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Atenveldt Submissions (excerpted from the S.C.A. College of Arms' Letters of Acceptance and Return)

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, August 2020:

Jenna of Frehope. Name.
Jenna is the submitter's legal given name. However, the submitter does not need to rely on the Legal Name Allowance because Jenna is also an attested 16th century English given name.
The submitter requested authenticity for the 11th century. This name does not meet the submitter's request because Jenna cannot be found in English earlier than the 16th century and the spelling Frehope cannot be found before the 13th century.

Katherine Throckmorton and Flavia Valeriana. Joint badge. (Fieldless) On a lemon fesswise Or slipped and leaved vert a heart inverted gules.

Symond Bayard le Gris.Heraldic title Paternoster Herald.
A pasternoster is a closed string of beads with a small cross or tassel pendant at the bottom used for prayer or meditation. The artifact is named after the Latin name for the Lords Prayer (Our Father). As noted in the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, a paternoster is a period heraldic charge. ( Paternoster is also an English surname associated with people who make paternosters. Therefore, this heraldic title follows at least two attested patterns for creating such titles.
Some commenters found a heraldic title based on explicit religious reference to be offensive. Notably, this complaint has never been made in connection with the registration of paternosters as a charge. A nearly equal number of commenters did not find the name offensive.
NPN5B2 of SENA states: 'Names which include religious terms used in a way that mock the beliefs of others will not be registered. This includes both incongruous combinations and combinations that are excessively religious and may be offensive to believers and non-believers alike. Most religious terminology is not offensive. Names with non-offensive religious terminology may be registered.'
As SENA clearly states, "[m]ost religious terminology is not offensive." This particular name does not cross the line into offensiveness. The title Paternoster Herald does not mock the beliefs of others. Paternoster was not only a religious artifact, it was an inherited surname that was common in period and persisted post-period as well. Thus, the term cannot be considered "excessively religious." Although we appreciate the concerns raised about this name, it can be registered.

There were no returns in August.

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