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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Gabriel Laurel; Juliana Pelican; Juliana Lame Pelican; Lillia Pelicanette; 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. The is the majority of submissions accepted at Estrella War XXX; thanks and gratitude will be mentioned with the remaining submissions, hopefully to be printed in the April Letter of Intent.

1. Alexander de Burdegala: New Device

Per pale purpure and vert, a Bacchus face argent and on a chief wavy Or, three goblets gules.

The name was registered June 2013.

Parker says "Bacchus' faces is a term also found, but in this case it would have been more correct if they had been blazoned heads." He also gives no evidence that this is a period charge or term of blazon. A suggested alternate blazon was offered: "...a bearded man's head affronty crined of grapes and grape leaves...” A “face” suggests that the charge is affronty rather than being portrayed in profile.

2. Alfred Jensen of Mo: New Badge

Argent, a throwing axe and a spear head crossed in saltire, in base a dagger all gules.

According to the A&O (and his individual file with the letter of notification), the name was registered June 1987; I cannot find it in the online LoAR files. It was submitted as, and supposedly registered as Jensen, however.

3. Allesia de Canaberiis: New Device

Per chevron wavy Or and gules, two otters couchant respectant in chevron sable and an edelweiss blossom argent.

The name was registered November 2011.

4. Anastacia Blackmore: New Name

Anastacia is dated to 1549 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents: Women's Names,” Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada, Blackmore is found in Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, p. 47 s.n. Blackmore, dated to 1576. (IGI also demonstrates the elements to the 16th C: <Anastacia Gyste> married 1592, Cornwall,England. Batch no. M00717-1; and <Tho. Blackmore> christened 1592, Cornwall,England. Batch no. C02571-1

5. Andrew mac Bran of Antrim: New Name

Andrew is the client's legal given name. His legal father has the registered SCA name Bran mac Padraig of Antrim. His mother, Deletha of Anandyrdale, declares that Andrew is her legal son and Bran is her legal spouse and Andrew's father, and that Bran permits the use of elements of his name for Andrew's name.

Additionally, Andrew appears as a male Anglicized Irish given name in "Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents" by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (, dated to 1548, 1551, 1601, and 1602-03.
M'Bran appears as an italicized 16th/17th cen. Anglicized Irish form in Woulfe p. 323 s.n. Mac Brain. Because <M'> is a scribal abbreviation, it must be expanded to Mac. Mari's "Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents" showed Mac both capitalized and not.
Antrim appears as a place name in a pardon issued in 1597, found in the Fiants of Elizabeth I, at p. 69 of Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland, Volume 17, Parts 1885-1888 (
So Andrew mac Bran of Antrim is a perfectly reasonable 16th C. Anglicized Irish name.

The client desires a male name.

6. Atenveldt, Barony of: New Order Name (Order of the Argent Arrow of the Barony of Atenveldt) and Badge

Gules, two palm trees couped crossed in saltire in chief a crescent-headed arrow fesswise argent.

Argent, “(a) silver, silver coin,” 1436-7 Middle English Dictionary entry s.n. argent.

Arrow is a byname with this spelling in 1542, Reaney and Wilson, s.n. Arrow.
The branch-name was registered in January of 1981 (via Atenveldt).
This fits the order pattern of heraldic color + heraldic charge. The April 2012 Cover Letter allows the use of heraldic color terms in order names.

The name is clear of the Kingdom of Caid's Order of the Argent Arrow by the addition of the Barony's name.

No Major or Minor changes are acceptable.

The crescent-shaped arrowhead is a period artifact; while somewhat more reminiscent of a two-tined fork, it is found in the 16th C arms of Motringer (Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, ).

The badge is evocative of the Barony's badge Gules, two palm trees couped crossed in saltire in chief a roundel argent. (for the Order of the Pearl of Youth).

7. Atenveldt, Barony, New Order Name Change (Order of the Gules Hurlebatte of the Barony of Atenveldt)

The Order's name, Order of the Red Hurlebatte, was registered in February 2010 at a time that it was not permitted to use heraldic color terms in order names; this policy was changed, seen in the April 2012 Cover Letter. It is being changed to use the heraldic tincture in the name and to add the locative portion of the name, in order to maintain continuity with the names of several baronial orders: Sable Axe of the Barony of Atenveldt (1/91), Purpure Clarion of the Barony of Atenveldt (1/91), Vert Glove of the Barony of Atenveldt (1/91), Azure Chalice of the Barony of Atenveldt (1/91). If registered the old name should be retained as an alternate (if this is not permitted, the old name should be released).

