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1 April 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!

Please be advised of the following mistakes which are found in the 1 March 2000 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

29. Gocauo Diego Ramiriç: NEW DEVICE

Per bend argent and Or, two crescents gules, a bordure azure charged with the words Verdade Sobretudo E Honra argent.

The tincture of the bordure (azure) was omitted from the blazon.

30. Griffith Ash the Archer: NEW DEVICE

Per bend sinister sable and azure, a griffin segreant contourny argent, winged Or.

The line of division was incorrectly stated in the blazon.

40. Johannes von Helmstedt: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 6/98

Azure, a winged lion salient contourny, a bordure embattled Or.

The line of division on the bordure was incorrectly stated in the blazon.

Thank you for your indulgence in considering these submissions again.

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. Angelica Blauschild: NEW DEVICE

Azure, a pair of wings argent conjoined by a Hungerford knot Or, pendant from the knot a needle and a quill pen argent, a bordure ermine.

The name was registered January 1998.

This exceeds the Rule of Eight, but the eighth and ninth elements (the needle and the pen) are so small and trivial as to be ignored.

2. Angelina Della Costa: NEW NAME

The name is Italian. Angelina is cited in Withycombe as a diminutive of Angela; it is the name of three saints and is common in Italy (p. 24).

Della Costa is shown as a variant of Costa in de Felice's Dizionario dei cognomi italiani, pp. 108-9.

3. Angelina Della Costa: NEW DEVICE

Or, two red-headed mermaids proper sustaining in chief a heart gules.

This should be clear of the armory registered to Ane-Marie Varre of Helsingor (Azure, a mermaid and a merman affronty proper, their adjacent arms elevated and crossed.). There is 1 CD for change of the field tincture and a second for the addition of a sustained charge. This should also clear of the Shire of Sea March, Or, chapé ployé gules, a blond merman erect affronty holding his tail in his sinister hand proper, tailed argent, a blonde mermaid erect affronty holding her tail in her dexter hand proper, tailed argent, and a laurel wreath vert.

4. Caitlin O'Sirideain: NEW DEVICE

Or, ermined vert, a fret and on a chief vert, two trefoils Or.

The name appears in the 1 March 2000 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

5. Edward von Griffonberg: NEW NAME

Edward is the submitter's legal given name and is found in Withycombe, pp. 94-5.

The byname is a coined locative, "of Griffin/on Mountain". Greif is the German word for griffin; Hanks and Hodges cite it as a German name, derived from a house name distinguished by the sign of a griffin (p. 225), and in German folk etymology, the griffin associated with a grasping, greedy man (similar to the term Griffe). The appendix shows Griffon as a variant of Griffe.

6. Edward von Griffonberg: NEW DEVICE

Sable, a hangman's noose argent.

7. Golda ferch Deiniol: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 12/99

Per chevron vert and Or, two suns in glory Or.

The name was registered December 1999.

The original submission was returned for conflict with Valeria Valkenaer, Per pale gules and sable, in chief two suns Or. Valeria has graciously provided a letter of permission for Golda's armory to conflict with hers.

8. Joseph Walter McFadden: NEW BADGE

Or, a pall sable between three trefoils vert, stems to center, a bordure sable.

The name was registered June 1995.

9. Julian Faith McCabe: NEW DEVICE

Per saltire azure and vert, a two unicorn's heads erased respectant Or.

Her name appears in the 1 March 2000 Letter of Intent.

10. Kormákr Kálsvísa: NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 12/99

His previous name submission Komask Undan of the Silver Stallion, was returned for lack of documentation for the given name elements.

The name is Old Norse. Kormákr is the hero of Kormáks Saga, who probably lived soon after the middle of the 10th C. (Old Norse Court Poetry, Roberta Frank, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1978, p. 45). It is also found as a given name in Geirr Bassi, p. 13.

The byname, Kálsvísa, is found in Skáldskaparmál, the name of a legendary horse (Scaldic Poetry, E.O.G. Turille-Petre, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1976, p. xlii); the same source comments on the definition of a kenning, a device used in scaldic poetry and diction, as an implication that "in the basic word, the person or thing to which the poet alludes must be called something which it is not, although it must in some way resemble it." (Pp. xiv-xv). Kormákr is not claiming to be a horse, mythical or otherwise, but shares some traits of that beast, namely strength and swiftness.

