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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Olwynn Laurel; Aryanhwy Pelican; Istvan Wreath; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

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

The Atenveldt College of Heralds requests the consideration and registration of the following names and armory with the College of Arms.

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

1. Bernard d'Acre: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Erminois, a tower vert and a bordure per saltire sable and gules.

The name is French.

Bernard is a masculine given name found in “An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris,” Colm Dubh ( ).

“Names in the 1292 census of Paris,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael has five examples of d'Acre as a locative byname (p. 44, under 3.2 Locative & toponymic bynames, That paper leans toward the given name being spelled as Bernart, although Colm's does show examples of both Bernard and Bernart.

The client is interested in a name for a 13th C. Frank born in the Holy Land, specifically Acre/Akko, a city in northern Palestine. He desires a male name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name. He will not accept Major Changes.

Considering Antonio Franco di Milano: Ermine, a tower vert and a bordure gules., there is 1 CD for the field tinctures and 1 CD for the bordure tincture. Considering Sheri Lynn of Emerson Lake: Or, a tower vert., there is 1 CD for the field tincture and 1 CD for the addition of the bordure.

2. Christiana Gaston Dax: NEW NAME CHANGE from Christiane Dax

The currently-held name was registered July 2007.

Christiana is a feminine English given name. This particular spelling is dated a number of times, from 1154 to 1424, in Talan Gwynek's "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames" ( )

Gaston is a header in Dauzat p. 281, identified as a masculine given name (and patronymic surname, which is its use here). It's also found twice in Aryanhwy merch Catmael's "Names Found in Commercial Documents from Bordeaux, 1470-1520" ( ). Gaston is also found as a masculine given name in “Basque Onomastics of the Eight to Sixteenth Centuries,” citation below, dated 12th-15th C. The Abstract of this paper mentions that both marked and unmarked patronyms are found in medieval Basque names.

Dax is a town in the far southwestern tip of France near the Spanish border; it was first established by the Romans, and their ruins still are found in the area, . It can be found dated to 1310-11 in"Names from 13th- and 14th-Century Latin Records from Gascony,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( ).

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (Basque, as Dax is so close to the Basque region). Although two of the elements are demonstrated as English or French, rather than Basque, information on the construction of Basque names provided by the client show the pattern of <given name + patronym + locative>, as is the case for the new name, is also one combination found in Basque onomastics ( ). She will not accept major changes to the name.

If registered, she wishes to retain Christiane Dax as an alternate name.

3. Coilean Mac Caiside: NEW BADGE

(Fieldless) An annulet checky argent and sable.

The name was registered July 2002.

An annulet of three “rings” of checks was registered in March 2007 to the Barony of Atenveldt: (Fieldless) An annulet checky azure and argent fimbriated gules pendant therefrom five hawks' bells Or. The addition of an additional ring doesn't seem particularly problematic.

[The client would be quite happy if this could be blazoned as (Fieldless) A Byzantine chess board argent and sable. It has the 64 alternating squares that are seen on these round chessboards; various depictions of the board found online make little distinction of the tincture of the center circle (depending on the board, the center is sometimes quartered to allow a variation of the game). Byzantine chess, also called round chess, is an about 1000-year-old variant of the game of Shatranj, which itself was developed in Persia in the 7th century AD. It was popular in the 10th century AD in Byzantium, and hence is called Byzantine chess ( ).]

4. Fiona inghean Mheg Uidhir: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, September 2008

Vert, a cow statant and in chief an arrow fesswise reversed enfiled of three annulets Or.

The name was registered September 2008.

The original submission, Or, on a bend vert between a cow statant gules and a sheaf of arrows inverted sable three annulets Or., was returned for conflict. “With three types of charges on the field, this design cannot be considered 'simple armory' for purposes of RfS X.4.j.ii. Therefore, it is a conflict with the device of Edolina del Fylde, Or, on a bend vert three acorns palewise Or, with a single CD for addition of the secondary charges and nothing for the change to only the type of the tertiary charges.” It has been somewhat redesigned (mostly rearranged).

5. Gavine Kerr: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per bend wavy sable and Or, two wolves' heads erased contourny counterchanged.

Gavine is a masculine given name dated to 1509 in “Early 16th Century Scottish Lowland Names,” Sharon L. Krossa ( ).

Kerr is dated to 1357 in Black's The Surnames of Scotland, pp. 394-9 s.n. Ker, Kerr.

