Researching Names, Buying Linen, Time To Cut Down FB Time.

And once again, I’ve been absent for a while.

Between the internet being down, being away from home and being really busy, I haven’t had much luck with sitting down and writing an entry.

The internet being down ended up being a good thing for the most part (apart from the fact that I needed to book and pay for a place at Midwinter Coronation and ended up having to do so much later than intended, which was then held up by more technical difficulties). I stepped away from my computer, finally finished reading Inheritance, went for a walk down to my local park (which also has some nice walking trails), watched my favourite movie (The Sound of Music) and found I had even more time for other things.

It wasn’t until the internet went down that I realised just how much time I spend online and how much time I would have for other things if I wasn’t on it.

A lot of it is doing research at the moment. Trying to find a name for my SCA persona is being somewhat of a nightmare at present. My persona is from the 6th Century Scotland. And it’s really difficult to find names from that time period for women. Or perhaps I’m just looking in the wrong place. I’ve started looking through Irish names (because apparently before the 9th-10th Century, the names would have been quite similar) and still no luck.

I did find one name that I liked, but it wasn’t until after I found it that I realised that the title of the article was ‘Names of Women of the Brythonic North in the 5-7th Centuries’ and the name is from Cumbric speaking regions (what later became Southern Scotland and Northern England. But I saw 5th-7th Centuries in the title and at first thought I’d finally gotten lucky *facepalm*). Given that I want a Gaelic name, I really don’t think that it would work. And saying that my parents travelled around a lot, heard the name and decided they liked it won’t work for documentation 😉

I’ve also been doing research on clothing, but that’s mostly done now. I mean, for all I know, I might find more information later on and then have to upgrade my garb, but given that I’ve only been with the SCA for about a month now, it’ll do. All I need to do now is buy some linen, wool and Penannular Brooches and make the clothing now 🙂

However, I also tend to spend a lot of time on Facebook and the like. Of course, a lot of the time, people don’t really realise just how much time they spend on these things until they can’t access it anymore. I was one of them. So I’m now making an effort to cut down on the time spent on there to make time for the other things I enjoy/need to do (and about time too methinks :)).

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher 🙂

P.s. If anyone knows of any sources that have Female Scottish/Irish Gaelic names from around the 5th-7th Centuries that are documented and can be used in my documentation for registering my name with the SCA then please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated! 🙂


~ by thenocturnalphilosopher on 13/06/2012.

4 Responses to “Researching Names, Buying Linen, Time To Cut Down FB Time.”

  1. I encourage the termination of FB accounts, but cutting down of FB time is good.


    • I need to be able to show that the name was used in the time period of my persona. I found that out after I’d used another site kinda like that one to form a name.

      • The site given also provides background information, with female saints who lived in the time period you need. The Celtic saints were unusual in that they were also nobility, warriors and tended to fight each other on occasion.

      • Ah, okay. Shall continue to look around there then. Thanks 🙂

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