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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 S.C.A. College of Arms, June 2011:

Ælfred Lionstar of Ravenspur. Badge. (Fieldless) A sword inverted sable winged at the quillions, the blade entwined of two serpents respectant Or.

Per the May 2009 Cover Letter, "'an X entwined of a Y' is a primary X and a secondary Y."

Amanda of Sankt Vladimir. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per fess purpure and sable, a jester's cap and a dragon's head couped argent.

Submitted under the name Mononobe Tatsuni.

Anastasia of Three Oaks. Badge. (Fieldless) An acorn inverted slipped and leaved proper.

Ariel Longshanks. Name (see RETURNS for device).

This mixes a German Jewish given name with an English byname; the mix is a step from period practice.

Berkedei Kökösara. Device. Argent, a gurges sable and on a chief gules three bats argent.

Bran FitzRobert. Device. Per bend sinister vert and argent, a harp Or and a stag's head erased gules.

Cassandra Attewoode. Household name Summers Keep and badge. Azure, a wall with a door issuant from base argent masoned sable and in chief a sunburst Or.

Current precedent says that Keep and its Middle English form Kepe are registerable in contexts that surnames would apply, but not as placename elements (see the November 2001 and May 2011 LoARs for more details). However, for this submission, commenters were able to find evidence of the use of Kepe in placenames. Studies on Middle English local surnames by Mattias Teodor Löfvenberg dates le Kepe as a placename to 1425 (along with Kepeland 1204 and Kepe mede 1530). Therefore we can overturn the precedent; Kepe is found both as a standalone placename and as a protheme (first element) in English placenames and can be used as such. It is not clear that the element here is in fact the word meaning "castle," as that word is not attested in locations other than placenames and surnames before the 16th century. But it is registerable in contexts where a placename can be registered. This does not allow the registration of Keep as a deuterotheme (second element) in placenames; it remains unattested and will not be allowed without further evidence.

As one pattern for compound placenames is the addition of a family name in the possessive form before an existing placename, Middle English Summers Kepe or Early Modern English Summers Keep can be justified as a plausible placename.

The next question is whether Keep can be a designator, or whether this must be registered as something like Summers Keep House. We are willing to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that the element Keep found in bynames and placenames is a word meaning something like "castle." As words like Castle can be registered either as designators or as substantive elements within a household name, we can register this as submitted. Under current precedent, for conflict checking purposes this badge is equivalent to Per fess embattled azure and argent masoned sable, in chief a sunburst Or.

This is clear of the device of Danamas of Starlinghurst, Azure, atop a demi-wall issuant from dexter base, a starling contourny argent perched in a nest Or. There is a CD between a wall and a demi-wall, and a CD for adding the sunburst. The starling and its nest are maintained charges. This is also clear of the device of the College of Grey Gargoyles, Per fess embattled azure and argent, masoned azure. If Cassandra's armory is considered as a field division, the sunburst becomes a primary charge and thus is clear of Grey Gargoyles by X.1.

Cecily de la Warde. Badge. Azure, a vegetable lamb argent, flowered Or and fructed argent.

Ciaran Gallowglas. Name and device. Argent, on a pale sable between two wolves combatant gules a death's head argent.

This name mixes a Gaelic given name and an Anglicized Irish or English byname; this is a step from period practice. The temporal distance between the name elements as documented would be another step from period practice, and make this name unregisterable (as we do not allow names with two steps from period practice). However, Ciaran is a saint's name, and under the saint's name allowance, can be constructed as a name anytime up to 1600. As such, there is only the single step from period practice, and this name can be registered.

Please instruct the submitter to draw the wolves to better fill the available space.

Deletha of Anandyrdale. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a domestic cat sejant guardant argent atop a bellows fesswise sable.

Deletha of Anandyrdale. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale a domestic cat couchant guardant argent atop a double-horned anvil sable.

Derder ffrayser. Name and device. Vert, a unicorn statant and on a chief argent three fraises vert.