The client desires a male name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (Scots). He will not accept Major Changes to the name.

6. Gawayn Langknyfe: NEW DEVICE

Per bend sinister sable and gules, a minotaur per bend Or and argent between in bend a battle axe Or and a battle axe argent.

The name was registered October 2006.

7. Johannes Cunctator: NEW NAME

The name is Latin, “John the Delayer.”

Johannes is found in Withycombe, 3rd edition, pp. 178-9 s.n. John.

The most famous person to bear the descriptive byname is Quintus Maximus Verrucosus Cunctator (ca. 280-203 BC); his strategic tactics of delay were used during the Second Punic War, which earned him the accolade as an agnomen ( ). Johannes, on the other hand, just puts things off, like submitting his name and device.

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

8. Kateryn de Grey of Anwik: NEW NAME

The name is English.

Kateryn is a feminine name dated to 1456 in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames: Katharine,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

de Gray is an English surname dated to 1196 in Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, s.n. Gray, Grey, le Grey.

Anwik is a Scottish town on the eastern coast of Scotland and south of Edinborough, found on a 1558-1566 Map of Scotland ( , National Library of Scotland map collection).

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the sound of the name. She will not accept major changes.

9. Phelan Ó Coileáin: NEW BADGE

Sable, a cross alisée gules fimbriated argent.

The name was registered August 2000.

The cross alisée is found in the Pictorial Dictionary; it is blazoned as a croix pattée alésée arrondie in Wikipedia ( ).

10. Sankt Vladimir, College of: NEW BADGE

(Fieldless) A spear sable surmounted by an open book argent, winged gules, inscribed with the words “Ex obscuro, Lux; E studio Dementia” sable.

The name was registered October 2001.

The badge uses elements of the College's registered arms, Argent, an angel argent winged and garbed gules crined and cuirassed sable, maintaining in its dexter hand a spear bendwise and in its sinister hand an open book argent, in chief a laurel wreath gules.

The inscription on the book is intended to mean “Out of darkness, light; out of study, madness.” (It's the group at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. I think it might be an issue of cabin fever. Or not.)

11. Sara Blackthorne: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, December 2008

Argent, on a heart gules a key fesswise reversed wards to base argent and in chief a staff fesswise entwined by a thorn vine sable.

The name was registered December 2008.

The previous submission, Argent, on a heart gules a key fesswise reversed wards to base Or and in chief a staff fesswise sable entwined by a vine vert thorned sable., was returned for an excessive complexity count of nine. The client has eliminated two of the tinctures, reducing the count to seven. Her husband, William Griffin Blackthorne, also has on his registered device a thorn vine, Gules, a griffin's head contourny couped on a chief argent a staff entwined with a leafless vine thorned sable. (note that his staff and vine combination is also all one tincture, sable).

12. Wulfgar of Skye: NEW NAME

Wulfgar is an Old English masculine given name. It is demonstrated a number of times in the PASE Database, part of the Prosopography of Anglo-Sazon England; this is a database of individuals mentioned in pre-Conquest English documents ( ). The Wulfgars listed there date roughly from 826 to 1030.

Skye is an island on the west coast of Scotland, one of the Inner Hebrides. It has a long history of human occupation, notably by the Norse from the 9th to the 12th centuries, and afterward by the Scots ( ). This is the English spelling of the name; I suspect the client would prefer this spelling, as his legal middle name is Skye.

The client desires a male name.

13. Ysabel de Rouen: NEW DEVICE

Per pale argent and sable, a cauldron counterchanged atop a base azure charged with a needle reversed argent, and in chief two fleur-de-lys counterchanged.

The name was registered September 2006.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter of Intent by Björn the Navigator and Kedivor Tal mab Cadwgan.

This letter contains 5 new names, 1 new name change, 4 new devices, 3 new badges, and 2 device resubmissions This is a total of 15 items, 13 of them new. A check to cover fees will be sent separately.

Thank you again for your great indulgence and patience, your expertise and your willingness to share it.

I remain,

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy

c/o Linda Miku

2527 East 3rd Street; Tucson AZ 85716

Commonly-Cited References

Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland.

Medieval Names Archive.

Names Articles. SCA College of Arms.

Ó Corráin, Donnchadh and Fidelma Maguire. Irish Names.

Reaney, P.H. and R. M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames, 2nd Edition, 1976, reprinted 1979.

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

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