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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Olwynn Laurel; Aryanhwy Pelican; Istvan 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.

Please note: Unless specifically stated, the submitter will accept any spelling and grammar corrections; all assistance is appreciated.

1. Cynewyn Deux Chevaux: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Azure, two horses' heads erased, addorsed and conjoined, and a chief triangular argent.

Cynewyn is a feminine given name found in “ Anglo-Saxon Women's Names from Royal Charters,” Marieke van de Dal ( ); this is listed as the standardized spelling. Cynewynne is demonstrated in the charter dated 990, amended in 1001.

While Deux Chevaux (“two horses”) is not found as a dated period byname, similar bynames are found as: Boncheval, “good horse,” found in England 1212, according to Academy of S. Gabriel report 695, via Jönsjö's work on Middle English nicknames ( ). This is a reference to a horse itself, and is close temporally with the given name.

la Chevaucheor or la Chevaleresse, from 12th-13th C. France, meaning “the horse-woman” or something similar, in S. Gabriel Report 1371 ( ). This refers to an individual associated or working with horses.

le Chat, “the cat,” S. Gabriel Report 1576 ( ). This is an example of an animal byname, most likely a descriptive of the individual bearing it.

Deux dens, “two teeth,” descriptive name c. 1340, S. Gabriel Report 2230 ( ).

des Quiens, “of/with the dogs,” doesn't have the specific period noted, although the report address a party look for a name appropriate to around 1400, in S. Gabriel Report 2588 ( ).

de Trois Moutiers (“of/from the three monasteries”) is a locative surname from 1408. Additionally, de Treis Molins (“of/from the three mills”) is found in 1309, according to S. Gabriel Report 2640 ( ).

Deux Ponts (“two bridges”) is also a locative name from 1170, found in S. Gabriel Report 1170 ( ). This is close temporally with Cynewyn.

There are also a number of bynames in Aryanhwy's “Draft: Names from the 1292 Paris Census” that refer to animals, such as Chat-Blanc (white cat), le Leu (the wolf), etc. P. 146 shows aus Chevax (“to the horses”). Old French sometimes spelled chevaux as chevaus and also sometimes substituted the final -x to replace -us, resulting in chevax. ( )

There seems to be a strong plausibility of Deux Chevaux as a locative byname (bring from a place with two noteworthy horses or perhaps a well-known horsebreeder). The client would also accept Des Chevaux (“of/with two horses”), constructed along the lines of Des Quiens, although it is not as appealing as Deux Chevaux.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the meaning of the name (“two horses”).

2. Fiordalisa Elena di Tommaso: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per bend sinister gules and azure ermined throughout on a bend sinister argent four butterflies alternating azure and gules.

The name is Italian.

Fiordalisia is a feminine given name found in “Italian names from Imola, 1312,” Sara L. Uckelman

( ). Fiordelise is found in“Names from Sixteenth Century Venice,” Juliana de Luna

( ./ ).

Elena as a feminine given name in Juliana's article, as is Tommaso as a masculine given name.

The name construction is supported by the example of Margherita di Pippo Mnetti, a woman from 15th C. Florence mentioned in the Academy of St. Gabriel Report 3052 which states "In fifteenth-century letters from Florence, we found women identified by their husbands' given names, by their husbands' full names, and by just a surname: [7,8]…". The relevant sources in this report are [7] Lucrezia Tonabuoni Lettere, a cura di Patrizia Salvadori, Firenze, Leo S. Olschki, Editore, MCMXCIII. And [8] Gregory, heather, trans. Selected Letters of Alessandra Strozzi', Bilingual edition, Univ. of CA Press, Berkeley, 1997. ( )

The client desires a female name. She will not accept major changes to the name.

3. Marek the Jew: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Argent, a Star of David gules and a bordure embattled per saltire sable and gules.

The name was registered March 2005.

The client has obtained a Letter of Permission to Conflict from Thorvald Redhair, to avoid possible conflict with Thorvald's registered device, Gules, a sun within a bordure embattled gules.

If this is registered, the client wishes to release his currently-registered device, Gules, two leopard's faces jessant-de-lys and a standing balance Or.

4. Nest verch Rodri ap Madyn: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, December 2009

Argent, a mullet of five points voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet, on a chief vert two open books Or.

The name was registered February 2009.

The previous submission, Per bend sinister azure and vert, a mullet voided and interlaced within and conjoined to an annulet argent and an open book Or., was returned for the following reason: “ Precedent, set on the Cover Letter for the March 2009 LoAR, says: 'When both are present in a design as part of a primary charge group, or where they would be expected to be a secondary charge, the widget and annulet will both be considered part of the same group.' In this submission, the mullet, annulet, and book are considered to form a single primary charge group on the field. Therefore, this device is returned for violating section VIII.1.a of the Rules for Submissions, which says that "three or more types of charges should not be used in the same group."

If registered, the client wishes to release her currently-registered device, Azure, a sagittary passant and on a chief argent three crescents azure.

5. Roana le Broc: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per pale vert and sable, in pale a badger's head cabossed argent marked sable and an oak sprig argent.

The name is English.

Roana is a feminine given name dated to 1212 in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames,” Talan Gywnek ( ).

le Broc is found in Reaney and Wilson's A Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd edition, dated to 1222 for a Joel le Broc, s.n. Brock.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the meaning of the name (a reference to badgers).

6. Santiago Ramirez de Calatrava: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2009

Lozengy vert and Or, an English panther rampant argent spotted of divers tinctures incensed azure and sustaining a Latin cross fitchy gules.

The name was registered July 2009.

The original submission, Lozengy vert and Or, a Continental panther rampant argent spotted of diverse tinctures, incensed azure and maintaining a Latin cross fitchy gules., was returned for lack of identifiability. “Due to the extremely pale tinctures used to color this submission and the complexity of the field, the outline of the creature is lost in the field, rendering the primary charge unidentifiable. It is also returned for blurring the distinction between an English and a Continental panther. The Continental panther is frequently horned, has eagle's forefeet, and often has a long neck. The English panther is a maneless lion (ounce) which is incensed and spotted of various tinctures. The outline of the monster in this submission is that of a Continental panther, however, the spots are a feature found only on English panthers. The use of multicolored spots on the body of a Continental panther blurs the distinction between the two types of monster. Since the difference between the two is a significant difference, worth a CD, and not merely an artistic difference, blurring the distinction between English and Continental panthers is not acceptable. On resubmission, the submitter should take care to avoid conflict with Styria (important non-SCA arms), Vert, a Continental panther rampant argent incensed proper. There is currently a CD for the change of tincture of the field. There is no difference granted for the presence of the cross in this emblazon, since it is small enough that it is considered maintained. Removing the spots from the current submission to make it clearly a Continental panther would create a design in conflict with Styria. Please instruct the client that the correct depiction of a cross fitchy would have the lower limb replaced by a spike which slopes constantly for the entire length, not with the very end sharpened like a pencil.”

The client has chosen to use an English panther, has corrected the depiction of the cross, has enlarged the cross so that it is sustained rather than maintained and has used trusty old Crayola markers to complete his forms.

I was assisted in this month's Letter of Intent preparation by Maridonna Benvenuti.

This letter contains 3 new names, 3 new devices, 1 new device change and 2 device resubmissions. This is a total of 9 items, 7 of them new. A check to cover fees will be sent separately.

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

Commonly-Cited References

Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland.

Medieval Names Archive.

Names Articles. SCA College of Arms.

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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