The name should be associated with the following badge: Argent, two palm trees, trunks in saltire and in chief a pole axe gules. It was registered in February 2010 with the Order's original name.
No Major or Minor changes to the submission are accepted.

8. Aviva Dumas: New Name

Aviva is a Jewish female name found in Navarre in 1357, probably of Arabic origin; there is a similar masculine name Avivi, Abibi (“Jewish Women's Names in Navarre,” Julie Kahan, Dumas is found as a Spanish byname, with the date of 1614 for the christening of Maria Speransa Dumas,, C89169-9 . The client will not accept Major changes to the name.

9. Conrad Bombast von Trittenheim: New Name Change

The name is German.

Conrad is a 15th C male given name found in “German Names from Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, 1441,” Sara L. Uckelman,

Bombast is a 16th C. surname, given as a 1559 christening date for Anna Bombast,, Batch C96944-1.

The locative refers to Trittenheim, a city on the Middle Moselle River, founded as a Frankish settlement. The humanist Johannes Zeller, a Benedictine abbot known as Johannes Trithemius, was born there in 1462; he was a noted cryptographer and occultist. (; The client is most interested in the language/culture (15th-16th C Germany).

If the name is registered, he wants his currently-registered name, Mstislav syn Volui, released.

10. Dawn Greenwall (BoAtenveldt): New Name

Dawn is the client's legal given name (attested by Parhelium Herald). It is also dated to 1573 in Hampshire, with Dawn Jacobe's christening (, Batch C00813-3 .

Greenwall is dated to 1628, England to Nichollas Greenwall (, Batch M00213-3. Orle Herald also dates Greenwall and Grenewell from 1595, in Alexander Peterkin. Rentals of the Ancient Earldom and Bishoprick of Orkney. Edinburgh: John Mork. 1820. pp. 11, 12, 90.

11. Deletha of Anandyrdale: New Badge

Or, a squirrel rampant vert and a bordure embattled sable.

The name was registered October 2007.

The client will be advised to make the bordure thicker and bolder, and to give the squirrel some internal detailing.

12. Elizabeth Clough: New Name and Device

Azure, a lion's head caboshed argent and a chief ermine.

The name is English.

Elizabeth is a female name dated 1205-1600 with this spelling in “Feminine Given Names in
A Dictionary of English Surnames: Elizabeth,” Talan Gwynek,

Clough is surname dated to 1279 in Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, s.n. Clough, Cleugh, Cluff et al.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the spelling of the name. She will not accept Major changes to the name.

A number of registered armories are close, but there appears to be no conflict:

Clear of Elektra Leonidas (reg. 02/1986 via the East), "Sable, a lion's head caboshed argent within a bordure ermine," with DCs for the field and the type of peripheral.
Clear of Christopher of York (reg. 06/2001 via Æthelmearc), Counterermine, a natural tiger's head cabossed Or marked sable, a bordure ermine," with DCs for the field tincture and the tincture of the head.
Clear of Aramanth de Warrene (reg. 11/1991 via the West), "Azure, a cat's head cabossed within an orle argent," with a DC for the type of peripheral and one for the tincture.
Clear of Leonardo Capriolo (reg. 11/1997 via Atlantia), "Azure, a lion's head cabossed, on a chief argent three roses azure," with a DC for the chief's tincture and another for removing the tertiaries.
Clear of Siegfried der Unverzagt von Brandenburg (reg. 04/1989 via Ansteorra), "Azure, a lion's head, winged, erased and affronty, argent", with a DC for removing the wings and one for adding the chief.

13. Finán mac Tigernaig: New Name and Device

Vert, a cock's head erased contourny Or, armed, crested and jellopped gules within an orle argent.

The name is Irish Gaelic.

Finán is a male given name found in “100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland,” compiled by Heather Rose Jones,; this is a roughly pre-Norman Conquest collection of names.

The byname is also found in the same source, with the nominative form being Tigernach. (It is also the byname used by his brother, Michael mac Tigernaig.)

Jellopped is a specific term of blazonry for chicken wattles that Orle Herald learned from Talan Gwynek. She adds “The OED cites the 1610 Guillim's Display of Heraldrie iii. xxi. 164 "He beareth Gules, three Cockes Argent, Armed, Crested, and Iellopped Or, by the name of Cocke.

14. Grigor Medvedev: New Name and Device

Azure, two bears combattant and on a chief argent a Latin cross between two mullets of eight points gules.