11. Kormákr Kálsvísa: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 12/99

Per bend sinister bevilled azure and gules, a horse's head contourny couped argent changed with a mullet of four points sable and a sword bendwise sinister proper.

The previous submission was returned for not depicting the bevilled line of division as described in the Cover Letter to the August 1992 LoAR, nor were period examples of fields such as per bend bevilled generally accompanied by other charges.

While the submitter has redrawn his proposed device in accordance with an acceptable depiction of a per bend sinister bevilled line of division, we ask that the College of Arms consider changing precedent in the case of this particular line of division, to allow the use of this complex line of division with additional charges. It would be nearly impossible to register something as simple as an uncharged field with only a complex line of division, and in the case of the submission here, no charges obscure the unusual line of division. This is perhaps not the best example of armorial design, with dissimilar primary charges and an abundant use of tinctures, but the line of division is clear and the Rule of Eight is not exceeded.

12. Li Ming Fa: NEW NAME

The name is Chinese. Li is a common family name, borne by emperors and Li Shi-min (597-694) and Li Che (656-762 AD), and the poet Li Po (705-762); these citations are taken from A Chinese Biographical Dictionary, by Herbert Giles. Ming Fa, "radiant/bright lotus/flower," follows the Chinese tradition of naming women after flowers for their beauty and their delicate, gentle natures. Chinese naming practices place the family name before the personal name.

13. Malkolm Tay: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 2/00

Azure, a chevron argent ermined vert, a man-catcher issuant from base Or.

The name was registered February 2000.

The device was returned for redrawing so that the head of the weapon cleared the argent chevron and would show its "business end" to the best advantage on the dark field; that has been done. A man-catcher or a catch-pole is a device which has spring blades on the inside that prevent a man from withdrawing his neck one it is encircled by the fork; such devices were used on the early part of the 16th C. to pull men from their horses (A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor, G.C. Stone, Jack Brussel Publisher, NY, p. 166).

14. Otto Blauschild: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, 1/98

Azure, a fret argent, a bordure ermine.

The name was registered January 1998.

The original submission (Azure, a fret argent.) was returned for several conflicts.

15. Phelan O'Coileain: NEW NAME

The name is Irish. The period spelling Faelan (and the more modern spelling Faolan) is found in this common early Irish name; three kings of Leicester had this name, between the 7th and 9th Centuries (O Corrain and Maguire, pp. 92-3). This same source cites O Phelan as a surname; it might be more accurate if the submitter chose one of the other two spellings given above (the pronunciation is still the same).

MacLysaght's Surnames of Ireland shows O Coileain as a sept of County Limerick (p. 51).

16. Phelan O'Coileain: NEW DEVICE

Azure, a horseshoe inverted within a bordure Or.

By mundane and SCA convention, a default horseshoe opens to base.

17. Rhys MacArthur: NEW NAME

Rhys is a common Welsh masculine given name (Withycombe, p. 253).

MacArthur is found on p. 454 of Black.

18. Rhys MacArthur: NEW DEVICE

Per bend azure and vert, a compass star argent and a bear rampant contourny Or.

19. Richard of the Oak Shield: NEW NAME

The name is English. Richard is the submitter's legal name.

The byname is constructed more in the style of an inn sign ("The Oak Shield") rather than as a personal descriptive, referring to a fellow who fights with a shield of oak. We think that it might be more in keeping with Middle English nicknames to be "Richard Oakshield".

20. Richard of the Oak Shield: NEW DEVICE

Per chevron inverted gules and argent, an oak tree couped and a bull's head cabossed counterchanged.

21. Vincent Cadowen of Blackthorn: NEW NAME

The name is English; Vincent is found in Honor Rolls 1273 (Withycombe, p. 289) and a Lewis Cadowen is mentioned in the Agincourt Honor Roll ( Blackthorn is a coined locative, as one who dwells by/near the blackthorn, similar to documented place names such as Blackberry, Blackfordby and Blackwater (P.H. Reaney, The Origin of English Place-Names, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1960, p. 252).

This letter contains 7 new names, 8 new devices, 1 new badge, 1 name resubmission and 4 device resubmissions. 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.

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.

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