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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Andrewe Laurel; Lillia Pelican; Brunissende 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 client will accept any spelling and grammar corrections; all assistance is appreciated.

1. Candice Libel: NEW BADGE

Per fess wavy Or and azure, in pale two dragonflies fesswise that in chief reversed vert and argent.

The name was registered September 2014.

I've used the blazon associated with the badge for Catalina Sebastià de Valençia, registered July 2014, Gules, in pale two dragonflies fesswise that in base reversed Or.

2. Caye Dance the stori-makere: NEW NAME

Beginning with an undocumentable given name and post-period byname, Caidence the Storyteller (story-teller dates to 1709 in the COED), Alys was invaluable in providing a form that was acceptable to the client, and rather please with, too (yay, Blue Tyger!).

<Caye> is a 16th C English given name found in the Family Search Historical Records: Caye Renfrye; Female; Marriage; 22 Nov 1592; Breage, Cornwall, England; Batch: M01554-1 (

<Dance> is a 16th C English surname found in the Family Search Historical Records:

Agnes Dance; Female; Burial; 17 May 1596; Tydd-St. Mary, Lincoln, England; Batch: B03306-3 (; and
Ane Dance; Female; Christening; 20 Nov 1570; Naunton Beauchamp, Worcester, England; Batch: C04025-2 (

The term <stori-makere> is period, dated to 1500 s.n. storie in the Middle English Dictionary.

3. Conchobar of Aquaterra: NEW NAME

Conchobar is a male Middle Irish Gaelic name (c. 900-c. 1200) found in “Index of Names in Irish Annals: Conchobar / Conchobhar,”

Mari Elspeth nic Bryan,
Aquaterra is an SCA branch name, registered in August 2002, through An Tir. The client invokes the Branch Name Allowance, SENA PN1.B.2.f.
The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name; he will not accept Major changes to the name.

4. Elisabetta di Scarlatto della Luna: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per fess azure and vert, a fess indented on the upper edge between a decrescent argent and two arrow crossed in saltire Or.

The name is Italian; SENA Appendix A permits format of <given+patronymic+family).

Elisabetta is a female given name in “Late Period Italian Women's Names: Venice,” Juliana de Luna, The patronymic

Scarlatto is found 15 times in “Italian Names from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael,; it is created from the male name Scarlotto and the prefix di, as mentioned in SENA Appendix A. It is dated to 1309 and 1339.

Dellaluna is a surname found in “Florentine Renaissance Resources: Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532,”Herlihy, Litchfield and Molho, editors, Sara L. Uckelman notes that given the Tratte project's capitalization and spacing conventions, the example of DELLALUNA represent the family name della Luna (SCA Facebook Heraldry Chat dates 4/1/2014). [della seems to be more of a generic toponymic/locative than a family name according to SENA, but <given+pat+locative> is a reasonable construction as well.]

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (none given, but suspect Italian). She will not accept Major changes to the name.

5. Frances Rae Cole Fisher: NEW NAME and DEVICE
Per fess engrailed argent and azure, three drakkars under sail to sinister gules and three fish fretted in triangle Or.

SENA Appendix A permits double given names and double surnames for late period English names.

Frances is dated to 1577 as a christening name for the girl Frances Abbott in Featherstone, York, England, Batch P00499-1,

Rae is a surname, but it can be used as a given name in late period England: “The LoI also documented a pattern of English surnames being used as given names in the second half of the 16th C and early 17th C. Therefore, Alton is registerable as an English surname used as a given name following this late 16th C practice. Note: Registerability of surnames used as a given name under this practice is limited solely to the context of this practice. Specifically, the surname must be documented as a 16th C English surname form. It will be evaluated for compatibility with the rest of the name in the same manner as a given name documented as a 16th C English given name.” Hence, Rae is found for Frauncis Rae, christened 1589 in Shropshire, England, Batch C03748-1,

Cole is found for Joane Cole, christened 1580 in Saint Martin, Chichester, Sussex, England, Batch C04043-1,

Fisher is found for Marie Fisher, christened 1580 in Brightling, Sussex, England, Batch C14796-1,

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the spelling. She does not want the spelling of Rae changed; she will not accept Major changes to the name.

