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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Gabriel Laurel; Juliana Pelican; Emma Wreath; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald and Parhelium Herald for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!

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. Adela O Hearne: NEW NAME and DEVICE (NAME and DEVICE RESUBMISSION via Outlands)

Azure, chapé ployé, a phoenix and in chief a heart argent.

Originally submitted and returnedas Aiedel O'hEachthigheirn, we were unable to come up with a given name similar to the coined name Aiedel, and while elements of an Old English and and Old Norse name can be used in a name (a step from period practice), they cannot be used within a single name element. Saint Adela was born c. 1062 and was the youngest daughter of William the Conqueror; she was the wife of Stephen III, Count of Blois, with whom she had 11 childen ( ). Withycombe notes that Adela was introduced into England by the Normans, but it was never as popular there as it was on the Continent (3rd edition, p. 4 s.n. Adela).

O Hearne in an Anglicized Irish surname, from the Irish Gaelic header Ó hEac.t.ig.eirn (Ó hEachthigheirn), p. 560 in Woulfe dating to temp. Elizabeth I - James I (“16th & 17th Century Anglicized Irish Surnames from Woulfe,” Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada, ). The client had wanted the Irish Gaelic family name Ó hEachthigheirn, which was another monkey wrench in an OE/ON name, and she wanted to avoid a spelling that would've been close to impossible for non-Gaelic speakers, so that an Anglicized version seems to simplify origin, spelling and pronunciation.

The client desires a female name.

The heart and phoenix are not co-primary. The size of the heart makes it a secondary charge so the phoenix is blazoned first.

2. Anna Sophie von Kreuznach: CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME, from Diana of Atenveldt

The holding name was registered December 2002. Originally submitted as Dianna Regina Oettel, it was returned by Laurel because “No documentation was presented and none was found that Dianna is a reasonable period variant of Diana, which is dated to 1580 in Withycombe (pp. 83-84 s.n. Diana). The LoI stated that "[t]he submitter's legal first name is Diann." However, no documentation was provided supporting Diann as the submitter's legal first name. Lacking such documentation, it is not registerable under the Legal Name Allowance. Further, the Legal Name Allowance only allows the exact form of the element from the submitter's legal name to be registered. Therefore, were documentation provided supporting Diann as the submitter's legal given name, only the form Diann would be registerable. The form Dianna would not be registerable under the Legal Name Allowance since it is not an element in the submitter's legal name. For the rest of the name, the submitter provided a copy of her German birth certificate, which lists her birth name as Regina Oettel. From her mundane name listed on her submission form (which includes a middle name that is not Regina), it does not seem that Regina Oettel is retained as part of her current name. If that is indeed the case, then Diann Regina Oettel would not be one of her use names, and it would be registerable if documentation were provided to support Diann as her current legal given name .As the submitter allowed no changes, we were unable to change this name to Diana Regina Oettel in order to register the name. Her armory has been registered under the holding name Diana of Atenveldt.”

Anna and Sophie are feminine given names dated to 1383 in “Medieval German Given Names from Silesia: Women's Names,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

The client includes from her adoption records a short history of Bad Kreuznach, which was first settled as a fishing village and during the Middle Ages saw the building of Kautzenburg castle by the counts of Sponheim. In 1241, the original old Kreuznach moved up the Nahe River to seek protection of the castle, and the fallow land opposite the castle, the medieval Alstad, now called Kreuznach, originated. The two towns were united by the Sponheim dynasty and the old stone Nahebridge, and the town became known as Krueznach--the Alt- and Neustadt became designators for parts of town. There are a number of castles in the region, many situated along the Nahe River; Hildegard of Bingen also came from the area (,566,27,,3,, ). The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name.

3. Énán Mac Cormaicc: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2011

Per pale argent and vert, the uppercase Greek letter phi sable between in chief a triskele and a tankard counterchanged.

The name was registered June 2011.

