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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Elisabeth de Rossignol, Laurel; Margaret MacDuibhshithe, Pelican; Jeanne Marie Lacroix, Wreath; Their Armorial and Onomastics Heirs; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings 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. Abigail de Westminster: NEW DEVICE

(device) Purpure, four maple leaves, stems to center and fretted, argent.

The name was registered January 2006.

2. Abigail de Westminster: NEW BADGE

(badge) (Fieldless) A stemless maple leaf purpure.

3. Adaliza Fitz Symmons of Elmstone: NEW NAME CHANGE from Adaliza Fitz Symmons, and DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, August 2007

Or, a tree eradicated vert and a base vert platy.

The original name was registered August 2007.

The client wishes to add a locative to her registered name. Elmstone is found in "The Domesday Book Online – Kent"

( ). This is a listing of place name in Kent, England, at the time the Domesday Book was written. The client desires a feminine name.

The original device submission, Or, a tree eradicated and on a chief embattled vert, a sewing needle inverted and a rapier in saltire Or., was returned for a redraw due to multiple problems; it is likely that no single problem would have caused this to be returned but the combination of problems is sufficient to warrant a return. The tertiary charges are not centered on the chief, the non-symmetric embattlements on the chief make it appear to be slanted, and the use of two different long pointy objects in saltire causes their identity to be obscured. It is possible that, even correctly drawn, there will be enough confusion between the rapier and the sewing needle to cause a return. The device has been redesigned (and now appears to feature an elm and a field somewhat strewn with stones); even if this wasn't the client's intent, it is nice allusive armory.

4. Ælfwin Ironhair: NEW BADGE

Sable, in fess a human skull facing to sinister and a bottle inverted bendwise sinister argent.

The name was registered July 2004.

5. Anabel de Chesehelme: NEW NAME

Anabel is a feminine given name dated to 1204 in "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames," Talan Gwynek ( ). Spelled as Annabella, the name is dated to 1250 in "Feminine Personal Names Found in Scottish Records," Talan Gwynek ( ).

de Chesehelme is a family name found in a Papal bull dated 1254 in Black's The Surnames of Scotland , p. 150, s.n. Chisholme.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the sound of the name. She prefers the earlier spelling of Anabel.

6. Arabella Eleanor Hamilton: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Argent, a lizard tergiant vert between flaunches azure.

The name was registered October 1998.

If this is registered, she wishes to release her currently-held device, Per chevron indented sable and purpure, two natural seahorses Or and a winged sea-unicorn argent winged crined and armed Or.

7. Aurelia Chrysanthina Dalassene: DEVICE CHANGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, September 2007

Per chevron argent and purpure, two roses purpure and a lily counterchanged, all barbed and seeded proper, a bordure sable semy of crosses formy argent.

The name was registered October 2006.

The original device change, Per chevron argent and purpure, two roses purpure, barbed and seeded proper, and a dromon contourny argent, a bordure sable semy of Maltese crosses argent., was returned for lack of documentation of a dromon, and a warning that the complexity count of nine was a potential cause for return by itself. The client has dropped the dromon and prefers having two primary charge types (rather than three roses). This still results in four charge types and five tinctures, but as two of the tinctures (vert for the roses' barbing and the lily's calyx and Or for the seeds) are for elements that provide no difference for the purpose of conflict checking and might only improve the identifiability of the charges, however small, she wishes to include them; the design is symmetrical and well-balanced.

If the new device is registered, please retain her currently-registered device (seen under the name Sorcha Flannagann in the Ordinary), Per chevron sable and argent, two caravels in full sail argent and a rose purpure., as a badge.

8. Ceridwen ferch Gruffudd: NEW ALTERNATE NAME "Khadijah bint Yusuf al -Andalusiyya"

The client's primary person name was registered April 1989.

