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1 February 2000, A.S. XXXIV

Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth, Laurel Queen of Arms, and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald!

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 spelling and grammar corrections; assistance in these areas is appreciated.

1. Gunnarr Gunnlaugsson of Blaskogi: NEW DEVICE

Sable, a saltire triply parted and fretted argent between four mascles Or.

The name appears in the 1 Dec 99 Atenveldt LoI.

2. Rowan of Clonmacnoise: NEW NAME

The name is Anglicised Irish. Although Arval Bonecoeur's article "Concerning the Names Rowena, Rowan and Rhonwen," cannot date this name as anything except a masculine and feminine 20th Century given name, he cites O Corrain and Maguire, who comment that Rowan is the Anglicized form of the Irish masculine given name Ruadhan (undated); a St. Ruadhan founded the monastery at Lorrha (p. 157). This is an extremely popular name in the SCA, if nothing else, it should be considered SCA compatible.

Clonmacnoise is a town in County Offaly, Ireland, the Anglicised form of Cluain-maccu-Nois (Prehistory to the Middle Ages, Jaqueline O'Brien and Peter Harbison, Oxford University Press, NY, 1996, and Book of Irish Names, Coghlan et al, p. 96).

3. Rowan of Clonmacnoise: NEW DEVICE

Purpure, in pale a crescent argent and an opinicus statant, a bordure engrailed Or.

4. Sabine Bryght of Ash: NEW NAME

The name is English. St. Sabinus and St. Sabina had their names commemorated in England as Sabin from the 12th Century onward; this seems to be an acceptable varient (Sabine itself evolves into an English surname; Withycombe, p. 260).

Bryght is an English surname, found on the Agincourt Honor Roll (

Under Ash, Reaney and Wilson note that several of these surnames are derived "From a place called Ash or Nash..." (p. 13).

5. Simon Ker Bouchard: NEW NAME

Simon is a Hebrew/Biblical name (Withycombe, pp. 270-1), popular in medieval England due to its being the birthname of the apostle Peter.

The submitter provides documentation for Ker and Bouchard as separate surnames, and he prefers the double surname. If that is not possible, he has also provided a photograph of a streetname plaque in France, in which Kerbouchard is shown as a single word?

6. Thomas Alaric: NEW NAME

Thomas is a New Testament name, popular in medieval England because of its home-grown saint, Thomas Becket (Withycombe, pp. 279-280).

Alaric comes from the Old German and is the name of several kings of the Visigoths (History of the Goths, Herwig Wolfram, pp. 190-1; Withycombe, p. 8). The RfS requires an SCA name to be composed of two elements, and even though this one is comprised of two given names, although I haven't been able to find Alaric as a surname, it doesn't seem unreasonable that it might not have become one over time, such as Alfred(s) and Aldrich.

7. Thomas Alaric: NEW DEVICE

Per pale azure and Or, two elephants rampant addorsed, a bordure counterchanged.

8. William of Ravenscroft: NEW DEVICE

Purpure, semy of nails Or, a jevelers saw set bendwise argent, on a chief Or three Bowen crosses sable.

The name appears in the 1 Dec 99 Atenveldt LoI.

The submitter has included as documentation an 18th C. illustration of "The Marguetry Sawyer," from L'Art du Menuisier Ebeniste (The Art of the Cabinetmaker) by Jacob-Andre' Roubo, 1772, which shows the use of an identical saw as a woodworking tool. While we were unable to locate a more period depiction of the tool, detailed woodworking and marquetry is found in period and would require a similar tool to produce these effects. We are also fairly certain that almost-identical tools were used by period jewelers to create detailed work in metal. The submitter would be very happy if the charge could be blazoned unltimately as "a jewelers saw," as that is his skill, but will accept any blazon that describes a common tool of his trade.

This letter contains 4 new names and 4 new devices. A check to cover fees will be sent separately.

I remain,

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy

c/o Linda Miku

2527 East 3rd Street; Tucson AZ 85716

Commonly-Cited References

Black, G.F. The Surnames of Scotland. The New York Public Library, NY, 1989 printing.

The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1971.

Coghlan, R., et al. Book of Irish Names, First, Family and Place Names. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY, 1989.

Geirr Bassi Haraldsson. The Old Norse Name.

O Corrain, D. and F. Maguire. Gaelic Personal Names. The Academy Press, Dublin, 1981.

Reaney, P.H. and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of British Surnames. Routledge and Keegan Paul, London, 1979 reprint.

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

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