The name is Russian.

Grigor is a diminutive of Grigorii; it is dated to 1216 as Grigor and to 1328-41 as Grigor' in “Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Period Russian Names - Section G,”

Medved' is a male given name dated to 1495,; the citation gives Medvedev as a patronymic form, 1523. His original byname follows the construction found in Paul's Grammar section,, which uses -ev as a patronymic ending after soft consonants, which is noted by the terminal diacritical mark.

15. Ilandria Brin: Device Resubmission from Laurel, July 2012

Sable, three triquetras in pale Or, a bordure compony azure and argent.

The name was registered July 2012.

The original submission, Sable, three triquetras in pall points outward Or, a bordure compony azure and argent., was returned “for not being reliably blazonable, which is a violation of section VII.7.b of the Rules for Submissions, and section A1C of the Standards for Evaluation, both of which require an emblazon to be describable in heraldic terms. The specific orientation of the triquetras here is difficult to describe or recognize.” The placement and orientation of the triquetras has been modified to a more identifiable arrangement.

16. Juliette Dashwood: New Device Change

Per bend argent and purpure, a quail contourny sable within a bordure counterchanged.

The name was registered July 2013.

If this is registered, the client wishes to retain her current device, Per chevron throughout Or and purpure, two balls of yarn azure and a Lacy knot argent., as a badge.

17. Kathleen of Anandyrdale: New Name

Kathleen is the client's legal middle name and can be used as a given name. It also appears in Alys Mackyntoich's article "Something Rich and Strange: "Undocumentable" Names From The IGI Parish Records" ( as an English female given name dated to 1571, 1585, 1601 and later.

Anandyrdale is the byname of her mother, Deletha of Anandyrdale. Johnston (s.n. Annandale) dates the form Anandresdale to 1297. John Barbour's poem "The Brus" (early 14th C.) contains the spelling Anandyrdale. Eastern Crown found <Anandyrdale> as a place name in the Appendix to "An abstract of the evidence adduced to prove that sir William Stewart, of Jedworth, the paternal ancestor of the present earl of Galloway, was the second son of sir Alexander Stewart of Darnley" (, in a Scots language document dated to 1418.

The client desires a female name.

18. Lena d'Siena: New Name

The name is Italian.

Lena is a female given name found in “Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427,” Arval Benicoeur,

Siena is a medieval city located in Tuscany and noted for its cathedral; it was also a 12th C. rival in commerce with its neighbor Florence (

d' is a locative article, but it may be more correct as da.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the spelling and the language/culture of the name.

19. Lucian Lenoir : New Name and Device

Per fess Or and purpure, a jester's cap conjoined with a mask of comedy in pale, a bordure indented counterchanged.

The name is French. Lucian is a male given name found as an alternative spelling of Lucien in Dauzat, p. 400 s.n. Lucien. Lucian is also found in Withycombe p. 200 as a male given name, s.n. Lucian and dates Lucianus to 1166, 1200, 1210. As a firmly French name, Eastern Crown's article article "Something Rich and Strange: "Undocumentable" Names From The IGI Parish Records" ( gives: LUCIAN BOURAVIN Male Marriage 14 January 1630 Saint-Germain-En-Laye, Seine-Et-Oise, France Batch: M803143; and LUCIAN LORMIER Male Marriage 21 February 1634 Saint-Germain-En-Laye, Seine-Et-Oise, France Batch: M803143.

Lenoir is a surname found in Dauzat, p. 452 s.n. Noir, referring to a dark/black coloration. "French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438,”Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( has <Le Noir> dated to 1421.

The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name.

20. Mercurio da Spin: New Name and Device

Per saltire sable and argent, four bats counterchanged.

The name is Italian.

Mercurio is a male given name dated to in 1608 in “Names from Sixteenth Century Venice,” Juliana de Luna,

da Spin is an Italian locative, “of Spino,” found in the same source.

The client desires a male name, and is more interested in the meaning, sound and language/culture of the name; he will not accept Major changes to the name.

Considering the device of Andrew of Elm Cottage, Per saltire argent and sable, four bats displayed counterchanged., there is 1 DC for the field and 1 DC for the tincture of the bats. It is very evocative of Andrew's armory, but clear.

21. Miguel Alejandro Mendoza: New Name and Device

Per pale gules and argent, in pale a sheaf of arrows inverted sable and a vol per pale argent and sable.

The name is Spanish, and elements are found in “16th Century Spanish Names,” Elsbeth Anne Roth,

Miguel is a male given name found in Elsbeth's work, and Mendoza is a locative found there.

