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ATENVELDT COLLEGE OF HERALDS 1 April 2008, A.S. XLII (no foolin'!)

Unto Their Royal Majesties Edward and Asa; Duchess Elzbieta Rurikovskaia, Aten Principal Herald; the Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

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

This is the April 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation. It precedes the external Letter of Intent that will contain the following submissions that are presented here, asking questions of submitters and local heralds who have worked with them; if these questions are not addressed, the submission may be returned by the Atenveldt College of Heralds. I accept online commentary, in addition to questions pertaining to heraldry and consultation. The last day for commentary on the submissions considered for the April 2008 Letter of Intent is 15 April 2008.

Submissions Website: You can send electronic commentary on the most recent internal LoIs through the site, in addition to any questions you might have. Current submission forms (the ONLY forms that can be used) can be found on the site. Please let your local populace know about the site, too:

Kingdom Arts and Sciences Collegium: This will be a two-day event in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr in early June. Start planning for it! There will be an Heraldic Consultation Table open for at least one of those days, and I suspect that there'll be a class in basic onomastics and armory (names and devices) for prospective clients, too.

Do you want to see something like a class or a round-table discussion that deals with "book heraldry"? How to run a consultation table or how to more successfully help clients or where to find good documentation sources? I'm just tossing out ideas. If you have a Good Idea, please let me know...we can always use more book heralds and folks willing to comment on submissions, so if we need to get together and talk about Stuff Like This, this seems to be a golden opportunity!

Letter of Acceptance and Return: The results for the Kingdom of Atenveldt in the November 2007 LoAR (those submissions appearing in the 29 July 2007 Atenveldt Letter of Intent) appear at the end of this report. (Savor them – we didn't have an August LoI, so it'll be a while most likely before we hear about more submissions!).

Please consider the following submissions for the April 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Asha Batu (Twin Moons): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, May 2004

Gules chausse, on a chief Or, a furison sable.

The name was registered May 2004.

His original device, Azure, two fire arrows crossed in saltire argent enflamed gules fimbriated Or, surmounted by an urga argent., was returned for the undocumented use of the urga and for conflict with Gillian Olafsdottir d'Uriel: Azure, three staves crossed at the nombril point argent. (The urga is essentially a staff, so X.2 does not apply, leaving just one CD for changing the type of two of three charges in a sheaf and nothing for the enflaming nor the point where the charges cross.), and for conflict with Loran Redbow: Azure, three fire-arrows bendwise sinister in bend argent, enflamed proper. There's a CD for arrangement but nothing for changing type of one of three charges in the group (as we are not comparing groups of three arranged two and one). This is a complete redesign.

Dagda Aoine (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME

The name is Greek. Dagda is a feminine given name from the Slavic, dated to 1321, in "Early 14th C. Byzantine Names of Macedonia," Maridonna Benvenuti ( ). The byname/family name Aoinos ("drinking no wine"), is femininized to Aoine; the family name and the construction of the feminine form are both found in "Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire during the Later Byzantine Era," Bardas Xiphias ( ). The client desires a feminine name and is most interested in the meaning of the name.

Dominique de la Mer (Twin Moons): NEW NAME

Dominique is a French feminine given name; it is dated to the 15th C. in Dauzat. Withycombe cites it as the French form of the masculine given name Dominic(k) (Withycombe, 3rd edition, p. 85 s.n. Dominic(k)). de la Mer is a French byname dated to 1438 in "French Surnames from Paris, 1421, 1423 & 1438, Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( ). The client desires a female name

Iamys MacMurray de Morayshire (Atenveldt): NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Azure, three mullets argent, on a bordure argent semy of hands gules.

The name was registered January 2002.

This could be alternately blazoned as Azure, three mullets on a bordure argent seven hands gules. (The client consistently draws this with seven hands.) If registered his currently-registered device, Argent, on a bend azure cotised vert three mullets palewise argent all within a bordure azure., is to be released.

Mederic de Chastelerault (Tir Ysgithr): NEW BADGE

(Fieldless) In cross a sword fesswise reversed argent, hilted sable, and a sickle inverted argent.

The name was registered February 2007.

The charges are elements taken from his registered device, Azure, in cross a sword fesswise reversed proper and a sickle inverted argent.

Mederic de Chastelerault (Tir Ysgithr): NEW HOUSEHOLD NAME "House Steel Fang" and BADGE

Argent, on a fess cotised between a sword fesswise and another fesswise reversed sable, a pair of drinking horns argent.

The name might be a problem, as teeth are generally described in plain, practical terms (color, for example). Fang, as a canine tooth, is first cited in 1555, according to the COED. Interestingly enough, however, another definition of fang is "a noose, trap," cited in 1535 (there's a long entry in the COED in which fang appears to be a rather common verb at one time. Huh.). The concept of steel as a alloyed version of iron that has more strength and flexibility than plain iron goes back to Beowulf and is found throughout period: "looking glasses of steel" is cited in 1583.

Although the modern or more recognizable definitions of the words make the concept of "a tooth made out of steel/some sort of metal" perhaps a non-period one, the idea of a "trap/instrument made out of steel," as an artifact that might be found as an inn sign not all that unreasonable. The Hamere (1426), the Bell (1307, 1522), the Shippe (1423), the Sword (various spellings, 1380, 1470) are attested inn signs that feature artifacts likely to be made out of metal, or at least portions of them ("English Sign Names," Mari Elspeth nic Bryan, ). If this isn't registerable, the client will take House Steel and Fang; this "X and Y" household name and order name has been registered a number of times by the College of Arms (House Bell and Frog, March 2004; House Blade and Bone, October 2006; House Moon and Boar, August 2005; House of the Cross and Panther, March 2007; Academy of the Falcon and Sword in August 2002). As an instrument made of steel to make fire (with a flint-stone), it is first seen in 1220 as "stel".

The Pictorial Dictionary notes that the default drinking horn has its bell to chief, as is the case here. Several pairs of drinking horns appear in the Ordinary as "a pair of drinking horns addorsed." I couldn't say if this is the case for these horns, although I tend to thing that the "back" of a drinking horn would be the concave side (when view in profile), and the "belly" would be the more rounded, convex side; if this is the case, "addorsed" horns might have this orientation. The horns could be alternately blazoned as "trousers of nobility" (a Saracenic armorial charge, which fits in rather nicely for this rather Saracenic design).

Michiel le Martel (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per bend sinister gules and argent, a bend sinister between a mallet and a cross formy, all counterchanged.

The name is French. Michiel is a masculine given name found several times in "French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438," Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( ). The byname means "the hammer." S. Gabriel report #2714 states "The word <martel> meaning 'hammer' is actually not German; it is Old French, via the Latin <martulus>, which is a modification of the

classical <marculus> 'a small hammer'" [Greimas, Algirdas Julien, Dictionnaire de l'ancien franc,ais (Paris: Larousse, 1997). s.v. Martel; Dauzat, Albert, Dictionnaire Etymologique (Paris: Libraire Larousse, 1938). s.v. Marteau]. The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound and the meaning of the name, "Michael the Hammer," and he prefers the use of Martel.

The following submissions appear in the March 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

The following commentary is provided by Helena de Argentoune [HdA], Maridonna Benvenuti [MB], Aryanhwy merch Catmael [AmC] and Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy [MMM].

