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Letter of Intent

30 July 2018, A.S. LIII

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. Alycie Wylde: NEW NAME and DEVICE
Per saltire vert and sable, in pale an elder tree eradicated and a drawn bow reversed with arrow nocked argent, a bordure Or.

Alycie is a female given name found in “A List of Feminine Personal Names Found in Scottish Records. Part Two: Pre-1400 Names,” Talan Gwynek (; it is dated to c. 1280.

Wylde is found as a surname as le Wylde in Reaney and Wilson, 3rd edition, p 492 s.n. Wild.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the sound of the name.

The (elder) tree is taken from the device of Mery of Ellersly, registered November 2011. The blazon for the bow and arrow arrangement is taken from the device of Pól mac Coileáin, registered December 2015; Bruce Draconarius notes in that Letter of Intent for Pól: “Prior rulings have declared the bow with the arrow nocked to be a single charge for purposes of slot-machine consideration.” (

2. Boleslaw Bartold: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Purpure, a bear dormant, on a chief argent, a cross fleury purpure between an increscent and a decrescent sable.

Boleslaw is a masculine given name found in “Polish Given Names in Nazwiska Polaków,” Walraven van Nijmegen and Arval Benicoeur ( The name is listed as Bolesl\av, and I suspect that the crossed-l letter would have to be included in the spelling.

According to one genealogist's work on the name, “BARTOLD: What Does the Name Mean?” (, Bartold is a Polish surname very likely of German origin, going back to the 14th C. However, all entries in Familysearch with this particular spelling are post-1650. In the Walraven and Arval paper, Bartold is listed as a German, Frankish or French given name.

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

I am very unsure whether the device is submitted too late to have a dormant beast, which is close to being prohibited by the College of Arms for the ongoing issue of poor identifiability. The client really wants a dormant bear, so we shall see.

3. Dawn Greenwall: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, January 2016

Per fess gyronny of 26 from the fess point Or and gules, and vert masoned Or.

The name was registered June 2014.

The client's previous device submission, Per fess azure and vert masoned Or, a demi-sun issuant from the line of division Or., was returned for multiple conflicts: “It conflicts with the device of Shauna Branwen: Per saltire vert and sable, a demi-sun Or. There is only one DC for changing the field. It also conflicts with the badge of Kara the Twin of Kelton, Sable, the upper half of a mullet of four greater and twelve lesser points Or, the badge of Laurelen Darksbane, Per chevron azure and vert, a demi-compass star issuant from the line of division and the badge of Mathias Sicco von Hagen, Per fess sable and vert, issuant from the line of division a demi-compass-star Or. In these cases, there is a DC for changing the field but no DC for the difference between demi-sun and demi-compass star.”
It is highly unlikely that this can be registered, as Orle's research into period gyronny shows an overwhelming number of gyronnies of eight, and somewhat less gyronnies of 10; anything more seems to be next to non-existent. I would however, appreciate having a definite number/limit of parts determined by the knowledgable people of the College.

The device of Fëamîr Bek (registered May 1996), Per fess sable and gyronny from the fess point argent and vert, a cross alisée fitchy Or. (similar to that seen here), has only four parts that would otherwise have a default number of eight. If that is the correct way of blazoning such a design, this seems to be an accurate version of the blazon: Per fess gyronny of 26 from the fess point Or and gules, and a vert masoned Or.

The upper portion of the field has a strong (overwhelming) resemblance to the state flag of Arizona; the number of gyrons and the tinctures are identical.

4. Ermesinde de Champaigne: NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, a chevron vert between two flowers each of six heart-shaped petals and a hummingbird rising purpure.

Ermesinde is a female given name, from OHG ermin, Osaxon irmin, “great, strong,” + Osaxon swïth “strong” (“Ermesinde,” S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2018, no. 1,; Ermesinde, Countess of Luxembourg, reigned between 1197 and 1247. She was the only child of Count Henry IV and his second wife, Agnes of Guelders.

Champagne from Dictionnaire Étymologique des Noms de Lieux de la France by Albert Dauzat & Rostaing, p. 136, dates the use from 832. Bardsley p. 169 s.n. Champain has de Champain 1345 and de Chaumpaigne 1306, and R&W p. 90 s.n. Champain has de Champaigne 1195.

The client desires a female name, and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (1400s French). She would like it authentic for language and/or culture.

There is a SFPP for using a hummingbird, which is found only in the New World. This is unlike any gillyflower that I've seen, and one commenter suggested blazoning them as two flowers each of six heart-shaped petals. Upon further consultation with the client, she would like to keep the original design and use this suggested blazon.

5. Hamasaki Kojirome Miyako: NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, October 2016 (current holding name Jennifer of Mons Tonitrus)

The original name submission, Hamasaki Eiwa Miyako, was returned for the following reasons: “This name must be returned because the element Eiwa is not appropriate for personal names during the SCA's period. Eiwa is an "era" name; in other words, it was an element used to name time periods, not people. Era names were not incorporated into personal names before 1868. Additionally, Hamasaki is not a correct transliteration of the Japanese elements. Keystone advised that the correct transliteration is Hamazaki. This name would be registerable as Hamazaki Miyako, but the submitter does not allow any changes. Therefore, it must be returned.”