Alejandro is a male given name dated to 1582 as a christening date for Alejandro Callado,, Batch C02609-0 . Elsbeth notes that while a patronymic at this time often takes patronymic form originally derived from a Latin genitive form, there are examples of patronymics that use an unaltered form of the father's name. The client prefers not to include the locative particle de in the name.

The client desires a male name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name.

22. Morgan MacDuff and Dawn Silverrose: New Household Name, “Fellowship of the Skulls

The names were registered July 2008 and June 2010 respectively.

Fellowship has been used in the Society several times as a household designator with the earliest registration for Fellowship of the White Bear in November, 1979 and the most recent for Fellowship of the Oaken Blade in November, 2002.

Skull is found with this spelling in 1615, according to the COED (boy, howdy, it was sure seen a lot in print, overwhelmingly with a scul(l) spelling!).

23. Odette Steingrim: New Name and Device

Purpure, a willow tree and on a chief rayonny argent, three demi-swans displayed sable.

Odette is a female given name dated to 1508 for Odette Pocaire in Archives nationales (France), “Hommages rendus a la Chambre de France: Chambre des comptes de Paris, se/rie P, XIVe-XVIe siecles: inventaire analytique” (Paris: Les Archives: Diffuse/e/ par la Documentation franc,aise, 1982-1985.), volume 2, entry 1164. Although this source modernizes the spellings of given names, it's likely that the name in the actual source was Odette.

The client has provided a Letter of Permission to use the element Steingrim from her legal stepfather, whose SCA name is registered as Eirik Ising Steingrim.

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

There was a comment that a16th C. French given name does not combine with a 10th C. Viking given name used as an unmarked patronymic. I wasn't able to find if a temporal/lingual anomaly can be permitted if permission to use a name element is invoked.

24. Otto Umble: New Name and Device

Argent, on a bend cotised sable, four fleurs-de-lys argent.

The name is English.

Otto is a male given name dated to 1539 as the christening date for Otto Caunter, Batch P00717-1,

Umble is a surname dated to 1612 associated with Peter Umble, a father, Batch C04254-1,

25. Pelleas of Crete: Device Resubmission from Laurel, November 2013

Erminois, a ram's head cabossed vert.

The name was registered November 2013.

The original submission, Sable, on a fess ermine a ram's head cabossed gules., was returned for conflict with William de Cameron, Sable, a fess ermine., and for redrawing. This is a redesign.

26. Raynagh O Tymonie: New Name and Device

Per pale azure and argent, a butterfly counterchanged.

Raynagh is a female Irish given name found in “Names and Naming Practices in the Red Book of Ormond (Ireland 14th Century): Given Names,” Heather Rose Jones, It is an Anglicized name.

O Tymonie is an Anglicized Irish byname,found in Wolfe p. 652 s.n. Ó Tiománaigh as an italicized 16th/17th cen. Anglicized Irish form. This form makes the entire name Anglicized.

Submitted as Raynagh ingen huí Timothy, Gaelic and English name elements could not be combined. This Anglicized form was suggested to her via email correspondence, and she is happy with it.

The client desires a female name and will accept any changes except for the Raynagh element.

27. Roan Feórna: New Name and Device

Azure, a harbor seal erect and issuant from chief a demi-sun argent eclipsed sable.

Roan is a male given name dated to 400 AD found in The Genealogies, Tribes, and Customs of Hy-Fiachrach: Commonly Called O'Dowda's Country, Duald Mac Firbis, Giolla Iosa Mór MacFirbis, The text refers to an individual by the name of Roan filius Conchnamha, who was presented to St. Patrick (c. 385-461 AD), dating the name to 5th C Ireland.

Feórna is a descriptive byname dated to 741 in Dated Names Found in Ó Corráin & Maguire's Irish Names,” Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada,, associated with the given name Flann.

The client doesn't care about the gender of the name. She is first most interested in the spelling of the name, and second in the sound of it (Roan).

She has made a common harbor seal (which is usually fairly log-like in appearence) into a more dynamic and heraldic form of the seal.

28. Robert Heinrich and Annya Sergeeva: New Joint Badge

(Fieldless) An estoile Or.

The names were both registered July 2008.

Consider the device of Thomas Loxley, <Per pale azure and gules, an estoile Or>, currently on the Lochac LoI dated 2014-02-12 ( Thomas' device is scheduled to appear on the May 2014 LoAR.
There is only one DC for the field. However, this cannot be returned in kingdom for conflict with Thomas, since at this time Thomas's armory is not registered.

