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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Elisabeth, Laurel Queen of Arms, Her Honorable Staff, and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

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

Please note a slight blazon correction in the 30 June 2005 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:


12. Rogge av Nordensköld: NEW NAME

The given name Ute was dropped from the entry, although documentation for the name was included for it: Ute is a German feminine given name dated for 1352 in “Medieval German Given Names from Silesia,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

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 submitter will accept spelling and grammar corrections; assistance in these areas is appreciated.

1. Alexander of Tyre: NEW NAME

The name is English. Alexander is a masculine given name found in the Curia Rolls 1189 (Withycombe, 3rd edition, p. 13).

Tyre is an ancient seaport city in Lebanon, founded by the Phoenicians; it was captured during the First Crusades and became one of the most important cities in the new Kingdom of Jerusalem ( ). William of Tyre (c. 1128-1186) was archbishop of Tyre and a chronicler of the Crusades and the Middle Ages, born in Jerusalem and one of the second generation of children born to the children of the original European Crusaders

( ).

The client will not accept major name changes. He is most interested in the meaning of the name, “of Tyre” or “from the area of Tyre.”

2. Aythan Pengrek: NEW NAME

The name is Welsh. Aythan is a masculine given name, derived from Ir. Gaelic Áedán, shown by Morgan to persist into the 14th C. (T.J. Morgan and Prys Morgan, Welsh Surnames, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985, s.n. Aeddan.), as mentioned in "Concerning the Names Aidan, Aédán, Aodh , and the Like," Arval Benecouer

 ( ).

Pengrek is a descriptive epithet, "curly-head, found in "A Simple Guide to Constructing 13th C. Welsh Names," Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn ( ).

3. Aythan Pengrek: NEW DEVICE

Per chevron Or and purpure, two triquetras and a leopard’s head affronty erased counterchanged.

4. Catan inghean ui Cuinn: NEW DEVICE

Per chevron azure and argent, two open books and a unicorn passant counterchanged.

The name appears in the 13 May 2005 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

5. Caterina Amiranda della Quercia: NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Per pale sable and argent, a dragonfly within an orle counterchanged.

The name was registered March 1999.

If registered, her currently-registered device, Per chevron purpure and argent, two thistles Or and an oak tree eradicated proper., is to be retained as a badge.

6. Caterina Amiranda della Quercia: NEW BADGE

(fieldless) A dragonfly within and conjoined to an annulet sable.

The name was registered March 1999.

7. Fáelán Ruádhán: NEW NAME

The name is Irish Gaelic. Fáelán is a masculine given name dated to 7th-9th C. in “Dated Names Found in Ó Corráin and Maguire's Irish Names,” Mari Elspeth nic Bryan ( ); this spelling is also found through c. 1200 AD, according to “Index of Names in Irish Annals: Masculine Given Names,” Mari Elspeth nic Bryan ( ).

The byname Ruádhán means “red” and is an allusion to the client’s very red hair. It is found as Ruadh in Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700), in “Index of Names in Irish Annals: Masculine Descriptive Bynames”

( ).

The client wishes an Irish Gaelic 10-12th C. name and is most interested in the meaning and language/culture of the name. He will not accept major changes to the name.

8. Fáelán Ruádhán: NEW DEVICE

Per pale Or and gules, a wolf sejant ululant counterchanged and a bordure indented sable.

9. Mederic de Châtellerault: NEW NAME

Medericus of Autun was a French Benedictine monk (died c. 700); he served as abbot of Saint Martin’s and was eventually canonized, with his feast day on August 29. ( ) The client will accept Medericus if Mederic is not acceptable as a given name.

Châtellerault, located in the province of Touraine, was an important stronghold on the northern March of Poitou, established by the Count of Poitiers to secure his borders in the early 10th C. The daughter of Aymeric I, Aenor de Chatellerault (ca 1103 - ca 1130), William X of Aquitaine, and was mother of Eleanor of Aquitaine

( ).

The client is most interested in the language/culture of the name and would like the name authentic for France in the 11th C.

10. Mederic de Châtellerault: NEW DEVICE

Azure, a sword fesswise reversed proper surmounted by a sickle inverted argent.

One proposed alternate blazon offered was Azure, in cross a sword fesswise reversed proper and a sickle inverted argent.

11. Michael Hawkins of Portsmouth: NEW DEVICE

Per bend sinister vert and argent, a sinister hand argent and an anchor sable.

The name appears in the 30 June 2005 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

12. Nikolaus von Erlach: NEW NAME

The client is most interested in the language/culture of the name and is interested in the time period of the name (late 13th/early 14th C. Swiss/German). He will not accept major changes.

