Fun Branch Names
by Basil Dragonstrike


Most of the stuff I've put up on my website is (I hope) usable by any re-creator. This page, though, is specifically for people in the SCA.

In the SCA, there's a thing called "The Branch Name Allowance" (found in SENA at PN.1.B.2.f). What it says is, you can use the registered name of a branch (kingdom, barony, riding, etc., etc.) in your name, regardless of the language or time-period of the rest of the name. Nor do you have to live in that branch, or even in the same kingdom. Only the branch name exactly as registered can be used; you can't take just a part of it, you can't translate it, you can't add "the" nor remove "the". For example, no Joseph of the Bitter End, because the branch is "Shire of Bitter End", not "Shire of the Bitter End"; no Heinrich von Osten because it's "Kingdom of the East", not "Kingdom of Osten". Some very slight changes can be made if you're using a language other than English, but only to use a language significant in your locale.

So, the rules explained (in part), what is this list? It's a list of all the "interesting" branch names. Remember, under SCA rules, anyone can register a name of the form Such&such of Branchname.

I've made two lists: the first is of branch names that do contain "the" and the second of those that don't. IMO, all the following could be used to make interesting/fun/funny names; I've included a few I think aren't all that funny, but might be usable. You might not agree, either with what I've included or what I've left out; if so, feel free to use or not use what you want.

As of the database update of June 2021, all these names are registered. Note that if any of them are "released" (that is, become un-registered) later, the Branch Name Allowance cannot be applied the "released" name(s), once the release is published; any name registered before the release of the Branch Name remains registered, of course.

In both lists, the first part of the line is the name, including the "designator" (Barony, Shire, etc.), the second part is the time of registration (four digits for the year followed by two digits for the month [i.e. YYYYMM]), and the third part is the kingdom that branch is found in. Some registrations are so old, the kingdom and/or the date is not listed; these are marked "unknown".


(Drop to Branch Names without "the" in them

Branch names including "the"

