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Unto Their Royal Majesties Franbald and Dionysia; Baron Seamus MacDade, Aten Principal Herald; Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

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

The majority of these submissions that appear in the June 2019 Letter of Intent were submitted at the Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Collegium in Mons Tonitrus, 1 June 2019.

Please have commentary to me on the proposed submissions for the July Letter of Intent by 20 June 2019. Thank you! The majority of these submissions were taken at the Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Collegium in Mons Tonitrus.

The following appear in the May 2019 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Commentary was provided by Christian Jorgensen af Hilsonger, Etienne Le Mons (Sea Stag), Gunnvor silfraharr (Orle), Hallerna stjornukona, Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha (Pantheon), Maridonna Benvenuti,, Seraphina Delphino (Ragged Staff), Vémundr Syvursson.

Catalina Margherita fil Abraham (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE: Argent, seven mullets in annulo purpure.

Donngal de Buchanan (Granholme): NEW BADGE: Vert, a hand within an orle of chain surmounted in base by a mullet Or.

Kathryn De Feuer (BoA): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2017: Vert, in pale a nautilus argent and a goblet argent charged with a rose vert.

Kolli Makanarson (Twin Moons): NEW BADGE: Sable, a wasp statant within a chaplet of thorns Or.

Lyn of Whitewolfe (BoA): NEW ALTERNATE NAME, Luzia Blanco Lobo, and BADGE: Per saltire sable and azure, a windmill and an orle Or.

Rickard Hawthorne: BADGE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, October 2018: Argent, a polypus dismembered between two gouts in bend, an orle azure.

The following appear in the June 2019 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Commentary was 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).

Flóki rauð-hárr (Mons Tonitrus): NEW BADGE: (Fieldless) A fleshpot argent charged with a fireball gules enflamed proper.

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

Hlaðgerðr Arnfriðardóttir (Tir Ysgithr): 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 blazon was enhanced slightly to show that the iris is bearded and has a bit of a stem.

Ibsittu Dawid (Mons Tonitrus): 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” (( It is spelled as Ibsitu in Road to Ethiopia ( 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 proviede an image of a coffee branch:
Galefridus Peregrinus comment 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 still 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”(

Kenadie MacUlliam (Mons Tonitrus): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Argent, three Saint Florian crosses in bend between two scarpes, all between six hearts gules.

There was much discussion on the St. Florian cross (or lack of it), so I did a little more ferreting. 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. St. Florian was later declared a saint after he was sentenced to death for his refusal to worship the Roman gods. Historical images of St. Florian often depict him in uniform with a bucket of water in hand with a burning building at his feet — which is how he became a patron saint of  firefighters. So, which one is the one? 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. Although some argue the Florian cross eventually evolved into the Maltese cross, its Roman ties are a testament to the importance and value of the fire service. (
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.'" (

Kendall MacBhroc (Mons Tonitrus): NEW DEVICE CHANGE: Purpure, a brock rampant regardant a chief embattled Or three thistles proper.

Loþin Ormsson (Twin Moons): NEW NAME

Moire Pritani (Windale): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per fess Or and azure, a sun counterchanged, on a chief azure three delfs Or.

The client was consulted and accepts the period/grey area spelling of the given name.

Moire Pritani (Windale): NEW BADGE: Or, a heart voided interlaced with a triquetra vert.

While most triquetras interlaced in the SCA are seen with annulets, there are the occasional alternatives: Sulaiman ibn Ali al-Mustain (badge, Sept 1993): (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 “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 triquetra, which matches the blazon and avoids the use of a non-blazonable knot. Many thanks!

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

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

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

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

Mons Tonitrus, Barony of (MT): NEW BADGE: Per chevron throughout argent and vert, two harps sable and a jester's cap argent.

Mons Tonitrus, Barony of (MT): NEW BADGE: Per chevron inverted throughout vert and argent, a harp argent and two jester's caps sable.

Mons Tonitrus, Barony of (MT): NEW BADGE: Per chevron inverted throughout vert and argent, a harp argent and two fleurs-de-lys sable.

Mons Tonitrus, Barony of (MT): NEW BADGE: Per pale sable and argent, a wreath of ivy and a bordure counterchanged.

Mons Tonitrus, Barony of (MT): NEW BADGE: Sable, two francisca axes crossed in saltire between flaunches argent, overall a bordure counterchanged.

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!

Murphy of Ered Sul (Windale): 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.

There was discussion on the device, regarding the position of the mullets; they really don't match what one expects 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.”

