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Re: Good Gentles All

Poster: Dave Montuori <damont@wolfstar.com>

Our newcomer asked about name resources, to which Eogan replied:
>> You may wish to seek the opionion of the Academie of St. Gabriel, who
>> specialize in gaelic names.

That's news to me! We do have the advantage of having a couple people who
have dealt extensively with Gaelic language (including names) in the
course of their gradschool studies. But the ratio of Gaelic names to other
non-English names that S.Gabriel deals with is about on par with the SCA
at large. (Which is a great deal larger than the actual ratio in the real
Middle Ages, but that's another story.)

>> http://www.us.itd.umich.edu/~ximenez/s.gabriel/

That URL is going away soon -- watch this list for details about the
website move when it happens.

Tristan then noted:
> I tried St. Gabriel, filled out their little on-line form, sent it in,
> and waited, and waited, and waited, and never got a response from them,
> and it's been about 5 months now since I sent in the request, and I
> checked it to see what status it was in, and it still says it's in
> Process, that it'll take (is it 4-6 or 6-8 weeks??) time to get an
> answer.

S.Gabriel's goal is to give complete answer to the extent that the
information allows -- a notion rather incompatible with hard deadlines.
(That is my informed opinion as a senior submissions herald.) The Academy
(of which I am a not-too-active member) is currently experiencing a major
backlog situation: more clients are asking for help per unit time than the
current membership can effectively process. Various partial solutions are
being investigated.

Tristan, your situation was a bit more complex than most clients (as it
turned out). Nevertheless, you should have gotten a response by now.
Grania's name questions are largely ones we've answered before, so with
any luck her response time should be a lot better.


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