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

ATENVELDT REGISTRATIONS by the College of Arms, June 2002:

Áedán Mac Néill. Name.

There was some discussion regarding whether Mac should be capitalized in this byname. Given the amount of discussion and varying opinions, a clarification of this issue has been included in the Cover Letter accompanying this LoAR. As the submitter did not indicate a preferred meaning, we have registered this name as submitted.

Alianora Alexandra da Lyshåret. Device reblazon. Sable, three narcissi affronty one and two slipped and leaved proper.

The previous blazon, Sable, three narcissi one and two slipped and leaved proper, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Alianora Alexandra da Lyshåret. Badge reblazon. Per fess sable and Or, on a narcissus blossom affronty argent a Celtic cross Or.

The previous blazon, Per fess sable and Or, on a narcissus blossom argent a Celtic cross Or, did not specify the posture of the flower.

Angelica des Montagnes. Device reblazon. Purpure, on a bend sinister argent between two daffodils affronty and two decrescents Or, a hummingbird palewise displayed gules.

The previous blazon, Purpure, on a bend sinister argent between two daffodils and two decrescents Or, a hummingbird palewise displayed gules, did not specify the posture of the flowers.

Barbara of Levedia. Device reblazon. Argent, on a pile ployé throughout vert, a daffodil, bell to dexter base, slipped and leaved, argent.

The previous blazon, Argent, on a pile ploye throughout vert, a daffodil, slipped and leaved, argent, did not specify the posture of the flower, and lacked the accent on the last letter of ployé.

Dawen the Dark. Name and device. Per fess Or and pean, a demi-sun sable charged with a demi-eagle Or.

Submitted as Dayone the Dark, no documentation was provided and none was found that Dayone is a plausible name in period. Black Pillar found some similar-sounding names in period, which we are including here for the submitter's information: I note the masculine name "Deo" from the article "Italian Men's Names from Florence, 1427" by Ferrante laVolpe. There is the masculine name "Dion" from Wickendon's Dictionary of Period Russian Names, online 2nd edition. There is also the Welsh masculine name "Deyo," given as a variant of "David" in "A Simple Guide to Constructing 16th Century Welsh Names" by Tangwystl verch Morgant Glasvryn. Those are the closest that I have found in looking through my resources. The LoI specifically noted that if the submitted name was not registerable, the submitter would accept Melissa Dawn the Dark. Dawn was documented as a header form in Reaney & Wilson (p. 128 s.n. Dawn). In most cases, header forms are plausible for period and so are registerable. However, precedent (most notably regarding modern forms in Ó Corráin & Maguire) has ruled that header forms which are modern might not be registerable. This has been handled on a case by case basis. In this instance, the only example given under this header in Reaney & Wilson is Roger Dawen, dated to 1332. Dawen is derived from Daw/Dawe, a diminutive of David, via an -en diminutive ending. Lacking evidence that the e would have been dropped in period, Dawn is not registerable. As Dawen is a diminutive of a given name, it is registerable as a given name and does not require Melissa to be added as a given name to make this name registerable.

The bird was originally blazoned as a demi-hawk but it is clearly drawn as a stylized eagle. We have therefore reblazoned it.

Fiona Ann the Fair. Name and device. Ermine, three crescents inverted sable.

Note: Fiona was ruled SCA compatible in April of 1981 and upheld in the December 1995 cover letter.

This device does not conflict with Aébfhinn ni Thigearnaigh, Ermine, an alphyn passant between three crescents inverted sable. The standard comparison between these two devices would be that Fiona's device has deleted a primary charge, the alphyn, from Aébfhinn's device. The alphyn is clearly primary in Aébhfhinn's device because it is a central charge surrounded by an group of identical charges. Just as the hypothetical arms Ermine, a chevron between three crescents inverted sable would have the chevron as a primary charge group, the alphyn in Aébfhinn's device is also a primary charge group. Addition/deletion of primary charge is sufficient difference between two pieces of armory by RfS X.1.

Flannacán Ó Duinnín. Name and device. Azure, a fess between three trefoils and a lion's head cabossed argent.

Haley Óláfsdóttir. Name change from holding name Haley of Atenveldt.

An issue regarding holding names arose in reviewing this submission resulting in a policy change discussed fully in the Cover Letter accompanying this LoAR. Beginning with the January 2003 decision meeting, elements of a holding name which were not documented in the original submission are not grandfathered for use in a new submission or resubmission. Most notably this addresses mundane name elements taken from the submission form in order to create a holding name. If such an element was not submitted with proper documentation as required under the Legal Name allowance (RfS II.4), it is not grandfathered. If the submitter wishes to use that element in an SCA name, it may be submitted as normal under the Legal Name allowance.

