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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Elisabeth Laurel; Juliana Pelican; Emma 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 submitter will accept any spelling and grammar corrections; all assistance is appreciated.

1. Clarice Alienor Neep: NEW NAME CHANGE from Clarice Alienor Aldinoch

The current name was registered September 2010. If the name change is registered, she wishes to maintain Clarice Alienor Aldinoch as an alternate name.

The name is English. Clarice is a feminine given name dated 1191 (as Claris) 1273 and 1296 in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

Alienor is a feminine given name dated c. 1202 and 1211 in the same source.

Neep is an English surname, an undated header (Neap, Neep) in Reaney and Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd edition, p. 320; the earliest dated spelling is 1279, as (le) Nep.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the spelling; she will accept Nep if necessary to register the name, but she really likes the very simple spelling (and very likely to not be mispronounced) Neep. Otherwise, she will not accept a holding name.

2. Curlew Drogheala: NEW CHANGE OF DEVICE

Argent, in pale a raven perched upon and pecking a single-horned anvil reversed sable, a base rayonny gules.

The name was registered August 1972.

Considering Alexsander von Mausheim (device, 10/2005, An Tir), Or, in pale a raven maintaining a reed pen inverted perched atop an anvil sable., there is 1 CD for the change of field tinctures and 1 CD for the addition of the secondary charge.

If registered, the client wishes to retain his currently-registered device, Per fess argent and vert, a doebird curlew [Phaeopus borealis] close affrontée, head to sinister, proper perched upon two rocks issuant from base Or., as a badge.

3. Ellen Redboots: NEW NAME

The name is English.

Ellen is a feminine given name dated to 1296 and 1324, in ““Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames,” Talan Gwynek, . It is also the client's legal given name.

The byname Redboots is based on similar constructions found in Middle English Nicknames, I. Compounds, Jan Jönsjö. Redhod, “one who wears a red hood,” is dated to 1300-03 and found on p. 151, and other byname elements include articles of apparel like stockings, hats and shoes. The spelling Boots is seen in 1597 (COED); those earlier are spelling bootes.

This was originally submitted as “Ellen of the Red Boots,” and was held in-kingdom for clarification, as several commenters thought that the construct failed: no documentation for “of the” was provided, and that names like this in Jönsjö are seen as <given name> + <nickname> formations. The client has decided to go with the demonstrated construction of the byname.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the meaning of the name (she is known for her wearing of red boots). She will not accept Major changes to the name.

4. Günter Haller: NEW DEVICE

Sable, on a cross formy throughout gules fimbriated between four wolves passant in saltire a wolf passant, a bordure Or.

The name was registered December 2010.

There was commentary as to whether a cross formy could be fimbriated, or if it didn't quality as a simple geometric, failing the “shrinky-dink” test. (It was suggested that if this were the case, the client might consider not using fimbriation and instead placing the red cross directly on the gules field, with a number of period examples of this practice included.)

However, a very recent registration by the College of Arms (March 2011) suggests that such a cross, or a variation of it, could be fimbriated: Wiglaf Sigeberhting (registered in March of 2011 (via Atlantia)): Azure platy, a cross formy nowy gules fimbriated Or.

The client was contacted and these issues were made known to him. He prefers to keep the fimbriation if at all possible, and so we are sending up his first choice. He is also aware that the bordure needs to be drawn thicker.

5. Joscelin de Lyons: BLAZON CORRECTION

Per pall inverted purpure, Or ermined gules, and sable, two lions addorsed regardant Or and purpure and a joscelyn wreathed Or and gules, belled argent.

The name was registered September 1991.

This device change was registered in July 2009 as Per pall inverted purpure, Or ermined gules, and sable, two lions addorsed Or and purpure and a joscelyn wreathed Or and gules, belled argent. (The fact that the lions were regardant was accidentally omitted from the blazon.) The emblazon shows them clearly being regardant, only no one (starting with me and the omission in the blazon found in the Atenveldt Letter of Intent dated 25 March 2009 , item 35) caught the mistake in the blazon. We ask that the College corrects the blazon to match the emblazon that was submitted in the Letter of Intent (and which the client really wants!).

