dmnes.org/name/Anne as attested to 1485 in Early Modern English, citing Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, &c. of the Northern Counties of England, from the Eleventh Century Downwards, volume I of Publications of the Surtees Society. London: J. B. Nicholas and Son, 1835.
Østgarðr is the name of the Crown Province of the East Kingdom, and the byname “of Østgarðr” follows the Branch Name Allowance of SENA PN.1.B.2.f.
Catelin wanted a name and device that reflected her family’s Scottish heritage, and had already picked a basic direction, so it didn’t take much additional effort to help her select something that was both unique and registrable.
Azure, a stag courant to dexter base between two roses argent.
Catelin had been interested in a “bucking” stag, but as that isn’t a recognized heraldic posture, we went looking for alternatives which would produce a similar visual effect.
While “courant to dexter base” is an unusual arrangement, it has been registered twice, most recently in January 2016.
The white rose was a badge of the House of York.
The illustrations for both charges are taken from Fox-Davies’ 1909 book A Complete Guide to Heraldry.
Catelin is a female given name found in the British Isles.
Straquhin is a late-period byname from the Scottish Lowlands.
SENA Appendix C indicates that after 1100, English and Scottish name elements may be combined.