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

Rosamund Sanburne (Sundragon): NEW NAME CHANGE, Flavia Valeriana

Runa rauðfeldr (Mons Tonitrus): NEW BADGE: (Fieldess) A threaded needle azure winged argent.

Russell Rusli Marteinnson (Granite Mountain): NEW DEVICE: Sable, a calmarie inverted Or, a bordure parted bordurewise embattled gules.

It was determined that a calmarie could be inverted, and this fashion of dividing a bordure parted bordurewise with a complex line of division is also acceptable (Areus of Sparta has registered Sable, a trident head Or and a bordure parted bordurewise wavy argent and gules.).

The following were registered by the College of Arms, March 2019:

Aurora Faw. Name and device. Purpure, a unicorn's head couped, on a chief argent three hearts gules.
Submitted as Rummana Arora, we were unable to document Arora as a period name element. As this element was the most important to the submitter, she requested a change to the given name Aurora plus a Romany surname, if such a thing could be documented. As this request was made in sufficient time to allow us to conduct research and check for conflicts, we were able to grant it.
Aurora is a gray period English given name dated to 1640. [Aurora Swanhild, 10/2011 LoAR, A-Æthelmearc]. Faw was a period ethnic term for the Romany used in the north of England and Scotland. It appears as a surname in Black s.n. Faa dated to 1612, specifically referring to persons of Romany origin. With the submitter's permission, we have changed this name to Aurora Faw for registration.
Batu Kharbuci. Name.
Submitted as Batu Kharhvaach, the submitted desired a byname meaning "archer" in Mongolian. The submitted byname, however, is not a period term. In commentary, ffride wlffsdotter supplied the period Mongol term qarbuci, which does mean archer. Ursula Palimpsest provided evidence from her article "Middle Mongol Grammar for SCA Names" ( that q- and kh- are equally valid transliterations. Therefore, we have changed this name to Batu Kharbuci for registration.
Maria Zahira di Santangelo. Name and device. Per pale vert and azure, a horse and a dragon combatant, on a point pointed argent a wooden wagon wheel proper.
Submitted as Maria Sahira di Sant'Angelo, we were unable to document Sahira as a name in a language compatible with Italian. Although the Letter of Intent argued that Sahira is found as a name in the Quran, in fact it is found only as a word in the Quran. Not all words are or can be names.
However, the submitter expressly permitted us to change Sahira to Zahira. Precedent on Zahira states:
“Siren notes that "Ana Labarta, in La Onomástica de los Moriscos Valencianos, is at least willing to contemplate that Zahira (with the first 'a' long) was used as a given name by Moriscos in late period Valencia, but the form of the name is only written in Romance, making its identification unsure." [Zafira bint Zahira, 9/2008 LoAR, A-Atenveldt]”
We will continue to give the benefit of the doubt that Zahira is a Valencian name. Maria is also found in Valencia, so we are combining only two language groups in this name -- Iberian (Catalan/Valencian) and Italian.
In addition, Sant'Angelo uses a scribal abbreviation, which we do not register. However, the surname Santangelo appears as a gray period Italian name in Illustris viri Jacobi Augusti Thuani ( We have made this change for registration.
As modified to Maria Zahira di Santangelo, this name combines two Iberian (Catalan) given names with an Italian byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
Rayyan al-Rashid. Name and device. Sable, a simurgh close, issuant from base a demi-sun Or eclipsed sable.
In commentary, Ursula Palimpsest documented Rayy{a-}n as the name of an ordinary person found in the Akhb{a-}r majm{u-}`a, a history of al-Andalus between the eighth and tenth centuries. As Arabic names can be registered with or without macrons (as long as they are included or omitted consistently), the name can be registered exactly as submitted.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a simurgh.

The following was returned by the College for further work March 2019:

Kim Senggum. Name change from holding name William of Atenveldt.

This name was withdrawn by the submitter after the close of commentary.