Abigail Fairechild of Maidstone (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per fess argent and azure, on a lozenge throughout per fess potenty counterchanged, an hourglass argent and a key sable.

Maidstone - Cambridge Dictionary of English place-names: based on collections of the English Place-Name Society. Victor Watts, editor, CUP, 2004, ISBN 0521362091. S.n. "MAIDSTONE, Kent... Possibly 'the people's stone'. (to) mægÞan stane, (de) mæides stana [c.975] 12th B 1321, 1322, Med(d)estan(e) 1086, Maegdestane 11th, Maidtan 1159x60, 1218, Maydenestan' 1205, Maidstone 1610. Apparently OE mæġth, genitive sing. mæġthe, +stān. Cf. FOLKESTONE. The name was nevertheless early understood as the 'maiden's or maidens' stone'..." Will provide photocopies. [MB]

The submitter should be advised to draw fewer and larger potents, to increase their identifiability. [AmC]

Suggested blazon-fu: Per fess potenty argent and azure vetu counterchanged, an hourglass argent and a key wards to dexter sable.

By definition, a vetu field cannot have charges in the corners, so the charges drop into the center both by default and by virtue of their tincture.

I am concerned about the identifiability of the potenty.  It's really, really small. Due to the amount of detail in a potent line of division, it must be drawn REALLY LARGE in order to be seen clearly.  In this case, the potenty has been scrunched almost into non-existance in order to draw the hourglass large, and then the key is drawn so small that it is difficult to see in comparison. I would recommend swapping the two charges in order to gain more room for both the potenty and the hourglass. Or, at least, making the hourglass and the key of equal size and weight as the potenty line. It would also look much better if the key were blue, but that last is not a reason for return. The small size of the potenty line and the dissimilar sizes of the charges might be a cause for a "return for redrawing," however. [HdA]

Áedán Mór Mac Donough (Windale): NEW DEVICE CHANGE: Gules in pall inverted four triquetras, the center one inverted Or, within a bordure per pale sable and Or, charged with a double tressure counterchanged.

It would be useful to note that this mirrors a motif in his badge registered July 2007, "Gules, in pall inverted four triquetras, the center one inverted, Or", though in the present case the triquetras are actually "conjoined" and this should be specified in the blazon. [AmC] He has already provided a redrawing, with the triquetras as discreet charges; a similar design from another individual in Atenveldt was returned fairly recently for having conjoined triquetras, so we don't want that to happen here! [MMM]

Blazon-fu: Gules in pall inverted four triquetras, the center one inverted Or, within, on a bordure per pale sable and Or,  a double tressure counterchanged.

A bordure charged with a single tressure has been registered several times, the most recent being 1993 for Lisette de Ville,
Per fess purpure and vert, a dove displayed, wings inverted within a bordure argent charged with a tressure per fess purpure and vert.

Here's the precedent which allows this type of arrangement: "[Per fess purpure and vert, a <charge> within a bordure argent charged with a tressure per fess purpure and vert, originally blazoned as an orle and a bordure] The submission caused us a few minutes of heartburn. The equal width of the outer three stripes, and the fact that the central stripe is of the field, gave this the appearance of a bordure voided, not of an orle within a bordure. Bordures voided and fimbriated have been disallowed since Aug 83. Playing with the widths a bit, to make this a bordure cotised, would be equally unacceptable. On the other hand, a bordure charged with a tressure is a perfectly legal design. In the end, we decided that the latter blazon is the most accurate and reproducible description of the submitted emblazon --- and since it appears to be legal, we've accepted it. It also guarantees the device to be clear of [Azure, a within a double tressure argent]. (Lisette de Ville, August, 1993, pg. 10)" [ ]"

Since a "bordure charged with a tressure" is allowable, a bordure charged with a double tressure should also be allowable. I haven't found a ruling disallowing "a bordure charged with a double tressure" unless the submission looks like a bordure voided (which this does not) or is a form of a "double tressure fleury counter-fleury" (which this is not). [HdA] Thanks, Helena! [MMM]

Ailill Lockhart (St. Felix): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, September 2001: Per pale gules and vert, a falcon argent and an orle Or.

Nice arms! This is clear of Gylys of Ylis (reg. 09/2000 via Ealdormere), "Gules, a falcon within an orle argent," with a CD for the field and one for the tincture of the orle. That's the closest I found. [AmC]

Áine filia Michaelis (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Quarterly gules and sable, a thistle argent.

This conflicts with Ealdgytha of Spalding Abbey (reg. 12/1991 via the Middle), "(Fieldless) A teazel slipped and leaved argent", with one CD for the field. [AmC, HdA] Upon consultation with the client, she will accept Quarterly gules and sable, a thistle bendwise sinister argent., which clears the conflict. [MMM]

Ameria of Atenveldt (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Azure, a unicorn couchant between three butterflies argent.

Nicely drawn unicorn; all the identifying details are all clearly visible. This is clear of Leona Brandy Clarissa MacKay (reg. 03/1981 via Ansteorra), "Per pale vert and gules, a unicorn couchant reguardant coward, tail nowed, argent," with a CD for the fieldand one for adding the secondaries, and the same count considering Ceinwyn of Greenchapel (reg. 01/1987 via the Middle), "Per bend azure and lozengy argent and vert, in sinister chief a unicorn dormant argent" andTheodosia Arcadiana (reg. 10/1976), "Per chevron abased sable and purpure, a unicorn dormant argent." It's clear of Honora Shirebrooke (reg. 11/2004 via the East), "Per pale vert and sable, a unicorn couchant between three crescents argent," with a CD for the field and one for the type of secondaries. These are the closest I found. [AmC]

Angelika von Schwaben (BoAtenveldt): NEW DEVICE: Azure, a harpy displayed and on a chief embattled argent, three nesselblatter vert.

Annya Sergeeva (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME

Aretaeus of Sparta (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per fess sable and gules, a griffin segreant maintaining two swords and a tree eradicated argent.

Hmmm... As the two charges could equally well be placed "in fess" or "in bend" on this field and as there is no default placement for two charges, I suspect that the two charges should be described as being "in pale." I would also restore the clients usage of the term "katana" in the blazon.  He wants katanas instead of regular swords, so he should have them. If it's a little funky persona-wise, well, that's not my call to make. I suspect that "The Rule of Toyota" applies in this case. [HdA]

Bjorn Wilhelm Singer (Sundragon) NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per saltire azure and argent, in fess two bears combatant sable.

As this is a neutral field, I'm wondering if adding "in fess" conveys the idea that the bears are confined to the argent portions of the field, rather than lying over the line of division. [HdA]

The closest I found are Svetokhna Nikolaevna doch' (reg. 12/2004 via Calontir), "Lozengy argent and gules, two bears combatant sable within a bordure Or," and Antoinette Clarissa du Bête (reg. 09/1997 via Artemisia), "Or, two bears combatant sable within an orle of escallops inverted purpure," with a CD for the field and one for removing the secondary charges. [AmC]

Bran Padraig of Antrim (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, in pale a double-horned anvil and a sheaf of arrows sable, a chief embattled vert.