The name is Arabic. Khadijah is a feminine given name/'ism and Yusuf is a masculine 'ism. Both are found in "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices," Da'ud ibn Auda ( ); the patronymic construction method is found in the citation as well.

al-Andalusiyya, "from Andalusia," is placed to demonstrate that Yusuf is from the area. "Andalusian Names: Arabs in Spain," Juliana de Luna, suggests that the correct form of the locative/lakab should be al-Andalusi for a man, and that al-Andalusiyya is the form for a woman from that area ( ).

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (Moorish Spain); she wishes it authentic for language/culture of Moorish Spain.

9. David Buchanan: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Per bend sinister gules and argent, a bagpipe argent, pipes and chanter Or, and a claymore bendwise sinister gules.

The name was registered February 1997.

The client wishes to change his currently-registered device, Per bend sinister gules and argent, a bagpipe and a claymore bendwise sinister counterchanged., so that the pipes and the chanter are differently-tinctured than the bag itself, so that people stop mistaking the charge for an octopus. (I am not making this up.) If registered, the client wishes to retain the old device as a badge.

10. Fabio Ventura: DEVICE CHANGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, January 2008

Or, a bend gules between three Latin crosses in bend and two more sable, on a chief gules a cat couchant Or.

The name was registered July 2006.

The original device change, Quarterly sable and azure, a skull argent., was returned for conflict. This is a complete redesign. The armory of Ciana da Vizzi was registered March 2005, Vert, on a bend or, three annulets vert, a chief Or., using a bend and chief combination of the same tincture, without comment.

If registered, the client wishes to retain his currently-registered device, Per chevron sable and purpure, two wedges of cheese and in pall three goblets conjoined bases to center Or., as a badge.

11. Francésca Marchési: NEW DEVICE

Purpure, a natural seahorse and in chief three mullets Or.

The name appears in the April 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

12. Frederic Gamage: NEW NAME

The name is English. Frederic is found as a masculine given name in Reaney and Wilson's A Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd edition, with this spelling dating to the Domesday Book 1066 (p. 177, s.n. Frederick).

Gamage is found in the same source, with this spelling dated to 1275; an earlier spelling, de Gamages, is dated to 1158 ( p. 183, s.n. Gamage). Since there is only a 200-year gap between the given name and the byname, this is registerable.

The client desires a male name.

13. Isemay of Whytby: NEW NAME

The name is English Isemay is a feminine name dated to 1227 and 1273 in "Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames," Talan Gwynek ( ).

Whytby is dated to 1379 and 1408-9 as an alternate spelling of the place name Whitby in the Academy of S. Gabriel report 2949

( ).

The client desires a female name and wishes the name to be authentic for 12th-14th C. England.

14. Josef von Eschenbach: NEW NAME

The name is German. The only reference I can find to this spelling of the more standard Joseph is from the documentation for Josef the Unkempt (registered July 1998), as the Frisian form of Joseph, a Hebrew name based on the patriarch of the Old Testament (Bahlow, Dictionary of German Names, 1993 translation). My German Bahlow doesn't demonstrate Josef, but this spelling was registered as recently as July 2001 Wolfram von Eschenbach (c.1170-c.1220) was a German knight and poet and is regarded as one of the greatest epic poets of his time. He was a Minnesinger (the equivalent of the French troubadors, writing love poetry for the court) ( ).

The client desires a male name and will not accept Major or Minor changes to the name.

15. Lucia Simonetti: NEW NAME

The name is Italian. Lucia is a female given name found in "Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names," Arval Benicoeur and Talan Gwynek ( ). Lucia is also found in the names of Italian Renaissance Women's Names, .

The byname is found in the same article as Simoneti. The client would prefer the double -t- in the byname if it could be documented. (While not the most sterling point of documentation, Wikipedia has an entry for the House of Simonetti in Tuscany, the family originating in the 11th C., ). The list of first names of the online Florentine Tratte has Simonetto listed nine times, so the genitive is Simonetti and is do-able, ; IIRC these are normalized spellings. In the same data as a surname, there was another spelling Siminetti that was listed 78 times.

