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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Elisabeth de Rossignol, Laurel; Margaret MacDuibhshithe, Pelican; Jeanne Marie Lacroix, Wreath; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings of the New Year (where is the millennium going?) from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Parhelium Herald!

For the record, there was no December 2005 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

The Atenveldt College of Heralds requests the consideration and registration of the following names and armory with the College of Arms. Unless specifically stated, the submitter will accept any spelling and grammar corrections; all assistance is appreciated.

1. Amy Marie MacCormack: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Per chevron inverted vert and purpure, a chevron inverted embattled and in base a spaniel statant Or.

Both her name and currently registered device, Per chevron inverted vert and purpure, a chevron inverted embattled-counterembattled Or between a harp argent and a spaniel statant Or., were registered January 2004. She wishes to simplify her current armory; if this is registered, she wants to release the old device.

In her original submission, the client provided documentation that the spaniel types of dog were found throughout period, and that Mary Queen of Scots was permitted to keep her English toy spaniel with her in her last days and have it accompany her to the gallows; Henry VIII permitted “some small spanyells for ladies” to be allowed inside his palaces (p. 124, Dogs: A Historical Journey, The Human/Dog Connection Through the Centuries, Lloyd M. Wendt, Howell Book House, NY, 1996). This matches the canine on her current armory.


2. Annalies Katerina Schneider: NEW DEVICE

Per pale azure and argent, a tree blasted and eradicated and a chief dovetailed, all counterchanged.

The name was registered July 2003.

3. Aron von Reichenstein: NEW NAME

The name is German. Aaron is the client’s legal name and he wishes a period form of it. Aron is found in “A sample of Jewish names in Milan 1540-1570,” Yehoshua ben Haim haYerushalmi

( ). Brechenmacher, s.n. Aron, p. 42, lists in 1490 “Stephan Aron aus Brettan, sickingischer Leibeigener...”, which strongly suggests Aron being used as an unmarked patronymic in a German name.

Schloss Reichenstein was one of the oldest castles on the Rhein; the earliest buildings suggest construction began in the early 11th C., and it passed violently from one owner to another through the 15th C.

( ). Brechenmacher, s.n. <Reich(en)stein>, p. 388 lists a Latin name Anshelmus de Richenstain in 1276.

4. Aron von Reichenstein: NEW DEVICE

Per pale azure and gules, a griffin Or between three Maltese crosses argent.

5. Edward de Foxton: NEW NAME

The name is English. Edward is a masculine given name, from the OE; Edwardus is found in Curia Rolls 1187-1219 (Withycombe, 3rd edition, pp. 64-5).

Robert de Foxton is noted in 1303 (Reaney and Wilson, 2nd edition, p. 176, s.n. Foxton).

The client will not accept major changes to the name.

6. Edward de Foxton: NEW DEVICE

Per bend sinister vert and purpure, a bend sinister argent cotised with chains throughout Or between a sword inverted surmounted by two swords in saltire and a fox rampant contourny argent.

7. Elaria filia Robert: NEW NAME

Elaria is a feminine given name dated to 1212 in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames,” Talan Gwynek

( ).

Robert is a masculine name found in “Men's Given Names from Early 13th Century England,” Talan Gwynek

( ); Withycombe dates Robert(us) to the Domeday Book 1086 ( pp. 254-5). The patronymic is a Latin documentary form, the use of “X filia Y” found in “Names from 13th Century Northumberland,” Sara L. Uckelman ( ), although Aryanhwy notes that the byname would be filia Roberti, with Roberti the genitive form of Robert.

The client will not accept major changes to the name. She will grudgingly accept Roberti if that is the only way the name can be registered.

8. Finbarr Mathgamain mac Conchobair: NEW BADGE

(fieldless) A claymore inverted proper, the blade surmounted by a tower sable.

The name was registered July 2001.

9. Hrefna Gandalfsdottir: NEW DEVICE

Per saltire vert and argent, a raven close sable.

The name appears in the 30 November 2005 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

10. Johann Wolfgang von Hesse: NEW BADGE

Per bend sinister vert and Or, a bend sinister counterchanged between a tower argent and a fox sejant sable

The personal name was registered February 1999. The form notes that this is a jointly-held badge; however, Johann’s name is the only name appearing on the submission forms.