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, April 2019:

Aoife inghean Oisín. Badge. Per saltire vert and azure, in pale two triquetras and in fess two triskeles, a bordure Or.
Aoife inghean Oisín. Device reblazon. Per bend wavy vert and azure, a triquetra and a triskele Or. Blazoned when registered in July 2012 as Per bend wavy vert and azure, a triquetra and a triskelion Or, the charge in base is more properly a triskelion arrondi, otherwise known as a triskele.
Arthur of Lockehaven. Reblazon of device. Azure, a lantern Or.
Blazoned when registered in January 1973 as Azure a lanthorn Or, this device is reblazoned to clarify the identity of the primary charge. This change was requested by the College of Heralds in the Outlands, who missed a potential conflict due to this spelling.
Ascelin Fleur MacAlister. Name and device. Purpure, an ounce rampant contourny, on a chief wavy Or five sprigs of heather palewise purpure slipped and leaved vert.
Submitted as Aislinn Fleur MacAlister, we have no evidence that Aislinn was a name used in period. The submitter specifically permitted the given name to be changed to Ascelin, an attested Scots name; we have made that change for registration.
This name combines a Scots given name and byname and a French second given name, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
Crystal of Twin Moons. Holding name and device. Purpure, in pale a roundel and a gout argent, a bordure argent semy of domestic cats sejant purpure.
Submitted under the name Hadda Modirfoeda Snorrisdottir.
Elissa Nova. Name and device. Per fess azure and gules, a fess wavy between three gillyflowers Or slipped and leaved vert and a drum Or.
Elissa is the submitter's legal given name. Nova is an attested gray-period Spanish surname.
Erin of Windale. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per pale argent and sable, two serpents erect addorsed and entwined tails conjoined gules, a bordure per pale sable and argent crusilly fitchy counterchanged argent and gules.
Submitted under the name Lachlann MacAlister.
Euphemia Kathrine Marie filia Dougall. Name and device. Argent, three roses purpure barbed and seeded proper, a mountain of three peaks vert.
Submitted as Euphemia Kathrine Marie filia Dougal_, we could not find evidence of the spelling Dougal with one l in period. Dougall is found in Scots records, including the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 with two ls; we have made that change for registration.
Although the header on the submission form has the second given name spelled Kathrin_, the submitter clarified that the spelling Kathrine, which appeared on the Letter of Intent, is correct.
Marie is found in late period English as both a given name and a surname. Thus, this name uses the rare, but attested, pattern of two given names plus a surname, with an added marked patronymic. Additionally, in later period English and Scots, Latinized patronymics sometimes used the nominative form of the father's given name, rather than the genitive form. Therefore, the patronymic filia Dougall can be registered.
Loren MacChlurain. Reblazon of device. Per pale azure and argent, a lion's head erased argent and a lantern gules, all within a bordure engrailed counterchanged.
Blazoned when registered in June 1973 as Per pale azure and argent, a lion's head erased argent and a lanthorn gules, all within a bordure engrailed counterchanged, we are clarifying the identity of the primary charge.
Mary Margaret of Derby. Reblazon of badge. Sable, a lantern and in base three barrulets wavy Or. Blazoned when registered in July 1974 as Sable, a lanthorne and in base three barrulets wavy Or, we are clarifying the identity of the primary charge.
William Somme de Ville. Reblazon of device. Per pale wavy argent and azure, a tower sable charged with a cross bottony and in pale three swans naiant argent.
Blazoned when registered in June 1987 as Per pale wavy argent and azure, a watchtower sable charged with a cross bottony and in pale three swans naiant argent, this is simply a tower.

The following submissions were returned for further work, April 2019:

Hadda Modirfoeda Snorrisdottir. Name.
For several reasons, this name must be returned. First, there is no evidence of Hadda as a given name in any Scandinavian language or any language compatible with Scandinavian under Appendix C. The Old Norse male name Haddr cannot be made feminine by changing the terminal letter to an -a.
Second, the constructed byname Modirfoeda was not correctly documented or formed. Commenters were unable to find the necessary three examples of Old Norse bynames constructed using the pattern móðir + verb. The only attested bynames using the element móðir ("mother") use it as the second element after a noun referring to a person. Finally, the patronymic was incorrectly formed. The correct genitive form of the male name Snorri is Snorra, meaning that the patronymic byname should be Snorradottir. The submitter's device is registered under the holding name Crystal of Twin Moons.
Lachlann MacAlister. Name.
Unfortunately, this name directly conflicts with the registered Laughlan MacAlister. The given names sound the same and the bynames are actually identical. Although the submitter indicated that he was amenable to additions to the name to clear this conflict, he did not indicate what sorts of elements could be added. We are unwilling to add an element without the submitter's input and consent, in case he does not like what we choose to add. A return will allow the submitter to select what he wishes to add and resubmit without incurring additional fees. The submitter's device is registered under the holding name Erin of Windale.

Many thanks in advance for your time and consideration of these submissions.

Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Parhelium Herald

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