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

16. Octavia de Gaillard: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per pale Or and purpure, in pale a chalice and two bunches of grapes inverted in chevron inverted all counterchanged.

Octavia is the name of several Roman women who were related to or associated with the early Roman Empire. The client has tried to justify the use of Octavia with the presence of Roman settlements in Gaul, but it seems unlikely that the name would've persisted there (or over in England, where there were also Roman settlements) through the Middle Ages. I could see this as a possibly late-period name with a renewed interest in classical history, but I haven't found a reference to it in any English name lists. Katherine Throckmorton suggests that the name might be justifiable, given the fashion for Latinate names, along the lines of Cecilia, Scholastica, etc.

Gaillard is undated in Reaney and Wilson, but its origins come from Old French and Middle English gaillard, meaning "lively, brisk; gay, full of high spirits" (3rd edition, s.n. Galliard). This suggests the origin as a descriptive byname rather than a locative, so the de is likely not accurate. The ME spellings of the word are gaillard, and galiard, dated to c. 1390 there; the first spelling is identical to that submitted by the client. Dropping the preposition would probably make the name registerable as one with a descriptive epithet as the byname, although the authenticity request is unlikely to be met.

The client desires a female name and wishes it authentic for the 14th C.

17. Saskia Schlaktenbulera: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Azure, a tricorporate ferret argent.

Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612-1642) was the daughter of a Frisian lawyer and mayor; she became the wife of the painter Rembrandt ( ); this is within the CoA's "grey period." Saskia van Voorhees was registered in August 1978. The Wikipedia article does mention that the Friesian form of the name would likely be Saakje, and the name Saskia is repeated in several non-Wiki, art-related sites.

Schlaktenbumlera is said to mean 'slaughter woman,' a camp follower of a Landsknecht unit who would commonly do "mop up" work after a battle, killing the enemy wounded and looting the bodies. "Women with the Fahnlein" describe term for the German women who followed battle units as Kampfrau ("camp wife"), Marketenderin (women who care (go to market) for you), and Schlachtenbummlerin ("battle loiterers"). These women were usually not prostitutes, but rather wives, sisters, and daughters of men in the unit and performed most of the non-military duties required to keep the unit fed, clothed, healthy and otherwise tended ( ; the Guild of St. Michael is the parent organization for all of the military companies at California's Renaissance Pleasure Faires). It seems that this would be a reasonable byname or nickname, although a woman of the time would no doubt have a formal name. It also seems that the spelling is more correct as Schlachtenbummer- (whatever the feminine singular would be).

18. Séamus mac Ríáin: NEW BADGE

(Fieldless) In fess an open book sustained by a winged cat salient sable.

The name was registered August 2006.

The client is using elements of his registered armory, Or, a winged cat sejant sable and on a chief gules three open books Or.

19. Seanach mac Feidhlimidh Droichit Atha: NEW BADGE, jointly held with Nikaia Angelina Tagarina

(Fieldless) A raven's head erased gules sustaining in its beak a Latin cross potent nowy quadrate vert charged with a lozenge argent.

The names were both registered November 2004.

The badge combines elements of their registered devices, Per bend Or and gules, a raven's head erased and an oak leaf counterchanged., and Per pale vert and argent, two Latin crosses potent nowy quadrate each charged with a lozenge, a base counterchanged.

20. Uilliam mac Eoin: NEW DEVICE

Vert, three mullets of six points in bend sinister and a bordure argent.

The name appears in the May 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter by Commentary this month was received from Brandan der Wanderer von Arnswold, Helena de Argentoune, Katherine Throckmorton and Maridonna Benvenuti.

This letter contains 7 new names, 1 new name change, 1 new alternate name, 5 new devices, 2 new device changes, 4 new badges, 1 device resubmission, 2 device change resubmissions. This is a total of 23 items, 20 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.

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.

25 June 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent (A.S. XLIII)

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