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Letter of Intent

25 June 2019, A.S. LIV

Unto Juliana Laurel; Alys Pelican; Cormac Wreath; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald and Parhelium Herald for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!

The Atenveldt College of Heralds requests the consideration and registration of the following names and armory with the College of Arms. Unless specifically stated, the client will accept any spelling and grammar corrections; all assistance is appreciated.

1. Flavia Valeriana: NEW NAME CHANGE from Rosamund Sanburne

The current name was registered January 2011. If the new name is registered, please retain this as an alternate.

The name is Roman, and elements are found in “A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names,” Ursula Georges ( It follows the <feminine nomen + feminine cognomen> practice for women in Imperial Roman; at that time, women did not use the tria nomina. The male nomen is Flavius, the male cognomen is Valerianus.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the language/culture (Roman Empire or Republic).

2. Flóki rauð-hárr: NEW BADGE

(Fieldless) A fleshpot argent charged with a fireball gules enflamed proper.

The name was registered February 2018.

3. Gabriella Salvi da Rosa: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, January 2016
Per pale argent and purpure, a horse salient and a bordure embattled counterchanged.

The previous submission, Argent, a horse salient and a chief embattled purpure., was returned for conflict with the device of Miklós Magdolna: Argent, a horse rampant and a base purpure. “There is no DC for the difference between salient and rampant and thus there is only one DC, for changing the type of the secondary charge.” The redesign has eliminated the conflict.

4. Hlaðgerðr Arnfriðardóttir: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, December 2018
Per chevron inverted vert and argent, a titmouse contourny Or and an iris azure bearded Or and slipped vert.

The name was registered December 2018.

The original device submission, Per chevron inverted vert and argent, a legless titmouse contourny Or and an iris azure., was returned for redraw. “There are few situations in heraldry where a bird might be depicted without any evidence of legs, namely volant and (for waterfowl) naiant. The martlet, the quasi-fantastical footless bird common in heraldry, is always depicted with tufts of feathers where the missing feet might be, and no evidence has yet been presented that a martlet would be depicted as a completely legless titmouse. Upon resubmission, please depict the bird either with legs and feet as a titmouse, or as a martlet with tufts of feathers for legs. Please also draw it centered in its allotted space.” The client has followed the College's directions.

5. Ibsittu Dawid: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Azure, a Coptic cross Or, in dexter chief a coffee plant argent.

The name is Ethiopian. While Ethiopia was known and had contact with Western Europe in period (even very early), trying to find names that are dated is a challenge. Ethiopian names are generally of Biblical and Islamic in origin. Unlike most African countries, Ethiopians do not have family surnames. They use their father's first name as their last names.

Ibsituu is a female name, “light,” from the Oromo language (( It is spelled as Ibsitu in “Road to Ethiopia” website ( It seems that the client is using a variation of the basic name.

Dawit is shown as a male name, “beloved” ( Dawit is likely a Biblical/Hebrew name (what we tend to know as David). Both name elements show spelling variations, which is not uncommon for languages that don't use an alphabet found in European languages. Dawit was a king of Ethiopia c. 1402 ( scan tab contents).

The client desires a female name and it most interested in the language/culture of the name (5-11th C. Ethiopia). She will not accept Major Changes to the name.

Michael Gerard Curtememoire says that the OED has references to the drink starting in 1598, to the plant somewhat later: 1623 Bacon Hist. Vitæ & Mortis in Wks. II. 163 Turcae habent etiam in usu herbae genus quam vocant Caphe [transl. (1651) 29 The Turkes use a kind of Herb, which they call Caphe],and shows the modern English form of the word used from 1600 on. He also provides an image of a coffee branch:
Galefridus Peregrinus comments on coffee: “Wearing my food and cooking geek hat: Nawal Nasrallah, translator of a 10th century Baghdadi cookbook, argues that an ingredient referred to in that cookbook as bunk or bunn is derived from the coffee plant (Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens, Leiden: Brill, 2007; pp. 766-69). If her argument is valid, then the coffee plant would have been known in the Islamic world as early as the 10th century. She references two secondary sources in partial support of her argument, neither of which I have. That said, the 11th century Taqwim al-Sihha (later translated as the Tacuinum Sanitatis) makes no mention of the coffee plant, neither in the original Arabic nor in any of the subsequent Latin translations that expand the original.”

(I'm tickled by the legendary discovery of coffee, or at least its effects: “Kaldi, a goat herd, lived in the central highlands of Ethiopia, the native home of the coffee plant, possibly as early as the 6th century CE. According to tradition, he noticed that when his goats ate the red, cherry-like fruit of a certain plant, they became really energized and wouldn't sleep at night. So, he tried the fruit himself and experienced a similar effect. Apparently, he enjoyed it and showed a local abbot. That abbot realized that the fruit helped him stay awake during evening prayers, and shared it around the monastery. Word of this amazing fruit spread quickly across northeast Africa and into the Arabian Peninsula, where it became a dietary staple. The people of the Arabian Peninsula loved their coffee, which they called qahwah”(

6. Kenadie MacUlliam: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, three Saint Florian crosses in bend between two scarpes, all between six hearts gules.