Angels, Barony of the  --  197010  --  West
Black Rose, March of the  --  198605  --  East
Bridge, Barony of the  --  197908  --  East
Crescent Moon, Canton of the  --  198602  --  Calontir
Crimson Citadel, Shire of the  --  199309  --  Atenveldt
Debatable Lands, Barony-Marche of the  --  197512  --  unknown kingdom
Defiant Shophar, Shire of the  --  197907 --  unknown kingdom
Eagle, Shire of the  --  197907  --  Meridies
Eldern Hills, Barony of the  --  198812  --  Ansteorra
Far West, Barony of the  --  198712  --  West
Feasting Cranes, Shire of the  --  198402  --  Calontir
Fenix, Shire of the  --  199202  --  Middle
Flame, Barony of the  --  198302  --  Middle
Flaming Gryphon, Barony of the  --  197910  --  Middle
Flaming Pillars, Shire of the  --  198604  --  Calontir
Flaming Skies, Shire of the  --  199002  --  Middle
Flaming Sword, March of the  --  197910  --  Middle
Four Mountains, March of the  --  200107  --  Atenveldt
Glens, Province of the  --  197306  --  Atenveldt
Grey Gargoyles, College of the  --  198004  --  Middle
Inner Sea, Shire of the  --  199304  --  Middle
Iron Demons, March of the  --  197910  --  Middle
Isles, Shire of the  --  198210  --  Caid
Lonely Tower, Barony of the  --  198909  --  Calontir
Mists, Principality of the  --  198005  --  West
Misty Marsh by the Sea, Canton of the  --  199012  --  Atlantia
Nether Edge, Shire of the  --  198210  --  An Tir
Outlands, Kingdom of the  --  198607  --  Outlands
Raven Marches, Shire of the  --  198303  --  Middle
Rising Stone, Canton of the  --  199101  --  Meridies
Roaring Wastes, Canton of the  --  198210  --  Middle
Ruins, Shire of the  --  198302  --  Meridies
Rusted Woodlands, Shire of the  --  198301  --  East
Sacred Stone, Barony of the  --  198212  --  Atlantia
Shadowlands, Shire of the  --  198005  --  Ansteorra
Shattered Crystal, Shire of the  --  198210  --  Middle
Spinning Winds, Shire of the  --  197907  --  Middle
Steppes, Barony of the  --  197610  --  Atenveldt
Storm, Shire of the  --  199010  --  Trimaris
Summits, Principality of the  --  199903  --  An Tir
Sun, Principality of the  --  197306  --  unknown kingdom
Thistle, March of the  --  198408  --  Middle
Two Seas, Shire of the  --  199710  --  Drachenwald
Unicorn, March of the  --  198210  --  Middle
Valley Azure, Canton of the  --  198604  --  Caid
Voyagers, College of the  --  199003  --  Caid
Wandering Minstrels, Shire of the  --  197907  --  unknown kingdom
West, Kingdom of the  --  197002  --  unknown kingdom
West Isles, Shire of the  --  197910S-200706  --  Trimaris
Whirling Waters, Shire of the  --  199305  --  East
Winged Hills, March of the  --  197910  --  Middle
White Waters, Barony of the  --  202005  --  Middle
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Branch names without "the"
Alexanderes Way, Stronghold of  --  199902  --  Drachenwald
All Saints, College of  --  199904  --  Lochac
Angels Keep, Canton of  --  200505  --  AEthelmearc
Aventiure, Shire of  --  200312  --  Drachenwald
Bacchus Wood, Canton of  --  199501  --  West
Barren Sands, Shire of  --  198408  --  East
Beast Valley, Canton of  --  198512  --  West
Bitter End, Shire of  --  198409  --  An Tir
Blackmoor Keep, Shire of  --  199210  --  Artemisia
Blackwater, Shire of  --  200502  --  AEthelmearc
Bloodstone, Canton of  --  201111  --  Outlands
Borderwinds, Canton of  --  198510  --  West
Brewerskeep, Canton of  --  198905  --  East
Bright Hills, Barony of  --  198907  --  Atlantia
Bronzehelm, Barony of  --  201711  --  Artemisia
Brymstone College  --  199003  --  Atenveldt
Bull Pitte, Shire of  --  200403  --  Calontir 
Burning Sands, Shire of  --  198706  --  Atenveldt
Carillion, Barony of  --  198605  --  East
Castelburn, Canton of  --  200807  --  Lochac
Cloistered Sun, Shire of  --  198402  --  Middle 
Cold Keep, Shire of  --  199404  --  An Tir
Crimson River, Shire of  --  198908  --  Artemisia
Crystal Crags, Shire of  --  199503  --  Atenveldt
Crystal Moor, Shire of  --  199002  --  Trimaris