This appears to be the form for three fretted fish from the online Pictorial Dictionary,

6. Granite Mountain, Barony of: NAME CHANGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, December 1996

The territorial group's original name, Leafolke Shire, was registered July 1979 (there was no device submitted). The area encompasses Prescott AZ and surrounding communities.

In the December 1996 LoAR, the name change Granite Mountain was listed both in the Acceptances section and the Returns section. The listing the the Returns section reads:"Granite Mountain, Shire of. Name. This is being returned for lack of a petition of support. Submissions for a group name or device must include evidence of support." In the March 1997, this was clarifies in the Errata Letter: “Granite Mountain, Shire of. Listed in the LoAR as both an acceptance and return, the name was, in fact, returned for lack of a petition."
Meanwhile, in the May 1997 LOAR, a device for Granite Mountain was returned. Apparently assuming that the name had been approved (and missing the Errata return update a few months later), a device for the territorial group was accepted in January 1999, Per fess indented vert and sable, in chief a laurel wreath Or, a bordure erminois. In the January 2002 LOAR, Granite Mountain was used in a holding name (Alicia of Granite Mountain), as it was also in July 2008 (Sabrina of Granite Mountain). Last but not least, in August 2008 Terrance of Granite Mountain was registered with the notation "Granite Mountain is the name of an SCA branch."

The device for the territorial group should be considered “safe,” with it registered under Leafolke Shire, although it has been assumed to be the Shire (now Barony of) of Granite Mountain for 17 years. Sifting through the files, I did find a populace petition for the name Granite Mountain, which seems to be the only copy of the petition and one that was never forwarded to Laurel (hence the original name change return in 1997). I include a new populace petition signed in December 2014 for changing the name to Granite Mountain. While the original name of Leafolke Shire needs to be released upon registration of Granite Mountain, I am hoping that that name might be considered as the title for the barony's herald, since one has yet to be chosen and submitted. (If the name change is registered without input from the barony for potentially assigning Leafolke as the Pursuivant's title, so be it.)

Granite is a granular, crystalline rock, composed mostly of quartz and used extensively in building (the word granito comes from Italian, but it is cited in English in “Egyptian granite” in 1646, COED). Mountain appears c. 1200, from the Old French montaigne (

Thanks to Basil Dragonstrike (I think), for his detective work and discovering why the name was accepted and returned, then ultimately returned. As he had mentioned in commentary: “...As far as I can see, neither the CoA nor any member thereof futzed things up to the point the group could not reasonably know their submission had been returned; the original LOAR (Dec 1996) contained a return and good reasons therefore (even though it also said the name had passed), and three months later (Mar 1997) the errata letter cleared things up. OTOH, since the CoA treated "Granite Mountain" as if it had been registered, perhaps there are grounds to claim a repeated non-feasance by the CoA. On yet another hand, the rules did not change: a petition of support has been a requirement since waaaaay back when, and the Hardship Clause is (usually) applied to someone who suffers due to error and a change in the rules.
“All-in-all, based on what I can find out, I think it'd probably be a lot simpler not to refer to the Hardship Clause, and submit a petition of support for the name. How the CoA will handle the arms etc. is more than I can guess. Again, this is my suggestion based on my reading of the rules; I could well be wrong.”
Oh, lordy, I hope he isn't wrong.

7. Gunnarr Bearshirt: NEW NAME

The given masculine name Gunnarr is Old Norse, “Viking Names found in Landnámabók,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael,

Bearshirt is said to be the lingua Anglica form of the byname Berserkr, found in “Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael, While I find Berserkr in that article, I don't find anything that offers that translation. (Farserkr appears, meaning “travel-shirt.”) The ON term for “bear” is bjǫrn. In Part I: Description of the Berserk for sources on the lingua anglica translation of Berserkr, there is a suggestion that it might come from bare-sark, or “bare of shirts,” going into battled unarmored, or bear-sark, clad in animal skins.

Since the submission is not intended to be ON, the question seems to be: is Bearshirt a reasonable byname? Again, there is one example that there is a compound byname incorporating serkr, shirt, as an element, (along with bynames that also use noteworthy articles of clothing like coats/cloaks, pants, and shoes/boots) so an exceptionally woolly piece of clothing or one made from an animal skin might be reasonable.