The given name appears to be the Anglicized form of the Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c. 1200-c. 1700) male name Cinnéide (“Index of Names in Irish Annals: Cennétig / Cinnéide,” Mari Elspeth nic Bryan, It doesn't seem that the letter -k- was used in period Irish Gaelic names.
Ulliam is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c. 1200-c. 1700) male name (ibid.,
The simple patronymic form of a Gaelic name uses the particle mac (“Quick and Easy Gaelic Names, 3rd Ed.", Sharon L. Krossa,

Saint Florian was born c. 250 AD in the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetium (in modern-day Austria); although he rose through the ranks of the Roman army, he was eventually martyred by drowning ( He is the patron saint of firefighters (among other things). The cross may be a variation of the Maltese cross, but has rounded arcs between the four points. I had no idea if this is a period cross, and so I dug around a little bit.

One site suggests that firefighters use a Maltese cross, but that the Florian cross is often confused with the Maltese cross, and the Florian cross is what a majority of fire departments use. It carries the same, eight-point structure as the Maltese cross, but has rounded edges. “Some historians indicate the Florian cross came into existence in the 4th century, and was named after a Roman officer. The Roman army tasked Saint Florian with organizing firefighting brigades for the city. Although St. Florian and his men were not the first firefighters in the city, they were considered the best and most well-known...So, which one is the one [that is, the cross associated with Florian]? The answer isn’t simple (and neither is the history). Both crosses retain historical significance relating to a group of individuals who battled fire and lived to serve others...” (
At another site, the author of the book Badges of the Bravest, Gary Urbanowicz states that the first use of a Maltese cross was adopted by FDNY in 1865. In Brooklyn they apparently adopted it in 1882. "The article appeared in the September 19, 1882 issue of the Brooklyn Eagle. It says: 'Commissioner Partridge has decided to make a change in the design of the badges of the Fire Department. The present badge is of nickel and in the form of a four-leaf clover. The new one is in the design of a Maltese cross, the old sixth army corps badge. Those of the Commissioner, deputy, chief engineer and assistants are gold-plated, and those of the privates are German silver. The present badges have been in use so long that some of them have found their way into the possession of parties who are not entitled to them, and from whom they cannot be obtained. Hence the change.'" (

It was suggested that if this type of cross cannot be used because it is a post-period charge (as it seems to be, barring further, successful investigation), the cliens might consider a Maltese cross, or a cross found in

7. Kendall MacBhroc: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Purpure, a brock rampant regardant and on a chief embattled Or three thistles proper.

The name was registered October 1991.
The original device, Purpure, a brock passant and on a chief embattled Or three thistles proper., was registered June 1992. If the new device is registered, please release the current one.

8. Loþin Ormsson: NEW NAME

Loþinn appears in Geirr Bassi's The Old Norse Name as a male given name, p. 13. It is found both as a name and as a by-name in Old Danish as Lothen and in Old Swedish as Ludhin. It occurs in Old West Norse as Loðinn. It comes from the OW.Norse adjective loðinn "hairy." Runic examples include the nominative forms loþin, luþin and the accusative forms luþin, ...uþin, [...u](þ)in.(The Viking Answer Lady,

Ormr is an Old Norse male given name in “Viking Names found in Landnámabók,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael ( It becomes Ormsson when acting as a patronymic (“A Simple Guide to Creating Old Norse Names,” Aryanhwy merch Catmael,
The client desires a male name, and it most interested in the sound and spelling of the name (Lokin/Lothin); the client will not take Major Changes to the name.

9. Moire Pritani: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per fess Or and azure, a sun counterchanged, on a chief azure three delfs Or.

Moire is dated to 1601 in “Names Found in Anglicized Irish Names: Women's Names, Mari ingen Briain, s.n. More.
Pritanī may be the Common Brittonic (ancient Celtic language spoken in England) name for the island of Britain ( It seems a bit unlikely that the two name elements would ever be used together, given the wide separation in time.
The client will not accept major changes to the name. She cares most about the meaning of the name.

10. Moire Pritani: NEW BADGE

Or, a heart voided interlaced with a triquetra vert.

(Fieldless) A triangle voided and interlaced with a triquetra inverted sable.; and Lionet de la Rose Blanche (device, Aug 2012): Argent, a triquetra azure fretted with a triangle inverted voided gules.

[Iago ab Adam noted that in the Letter of Presentation “the heart isn't interlaced with the triquetra here. It's actually part of it, which forms an unblazonable knot.” And that is true. However, he also provided me with a heart voided interlaced with a triqutra, which matches the blazon and avoids the use of a non-blazonable knot (which Moire found acceptable). Many thanks!]

11. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of: NEW BADGE

Per chevron throughout argent and vert, two harps sable and a jester's cap argent.
The name was registered January 1991.

12. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of : NEW BADGE

Per chevron inverted throughout vert and argent, a harp argent and two jester's caps sable.
The name was registered January 1991.

13. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of: NEW BADGE

Per chevron inverted throughout vert and argent, a harp argent and two fleurs-de-lys sable.
The name was registered January 1991.

Magnus von Lübeck commented that “ questions may be asked at Laurel as to what all these badges are being used for by the barony.” I will follow us on this, as I have questions as well.

14. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of: NEW BADGE
Quarterly argent and sable, two lightning bolts crossed in saltire counterchanged and a bordure vert.

The name was registered January 1991.

Iago ab Adam thought that “the lightning bolts aren't counterchanged; if they were there wouldn't be bits of the black bolt on the sable field, nor bits of the white bolt on the argent field,” and he suggested the blazon: Quarterly argent and sable, in saltire a lightning bolt sable and another argent, a bordure vert.

The use of lightning bolts without the use of an entire thunderbolt is a SFPP.

15. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of : NEW BADGE
Quarterly vert and argent, two lightning bolts crossed in saltire and a bordure all counterchanged.

The name was registered January 1991.

Iago ab Adam thought that “the lightning bolts aren't counterchanged; if they were there wouldn't be bits of the green bolt on the vert field, nor bits of the white bolt on the argent field,” and he suggested the blazon: Quarterly vert and argent, in saltire a lightning bolt argent and another vert, a bordure counterchanged.

The use of lightning bolts without the use of an entire thunderbolt is a SFPP.

16. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of: NEW BADGE

Per pale sable and argent, a wreath of ivy and a bordure counterchanged.

The name was registered January 1991.

17. Mons Tonitrus, Barony of: NEW BADGE

Sable, two francisca axes crossed in saltire between flaunches argent, overall a bordure counterchanged.

The name was registered January 1991.

Seraphina Delphino (Ragged Staff) notes that “The barony can use a bordure surmounting flaunches because of Existing registration allowance.” and that the following badge associard with this name was registered November 2003: Argent, a sheaf of arrows between flaunches sable all within a bordure counterchanged. Michael Gerard Curtememoire requested a copy of that badge from the College Archivist ( and received it! Thank you!

18. Murphy of Ered Sul: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, a dragon segreant contourny vert between in chief three mullets one and two gules and on a ford proper a mullet gules.

Murphy is the client's legal given name (copy of her driver's license to Laurel).
The Barony of Ered Sul (Flagstaff AZ) had its name registered in March 1998.

There was discussion on the device, in regard tothe position of the mullets; they really don't match what one expect to find with “four mullets in cross.” Etienne Le Mons suggested the final blazon, as “this puts the tertiary mullet in a separate charge group from the secondary mullets and clears all unity issues. The mullet on the ford is still a little hard to identify, but technically allowed since the ford is neutral.”

19. Paisley Porter: NEW NAME and DEVICE
Argent, a fox's head erased gules, on a chief vert an arrow fesswise argent.

The name is English.

Cicily <B>Paisley</b> was born c. 1585 in Devonshire, England (, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "International Genealogical Index (IGI)," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 June 2019), entry for Cicely Paisley; submitted by rpope1199663 [identity withheld for privacy]; no source information is available.). I'd swear that I found the name under a different URL. Surnames can be designated as given names for late-period English names.

Porter is found with Robert Porter and a christening date of 8 Dec 1583 in Dalston, Cumberland, England (Batch POO1961-1, February 2018, Robert Porter, 08 Dec 1583). [The client had originally wanted the surname Portner, but all we found were well post-period.] The client desires a female name.

20. Runa rauðfeldr: NEW BADGE

(Fieldess) A threaded needle azure winged argent.

The name was registered April 2018.

21. Russell Rusli Marteinnson: NEW DEVICE

Sable, a calmarie inverted Or, a bordure parted bordurewise embattled gules.

The name as registered July 2018.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter with commentary provided by Basil Dragonstrike (Lions Heart), Iago ab Adam, Etienne Le Mons (Sea Stag), Galefridus Peregrinus, Helena De Argentoune, Magnus von Lübeck, Maridonna Benvenuti, Michael Gerard Curtememoire, Seraphina Delphino (Ragged Staff).

There are 6 New Name, 1 New Name Change, 6 New Devices, 1 New Device Change and 10 New Badges. These 24 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $96 for them. There are 2 Device Resubmissions. These 2 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 26 items submitted on this letter.

Thank you to those who provide your wisdom and patience, your expertise and your willingness to share it.
Have a great time at the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (and if you're not careful, you might learn something!). Travel safety there and back!

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy
c/o Linda Miku
2527 East 3rd Street; Tucson AZ 85716

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