Crystal Mynes, Shire of  --  199411  --  Calontir 
Dark River, Shire of  --  198210  --  Middle 
Dark Skies, Shire of  --  198602  --  West
Darkwater, Barony of  --  198512  --  Trimaris
Darkwood, Barony of  --  198809  --  West
Dawnfield, Shire of  --  198202  --  East
Desert Garden, Shire of  --  199504  --  West
Desert Sands, Stronghold of  --  200307  --  Drachenwald
Dismal Fogs, Shire of  --  198704  --  West
Distant Shore, Canton of  --  199412  --  East
Dragon Forge, Canton of  --  198804  --  East
Dragonmarch, Shire of  --  200012  --  Artemisia
Dragon's Aerie, Canton of  --  199208  --  East
Dragons Chase, Shire of  --  201707  --  Trimaris
Dragon's Mark, Shire of  --  198210  --  Middle
Dragonship Haven, Barony of  --  198503  --  East
Dragon's Laire, Barony of  --  199609  --  An Tir
Dragon's Mist, Barony of  --  201512  --  An Tir
Dragonsspine, Barony of  --  198011  --  Atenveldt
Dragonstone, Shire of  --  198407  --  Calontir 
Elfsea, Barony of  --  199009  --  Ansteorra
Emerald Glen, Shire of  --  198301  --  East
Emerald Keep, Shire of  --  197907  --  Ansteorra
Endless Hills, Barony of  --  199908  --  AEthelmearc
Eternal Winds, Stronghold of  --  199301  --  West
False Isle, Shire of  --  199812  --  An Tir
Far Reaches, Shire of  --  198111  --  Middle 
Farhaven, Canton of  --  201407  --  Caid
Firedrake, Shire of  --  199007  --  Artemisia
Fire Mountain Keep, Shire of  --  199206  --  An Tir
Flaming Forge, Canton of  --  198301E-198804  --  East
Forgotten Sea, Barony of  --  198905  --  Calontir 
Frosted Hills, Shire of  --  198609  --  East
Frozen Mountain, Shire of  --  199111  --  An Tir
Giant's Gate, Canton of  --  198404  --  East
Golden Keype, College of  --  198808T-200706  --  Trimaris
Golden Sea, Shire of  --  199301  --  Calontir 
Great Crossing, Shire of  --  198210  --  Middle 
Grendael, Shire of  --  200206  --  Artemisia
Griffinsmark, Canton of  --  200605  --  Calontir 
Grifphon Shadow, Shire of  --  199701  --  Artemisia
Gryffyns Keep, Shire of  --  200407  --  AEthelmearc
Gryphon's Lair, Barony of  --  200905  --  Artemisia
Hawks Haven, Shire of  --  198612  --  West
Heatherwyne, Shire of  --  200111  --  Caid
Hellsgate, Stronghold of  --  201004  --  Ansteorra
Heraldshill, Shire of  --  199702  --  Calontir 
Hidden Mountain, Barony of  --  200606  --  Atlantia
Hinterland, Shire of  --  199206  --  Calontir 
Hunter's Home, Shire of  --  199109  --  East
Ice Valley, Shire of  --  199109  --  East
Insulae Draconis, Principality of  --  200406  --  Drachenwald
Iron Bog, Barony of  --  201002  --  East
Iron Mountain, Barony of  --  198211  --  Artemisia
Ivory Keep, Shire of  --  198911  --  Calontir 
Keep by the Endless Sea, Canton of  --  198603  --  East
Kingeslake, College of  --  201505  --  Drachenwald
Krakafjord, Shire of  --  199703  --  An Tir
Lions End, Canton of  --  198810  --  East
Loch Dorr, Shire of  --  199211  --  An Tir
Lofty Mountain, Shire of  --  199106  --  East
Lost Forest, Shire of  --  198910  --  Calontir 
Lost Moor, Canton of  --  198710  --  Calontir 
Mathom Trove, Shire of  --  198002  --  Artemisia
Misty Highlands, Shire of  --  199003  --  East
Misty Mere, Shire of  --  198211  --  Artemisia
Mons Draconis, Canton of  --  199706  --  Caid
Mooneschadowe, Shire of  --  198406  --  Ansteorra
Moonstone, Shire of  --  198701  --  Calontir 
Mountain Freehold, Shire of  --  201603  --  East
Mountainpass, Shire of  --  199305  --  An Tir
Mountain's Gate, Shire of  --  198905  --  West
No Mountain, Shire of  --  198805  --  Calontir 
Noe College  --  200503  --  Caid
Oken Shield, Shire of  --  201211  --  Middle 
One Thousand Eyes, Barony of  --  199101  --  Atenveldt
Otherhill, Shire of  --  197907  --  Atenveldt
Perilous Guard, Canton of  --  198708  --  An Tir
Perilous Journey, Shire of  --  198312  --  East
Perilous Visions, Shire of  --  198111  --  West
Phoenix Glade, Shire of  --  198902  --  Artemisia
Phoenix Rising, College of  --  201812  --  Artemisia
Ravenhill, Canton of  --  198301  --  East