A wider chief would be better in the future. Technically, this is not a sheaf of arrows, since it lacks the string

binding the arrows together. This is clear of William le Loup (reg. 07/2001 via Atlantia), "Or, a claymore inverted issuant from a chalice sable, a chief wavy vert," with one CD for the type of the primary charges and another for the type of the chief. (X.2 does not apply here, since neither piece of armory is simple. This is the closest I found. [AmC]

Brian the Pious (Granite Mountain): NEW BADGE: Per pale wavy Or and sable, annulety throughout counterchanged.

Brian the Pious: NEW BADGE: Vert, a cross crosslet saltirewise argent.

The name was registered October 2007.

This can be alternatively blazoned as Vert, a St. Julian's cross argent.

Cecilie Blessard (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME

In the citation <Heronicus filius Cecilie>, <Cecilie> is in the genitive case. We only register as give names the nominative form, which in this case is <Cecilia>. Rather surprisingly, on a quick skim through all my Dutch names articles,I couldn't find a Dutch form of <Cecilia>! [AmC] A little more scrounging has Withycombe demonstrating the spelling Cecilie in 1450 as an English feminine given name (3rd edition, pp. 60-1, s.n. Cecilia). I suspect that a name that combines English and Dutch elements is a step from period practice. [MMM]

Ceridwen ferch Gruffudd (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE: Per chevron gules and azure, a chevron rayonny on the upper edge Or.

This conflicts with Jeffery of Jarrow (reg. 10/2006 via the West), "Per chevron gules and azure, a chevron embattled counterembattled Or," with a CD for changing the type of chevron. [AmC] Upon consultation with the client, she will accept Per chevron gules and azure, a chevron rayonny on the upper edge Or charged with three crescents azure. [MMM]

Charles the Bear (BoAtenveldt): HOUSEHOLD NAME, Harnar leysini, and BADGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, August 2007

Or, a chain fesswise throughout and fracted sable.

This is much more identifiable as chain. No conflicts found. [AmC]

This redraw tries to address the reasons for return and almost succeeds, but not really.  The chain is quite clearly made up of links and it is also quite clearly fracted. One could wish that is was perfectly fesswise (this is a little all over the place), but the client has made a good faith attempt to address the reasons for return and I think we should grant him benefit of the doubt for that bit.

However, the chain is also very three-dimensional.  The horizontal links as well as the vertical links are seen "in the round."  The return wanted there to clearly be both "horizontal" and "vertical" links.  The client's redraw is clearly a chain and not a fess, but I do not believe it goes "far enough."  

However, the client did attempt to address the reason for return so perhaps we should grant him the benefit of the doubt. [HdA]

Christiane Dax (Twin Moons): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2007: Argent, a pall gules, surmounted by a skull sable.

Nice redraw! I do think that drawing the the skull so that the pale is visible through the eyesockets and the nasal opening does rather turn the charge into a death's mask instead of a plain ol' skull. I do think that doing this does improve the visibility of that pall behind the charge, however. [HdA]

This redraw adequately addresses the previous reasons for return. [AmC]

Constancia le Gode (Mons Tonitrus): NEW NAME

le Gode – R&W, s.n. Good, Goode, et. al., Gilbert le Gode 1212. [MB] Missed that one entirely! [MMM]

Davin ap Gwaednerth ap Einion (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME

Deletha of Anandyrdale (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE: Per saltire Or and vert, in pale two arrows fesswise and in fess two cats sejant gardant argent.

I think the arrows are "fesswise reversed." [HdA] No, they are just fesswise; arrows are the reverse orientation of other weapons. [MMM]

This lacks the tincture of the arrows; they are sable. No conflicts found. [AmC]

Dubhghlais Brocc (Sundragon): NEW NAME

Étaín ingen Áedán (Windale): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, March 2007: Purpure, on a pall between a griffin segreant and two triskeles argent, a pall of chain throughout sable.

I have some concern that because the pall of chain is conjoined in the center AND it is throughout, that the resemblance to an orle of chain may be too great to be overlooked.  Because the chain is throughout, connectivity of the other ends is implied. In other words, it looks like a "Y-necklace" of chain. I strongly suspect that this should be returned for presumption unless the submitter is a Knight. [HdA] The only reserved piece of armory for the Chivalry is an orle or an annulet of chain. [MMM]

Her name was registered as <Étaín ingen Áedáin>. No conflicts found. [AmC]

Ewout Gheretssoen (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Quarterly barry wavy azure and argent, and gules, a comet bendwise sinister inverted argent.

Spiffy! I checked this pretty thoroughly at War and made changes to skirt the ones that were found with the client's original idea.  I really hope no one finds a conflict now 'cause I think this device is pretty neat! [HdA]

It is only the very careful drawing of the comet in this particular rendition which keeps it from overlapping the argent parts of the field. Designs which require painstaking drawing in order to avoid a style or contrast issue are generally not registerable. [AmC] The overlap of the comet with the argent portions of the field are so slight that I'm reluctant to return this; I'd like to have other members of the CoA weigh in on this one. [MMM]

Felipe Cuervo (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME and DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, December 2007: Per bend sinister gules and sable, a bee statant proper and a glaive bendwise sinister argent.

Fíne ó Catháin (Granholme): NEW NAME

Finn Hans (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, a penguin statant affronty head to sinister proper, a bordure per salture sable and vert.

This is clear of Morwyn Edain (reg. 10/1986 via the East), "Argent, a penguin affronty sable, bellied argent, within a bordure embattled vert," with CDs for the type and the tincture of the bordure. This is the closest I found. [AmC]

Gwyneth Hawke (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME, DEVICE and BADGE: Lozengy Or and gules, a hind argent and on a base gules an escallop inverted argent.

(Badge) (Fieldless) An escallop inverted per pale gules and Or.

No conflicts found with the badge. [AmC]

I was unable to find any precedent addressing the case of charges sharing a tincture with a lozengy field, but the registration of bordure compony and counter-compony sharing a tincture with the field is allowed on the basis of period usage. I would be surprised if this was registerable barring evidence of similar designs in period. [AmC]

Device: I have some concerns about the base sharing a tincture with the field.  However, I suspect that the client would be okay with exchanging the tinctures of the shell and the base if this is necessary. There is precedent allowing a peripheral ordinary to share a tincture with the field (and some period examples) PROVIDED that identifiability is maintained.

"2: Eginolf von Basel - New Device

Bendy Or and azure, a wolf's head erased ululant contourny gules maintaining in its mouth an egg argent, on a chief Or three eagles gules.

Blazoned on the LoI as Bendy azure and Or, a wolf's head erased ululant contourny maintaining in its mouth an egg argent, on a chief Or three eagles gules, the wolf's head is actually gules. This is pended for conflict checking with the correct tinctures. This is the sole reason for the pend.

There were some calls to return this for lack of contrast in accordance with the June 2006 precedent:

Séamus mac Dubhgaill. Device. Per saltire argent and Or, on a goute de sang a goblet argent within a bordure bendy gules and Or. This device is returned for lack of contrast due to using a bordure bendy sharing a tincture of the field. The bordure loses its identifiability when large strips of it share a tincture with the field.

In Séamus's case, the bordure appeared to be snippets, not solid, and lost its identifiability. In this case the peripheral ordinary is solid and the field is bendy, which allows the chief to maintain its identifiability. Therefore these cases are not analogous.