11. Katharina von Marburg: NEW NAME

Katharina is dated to 1348 in “Medieval German Given Names from Silesia,” Talan Gwynek

( ). This spelling is also demonstrated four times in “German Names from Kulmbach, 1495,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael

( ).

Marburg, in full Marburg an der Lahn city, Hessen Land (state), [is found in]central Germany. It lies on the Lahn River north of Frankfurt am Main. The name Marburg (meaning “Frontier Fortress”) was first used in 1130, when the site belonged to the landgraves of Thuringia. Chartered, according to tradition, in 1211, it became the seat of the first landgraves of Hesse in 1248. The city's early history is associated with St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who arrived from the Wartburg in 1228 and spent the remaining three years of her life there in charitable works. Until the Reformation her bones were preserved in the shrine in her honour, a masterpiece of the Rhenish goldsmiths' craft, in the church of St. Elizabeth (1235–83), which also contained the remains of Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg during World War II..." "Marburg." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 7 Dec. 2005>. Brechenmacher, s.n. Marburg(er) lists Gotze Marburger in 1348, p.234.

The client is more interested in the language/culture of the name; she will not accept minor changes.

12. Mary Rose de Burgon: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, October 2002

Argent, two peacock feathers crossed at the tips in saltire proper and a chief vert.

The name was registered October 2002.

The original device submission, identical in blazon to this, was returned because the feathers were sable with the eyes colored in azure, vert, Or and purpure, and, according to the September 1993 LoAR, "A peacock feather proper is mostly green, with an iridescent roundel near the end." The "eyes" of the peacock feathers also dwarfed the rest of the feather. “Even though heraldic stylizations generally use a certain amount of artistic exaggeration, the "eyes" of these feathers are too disproportionate for these charges to be called peacock feathers. This submission must therefore be returned for redrawing. The redrawing should rescale the feathers so that they are long feathers with smaller eyes at the end, and the tincture of the feathers should either be the previously defined proper for a peacock feather or standard blazonable tincture(s).” This has been done.

13. Romanos Koresses: NEW NAME

The name is Byzantine Greek. Romanos is a masculine given name found in “Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era,” Bardas Xiphias

( ).

Koresses is a 12th C. family name also found in the same source.

The client is most interested in the language/culture of the name and would like it authentic for language/culture of 13th-14th C. Byzantium/Greece. He will not accept major changes to the name.

14. Romanos Koresses: NEW DEVICE

Or, a Latin cross flory azure charged with a cross couped argent.

This is clear of Alexander Shanasie: Pean, on a cross flory azure a chalice Or.; and Esperanza Razzolini d'Asolo: (Fieldless) On a cross flory azure a cross flory between four fleurs-de-lys bases to center Or., with CDs for the field, and CDs for cumulative differences in the type and tincture of tertiary charges. It is also clear of Lindyre of Valreinor: Or, on a cross fleury purpure a goblet Or., with a CD for the primary charge tincture, and a CD for cumulative differences in the type and tincture of tertiary charges.

15. Romanus Rodrigo: NEW NAME

The name is Spanish. Romanus and Rodrigo are both found as masculine given names in “Medieval Spanish Names from the Monastery of Sahagun,” Antonio Miguel Santos de Borja ( ).

Aryanhwy notes that the Spanish didn't generally go for unmarked patronyms, but Rodrigo does show up in Catalan as a surname; it's found twice in the 1510 census of Valencia ( ).

I was assisted in the preparation of this letter by the commentary of Ari Ánson, Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Katherine Throckmorton, Knute Hvitabjörn, Maridonna Benvenuti and Snorri Bjarnarson.


This letter contains 6 new names, 5 new devices, 1 new device change, 2 new badges, and 1 device resubmission. This is a total of 15 items, 14 of them new. A check to cover fees will be sent separately.

Thank you again for your indulgence and patience, your expertise and your willingness to share it.

I remain,

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy

c/o Linda Miku

2527 East 3rd Street; Tucson AZ 85716

Commonly-Cited References

Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland.

Gordon, E.V. An Introduction to Old Norse, 2nd edition, Oxford at the Claredon Press, 1957.

Medieval Names Archive.

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire. Irish Names.

Reaney, P.H. and R. M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames, 2nd Edition, 1976, reprinted 1979.

Withycombe, E.G., The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, 3rd Edition. London, Oxford University Press, 1977.


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