Category: Arts & Sciences

Youth and Family Achievement (YAFA) Program!

Welcome to the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Youth and Family Achievement Program, also known as YAFA. This program was developed to be easy for parents to use and local groups to administer, and designed to meet the changing needs and desires of our members with families.  Participation is open to families with at least one current paid member and children ages five to seventeen years old. YAFA is optional at all levels. Kingdoms are free to implement and use the YAFA program, or not, as suits the needs of their families. Many kingdoms have expressed interest in using YAFA alongside, or integrating it into, their existing Page Guilds and other youth programs.  By providing a common Society-wide system of activities in the arts and sciences with goals, along with administrative and training systems for participating youths, parents, and Mentors, we believe the SCA can  more fully integrate youth and their families; maintaining and extending their participation. YAFA will aid in the development of the next generation of artisans and craftsmen of the Society. It is not designed to replace existing programs, but to support and supplement them. For more information on the YAFA program contact Lady Sara Longbothom

Database of Surnames

Need to pick a name?  The ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project’ has 320,000 surnames in use in Britain going back to the 11th century.

From the article…

The study has a wide focus, including not only names of English and Scots origin but also names of Irish, Gaelic, Welsh, and Cornish origin as well as Huguenot and Jewish. Special procedures are being developed for studying recent immigrant names (i.e. those appearing after 1881) such as Indian, Chinese and a range of Muslim names, with the cooperation of overseas consultants.

Using published and unpublished resources dating from the 11th century onwards, a team of researchers with expertise in historical linguistics and onomastics are collecting information about individual names such as when and where they were recorded and how they have been spelled. This information is being used to give new and detailed explanations of those names, adding knowledge which will be far more reliable and up to date than that found in the books on surnames currently available.

Check it out, you might be inspired.