Batonvert did some research on multiply-divided fields with peripheral ordinaries that share a tincture of the field. He notes:

The Dictionary of British Arms, vol.2, gives some examples of divided fields sharing tinctures with solid bordures: Holcott, c.1520, Lozengy argent and gules, a bordure argent, and Crofte, 1480, Lozengy sable and argent, a bordure sable. Papworth gives a few examples with chiefs, e.g. Peltot, 1452, Paly of six Or and vert, a chief of the second, and Hayersegge, 1240, Paly argent and gules, a chief of the first. The only instance of the reverse situation, a solid field sharing a tincture with a party bordure or chief, uses a compony bordure (e.g. von Commerstat, Siebmacher 162). So the return of the bendy bordure is consistent with allowing this chief and bendy field.

Electrum has provided some additional examples:

Evidence of a striped field and a bordure in period can be found in Dictionary of British Armorials, volume 2, page 194 et seq. Amongst the multiple "patterned field plain border" examples listed there are Barry Argent and Azure, a bordure Azure (Houtone (Powell Roll c. 1350)); Barry Argent and Azure, a bordure Gules (Alissaunder, (William Le Nave's Book, c. 1500)), Barry wavy Gules and Argent a bordure Argent (Chok, (College of Arms Manuscript c. 1520 (copy of lost original)); Bendy Or and Azure a bordure Gules (Burgundy); Checky Or and Azure, a bordure Gules (Dreux (William Le Nave's Book) et al). Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to search the volumes for <stripy field, complex charge, peripheral sharing tincture with field>.

Given these examples, we will register a multiply-divided field and a solid tincture peripheral ordinary sharing one of the tinctures with the field so long as identifiability of the peripheral ordinary is maintained, as it is in this case.

This was item 17 on the Middle letter of December 16, 2006." [ Laurel LoPaD dated 2007-07-15 ] [HdA]

In the November 2007 LoAR, Eginolf von Basel's device submission was registered, Bendy Or and azure, a wolf's head erased ululant contourny gules maintaining in its mouth an egg argent, on a chief Or three eagles gules., with the commentary: "As noted when this device was pended (on the April 2007 LoAR), we will register a multiply-divided field and a solid tincture peripheral ordinary sharing one of the tinctures with the field so long as identifiability of the peripheral ordinary is maintained, as it is in this case." I am loath to return the device based upon the contrast issue of the field and the peripheral charge; I believe that the base can retain its identifiability, and that the overall design does not have to be drawn so carefully that this couldn't be recreated accurately (using the horizontal edge of the base as the origin of the lozenge points in the first line of complete lozenges doesn't seem that much of a challenge). The ruling on Eginolf's submission helps support this one. [MMM]

Irena Rshtuni (Twin Moons): CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME from Irena of Tir Ysgithr

Jaqueline la Boursiere (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME

In the 85 pages of the 1292 Paris census, I've find 22 examples of the masculine form <le boursier>, and 2 of the feminine form <la boursiere>. As a literal occupational, <boursiere> should not be capitalized, in keeping with this precedent: "Baudoin le pevrier. Name. The given name is documented to 1292 in Colm Dubh, "An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris." In this document, occupational bynames are literal and appear in all lowercase. We have changed the name to Baudoin le pevrier to match the documentation." [LoAR 09/2005] [AmC]

James the Black (Windale): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Sable, a sword argent between a pair of gauntlets Or.

The sword is not inverted, since point to chief is the default for a sword. No conflicts found. [AmC]

Consider István László, Sable, a sword between in chief two skulls argent vested of jester's caps belled Or., with 1 CD for changing the type of secondaries and 1 CD for changing the tincture of the secondaries. NOTE:  This assumes that the jester's caps take up ½ half of the skull/skull charge so that if there was only one of the skull/cap charge on the field, the cap would be co-primary with the skull.  IF the cap is in effect maintained by the skull, then this is a conflict! [HdA] Head/skulls bearing something that might be considered "maintained" on a full body (hats, coronets, collars, antlers) are considered co-primaries (or here, co-secondaries) with the head/skull, and so this is clear. The use of the head only makes the usually maintained charge large enough to be considered a significant portion of the design. Orientation on the field of the secondaries probably comes into play here as well. [MMM]

Jason Thorne of Antioch (Twin Moons): NEW BADGE: (Fieldless) A wolf's head erased contourny per fess gules and Or.

Spiffy. [HdA] Nice badge. [AmC]

Jason Thorne of Antioch (Twin Moons): NEW BADGE: (Fieldless) A scorpion inverted argent.

Spiffy ditto. [HdA] No conflicts found, even considering that there is no CD between a lobster and a scorpion. [AmC]

John Read (Sundragon): NEW DEVICE: Per bend sinister vert and argent, a bend sinister gules between a sheaf of arrows argent and a wooden weaver's shuttle proper, threaded gules.

Default orientation for a weaver's shuttle is "fesswise" not "palewise."  The sheaf of arrows is also tied with a gules string.  It doesn't count for difference, since the client cared enough to color it differently, so we should blazon this detail. Blazon-fu: Per bend sinister vert and argent, a bend sinister gules between a sheaf of arrows argent tied gules and a wooden weaver's shuttle proper palewise, threaded gules. [HdA] Yes, a shuttle is fesswise by default, so it's orientation needs to be included in the blazon. [MMM]

I think that the banding of the sheaf should be blazoned, since it is not argent, but maintained details such as this are able to break the rule of contrast, so long as there is still SOME contrast, which is the case here. No conflicts found. [AmC] Okay, the banding on the arrows will be included in the blazon. [MMM]

Josephine du Lac (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Purpure, a wyvern displayed between on a pair of flaunches argent, two arrows inverted purpure.

Placing the wyvern like this between the flaunches certainly squashes the wings.  I am uncertain of the registerability of this arrangement as a result. Certainly the wyvern wouldn't be able to fly on such tiny wings. The Rule of Toyota may apply here, however. [HdA]

STYLE="line-height: 100%; text-align: left">Flaunches only come in pairs, so this can be reblazoned as "Purpure, a wyvern displayed between flaunches argent both charged with an arrow inverted purpure." No conflicts found. [AmC] Yes, this is a cleaner blazon. [MMM]

Katerina Kristoff (Sundragon): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Sable, a griffin between three crosses formy argent.

Both the griffon and the crosses need to be drawn larger to better fill the space.  I'd also really love to see it in the glory of total black instead of the grayish-black that this scanned as, but this is fine to send up "as is." [HdA] I'd like the charges bigger, and the tincture total sable, but I think this is acceptable on both counts, and it's a direct scan, which I've been chided for not submitting, so... [MMM]

Given that there is a CD between a male griffin (i.e., a keythong) and a griffin, this is clear of Brandon D'Arindel (reg. 03/1997 via the West), "Sable, a male griffin rampant argent": "Aline of Bamborough. Name and device. Purpure, a keythong rampant Or armed and rayed between flaunches argent. Versus Batvil (Papworth, p. 982), Purpure, a griffin segreant Or, there is a CVD for flaunches and a second for the difference between a keythong and a griffin." [LoAR 10/1991] [AmC]

Kateryn uxor Michaelis (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, a dexter hand couped vert charged with a Celtic cross Or and in chief two lions combatant azure.