In July of 2007, Laurel ruled that Derdere was not registerable. The basis of that ruling was the statement by Effric Neyn Ken3ocht Mcherrald (quoted in the decision) that "Derdere is a Latin form used 1 time in 1 late 12th century charter, and may be nominative case but I believe is more likely a mistake (that is, really an oblique case spelling)." While it is true that the spelling Derdere is fairly likely to be a scribal error, the standard for registerability of names is not that high. The spelling Derdere is found in a period document as a nominative form of the name. Therefore it is registerable. However, this is not the form submitted; if the submitter would prefer Derdere, she needs to file a request for reconsideration.

Eadric of Knight's Crossing. Name and device. Gyronny Or and azure, a lion rampant within an orle sable.

Knight's Crossing is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Ellis of Axminster. Name.

Axminster is not clearly dated, but dated forms include Axminstre and Axeminster (both from The history of Newenham abbey, in the county of Devon by James Davidson. The submitted form is a reasonable interpolation.

Elsa Olavintytär. Badge. (Fieldless) A bee bendwise sinister Or winged argent.

Énán Mac Cormaicc. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Énán Mac Cormaic The submitter requested authenticity for "Early Irish." While this name is registerable, we do not have evidence for the use of Énán except by the legendary saint. Therefore we cannot confirm the name is authentic. The byname was not in its early form, which is Cormaicc. We have made that change in order to partially meet the submitter's request.

Erika of Tir Ysgithr. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Sable, two serpents erect respectant between three mullets of four points and on a chief Or a sword sable.

Submitted under the name Elinor L'Adorable.

Etgar Wit Acra. Name and device. Sable, a dragon passant between three mascles argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for 11th or 12th century English; this name meets that request. The submitter might want to know that at this time, unmarked locative bynames are quite rare, and the more typical form would be Etgar de Wit Acra. However, unmarked locative bynames are found in the Domesday book, according to Reaney and Wilson, as well as 100 examples from the 12th century.

Finnr Eiríksson. Name.

Giovanni d'Angelo. Name.

Submitted as Giovanni D'Angelo, the usual form of the preposition is lowercase. No evidence was presented that the capitalized form was found. We have therefore made it lowercase in order to register it.

The submitter requested authenticity for Italy; with the change mentioned above, the name meets that request.

Gwenllian Dragon of Gunthorpe. Name and device. Per bend sinister gules and Or, two roses counterchanged barbed and seeded vert and on a chief Or an ivy vine vert.

The spelling Gwenllian was found by Edelweiss in the late 16th century in both English and Anglicized Welsh contexts.

Heiritha Cobbley of Stanford. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and sable, a drop spindle bendwise argent.

Heiritha is a saint's name, found in Camden (1616) as Hierytha.

The spelling of Cobbley was not found, but can be constructed. Aryanhwy merch Catmael found 14th century spellings Cobeley and Cobbelaye, while Edelweiss found sixteenth century Cobley. Given the spelling variants, and variants found for other similar names, we can give the submitter the benefit of the doubt and register the submitter's preferred spelling.

Hereward of Vinland. Reblazon of device. Sable, a straight trumpet palewise surmounted by an escallop inverted, a bordure argent.

Blazoned when registered as Sable, a straight horn palewise, bell in chief, debruised by an escallop, a bordure, all argent, the escallop is inverted.

Hugo Harp. Device. Sable, an eagle within a bordure dovetailed Or charged with an orle sable.

Isabelle le Charpentier de Normandie. Badge. (Fieldless) On a church bell within and conjoined to an annulet azure a fleur-de-lys argent.

Jurik Dimkovich. Name and device. Or, two brown bears statant erect addorsed proper and a chief indented sable.

Kirsten Maria Matz. Device. Purpure, a great sword bendwise sinister inverted between two roundels Or, each charged with a penguin statant proper.

The use of a penguin is a step from period practice.

Loralei Fulderer. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Loralei is the submitter's legal name.

Mathghamhain MacCionaoith. Badge. Per chevron sable and argent, a chevron embattled counterchanged between a harp reversed and a harp Or and a raven volant bendwise sable.

Meadhbh MacNeill. Device. Gules, a dragonfly and on a chief embattled Or three maple leaves gules.

Milana Lancia. Name.

