Identity! Also known as Persona - Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora.
WHO ARE YOU?
Everyone has a name, because when you were born, your mother or father chose it for you. Current naming conventions dictate what your surname is. The SCA, however, provides you with the opportunity to build your own! if you were born prior to the C17th. This means that if you always had a fondness for the name Myrtle or Ignatius, this could be the opportunity for you to be known as that name!
SO WHO WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WERE BORN PRIOR TO THE C17TH?
That's a good question! There are bunch of elements that make up who you are now, just like there's a bunch of elements that would have built up who you would have been if you were born prior to the C17th. That's called �Persona�.
- How do you spend your days?
You can spend as much time or as little time deciding that as you like. Some people don't get much further than deciding upon their name and device. Others find persona research a part of the pleasure of being a member of the SCA and the research uncovers all sorts of decisions from clothing to the type of shoes that they wear. It's all up to you how deeply you wish to pursue it.
NAMES IN THE SCA
- To be registered with the College of Heralds, they need to be unique.
Tricky? Don't worry; we have people here to help! They're called Heralds.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Different time periods/locations/cultures all have different naming convention so this can take a bit of research. The SCA covers such a broad time period and locations, which means that the options are almost endless! So, it's a lot easier if you narrow down your search.
- Historical interests
Take a little time to think this through. As soon as you are able to narrow down a time period and location, it will make choosing much simpler! It's now time to visit the Academy of St Gabriel
This will have everything that you need to know including lists of popular names in various different locations and times used during the SCA period. There are also articles on naming conventions too. Why would you go anywhere else! If you're still stuck, it's time to call in a friend!
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
- Ask a friend to see if they can pronounce the name or get a second opinion.