29. Roland Moreau: New Name and Device

Per saltire azure and sable, in pale two lyres and in fess two swords argent.

The name is French.

Roland is dated to 1526 in "Given Names from Brittany, 1384-1600," Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn,

Moreau is a surname dated to 1561 in “Some 16th Century Parisian Male French Names,” Chrestienne la pescheresse,

The client will not accept Major changes to the name.

30. Roswitha von Wolfsfeldt: New Name and Device

Per fess Or and sable, a rose gules and a wolf's head caboshed argent.

The name is German.

Roswitha is a female given name, Latinized from the Germanic Hrotswith (German Names, Hans Bahlow trans. Edda Gentry, 2nd edition, p. 423; it dates the name from the 10th C.).

von Wolfsfeldt is a German placename found in "German Names from Nürnberg, 1497: Place name index," Sara L. Uckelman, It is also an element of her legal father's registered SCA name, Ulrich von Wolfsfeldt.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the sound and the language/culture of the name.

31. Sayyid ibn Tariq al-Muhibb: New Name

The name is Arabic.

Some elements are found in “Andalusian Names: Arabs in Spain,” Juliana de Luna,

Sayyid and Tariq are male given names/'ism; ibn means “son of.” (Sayyid is a title, “lord,” but no other elements refer to locative, so it should be permitted.)

al-Muḥibb is found in “Arabic Names from al-Andalus: Nicknames by frequency from Mediano (799 men's names),” Juliana de Luna,, a descriptive for “the lover.” The client submitted this without the diacritacal name, and I don't think it is necessary.

32. Segardus de Roma: New Name

The name is Italian.

Segardus is a male given name found in “Masculine Names from Thirteenth Century Pisa: Men's Names in Alphabetical Order,” Juliana de Luna,

de Roma, is a locative, “from Rome,” although I think more accurate form is da Roma. Roma is found in “LIST OF SURNAMES (SURNAM1) IN THE TRE MAGGIORI WITH THE NUMBER OF RECORDS FOR EACH,

33.-34. Shannon inghean Uí Bríáín: New Name, Device and Badge

(device) Argent, on a bend counter-embowed vert, a triquetra between two shamrocks all palewise Or.

(badge) Argent, on a bend counter-embowed vert a shamrock palewise Or.

Shannon is the client's legal given name (DVM license to Laurel).

Bríáín is the genitive form of the Middle Irish Gaelic and the Early Modern Irish Gaelic male give name Brian (“Index of Names in Irish Annals: Brian,” Mari Elspeth nic Bryan,

inghean Uí is the particle used to form a feminine Irish clan byname (“Quick and Easy Gaelic Names, Sharon Krossa,

35. Thora Thumb Dragon: New Device

Per pale vert and sable, a polypus within an orle of skulls Or.

The name was registered September 2012.

There was a lot of controversy on the drawing of the polypus, why some are registered and some are returned – this seems based on how the tentacles are arranged so that the animal is quickly identifiable. No conflict was found here, and I believe that the polypus, even with a few crossed tentacles is identifiable (rather than being smushed into an non-identifiable blob of polypus goo). Additionally, this is the drawing taken directly from the Pennsic Traceable Art project.

(I've heard some complaint on several templates taken from that resource. If the templates are incorrect or inadequate for drawing purposes, are the authors correcting them? Are the authors being made aware of them? It seems to say nothing is a disservice to the authors and our clients alike.)

36. Tiberus Artorius Lupus: New Name and Device

Or, three wolf's heads erased one and two sable.

The name is Roman Latin, and all elements are found in “Roman Names,” LEGIO XX--The Twentieth Legion,

Tiberius is a praenomen, Artorius a nomen, and Lupus a cognomen.

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

Consider Hanor Blackwolf: The following device associated with this name was registered in July of 1985 (via the West): Or, three wolf's heads couped contourny sable. There is one DC for arrangement, one for the orientation of the charges.

37. Tomas de Leon: New Name and Device

Quarterly gules and sable, a spider Or.

The name is Spanish.

Tomas is a male given name found in “Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century,” Juliana de Luna,

de Leon is a locative surname found in the same source,

The client is interested in a male name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (Spanish); he will not accept Major changes to the name.

38. Úlfr vafri: Device Resubmission from Laurel, July 2013

Argent, a wolf's head caboshed bendwise gules maintaining in its month a sword, the blade enflamed Or.