The name is Japanese. All elements come from Name Construction in Mediæval Japan, Solveig Thorndardottir.
Page 29: Paragraphs 2-4 reference the construction of names in Warrior families.

Page 68: Paragraph 1 references the use of topographic family/house names by the buke class, and the correct composition for such.

Hamasaki: reference for element Hama in the descriptive position, p. 149; reference for -sake in the substantive position, p. 146.

Kojirome: reference for spoken name Kojirou, p. 212; reference for feminine suffix -me, p. 49, paragraph 3.

Miyako: reference for root element Miya, p. 138; reference for quasi-titular element -ko, p. 4.

The client will not take Major or Minor changes to the name.

6. Hamzah ibn Talib al-Ta'i: NEW NAME CHANGE, from Gunnarr Egilsson

His current name was registered April 2000.

The name is Arabic. All elements are taken from “Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices,” Da'ud ibn Auda ( Hamzah and Talib are male given names/'isms. Al-Ta'i is a laqab, a combination of words into a byname or epithet, usually religious, relating to nature, a descriptive, or of some admirable quality the person had (or would like to have) .
The client desires a male name. If registered, he wishes to retain Gunnarr Egilsson as an alternate name.

7. John Feathervane: NEW NAME and DEVICE
Sable, two arrows embowed and inverted in saltire inverted, a bordure agent.

The name is English. John is a fairly common male given name with a number of churches dedicated to the Baptist during the 12th-15th C. (Withycombe, erd edition, pp. 178-9).

Margerie Feather has a christening date of 13 Jul 1605 in Winterton, Lincoln, England (Batch C03381-1, ).

Vane is found for Rich Vane, a male with the christening date of 02 Nov 1590 at St. Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, London, England (Batch C00629-1 , The surname exists as two separate surnames, which is permitted in late English names. Vane is also the flat part of a feather, consisting of two rows of barbs on either side of the shaft (

The client noted that he would like the name as a single word if possible (Feathervane). However, ffride wlffsdotter commented: “Sadly, it seems the term "feather vane" is post-period if the OED is accurate:
sv. Vane n., 5 "The web of a feather.", with citations dated 1713, 1769, 1834 and 1875.
sv. Web n., 14 “The series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a bird's feather; the vane or vexillum.”, with citations dated 1575 and 1678.” She asked that if the client was find with "Feather Vane" as two bynames, might there be an issue with obtrusive modernity, if the pre-1600 term is a feather "web"? Michael Gerard Curtememoire replied: “I don't think so. forbids a name that "destroys medieval ambience and drags the average person mentally back to the present day." I'd extend that to names that drag the average person into, say, Dickens's Christmas Carol or Kipling's "Recessional". But the populace doesn't have the OED at its fingertips, so I don't believe <John Feather Vane> destroys medieval ambience.”

The client is most interested in the sound of the name.

8. Mariette Dominique du Beau: DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, June 2017

Azure, a bat-winged mermaid erect to sinister between flaunches argent.

The name was registered April 2000.

The original submission, Azure, a bat-winged mermaid erect to sinister between flaunches argent., was returned by Laurel: “This device is returned for lack of recognizability. This depiction of bat wings does not match any depiction known to the College of Arms, and appears to be closer to a cape than any structured sort of wing.” That problem has been resolved.
Considering Dineen Berwick, Azure, a mermaid erect flaunches argent., there is 1 DC for the orientation of the mermaid and 1 DC for the addition of the wings. Considering Giovanni di Giacomettino, Azure, a winged merman argent., there is 1 DC for the addition of flaunches, and 1 DC for the orientation of the charges (I am thinking that Giovanni's merman is affronty and neither erect to dexter or to sinister).

9. Rickard Hawthorne: NEW BADGE

Argent, in pale a gout and eight dismembered polypus tentacles, an orle azure.

The name was registered January 2005.

10. Sundragon, Barony of: NEW BADGE
Gules, a dragon segreant contourny maintaining a hexagonal gemstone, a bordure indented argent.

The branch name was registered September 1984.

A previous badge was registered to the Barony January 2006, Gules, a dragon contourny and a bordure indented argent. Geofrei and Jaqueline, Baron and Baroness of Sundragon, wish to modify this existing badge and register this new one.

11. Valerie O Neill : NEW NAME CHANGE, from Anna O Neill
Her current name was registered in the February 2018 LoAR.
Valerie is the client's legal given name. In addition, a Valerie Morgan was christened 1 Nov 1620 in Saint Martin-Vintry, London, London (Batch C02245-2,
The client desires a female name. If registered, she wishes to retain Anna O Neill as an alternate name.

There are 4 New Names, 2 New Name Changes, 4 New Devices and 2 New Badges. These 12 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $48 for them. There is1 New Holding Name Change, 1 Resubmission Name Change and 2 Resubmission Devices. These 4 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 16 items submitted on this letter.

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter with Commentary by Christian Jorgensen af Hilsonger, Etienne Le Mons, ffride wlffsdotter, Gunnvor silfraharr (Orle), Lyn Whitewolfe, Michael Gerard Curtememoire and Wulfric von Frankfurt.

Thank you to those who provide your wisdom 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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