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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, April 2011:

Arianna Hunter. Name and device. Argent, a griffin rampant vert, on a bordure sable eight mullets of four points argent.

In June 2010, Laurel ruled: Arianna is found as a literary name in Il Petrarcha in 1574. Its use as the name of an important character who is a normal human being makes it eligible for the literary name allowance. Therefore, Arianna is registerable as an Italian given name.

Edelweiss was able to find Ariana (with a single n) as an English feminine given name in 1598. However, as the submitter did not request authenticity, we are not changing the name to be fully English.

This name mixes an Italian given name with an English byname, which is a step from period practice.

There is not a step from period practice for the use of a mullet of four points. Please see the Cover Letter for more discussion on this issue.

Catalana di Michele Romana. Name and device. Azure, a phoenix and in base four roses in cross argent.

Submitted as Catalana di Michel della Romana, the bynames as submitted have several issues. The byname di Michel mixes Italian and French in a single name phrase, which we do not allow. The fully Italian form is di Michele, which the submitter indicated she preferred to a fully French form. We have made that change in order to register it. The byname della Romana is not properly constructed, as Romana is an adjective meaning 'Roman,' and would have been used with no preposition or article. The submitter indicated that she preferred the sound Romana and wanted to retain it as the final byname. Romana can be understood as a adjectival byname meaning 'the Roman woman.' It is not found as a byname in the sources we could locate. However, the word appears commonly in 16th century Florence, for example as the Porta Romana, the gate facing toward Rome (from the Medici Archive). Aryanhwy merch Catmael was able to find the masculine form, Romano, as a byname in Florentine merchants in the age of the Medici; letters and documents from the Selfridge collection of Medici manuscripts, edited by Gertrude Randolph Bramlette Richards. We have changed the name to the plausibly constructed feminine form, Romana, in order to register the name.

Eileen of the March. Reblazon of device. Vert, a bend sinister wavy between a hare rampant to sinister and three tufts of cattails argent.

Blazoned when registered, in November 1986, as Vert, a bend wavy between a hare rampant to sinister and three tufts of cattails, all argent, the armory actually has a bend sinister.

Seki Tora. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for Japanese; both elements are found in 16th century Japan.

Þórdís sjóna. Name and device. Argent, in pale a mullet of nine points and a Thor's hammer azure.

The byname sjóna "seeress" was used to describe normal people, and is not an unregisterable claim to superhuman powers; it was registered as recently as 2008. That precedent says: The byname means "seeress". Per past precedent, this is not presumptuous: "Fáid means seer or prophet. Some doubts were raised in commentary about the appropriateness of such a byname. However, The Dictionary of the Irish Language glosses it in the same fashion as Druid. Since we would register [Name] the Druid, [Name] the seer or prophet is also acceptable." (Jaelle of Armida, LoAR December 1997, p. 1) [Acceptances, Muirgheal inghean Shitheach, August 2008]

Zach Many Arrows. Name and device. Argent, in fess six arrows inverted proper fletched sable.

Submitted as Zach of Many Arrows, the name was justified as an inn-sign name. However, no evidence was found that inn-sign names used words like Many. Instead, we can justify this as two late period family names, as both Many and Arrows are found in the sixteenth century. A Middle English byname Manyarrow is also justifiable, but the former is closer to the submission. We have made that change in order to register the name.

The following submissions were returned by the College of Arms for further work, April 2011:


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