The hand is "between" the two lions. The Celtic cross is "on" the hand so it is a tertiary charge and should be placed at the end of the blazon. The hand is also "appaumy" and "couped at the wrist." (Drawing comment: well, they were SUPPOSED to be they kinda look like weird wolf/devil things...Some days I just can't draw for beans....ah well.) Blazon-fu: Or, on a dexter hand appaumy couped at the wrist vert between  in chief two lions combatant azure,  a Celtic cross Or.[HdA] According to the Pic Dic, the default hand is dexter, appaumy and couped at the wrist. I'd tend to keep the position of the cross where it is in the blazon, but I agree that something needs to be said that the fingertips are between the lions, not completely clear of the horizontal axis that they lie upon. [MMM]

"Dexter" and "couped" are the defaults for hands, so this can be simplified to "a hand vert charged with...". This is clear of Elizabeta de Ravenna (reg. 08/2002 via the East), "Or, on a hand vert a sun argent," with a CD for adding the lions and another for the type and tincture of the tertiary. [AmC]

Konrad von Eltz (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, a griffin contourny within an orle of six crosses potent sable.

Nice arms! When charges are "in orle", their number is usually not blazoned. [AmC]

Konrad Rickert (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per bend sable and gules, three crescents and three wolf's teeth issuant from dexter argent.

The crescents should probably be blazoned as "two and one." [HdA] This is the default orientation for three charges "in a corner." [MMM]

The wolf's teeth are not adequately drawn. In addition to nearly reaching the "per pale" line of the shield, they need to be attached to each other: "Electrum looked for examples of wolf's teeth with other charges in Seibmach [sic]. He noted:I found only one such example, on page 155, Keudel zu Schwebda, which can be blazoned as Argent, a fess vert and in chief six wolf's teeth, three from the dexter and three from the sinister, sable. Of note in the mode of depiction here are 1) the sets of three wolves' teeth on the dexter, and the three on the sinister are each conjoined at the base. 2) Each set of two from top to bottom (1 dexter and 1 sinister) are within millimeters of being conjoined on the palar line. Unfortunately, The Keudel arms were the only ones I noted. I think the problems here are 2) The wolves' teeth are not properly conjoined at base." [LoAR 08/2007] [AmC] I have redrawn the teeth such that they are conjoined. In the redraw, even the shortest "tooth" crosses the vertical line of the field, and the base-most extends well over it. [MMM]

Leo Schleif (Twin Moons): NEW NAME

Leo Valentini (Brymstone): NEW NAME

Leo - Dizionario dei Cognomi Pugliesi, Pantaleo Minervini. Schena Editore, 2005, ISBN 88-8229-527-3, s.n. Leo... è la cognominizzazione del personale Lèo, che deriva dal soprannome e nome latino di età imperiale Lèo, nella forma del nominative, formato da leo (genit. leonis), presito dal gr. léon (genit. léontos). È attestato in docc. mediev. pugl. nella forma base nel 1149: "Leo venator" (CDP 3.83,10); "Leo de Gisari" (CDP 30.200); "Leo Ursonis de Thuro" (CDP 34.49); in Puglia a Salpi nel 1047: "clericus Leo notarius" e nel 1249: "iudex Leo (un signore che guiro fedeltà a Federico II)..." CDP is Codice Diplomatico Pugliese.A translation: Leo is the surname formation of the personal Lèo that is derived from the nickname and Latin name Lèo of the Imperial Age, in the shape of the nominative, formed from leo (genit. leonis), loaned from the Greek léon (genit. léontos). It is attested in medieval Pugliese doccument in 1149 in the form of: "Leo venator" (CDP 3,83.10); "Leo de Gisari" (CDP 30,200); "Leo Ursonis de Thuro" (CDP 34,49); in Puglia Salpi in 1047: "clericus Leo notarius" and in 1249: "iudex Leo (a gentleman who swor fidelity to Federico II)..." CDP is Diplomatic Code Pugliese. Will provide photocopies.

There is also Academy report 2934 which lists a Leo Cappa a. 1310, [MB]

Madelon de Lorraine (Twin Moons): NEW NAME

Magdelena de Villanueva (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME

Marguerite Bouchard (Twin Moons): NEW NAME CHANGE to Tatiana Verlioni

The current name was registered March 2004; if the new name is registered, this is to be retainted as an alternate name.

Tatiana is the name of a female saint martyred in 225 AD (Withycombe, 3rd edition, p. 275 s.n. Tatiana). Verlioni is found in "Family Names Appearing in the Catasto of 1427" ( ). The client desires a female name and is most interested in the sound and the language/culture of the anem (late 16th C. Italian). She will not accept Major changes to the name.

As a name change, this needs to be listed under the new name, not the only [? original, perhaps?] name. [AmC]

Marie de Valence (Mons Tonitrus): NEW NAME

Martin de Gras (Mons Tonitrus): NEW NAME

Matsumoto Nagetane (Granholme): NEW NAME

Micahel Corey (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per chevron azure and gules, in pale a pheon inverted within and conjoined to an annulet, and an anchor fouled with its line Or.

Is this a pre-sixteenth C. type of anchor? According to this article [ ], all anchors prior to the 19th C. had straight arms. [HdA] In the registration of the device for Juan Alonso de la Vega in November 2008, Laurel notes: "While the Encyclopedia Britannica might be correct regarding anchors as used in navies, anchors as used in heraldry frequently had curved arms. See de Bara's Blason des Armoiries (dated 1581), p.64, for a nicely drawn example." [MMM]

The charges are specified as being "in pale," but using that alone does not force the charges onto only the azure portions of the field.  Just saying "in pale" could allow the charges to overlap the saltire of the field division. It might be better to specify them additionally as "in chief" and "in base" as neither charges is located near the center of the field. Blazon-fu: Per chevron azure and gules, in pale in chief a pheon inverted within and conjoined to an annulet  and in base an anchor fouled with its line Or. [HdA]

My gut reaction on this one is "slot machine". When a one charge is within and conjoined to another, usually the first is the primary and the second is a secondary; but here, with the annulet only around the pheon, I'm having a hard time seeing it as part of a secondary charge group. However, I couldn't find any precedent addressing this one way or the other. So, kick it on up, mention the issue, and let Wreath decide. [AmC]

Morgan MacDuff (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and BADGE: Sable, a skull, its crown enflamed, sustained by a pair of hands couped and cuffed, all argent.

The hands are not sustaining the skull because they are not touching it; at least, not in the color emblazon on the LoI. [AmC] I think this is adequate "touching". I suspect that the client wanted to make sure that argent charges weren't "too close" to be a problem. [MMM]

Why do I think that Ghostrider has gone Scottish...?  (The comic book character, "Ghostrider," that is.  He dressed in leathers, rode a motorcycle, and had a skull for a head that was immersed in flames.) Since the hands are "couped and cuffed," perhaps they could just be blazoned as "a pair of gloves?" Alternatively, the skull could be blazoned as "crowned with flames" since "enflamed" means that there are little gouts of flames emerging from the figure not just one big bunch of flame issuing from a single point. Blazon-fu: Sable, in fess  a skull crowned with flames between and sustained by a pair of gloves aversant cuffs outwards argent.