Nikolaus is dated to 1379 in “Medieval German Given Names from Silesia,” Talan Gwynek

( ).

Erlach is located in Switzerland along the southern shores of Lake Biel in what is known now as the Bern Canton. Beginning around 1100, Castle Erlach, known as Cerlier in French, was built by Count von Fenis

( http:/ ), and in 1264 Count Ruodolphe II of Nuechâtel awarded a charter creating the town of Erlach, so that the castle residents relied on the town to provide administration and care of the castle ( ).

13. Voron Gregor’ev syn Testseneviskii: NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2004

The original name submission, Voron Gregor'ev Tselomudrenni, was returned for failure to show the byname Tselomudrenni ("the chaste”) as being used in Russia or following a pattern of Russian descriptive bynames. The College noted that Voron Gregor'ev is a fine 15th C Russian name.

The name is Russian. Voron is a masculine personal name, dated to 1398, 1552 and 1573, and found in “A Dictionary of Period Russian Names (and some of their Slavic roots),” Paul Wickenden of Thanet

( ).

Gregor’ev is a variation on the patronymic for Grigorri, dated to the 15th C.; replacing the first -i- with an -e- was not uncommon ( , s.n. Grigorii).

Tsetseneviskii is a patronymic variation, dated to 1467 of the given name Tsetsenevisk

( , s.n. Tsetsenevisk).

The inclusion of the particle syn (“son of”) is not uncommon, nor is it uncommon to be dropped into several areas of the full name, and even if elements of the name were already modified to show the patronymic relationship of father to son (“Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Russian Names - Grammar,” Paul Goldschmidt, ).

The client cares most about the language/culture of the name and wishes it to be authentic as a mid-15th C. Russian name. He will not accept major changes to the name.

14. Voron Gregor’ev syn Testseneviskii: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2004

Gules, in pale a tyger rampant contourny reguardant maintaining a goblet and a chevron inverted Or charged with five beehives palewise gules.

The original device, Gules, in pale a tyger rampant to sinister reguardant maintaining a goblet Or and a chevron inverted gules fimbriated argent charged with five beehives palewise Or., violates RfS VIII.3 which states in part that "Voiding and fimbriation may only be used with simple geometric charges placed in the center of the design." This design forces the chevron to be abased, which moves it out of the center of the design; therefore it cannot be voided or fimbriated. The original design has been modified to resolve this issue.

Consider the following precedent: “Argent, in pale a chevron inverted gules charged with three roses Or and a tree eradicated proper. ...The device is returned for violating RfS VIII.1.b., which states: Armory must arrange all elements coherently in a balanced design. Period armory usually places the primary elements of the design in a static arrangement, such as a single charge in the center of the field or three identical charges on an escutcheon. More complex designs frequently include a central focal point around which other charges are placed, like a chevron between three charges, but the design remains static and balanced. Designs that are unbalanced, or that create an impression of motion, are not compatible with period style. In this submission the chevron inverted and the tree can only be interpreted as co-primary charges, as they are of approximately equal visual weight and neither occupies the center of the shield. This combination of ordinary with non-ordinary charge in a single charge group produces an unbalanced design. Without period evidence for such a design, it is not registerable. LoAR 04/05 Issobell nic Gilbert R - Caid” This submission violates RfS VIII.1.b.

However, since this is a resubmission and the issue of balance wasn't mentioned in the previous Laurel return that included this unbalanced motif, this could be registerable under the following precedent: “We apologize to the submitter for not mentioning this conflict at the time of the previous return, but the College of Arms did not bring it to our attention at that time. The Laurel office has been known to give the benefit of the doubt to a submission when a possible problem was not mentioned in the previous return, but was present in the previous submission and was clearly visible to Laurel when viewing the submission. Such a "clearly visible" problem could include possible problems with the artwork of the submission or the general heraldic style of the submission. Unmentioned conflicts are not clearly visible to Laurel and thus do not fall into this category. [Charles the Grey of Mooneschadowe, 06/03, R-Ansteorra] Precedents - François, under ADMINISTRATIVE”

I was assisted in the preparation of this letter by the commentary of Katherine Throckmorton, Knute Hvitabjörn, and Snorri Bjarnarson.

This letter contains 5 new names, 5 new devices, 1 new device change, 1 new badge, 1 name resubmission, and 1 device resubmission. This is a total of 14 items, 12 of them new. A check to cover fees will be sent separately.

Thank you again for your 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.

Gordon, E.V. An Introduction to Old Norse, 2nd edition, Oxford at the Claredon Press, 1957.

MacLysaght, E. The Surnames of Ireland. Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 1991.

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.


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