6. Otto Christoph Von Frankenau: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Lozengy gules and argent, a goat clymant sable.

The name is German. Otto is a masculine given name dated 1272 through 1397, and Christoph is dated 1351 and 1480; both are found in “Medieval German Given Names from Silesia: Men's Names,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

There are several masculine given names in “German Names from Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, 1441.” Sara L. Uckelman

( ) that also appear in the same paper as unenhanced surnames (Fritz, Frantz and Michel among them).

Frankenau was built as a border fortification against the Saxons, and the founding is assumed to have taken place between 500 and 750, with town rights being granted by Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia, in 1242 ( ; this information appears in the book, Frankenau: Altenlotheim, Louisedorf, Dainrode, Ellershausen, Allendorf, Bucher Gruppe (editor) ISBN-10: 1158986181 It was used as a surname, Haudi von 'Frankenau (c. 870-903), found in .

The client desires a male name, is more interested in the language/culture of medieval Germany and wishes to make it authentic for 13th-14th C. German. He will not accept Major changes to the name.

7. Sarah Axford: NEW NAME

The name is English.

Sarah is dated to 1201 (through c. 1405) as a feminine given name in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames: Introduction,” Talan Gwynek ( ).

Axford is a town first mention in 1163; in the later Middle Ages and the 16th C, it was apparently a village of medium-sized farmsteads and average wealth, c. 1523 (British History Online, ).

The client desires a female name and will not accept Major or Minor Changes to the name.

8. Valdís Eiríksdóttir: NEW DEVICE

Argent, a horse's head erased sable and in dexter chief a mullet of four points gules.

The name appears in the June 2011 Atenveldt Letter of Intent. It should be noted that the correct spelling of the byname should be Eiríksdóttir, not Eiriksdóttir, as it appeared the June LoI.

Consider Eoin MacGriogair: Argent, a chess knight sable crined gules. There is 1 CD between a horse's head and a chess knight, which is double-headed (but not between a horse's head and a single-headed chess knight), as noted by the Precedent: “... and another CD for the change from a horse's head to the default double-headed chess knight. As Palimpsest notes, “... the reason for the conflict of the single-headed chess knight and a horse's head is visual. The double-headed chess knight is a period charge (found in Siebmacher in the arms of Hertzheim) so the visual standard does not apply. Even were it to apply it would clear the conflict, but the applicable standard is whether the charges were considered equivalent by period heralds. There is no reason to believe that this was the case for double-headed chess knights and horse's heads, so this submission is clear.” [Joseph Angus Wilson, 09/2001, A-Calontir]

The curve of the horse's neck follows examples of couped cited in a discussion of Couped and Erased in the November 2011 LoAR. “...Another form of [period] couping showed a smooth shallow concavity (ref. 6: Pastoureau, op. cit., p. 12; on-line Manesse Codex ( ); Pastoureau, op. cit., p. 60 (also on-line Manesse codex ). Sometimes there was an extreme concavity, particularly in Continental sources (Ref. 7: Neubecker, op. cit., p. 116, unicorn's heads: this is a citation from the Zuricher Wappenrolle, which can be found in an on-line version ([Working online URL is ]) on strip 2, front p. 9 (Helmsdorf). ). This concavity appears to be anatomically based on the shoulders of the beast. Any of these forms are acceptable for depictions of couped heads.”

I was assisted in the preparation of the Letter of Intent by Gunnvor silfrahárr, Helena de Argentoune and Jeanne Marie Lacroix.

This letter contains 3 new names, 1 new name change, 3 new devices, 1 new device change. There is 1 blazon correction. This is a total of 9 items, 8 of them new.

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, 3rd Edition, 1997.

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

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