Conflict-checking: Costanza di Firenze: Sable, a pair of hands fesswise couped conjoined Or, armed and cupping a flame gules.
House Hidden Fire I'm not quite sure if this is a conflict or not.  I think it's clear. In the registered device, the flame is a tertiary chanrge.  In the submission, there are three co-primaries.  However, the relative positioning of the charges and the flames emerging from the skull make this determination a bit problematic.  There is no doubt that there is 1 CD present for changing the tincture of the primary charges. Whether or not there is another CD present may be something that Laurel will have to determine. It may come down to a visual comparison.

Stromgard, Barony of: (Fieldless) A pair of hands appaumy wrists outwards maintaining between them a roundel argent. for Ordo Famuli

There are similar issues here, but I think it even less likely that there is a second CD present.  There is certainly a CD for the field, however, a skull is very similar in shape to a roundel and, when being held by something, it loses much of it's visual distintion from a roundel.  I very much doubt that the flames will count towards difference as they are really maintained not sustained.  That leaves only one CD present.  It may be worth sending up to Laurel for confirmation, however. [HdA]

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Ni'ma al-'Aliyya (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, on a bend sinister between a winged cat sejant and a sexfoil pierced purpure, three pawprints argent.

Very sweet! [HdA] Not especially Saracenic in nature, but hey, I like the winged cat, and it is a sexfoil! [MMM]

Rachel Ter Khorenatsi (Atenveldt): NAME and DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Local, October 2007: Argent, a hedgehog rampant contourny sable, on a chief vert two caltraps argent.

That is an awfully cute little hedgehog. The closest I found is Elizabeth Severn (reg. 06/1987 via the West), "Argent, an urchin statant proper, on a chief vert, three trefoils Or," with a CD for the posture/orientation of the urchin, and another for the changes to the tertiaries. [AmC]

Robert de Curry (Granholme): NEW NAME

Robert Heinrich (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME

Rosaline Fagen the Mad (Ered Sul): NEW NAME

Rose the Jeweler (Sundragon): NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel August 2007, and NEW DEVICE: Argent, three trees eradicated within a bordure vert.

British History Online mentions John Jeweler in the ROLL A 34 Rolls of Memoranda of the time of John Fressh, mayor of the city of London, A o 18 Ric. II., Membr. 2 of 6 Feb. 1395, 'Inquest taken before John Fressh, Mayor, and the Aldermen in the Chamber of the Guildhall, by oath of Thomas Coton, John Jeweler, Thomas Prentys, John Hay, John Hendelee and William Colyn of the parish of St Martin Ludgate, Walter Wynter, Nicholas Spe... and Henry Broun of the parish of St Faith, Richard Frenches and William Asshe of the parish of St Audoen. The jurors said on oath that on 29 Jan., when the mayor was outside Ludgate on the business of the city, John Walpole, tailor (fn. 2) , followed him from the gate to St Paul's Church and took him by the sleeve, shouting arid saying derisively,'' Oh mayor, do justice to me,'' to whom the mayor said:..." URL: [MB]

Lovely arms! They're clear of O'Connor Don (reg.12/1994 via Laurel), "Argent, a tree eradicated vert," with a CD for the bordure and one for the number of trees. Vs. Forgotten Sea, Barony of (reg. 01/1990 via Calontir), "Argent, ermined, a poplar tree, its roots nowed in the form of a Ukrainian trident head inverted, all within a bordure vert," there is a CD for the field and one for the number of trees. Unfortunately, there is a conflict with Robin of Thornwood (reg. 12/2006 via An Tir), "Argent, between three hawthorn trees eradicated flowered a robin proper, a bordure vert," with one CD for the removal of the secondary robin, and no difference between trees vert and trees proper. Since this is a fairly recent registration, perhaps Robin can be tracked down about permission to conflict. [AmC] Further consultation with the client has led to making the field ermine, which clears the conflict in a very simple, elegant way. [MMM]

Samuel Mildt (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Azure, an owl perched upon and sustaining a ball-peen hammer fesswise Or.

Owl and hammer are co-primary charges. [HdA]

This is clear of Adelicia Tagliaferro (reg. 09/1994 via Ansteorra), "(Fieldless) An owl Or," and Adelicia Tagliaferro (reg. 10/1983 via Ansteorra), "Gules, an owl Or," with a CD for the field and one for the number of primaries. The blazon of Piers Howells de Cambria (reg. 09/1973), "Azure, an owl Or perched on a rock argent," is ambiguous about the size of the rock; on a check of the files, it's effectively a mount, so this is not a conflict with one CD for the number of primaries and another for removing the peripheral. Vs. Sláine Scriptore (reg. 01/2004 via the East), "Per pale sable and vert, in pale a skull and a war hammer fesswise Or," there is one CD for the field, and one for changing half the type of primary charges. [AmC]

Seamus mac Raibert (Windale): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Azure, a demi-bear couped and on a chief triangular argent a double-horned anvil sable.

All hail the demi-bear! Okay, I'm only checking demi-bears. Frankly, I'm not sure what else would conflict with a demi-bear. NO CONFLICTS FOUND!!!!  There are only seven devices with demi-bears in the O&A.  Only one on azure and he's turned the other way and is a different tincture.  None have a chief triangular. [HdA] You have no idea how we war-whoop demi-critters at the Consultation Table... [MMM]

Serafina de la Mar del Norte (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, a tree blasted and eradicated and on a chief azure, three mullets of six points Or.

I'm SO glad it's not a white tree blasted and eradicated.....I love non-white trees.....(can you tell I'm utterly sick of "the white tree of Gondor?") All hail the charged chief! Yay!  Only nine blue trees! (in the Ordinary). [HdA]

Shasta of Windale (Windale): CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME from Joan of Ered Sul

Siani Euraid (BoAtenveldt): NEW DEVICE:Per pale and per fess rayonny gules and Or, two serpents nowed Or and two fleurs-de-lys sable.

Striking and unique! [HdA]

Sibylla Timida de Cantabria (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE CHANGE: Or, a griffin contourny and on a chief sable, a cat couchant gardant Or.

No conflict found other than with her current arms. [HdA, AmC]

Sten h{o,} ldr (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Purpure, in pale two picks crossed in saltire and a heart voided, all within a bordure embattled argent.

Interesting, if a little "busy." I find the combination of embatteld bordure, crossed picks, and a voided heart to be a bit visually much.  Luckily, that's countered a bit by the limited number of tinctures. I confess that I don't like it much, but, barring conflict, it's registerable. [HdA]

This is clear of Julio Galván (reg. 11/1994 via the Middle), "Purpure, a sword between two griffins combattant within a bordure embattled argent," with one CD for the type of the primaries, and another for their arrangement. (X.2 does not apply here). That's the closest I found. [AmC]

Thomas Cyriak Bonaventure (Granholme): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, November 2007: Gules, a chevron between a mullet of eight points and a cannon in its carriage, all within a bordure Or.

This is clear of Caisséne Merdrech, "Gules, a chevron between two brocks combattant and an open book all within a bordure Or," with CDs for the type and number of the secondaries. [AmC]

Thomas d'Revel (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME

Further ferreting show Revel as a medieval walled city in southern France, founded in 1342 by Philip VI de Valois at the foot of the Montagne Noire (the Black Mountains). Its octagonal shape and original grid street pattern is nearly unique in France as a perfect example of a bastide. Bastides were fortified towns constructed in the south-west of France during the 100 Years' War ( ). Were this used as a locative byname, it would be more accurate as de Revel. [MMM]

Thome Spyle Syngere (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per pale sable and argent, two skeletons statant respectant maintaining a recorder and a lute, all counterchanged.

