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Letter of Intent Kingdom of Atenveldt

Unto Gabriel Laurel; Juliana Pelican; Emma Wreath; and the commenting Members of the College of Arms,

Greetings of the New Year 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. Akastos Theodoros: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Or, a polypus sable and a bordure per bordure indented argent and sable.

The name is Greek. Akastos is a masculine given name in Lexicon of Greek Personal Names Vol IIa, p. 2,

Theodoros is a name in the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names,, under Theophoric Names, from Theo + doros. These elements could be very specific to a deity, although the deity could be a very powerful one, a very minor one, or even one from a foreign culture.

The construction of a given name + byname is seen in "Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era," Bardas Xiphias, Unfortunately, Sans Repose notes that this name does not follow the pattern in the article, since both Akastos and Theodoros are given names. Theodoros can be turned into a patronymic byname by putting it in the genitive case, e.g., Theodorou. This pattern is found in Academy of S. Gabriel Report #2876 ( “In ancient Greek, patronymic bynames (bynames based on the bearer's father's name) were somewhat common. There were two ways that these were created: by putting the father's name in the genitive case (e.g. <John's> from <John>) or by making an adjective out of the father's name. By the 4th century AD, these bynames had, however, by and large disappeared. [2]”. Dragging out my old Classical Greek text from its freshman college class agrees that the byname should be in the genitive case.

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

Consider Corwin MacNabb (registered 3/2012), Or, a polypus sable and an orle gules., with a DC for replacing the the orle with a bordure and a second DC for changing the tinctures of the secondaries.

2. Atenveldt, Kingdom of: NEW BADGE for Thrown Weapons

Argent, two axes crossed in saltire surmounted by a spear and on a chief gules a dagger fesswise argent.

The Kingdom name was registered a long time ago, in a galaxy...or something. (It “was registered at some point.”, according to the Armorial.)

3. Dalfina Lacarra de Navarra: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, April 2013

Azure, a bend wavy cotised between an arrow fesswise reversed and a ram rampant argent.

The name was registered May 2012.

This device was returned for conflict with the device of Elizabeth Arrowsmyth, Azure, a bend wavy between two dolphins haurient argent. There is one DC for the change in type of the secondary charges, but nothing for the change in orientation as dolphins do not have comparable postures/orientations with quadrupeds or inanimate charges. Cotising the bend wavy should provide the second DC (a consideration of using two bendlets wavy resulted in finding a new conflict, with the same DC count as was found between Dalfina's and Elizabeth's).

4. Ered Sûl, Barony of: NEW ORDER NAME “Order of the Golden Tower of (the Barony of) Ered Sûl” and NEW BADGE

Azure, on a mountain of three peaks vert, fimbriated and snow-capped argent, a tower Or.

The barony name was registered/reaffirmed March 1998.

The Order name conflicts with the Barony of Sternfeld's Order of the Golden Tower, registered February 1987. “The Order of the Golden Tower of Ered Sûl” should clear the conflict.

This particular motif (Azure, on a mountain of three peaks vert, fimbriated and snow-capped argent, a...) is found in the arms and in most badges registered to the barony and is consistently drawn in this manner. (The group was found in the 1970s, although the affirmation of the name is consistent with its elevation to Barony.)

5. Flore de le Court: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent semy of ladybugs proper, a fleur-de-lys azure.

The name is French. Both elements are found in “Names from Lallaing 1384-1600,” Domhnall na Moicheirghe. Flore dates to 1562,, and de le Court to 1597, This is a lovely name, with elements less than 50 years apart (woohoo!). The client will not accept Major changes to the name.

She is most interested in the language/culture of the name.

There was one concern that if the <t> in <Court> is silent, I'm afraid the names might sound too similar to Fleur Delacouer (a character in the Harry Potter series), but Sans Repose was of the opinion that the <t> is not silent.

6. Guillaume Viau: NEW DEVICE

Azure, a mullet voided and interlaced Or between five swords in annulo hilts to center argent.

The name appears in the 25 June 2013 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

The orientation of long, thin charges with a specific “top” and “bottom,” but arranged with an end to the center of the field can be seen at ,

in which crosses crosslet fitchy are oriented with their bases to center (row 3, numbers 3 and 4) (Koninklijk Instituut voor het Kunstpatrimonium, Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage).

7. Morgann MacDara: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Vert, a lightning bolt bendwise, on a chief argent two acorns slipped and leaved sable.

The given name is Scottish Gaelic. Morgann is a male given name found in “A Simple Guide to Constructing 12th Century Scottish Gaelic Names,” Sharon L. Krossa, names taken from The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer, Kenneth Jackson (

Sinach MacDara (more commonly seen as Saint MacDara), is a 6th C. saint noted in the 1868 edition of Rev. Canon O' Hanlon's Lives of the Saints, with July 16 as his feast day and a small island, Inis Mac Dara, off the coast of Connemara, where he lived in the oratory that bears his name. R.A.S. Macalister wrote an extensive paper on the island, “Mac Dara's Island,” and its saint in 1895 for the Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland, reproduced at

The masculine given name Dub Dara (Black Dara?) is a Middle Irish Gaelic name (c900-c1200), which also fits into the time period for Morgann. Since the saint's name appears in Macalister's paper as MacDara and Mac Dara, the client prefers MacDara. (This might not be possible, with the author writing in the 19th C. style, and the period form more likely to be mac Dara. The article is also somewhat rife with misspellings that might be latter-day typos.)

The client desires a male name and is more interested in the language/culture of the name.

Artistic suggestions included giving the oak leaf clusters a bit of interior detailing to improve their identifiability and to have the lightning bolt more centered on the field. I'm guessing that the artist didn't know it was best to draw the diagonal line and then put half the embattles on one side of it, and the others on the opposite side to achieve a centered charge.

8. Tiberius Nautius Josephus Africanus: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Or, a bat-winged monkey rampant and chained purpure.

The name is Latin/Classical Roman. All elements are found in “Names and Naming Practices of Regal and Republican Rome,” Meradudd Cethin, Tiberius is a praenomen, Nautius a nomen and Josephus a cognomen. (Josephus is a reference to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-100? AD), who fought for the Romans. Joseph is also the client's legal given name.) Additionally, the client has chosen an agnomen, Africanus. Such additional names, cognomina and agnomina alike, may have been an honorific bestowed on an individual (one that didn't pass down to his descendents), or merely a nickname that “stuck” (Cicero = “chickpea”).

I was assisted in the preparation of the Letter of Intent by Andreas von Meißen, Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Brenna Lowri o Ruthin, Etienne Le Mons, ffride wlffsdotter, Gunnvor silfraharr, Juetta Copin, Modar Neznanich and Taran the Wayward.

There is a total of 4 new names 1 new order name, 5 new devices, 2 new badges and 1 device resubmission. This is a total of 13 items, 12 of them new.

Thank you again for your great indulgence and patience, your expertise and your willingness to share it.

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

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