Isabeau Gagnon. Name and device. Argent, a chevron purpure between three lions rampant gules within a bordure purpure.

Marceau de Valcourt. Badge. (Fieldless) A pair of rapiers crossed in saltire Or surmounted by a fleur-de-lys purpure.

Marcus Christian. Name and device. Per saltire purpure and argent, in pale a comet bendwise sinister Or headed of a mullet and a single-horned anvil argent.

Submitted as Marcus the Christian, all of the documentation found for Christian as a byname show it as a patronymic byname. Therefore, we have removed the from the byname.

Michel der Riese. Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and vert, a talbot passant sable and a bordure counterchanged.

Stefania Krakowska. Name.

Suzanne du Soleil. Name.

Listed on the LoI as Suzanne du Soliel, this name was submitted as Suzanne du Soleil. There was some question about the plausibility of the byname du Soleil, 'of the sun'. Clarion found support for this form of the byname: Morlet, Dictionnaire Étymologique des Noms de Famille (the updated Dauzat), pg. 905, s.n. Soleil, gives Soleil as a hamlet name, which makes du Soleil plausible.

It is important to note that this entry in Morlet lists Le Soleil as a variant of this placename. Therefore, du Soleil (du being a contraction of de le) is a valid locative byname based on the placename referenced in Morlet.

Victoria of the Vales of Barnsdale. Badge reblazon. Erminois, a daffodil blossom bell to sinister base purpure slipped vert.

The previous blazon, Erminois, a daffodil blossom reversed purpure slipped vert, did not specify the posture of the flower.

ATENVELDT RETURNS by the College of Arms, June 2002:

Brian macSeyfang. Name and device. Azure, three chevronels argent between three mullets of six points Or.

The byname macSeyfang is in violation of RfS III.1.a, which requires linguistic consistency in a single name phrase. It combines mac, which can be viewed as Gaelic, Anglicized Irish, or Scots, with Seyfang, which is a German byname. Removing mac from the byname would not make this name registerable since the earliest date provided for Seyfang was 1864. Lacking evidence that Seyfang is a period name, it is not registerable.

This device conflicts with Katherine Mercer, Azure, two chevronels argent between three mullets Or. There is a CD for changing the number of chevronels but there is no difference between mullets of five points and mullets of six points. There is a wealth of period evidence showing that mullets may be drawn either with five or six points as artist's license, with Continental armorists showing a preference for six-pointed mullets and British artists showing a preference for five-pointed mullets. The general SCA practices for difference of mullets of various numbers of points have been unchanged for some years but were summarized in the February 2002 LoAR: "The rules for change of type of mullets follow the rules for change of number of charges. Mullets of n points will get a CD from mullets of m points if RfS X.4.f gives a CD for changing the number of charges from n to m." RfS X.4.f does not give difference between groups of five charges and six charges, and therefore our general SCA practice for determining difference between these types of mullets conveniently matches the period practice.

Jehanne le feu du Christ. Name and device. Gules, a fireball within an annulet Or.

No documentation was provided and none was found that le feu du Christ, 'the fire of Christ', is a plausible period byname in French. The LoI cited examples of Christopher as a byname and put forth the theory that since Christopher meant 'Christ-bearer', Christopher as a byname supported the submitted le feu du Christ. However, Christopher is a patronymic byname, not an epithet byname. It indicates that the person's father was named Christopher, not that the meaning 'Christ-bearer' would refer to this person. Lacking support for the construction of this byname, it is not registerable.

The device conflicts with Christian du Glaive, Gules, a grenade Or, enflamed proper, within a bordure rayonny Or. There is one CD for changing the type of secondary charge from a bordure rayonny to an annulet. There is no difference for changing less than half the tincture of the primary charge from mostly Or to entirely Or. There is no difference between a grenade and a fireball: [Argent, a chevron rompu sable between three grenades proper.] This conflicts with... Argent, a chevron sable between three fireballs of the last fired proper. There's a CD for making the chevron rompu, but not another for type of secondary charge. (LoAR September 1992)

This does not conflict with Eachann na Beinne Léithe, Gules, a horse rampant to sinister within an annulet Or. The annulet functions here as a surrounding secondary charge, like a bordure. This is therefore clear by RfS X.2, as the type of the primary charges has substantially changed, and this is simple armory for purposes of that rule ("no more than two types of charge directly on the field and has no overall charges."). Please advise the submitter that the center circle in a fireball is generally proportionally larger than in the fireball drawn in this submission, and that the flames of a fireball are conjoined to the central circle. The flames in this emblazon are slightly separated from the circle.

Uilliam Gibson. Name.

This name conflicts with William Gibson, author of the sci-fi novel Neuromancer in which he coined the word "cyberspace", as he has his own entry in the Encyclopædia Britannica.

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