Raven's Fort, Barony of  --  199003  --  Ansteorra
Ravens Hold, Shire of  --  201404  --  Gleann Abhann 
Ravensbridge, Riding of  --  201506  --  East
Ravensdale, Stronghold of  --  201705  --  East
Ravenshore, Shire of  --  198306  --  West
Ravenslake, Riding of  --  199103  --  Middle 
Ravensweir, Shire of  --  199812  --  An Tir
Ravenwood, Shire of  --  197910  --  Artemisia
Red Spears, Barony of  --  199710  --  Middle 
Rising Waters, Barony of  --  199210  --  Middle 
Rivenstar, Barony of  --  197908  --  Middle 
Rivenvale, Shire of  --  200210  --  Middle 
Rockwall, Shire of  --  199404  --  Middle 
Rokeclif, Shire of  --  199702  --  Middle 
Seagirt, Barony of  --  200305  --  An Tir
Sea March, Shire of  --  198302  --  Artemisia
Seareach, Shire of  --  198805  --  Atlantia
Seashire  --  198301  --  East
Seatyger's Ryn, Canton of  --  199210  --  East
Seawinds, Shire of  --  199012  --  Ansteorra
Sevenhills, Canton of  --  200804  --  Atlantia
Shadowdale, Shire of  --  198210  --  Middle 
Shadowed Stars, Barony of  --  201609  --  Middle 
Shadow's Edge, Canton of  --  199002  --  Middle 
Shallow Waters, Shire of  --  198508  --  Calontir 
Silver Desert, Province of  --  198111  --  West
Silverhart, Canton of  --  200701  --  An Tir
Silver Keep, Shire of  --  198810  --  Atenveldt
Silver Swords, Shire of  --  198210  --  Middle 
Silverthorne, Shire of  --  198603  --  An Tir
Small Gray Bear, Barony of  --  200704  --  Gleann Abhann 
Smoking Rocks, Barony of  --  200502  --  East
Sol Haven, Shire of  --  200711  --  Artemisia
Squirrel Haven, Riding of  --  198212  --  Middle 
Standing Stones, Shire of  --  197907  --  Middle 
Starhaven, Shire of  --  198608  --  Trimaris
Starleaf Gate, Shire of  --  199108  --  Middle 
Stormhold, Barony of  --  198909  --  West
Stormsport, Shire of  --  198708  --  East
Stormvale, Shire of  --  198812  --  Middle 
Stormwall, Canton of  --  201702  --  Atlantia
Summergate, Canton of  --  198312  --  Caid
Sundragon, Barony of  --  198409  --  Atenveldt
Swampkeep, Canton of  --  199106  --  Trimaris
Swordcliff, Shire of  --  198111  --  Middle 
Swordhold, Shire of  --  198712  --  Calontir 
Sylvan Glen, Shire of  --  199312  --  East
Tear-Sea's Shore, Canton of  --  198010  --  East
Templemede, Canton of  --  200606  --  Middle 
Terminus Terrae, Shire of  --  202011  --  Artemisia
Terra Draconis, Shire of  --  198407  --  Middle 
Teufelberg, Shire of  --  198110  --  West
Thor's Mountain, Barony of  --  197610  --  Atenveldt
Thousand Hills, Shire of  --  198401  --  Calontir 
Tree-Girt-Sea, Province of  --  198210  --  Middle 
Troll Fen, Shire of  --  198111  --  Artemisia
Trollhaven, Canton of  --  197908  --  East
Twin Moons, Barony of  --  199304  --  Atenveldt
Tygre's Keep, College of  --  199311  --  Outlands
Vale de Draco, Stronghold of  --  199806  --  West
Vanished Wood, Shire of  --  197907  --  Middle 
Warrior's Rest, Canton of  --  198712  --  Calontir 
Wastekeep, Barony of  --  198604  --  An Tir
Western Seas, Barony of  --  198210  --  Caid
White Mountain, Shire of  --  198501  --  Atenveldt
Whyt Whey, Canton of  --  199001  --  East
Wildmoor, Hamlet of  --  201804  --  Lochac
Windegate, Shire of  --  200510  --  Artemisia
Windhaven, Barony of  --  200604  --  Northshield
Windkeep, Shire of  --  198703  --  Outlands
Windmasters' Hill, Barony of  --  197908  --  East
Windwyrm, Shire of  --  unknown date  --  unknown kingdom
Windy Meads, Shire of  --  198210  --  West
Windy Vale, College of  --  199007  --  An Tir
Wintermist, Barony of  --  201511  --  Caid
Winter's Gate, Barony of  --  198412  --  West
Wintersedge, Canton of  --  199312  --  East
Wisdom's Keep, College of  --  198705  --  An Tir
Wolfsberg, Kanton  --  199609  --  Drachenwald
Wolfsgate, Shire of  --  198402  --  East
Woods End, Canton of  --  202006  --  Middle 
Wyldewode, Canton of  --  201701  --  Ansteorra
Wynterset, Stronghold of  --  200206  --  AEthelmearc
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