[On thing that bothers me a little is that Berserk/r has not been registered by the College of Arms since the late 1900s, and I wonder if this group of elite warriors just happened to fall from favor, or if the College at some point actively discouraged/prohibited the registration of the name.]

The client desires a male name, and is interested most in the language/culture of the name (8th C. Saxony); he will not accept Major changes to the name.

8. Leofwen Gunnarkona: NEW NAME

Leofwen is a female given name, dated prior to 1038, in “Anglo-Saxon Women's Names from Royal Charters,” Marieke van de Dal, Gunnarr is a male Old Norse given name, found in “Viking Names found in Landnámabók,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael,

The byname, meaning “wife of Gunnar,” is dated between 1000-1050 in “The Bynames of the Viking Age Runic Inscriptions,” Lindorm Eriksson, I think the ending on the name would be -rr > -rs, so the more correct, “possessive” form might be Gunnarskona (“A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael, The client's SCA husband's name is Gunnarr Bearshirt.

The combination of OE and Scandanavian is allowed, per Appendix C of SENA. The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culrutre of 9th C Northumbria; she will not accept Major changes to the name.

9. Michael Woode Forester: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, embedded in a tree stump erased a wood-handled ax proper, handle to sinister, bladed and on a chief triangular sable a moon in her plenitude argent.

The name is English; SENA permits double surnames in late period constructions.

The given name Michael is dated to 1584 as a christening name for Michael Acton in Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, P00141-1,

Woode is dated to 1622 as a christening name for John Woode Peterson in Kent England, C13139-1,

Forester is dated to 1605 in a marriage record for Robert Forester in Cambridge, England, M09861-2,

The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name. He will not accept Major changes to the name.

The original wood-hafted axe had an argent blade, which made it quickly disappear into the field. The client made it sable to improve visibility and identifiability.

10. Moira O'Droogan: NEW BADGE

Per pale purpure and vert, two dragonflies Or.

The name was registered July 2000.

This is clear of Grigour MacEnelly: Per bend sinister vert and sable, two dragonflies Or., with a DC for changes to the field and another for the unforced move from in bend to in fess.

11. Samuel Henry Ickeforde Thomas: NEW DEVICE

Per pale vert and argent, a fess checky sable and argent.

The name was registered April 2014.

12. Stephan MacGrath: NEW BADGE

Or, on a rose gules between four crosses formy two and two sable, a fleur-de-lys argent.

The name was registered July 2011.

The badge uses elements of the client's registered device, Per bend gules and sable, a cross formy and on a chief argent a fleur-de-lys between two roses gules.

13. Thyri Eirikskona: NEW NAME

The name is anglicized Old Norse. Thyri (from the ON Þyri) is a female given name in “The Old Norse Name,” Geirr Bassi Haraldsson, p. 17. Eiríkr is a male given name, in the same source, p. 9.

The byname construction is intended to mean “Eirikr's wife,” as noted: The Norse word for 'wife' used in bynames is kona, as in Þorvé, Végauts kona, found in Lindorm Eriksson's "The Bynames of the Viking Age Runic Inscriptions" ( In this case, the two elements are separate words, but in transcriptions, bynames that express relationship often take this form. In other sources, they are written as a single word. Therefore, this would be acceptable either as Rúnólfskona or Rúnólfs kona. As the former is closer to her submitted name, we have made that change. [Fj{o,}rleif Rúnólfskona, 11/2003, A-Meridies] (, Francois la Flamme, November 2003) The formation of a patronymic (or a genitive/possessive) is found as -r > -s in Geirr Bassi, p. 17, hence Eirikr > Eirikskona.

14. Tomaso Floreano: DEVICE CHANGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, November 2014

Or, in bend sinister a wooden mallet bendwise inverted proper and a quill pen bendwise sinister, a bordure sable.

The original submission, as above, “is returned for administrative issues. A new emblazon which does not match the originally uploaded emblazon was uploaded to OSCAR more than a month after the letter was issued. No actual correction was issued. The correct procedure when the submitter changes their mind about the depiction during commentary is to withdraw the submission and resubmit with the new emblazon.”

15. Twin Moons, Barony of: NEW ORDER NAME, Order of the Harvest Moon, and BADGE

Per fess argent and azure, in chief a moon in her plentitude gules and a bordure embattled counterchanged.