This is such a COOL device!!!!! [HdA]

Þóra inn kristni (BoAtenveldt): NEW NAME

Ulrich the Strong (Windale): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Or, a griffin segreant gules maintaining a triskelion, an orle sable.

I like how the triskele picks up the color of the orle.  Very striking. The triskele doesn't count for difference when conflict-checking. [HdA]

Umm Ma'bad Amirah al-Zahra bint al-Azhar 'Abd al-Aziz ibn Malik al-Mansur (Twin Moons): NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, July 2007

The following submissions are returned for further work by the Atenveldt College of Heralds, March 2008:

Dubhghlais Brocc: NEW BADGE: (Fieldless) A cock Or.

This conflicts with Sabine de Provence (reg. 07/2001 via An Tir), "Quarterly azure and ermine, a hen close Or," with a CD for the field, but none for the change from a hen to a cock. [AmC, HdA]

Francesca Marchesi (Brymstone): NEW DEVICE: Purpure, a hippocampus Or.

I find the term "hippocampus" to be misleading when used in blazons. In mythology, the term "hippocampus" refers to a monster which is half horse and half fish.  In biology, the term refers to the genus "hippocampus" to which all seahorses belong.  In modern heraldry, the term "hippocampus" is used to refer to this creature, but I think its confusing since I am so familiar with its mythic roots.  I prefer the term "natural seahorse."  It's straightforward and clear. Blazon-fu: "Purpure, a natural seahorse Or."

NOTE:  I did a search through the O&A for the term "hippocampus."  It was not found. All registrations of armory which was originally registered as a "hippocampus" have been re-blazoned to use the term "natural seahorse." For example, all of Atlantia's badges were originally registered on the Feb 1992 LOAR using the term "unicornate hippocampus."  All are now blazoned in the Online O&A  using the term "unicornate natural seahorse."

Also, I don't believe there is a CD granted between a "natural seahorse" and a "unicornate natural seahorse" -- there certainly isn't a significant CD between them -- as the only difference between the two creatures is a very small (maintained) horn. (This teensy-weensy-nie-unto-invisible-difference-that-was-not-worth-a-CD led to the ban on "unicornate natural horses" of any form and requires "unicorns" to be depicted in period style complete with cloven hooves and beard.) This is problematic.

 Conflict-checking:  The following badge associated with this name was registered in March of 1997 (via Atlantia): (Fieldless) A unicornate natural seahorse Or gorged of a chaplet of roses gules. for Queen's Champion 1 CD for the field; the following badge associated with this name was registered in March of 1997 (via Atlantia): (Fieldless) A unicornate natural seahorse Or. 1 CD for the field. [HdA]

According to the PicDic, the default posture for a natural sea-horse, or hippocampus, is naiant. This needs to be blazoned as "erect". On the assumption that the posture is correct in this registration, this is clear of Atlantia, Kingdom of (reg. 03/1997 via Atlantia), "(Fieldless) A unicornate natural seahorse Or," with a CD for the field. [AmC] A check of an Atlantian resident's website ( ), with extensive personal and kingdom armories, shows "Spike" as a natural seahorse with a unicorn's horn. The fish is oriented in the identical way as this submission is. The armories noted by Helena are conflicts.[MMM]

DEVICE returned for conflict; NAME will appear in the April 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

Hans Rüpprecht (Tir Ysgithr): NEW DEVICE: Sable, on a pile throughout argent in pale three grenades bendwise sinister gules.

This conflicts with Morgan MacNeil of Clan Fergus (reg. 08/1982 via Caid), "Sable, on a pile argent a sword inverted gules, the hilt between three crescents, one and two, azure," with one CD for the cumulative changes to the tertiaries. Also considering Cydrych Wallas (reg. 09/2003 via Meridies), "Sable, on a pile azure fimbriated argent an open book Or transfixed by a sword inverted argent hilted sable", under the interpretation of "Sable, on a pile argent a pile azure charged with..." there is also one CD for the changes to the tertiaries. [AmC]

DEVICE returned for conflict. NAME will be included in April 2008 Letter of Intent.

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, November 2007:

Alyne Strangwych. Badge. (Fieldless) An acorn vert.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge for Muin maqq Mínaín, Argent, an acorn enflamed vert.

Bébinn ingen Domnaill. Name and device. Per chevron argent and azure, two hearts vert and a needle argent, threaded sable.

Bláth inghean Uí Laoghaire. Device. Argent, a sun in its glory azure between four triquetras inverted two and two sable.

Brandr of Atenveldt. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Vert, a rooster argent within an annulet Or.

Submitted under the name Brandr hani.

Cosmo Craven the Elder. Badge. (Fieldless) A Beaufort yale rampant argent semy of annulets vert, armed Or.

While we do not generally blazon the type of yale (Beaufort or Bedford), the submitter specifically requested a Beaufort yale so that it would always be depicted with large curving horns. We have thus retained the type of yale in the blazon. There is no heraldic difference between a Beaufort and a Bedford yale.

Nice badge.

Dionysus of Grantham. Badge. Or, two bones in saltire gules surmounted by a frog sejant affronty vert.

Elzbieta Rurikovskaia. Badge. (Fieldless) A cross formy per pale azure and argent.

Nice badge.

Friedrich Sybold. Device. Per saltire vert and sable, a compass star within a mascle argent. \

Galen MacKintoch. Name.

Submitted as Galen McKintoch, the spelling of the byname includes the scribal abbreviation Mc. The September 2007 cover letter spelled out how such scribal abbreviations would be expanded: "...for names found in Scots documents and for Anglicized Irish names, the abbreviations M' and Mc will be expanded to Mac in both first- and second-generation patronymics..." We have changed the name to Galen MacKintoch in order to register it.

Galen had previously been registerable in English and Scots as a literary name. However, this submitter was able to document the name in use in England in our gray area: There is a Galen Browne who was a late period physician; he practiced medicine in English [sic] 1619-1639 (<>). Cool!

Gudrun Oddsdottir. Device. Per pale azure and argent, two Bowen knots crosswise counterchanged.

Katherine Anne Geldschlager. Name and device. Per pale purpure and argent, a boar rampant contourny maintaining a morningstar between three hearts, all counterchanged.

Submitted as Katherine Anne Geldschläger, the byname Geldschläger is an undated header form from Bahlow/Gentry, German Names. Undated header forms are only registerable if their spelling can be shown to be consistent with period forms. In this case, something very close to the header form can be constructed. Bahlow/Gentry, s.n. Geldner has Geldner in 1329 "apparently an unrounded form of göldner", and Geldfuß in 1408 meaning "goldfoot - the rich man". Albion notes Messenschlager in Aryanhwy merch Catmael, "German Names from Nürnberg, 1497" ( and Lautenschlager 'lute-player' in "German Names from 1495" ( by the same author. We believe this is sufficient to give the benefit of the doubt for the spelling Geldschlager; we have changed the name to Katherine Anne Geldschlager in order to register it.

Sechen Doghshin-Unegen. Device. Per fess sable and azure, a mermaid per fess Or and argent, in chief two pitchers fesswise, their bases to center, each distilling a gout Or.