The original submission, Per pale argent and vert, the uppercase Greek letter phi sable between in chief a triskele and a tankard counterchanged., was returned because “We require letters, when used as charges, to be drawn in a medieval hand: “This badge must be returned for the use of non-period charges: the capital letters H and S are modern sans-serif letters, with lines of equal width. Medieval letters, both in calligraphy and in carving, had different widths for the different strokes; and while there are some examples of sans-serif letters from ancient times, the majority of medieval letters were serifed. The letters used here are obtrusively modern in style. [Garrick of Shadowdale, R-02-2008]” Similarly, Greek letters should be drawn in a style that matches period hands.”

The client has redrawn his submission with the Greek letter in a period hand.

4. Robert Redbowe: NEW NAME

The name is English.

Robert is a masculine given name used from the Conquest on (The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, 3rd Ed., p. 254 s.n. Robert); it is also the client's legal given name.

Redbowe is a constructed byname. It could be considered a byname based on an inn sign. Margaret Makaffe's “Comparison of Inn/Shop/House names found London 1473-1600 with those found in the ten shires surrounding London in 1636” ( demonstrated a pattern of 'color + object' which includes Blue Garland, Green Hill and Red Harrow. The OED s.n. “red,” dates this spelling as early as c. 1325. Under “bow,” it dates this spelling as in an archer's weapon as early as 1597; earlier spelling have an 'e' on the end. The byname could also be considered as a double byname (Red Bowe). The MED demonstrates Willelmus Red (1176) and Radulfus red (c. 1200). Under Bow, Bowe, Bough, Henry atte Bowe is dated 1298, Richard atte Bowe 1306 in Reaney and Wilson. The client desires a male name and will not accept Major or Minor changes to the name.

5. Rylan MacLean: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Quarterly gules and argent, on a sun counterchanged a fleur-de-lys Or.

Rylan is the client's legal middle name and his use name (both he and his father's first names are Frank); a copy of his birth certificate is forwarded to Laurel. MacLean is found in Black's Surnames of Scotland, pg. 536, a common surname throughout period. This spelling is not specifically cited, although with the numerous forms of the name including Maclein 1586, Maclane 1545, Mcoleane 1561, M'Killeane 1603 and M'Cleane 1615, this seems reasonable, and it was registered as such to Galen MacLean in October 2006.

The client desires a male name, and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (Scottish Gaelic); he would like it authentic for language/culture (Scottish Gaelic) if possible. He will not accept Major Changes to the name.

6. Seelos Massmann: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per pale sable and argent semy of anvils throughout, on a bend sinister four reremice palewise all counterchanged.

The name is German.

Seel(l)os is found in Bahlow, but not as a given name. It is Upper German, from the Middle High German sêl-lôse, “godless.” ( Dictionary of German Names, Hans Bahlow, translated by Edda Gentry, p. 516, with Sêllôse dated to 1280.

Massman is a North German nickname for Thomas (the Apostle), found in Dictionary of German Names, Hans Bahlow, translated by Edda Gentry, p. 349 s.n. Maas, Maass, Massmann; p. 355 s.n. Massmann, Mass, Mas.

The client makes no restrictions on the name. If necessary, perhaps the elements can be reversed to Massman Seelos, if <given + byname > construction is the only form seen with German names.

There was some question that the divided field, the semy on the field, and the overall counterchanged would very visually confusing, but the client wishes to submit this as is and await commentary, if any, by the College of Arms.

7. Twin Moons, Barony of: BADGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, April 2010

Azure, on a pall inverted bretessed between in chief two increscents argent a flanged mace azure.

The name of the Barony was registered April 1993.

The original submission, Azure, on a pall inverted bretessed nowed of a triangle inverted between in chief two increscents argent, a flanged mace azure., was returned because the tertiary charge was unidentifiable.Guesses ranged from an oar to a swizzle stick. Section VII.7.a of the Rules for Submissions requires that "Elements must be recognizable solely from their emblazon." The LoAR also noted that “The Barony may wish to know that the prominent triangle nowing present in this submission is not present in any of their registered armory, contrary to the images shown on the baronial award gallery webpage.” Both issues have been resolved.

I was assisted in the preparation of the Letter of Intent by Gunnvör silfrahárr and Nest verch Rhodri ap Madyn.

This letter contains 4 new names and 3 new devices. There is 1 device resubmission, 1 badge resubmission and 1 change of holding name. This is a total of 10 items, 7 of them new.

Thank you again for your great 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

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