Origins of East Kingdom Place Names
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EAST KINGDOM: The second kingdom in the SCA, founded by Mistress Elfrida of Greenwalls, who brought the SCA to New York from California. Strictly speaking, the West, East, and Middle Kingdoms didn't have names: the "Eastern Kingdom" was sometimes called exactly that in the earlier days, simply to differentiate it from . (My lady and I have an early demo banner that says "Society for Creative Anachronism -- Eastern Kingdom" - ed.). Crown Principality of TIR MARA: Gaelic for "Land of the Sea".
Ar n-Eilkean-ne: Scots Gaelic for "Our Own Island". Newfoundland.
Avonmore: Celtic "Great River".
Bois Ardent: French "Burning Forest": Autumn leaves? ["Bois" means "forest", and "Ardent" conveys the meanings "burning" and "passionate". -- Shire website]
Castelnor: "North Castle"
Havre des Glaces: French "Harbor of Ice"
L'Ile du Dragon Dormant: French "Island of the Sleeping Dragon". Montreal is built on an extinct volcano.
La Selve d'Aure: French "Golden Jungle"?
Le Dragonet: "Small Dragon". An offshoot of I'le du Dragon Dormant
Lyndhaven: "The Linden Tree was adopted as our shire's tree to shelter the populace when our stately Elms started dying from a mysterious illness." -- Shire website
Ruantallan: Scots Gaelic "Piece of land jutting into the ocean" (via Ms Elizabeth Darnley). There is apparently a place so named in Scotland. One of the contenders in the early discussions was reportedly "Naratingatall", Newfoundland dialect for "nothing at all".
Distant Shore: ?
Seashire: The shire by the sea.
Ynys y Gwaed: Welsh "Isle of Blood", from the red soil.
Coldwood: Cold woods (Northern New York)
Endewearde: Anglo-Saxon, "Last Watchtower". (via Ms Brita Mairi Svensdottir)
Glenn Linn: ?
Malagentia: Italian "Terra onde di mala gente", "Land of the Bad People", so named by Giovanni da Verrazano, who expolred the ME coast in 1524. Apparently the locals gathered on the shore and "mooned" his ship. (Thanks to Mistress Anastasia Guta for this). http://www.mainecoastguide.com/sidebars/earlyexplorers.html
Mountain Freehold: Green Moutains of Vermont
Northern Outpost: Potsdam, in northern New York
Panther Vale: from the catamounts (mountain lions) of northern Vermont.
Smithwick: Craftsmen's village
Stonemarche: New Hampshire, the "Granite State"
Anglespur: A bend in the river
Bergental: German "Mountain Valley", the Berkshires of western MA.
Beyond the Mountain: translation of Algonguian "Housatonic", from the river.
Carolingia: the Charles River separating Boston and Cambridge, MA
Aschehyrst: A grove of ash trees, home to notable EK archers
The Towers: From two colonial watchtowers (Bear Hill and Pine Hill Towers) in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Coill Tuar: ?
Concordia of the Snows: ?
Dragonship Haven: New Haven, CT
Frosted Hills: ?
Nordenhalle: Northern hall
Quintavia: Latin "five roads". From the 5 major highways that traverse the area.
Smoking Rocks: From the spray on the rocks of the Cape Cod shore; also from whales that resembling "smoking rocks" offshore.
The Bridge: The Crawford St. Bridge, formerly the world's widest (not longest bridge), which encompassed most of downtown Providence RI until the rivers were moved in the "Providence Renaissance" project of the mid-80's. Also said to connote a bridge between Ostgardr and Carolingia.
An Dubhaigeainn: Gaelic "the Black Abyss", Long Island Sound.
Hawke's Reach: ?
Barren Sands: ?
Bhakail: According to reliable legend, the name was chosen by throwing a dart at a wall map. It landed in Lake Baikhal.
Black Irondall: Originally An Gleann nam Feorag Dhuibhe "Valley of the Black Squirrel", this was felt to be easier to pronounce, and reportedly is literally "Black Valley of the Squirrel". (via HE Mael Eoin MacEochidh, Baron Bhakail). During its Gaelic days it was sometimes called "Fred". http://www.feoraghdubh.eastkingdom.org/History.php
Ivyeinrust: An anagram of "university". UPenn, an Ivy League school. Possibly dialectal German for "bailiwick".
Blak Rose: ?
Buckland Cross: Bucks Co., PA
Caer Adamant: Welsh "Diamond Keep", from Delaware iconography.
Carillion: From the bell tower at Princeton U.
Keep by the Endless Sea: New Jersey shore
Eisental: German "Iron Valley". Mining country of PA.
Iron Bog: "Bog iron"
Montevale: "Mountain Valley"
Østgarđr: According to Sir Garanhir, this was originally to be spelled and pronounced "Estgard" for "Eastern fortress". Someone (who?) proposed a more Norse spelling, and Østgarđr resulted. As spelled, it means "East fortress". "Ostgardr" reportedly means "cheese farm".
Lions End: From the lions on the seal of Nassau Co. (via Duchess Sedalia McNare).
Northpass: Originally the Hudson was potentially thought to lead to the Northwest Passage around North America. The area is also the "northern passage" past NYC.
Whyt Whey: "The Great White Way"; also a pun on "cheese farm" (see above).
Rusted Woodlands: Autumn leaves in the forests.
Settmour Swamp: SOMerset and MORris Counties...and Monty Python.
Gryphonwald: Griffin Forest...?
Marwick: Reportedly because "it sounded nice". ??
Silver Rylle: Silver stream. ?
Information gathered by -- Steffan ap Kennydd
entered--Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah 5 July 2014