This name was documented from de Felice. While this is a fine source, not all the names in it are period. Therefore, names may be documented from this (and any other) source only insofar as the source says that the name was in use before 1600. For the given name, de Felice does not provide that evidence; his evidence for the byname is skimpy. In this case, commenters were able to find alternate documentation, and this name can be registered.

Milana follows a well documented Italian pattern of creating given names from places. David Herlihy, "Tuscan Names, 1200-1530," discusses this pattern, giving examples Pisano, Bologno, Parmisano, Milano and Veneto, among others. In late 15th century Pisa, we can find Pisana as a feminine name; this combination makes Milana a quite plausible given name.

Mineko of Twin Moons. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Mineko is the submitter's legal given name.

Twin Moons is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Moricius Rosamon. Device. Argent, a hourglass azure within an orle of oak leaves in orle vert.

Nikolás Ekholm. Name and device. Azure, a tree argent and a ford proper.

Ekholm is the submitter's legal surname. It may also be a period placename, but the documentation did not demonstrate when and where (if anywhere) such a spelling might be found before 1600. It does demonstrate that an earlier form of -holm was used in Old Norse, but does not demonstrate that the element -ek was in use, that the combination is reasonable, or when the submitted form might have come into use. All of these would have to be done to allow it to be registered as a period name. But the name is registerable as is under the legal name allowance.

Ogedai Qara. Device. Gules, a schnecke issuant from base and in chief three increscents Or.

This device is not a conflict with the badge of Adelicia Marie di Rienzi, Gules, a snail passant to sinister Or. There is at least a CD between a snail and a schnecke, and another CD for adding the secondary charges. There is a step from period practice for the use of a schnecke with secondary charges: we know of no period examples of schneckes with secondary or tertiary charges, we find the use of both in this device to be two steps beyond period practice. We may allow secondary or tertiary charges with a schnecke, but we doubt that the use of either is period practice. [Adriona Nichole la rousse de Beauvoir, November 2000, R-Atenveldt]

Ragnarr skrifari. Name change from holding name Ragnarr of Atenveldt.

Randolph Caparulo. Name.

Caparulo is the submitter's legal surname.

Robert Wallace of Craigie. Name and device. Vert, in pale three fish naiant contourny argent.

Rüdiger Seraphin. Device. Per bend sinister vert and sable semy of hearts, in dexter chief a boar's head erased argent.

Séamus mac Ríáin. Badge. (Fieldless) In fess a shepherd's crook sustained by a winged cat sejant, pendant from the crook a lantern sable.

Sergei Rostov. Device. Quarterly vert and Or, a cross bottony quarterly argent and vert.

Sigrid the Generous. Name and device. Argent, two pink flamingos statant respectant proper and a bordure vert.

This name combines a Swedish given name and an English byname; this combination is a step from period practice.

Sturm van der Meer. Name.

Commenters were able to date Sturm in various spellings to the 14th century (in Seibicke). The spelling Sturm is found as a 13th century byname derived from the given name and can thus be registered in this position.

This name mixes a German given name and a Dutch byname; a fully Dutch form would be Storm van der Meer while a fully High German form would be Sturm van dem Meer.

Tetinka Ribbing. Name.

This name mixes Russian and Swedish, which is a step from period practice.

Uilliam of Iona. Name.

Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Ulliam of Iona, the forms have the typical Gaelic form Uilliam. We have made that change in order to correct the error.

The byname can be seen as the Lingua Anglica form of a Gaelic locative byname or as a wholly English grey period byname (as Iona was found in 1623 by Red Flame in The ground of the Catholike and Roman religion in the word of god).

Uliana Iosefova. Name.

Viana Andreu de Segovia. Name.

Nice 16th century Catalan name!

Ytharus Brütschi. Name.

Nice 15th century German name!

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

Ariel Longshanks. Device. Argent, a natural dolphin haurient and a sea-lion respectant purpure.

This is returned for redraw; a natural dolphin has a dorsal fin, which is missing from this emblazon, greatly hampering the identifiability. This is a violation of section VII.7.a of the Rules for Submissions, which requires that "Elements must be recognizable solely from their appearance."

Elinor L'Adorable. Name.