The name was registered May 2012.

The previous submission, Argent, a wolf passant guardant and maintaining in its mouth a sword gules., was returned because “Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as sustaining, the sword here is less than half the visual weight of the wolf, and so it is a maintained charge. This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Katerine atte Wyshe de la Rye, Argent, a fox passant gules within a bordure per saltire sable and gules, and with the device of Anne of Foxwold, Argent, a fox passant proper within a bordure engrailed vert. [Vulpes fulva]. In both cases, there is a DC for the removal of the bordure, but nothing for the difference between a fox and a wolf, nor anything for the maintained sword.” This is a redesign.

39. Wilhelm Tepes: New Name

Wilhelm is a male given name, the German form of William and found in “German Names from 1495,”Aryanhwy merch Catmael,,

Tepes, “the impaler,” is found once 1456-1462, as a byname unique to Vlad Tepes, and is cited in “Names from the Royal Lines of Moldavia and Wallachia,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael, However, Wilhelm is clearly not Vlad, nor is it known that Vlad had offspring with this name. SENA's Appendix C: Regional Naming Groups and Their Mixes suggests that Hungarian/Romanian name elements in the time period 1100-1600 can be combined with German elements.

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

Kolosvari Arpadne Julia comments: Tepes occurs as a Hungarian surname; Kázmér explains it as "probably a diminutive of the old secular name Tepe", and lists 1453: Vincenti Thepes, circa 1459: Nicolai Thepes, 1549: Benedictus Thepes, and 1579: R. Tepes [Tamás]. (Fehértói has the "old secular name" as Thepe, dated to 1274/1291.) ... I have, on the other hand, encountered Wolffgangus alternating with Farkas (Hungarian for 'wolf') as the same person's name in 16th century Hungary (Kázmér s.n. Nádasdi), so using SENA's language combinatoric allowances to mix a Hungarian surname with a German given name is not actually all that far afield. It would probably have been Latinized, though: Wilhelmus Tepes.

And again she comments ...Note that the name in this submission is Tepes, not Tsepesh as in the precedent. As near as I can tell, tepes is meaningless in Romanian -- the word for "spike" appears to be ţeapă, with a hook on the 't', which (according to Wikipedia) indicates a 'ts' sound. The name is also basically meaningless in Hungarian -- there is a word tépés which can be understood as 'laceration' (root tép 'to tear'), but it's very rarely used. So there's only one language left in which an offensive meaning might be applicable to this submission, and that's English. Is tepes inherently offensive in English? Does it even mean anything? I don't think so, but that's just my opinion. (The bottom line here is that <Tepes> =/= <Tsepesh>).

The remaining issues is whether the name is offensive and is not registerable, as was the case 25 years ago:
[December 1987 LoAR, R-Caid] Dmitri Yaroslavich Tsepesh. Name only.
"It was the consensus of the commentary in the College that the byname "Tsepesh", which means "Impaler" and is associated with Vlad the Impaler, prototype for the Dracula legend, is offensive in itself, offensive in its association with Vlad/Dracula and should not be registered."

and whether the byname is unique to Dracula and cannot be registered under SENA.
SENA.PN.4.B.2. Dynastic Names: Names may not contain a byname uniquely used by a single dynasty.
The documentation from Kázmér may disprove the uniqueness of the byname but you aren't going to get around the offense ruling.

Offense may also play into it: SENA.PN.5. Personal Names Offense
A. Definitions: No name that is offensive to a large segment of members of the SCA or the general public will be registered. Offense is a modern concept; just because a name was used in period does not mean that it is not offensive to the modern observer. Offense returns are rare because the bar for determining offensiveness is quite high; it has not been unusual for years to pass between returns for offense.
Offense is not dependent on intent. The fact that a submitter did not intend to be offensive is not relevant. The standard is whether a large segment of the SCA or the general public would be offended.
Similarly, offense is not dependent on clarity. A foreign language name that has an offensive meaning may be considered offensive, even if many English-speaking listeners would not understand the term without explanation.

It appears that it is best to send this on to the College as a whole and consider it there.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter of Intent by Commentary is provided byAlys Mackyntoich, Andreas von Meißen, Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Brenna Lowri o Ruthin, Gunnvor silfraharr, Juetta Copin, Kolosvari Arpadne Julia, Magnus von Lübeck, Maridonna Benvenuti, Michael FitzGeoffrey, ffride wlffsdotter .

Thank you to those who have loaned 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
2527 East 3rd Street; Tucson AZ 85716

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