The branch name was registered April 1993. Harvest, of or pertaining to autumn or harvest, is seen with this spelling in 1577 (COED). This spelling of moon is dated to 1486 (COED). This follows the rare Other Adjective + Charge order name pattern like the Spanish Double Crown in “Medieval Secular Order Names: Standard Forms of Order Names,” Juliana de Luna, (Most orders tend toward Color + Charge.) Astronomical reference to the harvest moon is first seen in 1706, but I suspect that several cultures (usually among New World cultures) named monthly moons based on agricultural or rural businesses that take place at that time of year (; the Harvest Moon seems to be the best-known of these and the only one shared between the Old World and eastern North American tribes.

16. Wade Greenwall: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Vert masoned Or.

The name was registered June 2013.

Consider these two: Calontir, Kingdom of registered in May of 1990 (via Calontir): Purpure, masoned Or.
Deykin ap Gwion registered in March of 2006 (via Northshield): Vert scaly Or.
In the February 2012 LoAR for Antonius Hasebroek. Device change. Gules scaly Or.
“This device is not in conflict with the badge of Yrjö Kirjawiisas, Sable, scaly Or, or the device of Deykin ap Gwion, Vert scaly Or, by complete change of tincture of the field.
Section X.4.a.ii of the Rules for Submissions says:
(b) Complete Change of Tincture - If the fields of two pieces of field-primary armory have no tinctures in common, they are considered completely different and do not conflict, irrespective of any other similarities between them.
...The addition of a field treatment is also a change of tincture, so Per fess argent and gules is completely different from Per fess argent masoned gules and sable.
In this case, scaly is a field treatment. The rules and precedents clearly state that a field X <treatment> Y is considered completely different from a plain field X. It seems perverse to rule "no tinctures in common" when considering a plain field versus that same field with a field treatment but to deny "no tinctures in common" when considering two fields with the same field treatment; this is a case where our use of the term tincture with regards to field treatments may be confusing.
It cannot be denied that two fields with the same treatment look similar, but X.4.a.ii.b also gives the example of the fur Ermine being completely different from the fur Argent ermined gules. Furs are not field treatments, yet visually the amount of tincture changed would be similar to that seen between a hypothetical Argent <treatment> sable and Argent <treatment> gules. However, field treatments typically leave more of the underlying tincture showing than they cover. Fortunately this case does not require Laurel to rule on whether or not two fields of identical underlying tinctures with the same type of field treatments in different tinctures are clear of conflict or not; this submission presents the simpler case of different underlying tinctures with identical treatments.
Therefore, we see no reason to not grant difference, and for field primary armory to grant complete difference, between two fields that share a field treatment, as long as the underlying tinctures are not identical.”

I have no idea if this ruling applies to two pieces of armory with the same field tincture (vert here), differenced by two different field treatments (masoned vs. scaly).

If this is registered, the client wishes to retain his current device, Per pale vert masoned Or and argent masoned sable, a tower counterchanged argent and vert., as a badge.

17. Ysabeau Le Roux: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, November 2014

Quarterly purpure and sable, a wolf's head erased contourny argent and on a chief Or two mullets of four points gules.

The name was registered November 2014.

This device, with the above blazon, was returned for redraw. “Please instruct the submitter on the proper way to draw erasing: either three or four prominent, pointed jags on the erasing, as described on the Cover Letter to the November 2001 LoAR: Therefore, for purposes of recreating period armorial style for erasing, the erasing should (1) have between three and eight jags; (2) have jags that are approximately one-sixth to one-third the total height of the charge being erased; and (3) have jags that are not straight but rather are wavy or curved.” The erasing has been corrected.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter of Intent by Basil Dragonstrike, ffride wlffsdotter, Jeanne Marie Lacroix, Magnus von Lübeck, Maridonna Benvenuti, Michael Gerard Curtememoire and Vettorio Antonello.

There are 8 New Names, 4 New Devices, 1 New Order Name, 1 New Device Change, 4 New Badges, 1 Branch Name Resubmission, 1 Device Resubmission and 1 Device Change Resubmission. There are a total of 21 items on this letter, 18 of them new.

Thank you to those who have provided your great indulgence and patience, your expertise and your willingness to share it thus far, and to those who will do the same as this is presented to the College entire.

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy
c/o Linda Miku
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