Sha'ul of Joppa. Device. Per fess embowed counterembowed sable and argent, two stars of David in bend sinister argent and azure.

Simon Kerbouchard. Badge. (Fieldless) A demi-dragon contourny azure sustaining a decrescent Or.

Please instruct the submitter to draw his decrescent with a circular outline, rather than an elliptical outline. Had the crescent been the sole primary charge, such a distortion would have been grounds for return.

Stephan of Atenveldt. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per bend gules and sable, a cross formy and on a chief argent a fleur-de-lys between two roses gules.

Submitted under the name Stephan MCGrath.

Tomas mac Aedain. Device. Argent, a bend bevilled between two crosses formy gules.

The charges were blazoned as argent on the LoI; however, the majority of the commenters noted the correct tincture, gules. Therefore, this need not be pended for further conflict checking.

Tomas y Saer. Blazon correction. Per pale gules and sable, in saltire a Lochaber axe and a handsaw both argent hafted Or, within an orle Or.

The LoI blazoned this submission as Per pale gules and sable, an axe surmounted by a saw crossed in saltire Or, both bladed argent, and an orle Or. In correcting the blazon to Per pale gules and sable, a Lochaber axe and a handsaw both argent hafted Or, within an orle Or on the July 2007 LoAR, the fact that the axe and handsaw are in saltire was dropped.

The following submissions were returned for further work by the SCA College of Arms, November 2007:

Alianora Alexandra da Lyshåret. Badge. Per pale sable and argent, a chevron rompu and in base a lozenge barry, all counterchanged.

This device was sent to Laurel on a form not approved by Laurel. The August 2006 Cover Letter stated: "As of the May 2007 Letter of Intent, each Kingdom's name and armory submissions must appear on the new forms, or be subject to administrative return." As this was not on a new form, we must return it. If this badge had not been returned for administrative reasons, it would have been returned for lack of contrast. Each half of the barry lozenge shares a tincture with its field: i.e., it's a lozenge barry argent and sable, on the sable part of the field, and a lozenge barry sable and argent, on the argent part of the field. The total effect makes the lozenge look like a series of oddly couped bars, rendering it unidentifiable. A simple counterchange of the lozenge, as was done with the chevron, would solve the problem, assuming no conflicts.

Jonathon von Trotha. Badge. (Fieldless) A whelk azure.

This badge was sent to Laurel on a form not approved by Laurel. The August 2006 Cover Letter stated: "As of the May 2007 Letter of Intent, each Kingdom's name and armory submissions must appear on the new forms, or be subject to administrative return." As this was not on a new form, we must return it. If this badge had not been returned for administrative reasons, it would have been returned for conflict with the seal for the Triton Principal Herald, (Tinctureless) A triton-shell trumpet bell in chief. In December 2002, Laurel returned Argent, a whelk purpure with the explanation: Conflict with a seal for the Triton Principal Herald, (Tinctureless) A triton-shell trumpet bell in chief. There is one CD for tincturelessness but no difference between a triton shell and a whelk. (A triton-shell trumpet is effectively just a triton shell with perhaps the very tip of the shell snipped off.) The two shells are in the same posture (palewise with the opening to chief). Although the triton-shell trumpet in the emblazon for the Triton Principal Herald in the files has a slightly spiralled shape, the standard triton shell is shaped very much like the whelk in this emblazon, as can be seen in an entry from the on-line Shell Encyclopedia ( and the on-line Encyclopedia Brittanica ( [Lisette la lavendière de Shelby, 02/2002, R-Middle]

The same conflict exists here, so the badge must be returned.

Joseph the Good. Badge. Gules, a bordure argent.

This badge was sent to Laurel on a form not approved by Laurel. The August 2006 Cover Letter stated: "As of the May 2007 Letter of Intent, each Kingdom's name and armory submissions must appear on the new forms, or be subject to administrative return." As this was not on a new form, we must return it.

If this badge had not been returned for administrative reasons, it would have been returned for multiple conflicts. The badge conflicts with the device for John Thorn, Gules, a chief embattled argent; with Bahrain (important non-SCA flag), Gules, a dexter tierce indented argent; and the arms of John Balliol, King of Scotland (important non-SCA arms), Gules, an orle argent. In each case there is a single CD for changing the type of peripheral charge.

Stephan MCGrath. Name.

Precedent, established on the September 2007 Cover Letter, requires that the scribal abbreviation Mc be expanded to Mac in Gaelic, Scots, and Anglicized Irish names: "Given this, then, for names found in Scots documents and for Anglicized Irish names, the abbreviations M' and Mc will be expanded to Mac in both first- and second-generation patronymics. For Latin, M' and Mc will be expanded as Mac in first- generation patronymics and as either Mac or Mic, depending on similar expanded Latin examples in contemporary sources, or, preferably, from the same document. Similarly, the parallel abbreviation Vc will be expanded to Vic or Vyc depending on the practice of the time and document in which it is found; this applies to Scots, Anglicized Irish, and Latin documents. For all languages, the capitalization used in the source may be retained (that is to say Mac and mac are interchangeable in this context as are Vyc/Vic and vyc/vic)."

The submitter has noted that he will not accept minor changes, which we must interpret as accepting no changes. As he will accept no change, we are forced to return this name.

In resubmitting, the submitter should use a dated form of his surname. Black, The Surnames of Scotland, s.n. MACCRAITH, has these forms McRethe, 1537 (MacRethe with the scribal abbreviation expanded), Makcreith, 1535, McCraith 1545 (MacCraith with the scribal abbreviation expanded), M'Krayth 1584 (MacKrayth with the scribal abbreviation expanded), and M'Kraith, 1603 (MacKraith with the scribal abbreviation expanded). In addition, we have found several examples of the spelling Magrath that are likely period spellings. "Annates for the Diocese of Emly", (, contains several examples of Magrath dated to 1602, including Terence or Tirlagh MaGrath of Ballimacky, Terence or Tirlagh MaGrath of Ballimacky, Barnaby MaGrath of Bleyne, Neile MaGrath Brother of Miler of Camass, Gyllepatrick MaGrath of Bleynie, and Andrew Ultagh MaGrath. William Burke, History of Clonmel, notes a report from a spy in 1615 in the British Museum which notes a "Thoma Magrath had a father a fryer..." In resubmitting, we would recommend any of the dated forms in Black, or the spelling Magrath (also in the capitalization MaGrath. His armory has been registered under the holding name Stephan of Atenveldt.

The following submissions were pended by the SCA College of Arms to its July 2008 meetings:

Brandr hani. Name.

Listed on the LoI as Brandr hani, the name was originally submitted as Brandr inn hani. No mention of the change or the reason for the change was made on the LoI. Failure to mention changes is cause for return or pending. We are pending this name to allow the commenters to address whether it is registerable in its originally submitted form. This is the documentation and checkbox summary from the LoI: Submitter desires a male name. Meaning ("Brandr the Rooster") most important.

The name is Old Norse. Brandr is a masculine given name found in "Viking Names found in the Landnámabók," Aryanhwy merch Catmael, <>.

hani, "rooster," is found in "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók," Aryanhwy merch Catmael, <>. [The client's legal surname is Glasscock.]

His device has been registered under the holding name Brandr of Atenveldt.

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