No evidence was presented and none could be found that L'Adorable is a plausible byname. The only period meaning that commenters could find for it was "worthy of worship" (in the literal sense, usually applied to the Virgin Mary). There is a single grey period (1647) citation of it referring to a poet's beloved, but that single poetic usage is not enough to demonstrate that L'Adorable could have been used in prose or other normal speech to refer to a normal person (which is necessary for it to be considered a plausible byname). If the submitter is interested in the idea 'loveable,' she might consider the period term amable (also spelled aimable and amiable in period), which means "kind" as well as "loveable." Her device has been registered under the holding name Erika of Tir Ysgithr.

Énán Mac Cormaicc. Device. Per pale argent and vert, the uppercase Greek letter phi sable between in chief a triskele and a tankard counterchanged.

We require letters, when used as charges, to be drawn in a medieval hand: “This badge must be returned for the use of non-period charges: the capital letters H and S are modern sans-serif letters, with lines of equal width. Medieval letters, both in calligraphy and in carving, had different widths for the different strokes; and while there are some examples of sans-serif letters from ancient times, the majority of medieval letters were serifed. The letters used here are obtrusively modern in style. [Garrick of Shadowdale, R-02-2008]” Similarly, Greek letters should be drawn in a style that matches period hands.

Hannah Elizabeth of York. Name.

Unfortunately, this name creates the appearance of a claim to be the child of Elizabeth of York, the queen of Henry VII of England. Their marriage united a Yorkist and a Lancastrian heir, bringing an end to the War of the Roses. Her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, queen of Edward IV, was ruled important enough to protect in March of 2009. Elizabeth of York is clearly even more important and thus must be protected. We do not allow names to make the claim to be the child (or parent) of a protected person without permission to presume that relationship. We note that this has nothing to do with a claim the submitter intended to make, but only to do with a claim that might be perceived. We most frequently see this rule apply in a situation with a marked patronymic byname, like ap Henry Tudor. However, we also disallow presumption with names that can be understood as unmarked bynames of relationship as well. We would not register Arthur Henry Tudor, as it appears to be a claim to be the child of Henry Tudor. As unmarked matronymics (names that claim you as your mother's child) are common in English, including Elizabeth itself, this has to be understood as a potential claim to be the daughter of Elizabeth of York.

We would drop one of the last two elements in order to remove this problem, but that would be a major change, which the submitter does not allow. We also note that changing the order of the first two elements, to Elizabeth Hannah of York would solve the problem. But that too is a major change.

Iosif Volkov. Name and device. Per chevron argent and azure, two wolves combatant each maintaining an axe azure and a double-headed axe argent.

Unfortunately, this name conflicts with the registered Iosif Volchkov. The two given names are identical. The bynames only differ by the change to the central consonant cluster; this is not sufficient to bring the names clear of conflict. The submitter indicated he was interested in a name for 1250-1350 Russia. The submitter may want to know that this is a lovely 16th century name, but we have no evidence for these elements that early.

As we do not grant a CD for difference between single-headed and double-headed axes, this device is returned for violating the "sword and dagger" rule, by using two similar but non-identical charges in the same design.

Loralei Fulderer. Device. Argent, a cock rising contourny gules.

This device conflicts with the device of Malcolm MacRuairidh of Blackoak, Argent, a raven striking to sinister gules. The bird conflict rules on the November 2003 Cover Letter require both birds to be in a period posture for that bird in order to gain a substantial difference between the two. As Malcolm's raven is not in a period posture, there is thus only one CD for the difference between a raven and a cock, not a substantial difference.

Mineko of Twin Moons. Device. Per pale argent and sable all mullety of four points, two serpents erect respectant tails entwined counterchanged.

This device is returned for a redraw, as commenters were unable to reliably identify the snakes.

Mononobe Tatsuni. Name.

Unfortunately, the documentation for the given name is incorrect. While -ni appears in names, it is only a part of an element -kuni. Therefore the name Tatsuni is not properly constructed. There are multiple solutions: the submitter might use the entire element, making Tatsukuni, or the submitter might use the feminine suffix -me, making Tatsume. Her device has been registered under the holding name Amanda of Sankt Vladimir.

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