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Ariana Marie della Luna. Name and device. Argent vêtu ployé sable, a turtle gules charged with a decrescent argent.

Submitted as Arianna Marie della Luna, the given name was documented from De Felice, Dizionario dei Nomi Italiani, s.n. Arianna. Precedent holds that this entry suggests the name Arianna is of modern usage:

Submitted as Arianna Faust, there was some question whether the name Arianna was medieval or modern. De Felice, Dizionario dei Nomi Italiani, says the name Arianna derives from a mythological name and from the cult of a Frigian martyr Sant'Arianna and suggests the name may be of modern usage. We have been unable to verify a cult of Sant'Arianna in period outside of the statement made by De Felice. However, the island of Sant'Ariano, an island in the Venetian lagoon, designates Ariano a period Italian saint's name (although it may or may not have been used as a given name, it is a valid part of the naming pool). Arval Benecoeur and Talan Gwynek, "Fourteenth Century Venetian Personal Names" shows Benvenuto/Benvenuta, Donato/Donata, and Francesco/Francesca. This justifies Ariana as a possible period Italian name. We have changed the name to Ariana Faust to match the available documentation...[Ariana Faust, September 2004]

No additional documentation has been found demonstrating that Arianna is a period form of this name. Therefore, we have changed the name to Ariana Marie della Luna in order to register it.

Ariana Marie della Luna. Badge. (Fieldless) A turtle gules charged with a decrescent argent.

Cassandra la Schrevein. Device. Per pale nebuly purpure and argent, two papyrus plants counterchanged.

The papyrus plants are stylized but recognizable.

Daniel of Twin Moons. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Per bend sinister argent and sable, a mullet and a Maltese cross counterchanged.

Submitted under the name Fáelán O'Phelan.

Isabeau Vize. Device. Per bend sinister purpure and vert, a bend sinister engrailed Or.

Kolbj{o,}rn bjarki. Device. Argent, a bear passant gules between three drinking horns azure.

Kolfinna of Bergen. Device. Purpure, three horses passant in annulo and a bordure argent.

Blazoned on the LoI as in annulo widdershins, precedent states:

Rowen Brithwallt. Name change (from Kitare-no-kami Satoko Hinoki no Kiyowara) and device change. Per pale vert and azure, a harp contourny argent between three seals naiant in annulo ermine. There was some question as to the blazon of the seals. My feeling is that the in annulo placement visually dominates, and thus subsumes, any specification of direction. Widdershins vs. deasil is simply an artistic nuance of in annulo, and need not be blazoned." [LoAR 08/1993].

Marceau de Valcourt. Household name Chasteau Marceau and badge. Or, a rapier bendwise sinister within a bordure purpure.

Submitted as Chateau Marceau, there was some question whether French castle names of the form [form of chateau or castel] + [given name] were found in period. Froissart's chronicles provide several examples of this form. These examples are taken from vol 24, "Table analytique des noms géographiques" of Kervyn de Letterhove's edition of Oeuvres de Froissart, which preserves the original spellings. Examples include Chastel-Andreu (vol XII, 383, XIII, 357), Chastiel-Thierry VI, 113, and Chasteau Renault, Chastel-Regnault, XIII, 137, 140, XIV, 370-372, and Chastiel Josselin, III, 368, V 289. However, we have no documentation for the spelling Chateau prior to 1650. We have changed the name to Chasteau Marceau (we note that while this changes the spelling, it does not change the pronunciation), in order to register it.

There was some discussion about sources available to the general researching public for French household names. As a 15th C chronicle, Froissart is an ideal place to look for French names and place names (although, researchers should be aware that many places and people in this chronicle are not French). The 25 volume Kervyn de Letterhov edition is available at the site -- click Recherche, type "Froissart" in the Auteur field and "kervyn" in the Recherche libre field. This will reveal all 25 volumes of this work. There are two indices, the place name index is volumes 24 and 25; the personal name index is volumes 20-23. While this resource requires some very basic familiarity with French, it is available to anyone with internet access.

Nadezhda Belogorskaia. Name.

Seán an Gleanna. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Seán Glenny, the name conflicts with one of the submitter's legal use names, John Glenny. There is insufficient difference in the sound of these two names for the submission to be registerable.

However, the name can be made registerable by addressing his request for a name authentic for 13th C Ireland. While we cannot make this name authentic for the 13th century (because we do not have any examples of the name Seán before the early 14th century), we can change the name to fully Irish Gaelic form, which will change the sound sufficiently to provide enough difference from the legal use name to make the name registerable.

The byname Glenny was documented as the submitter's legal surname. The Gaelic form of Glenny is an Gleanna, which is dated to 1592 in Mari Elspeth nic Brian "Index of Names in Irish Annals". The same article also has 16th C examples of Seán. We have changed the name to Seán an Gleanna, an authentic 16th C Irish Gaelic name, in order to register it and to partially fulfill the submitter's authenticity request.

Thomas de l'Espee. Device. Per pale argent and azure, in fess a fleur-de-lys between two rapiers inverted counterchanged.

Vésteinn ├×orkelsson. Name.

Nice Old Icelandic name!


Ainder ingen Demmáin. Device. Per fess embattled azure and sable, a recorder bendwise sinister Or and three crescents argent.

This device is again returned for administrative reasons: the blazon and the emblazon in OSCAR have a field per fess embattled sable and azure, the blazon on the form is also per fess embattled sable and azure; however, the emblazon on the form sent to Laurel shows per fess embattled azure and sable. Often a tincture mismatch is pended for further conflict checking rather than returned; however, in this case - given the fact that the previous submission was sable and azure and that the blazon on the form is still sable and azure and that there was no indication on the LoI that a change had been made in the field tinctures - we are returning this for clarification of the submitter's desires.

There is an additional problem with this device: the use of a complex line of division between azure and sable portions of the field. Precedent holds:

[Per bend sinister nebuly azure and sable, in bend a Norse sun cross argent and double rose argent and azure.] This has an unregisterable low-contrast complex line of division: "...Finally, we no longer allow combining azure and sable with a complex line of division." (Sep 1997, Returns, Trimaris, Tymm Colbert le Gard) This is one of the combinations that has been held to violate RfS VIII.3, Armorial Identifiability, even without a charge overlying it." [Katerin ferch Gwenllian, LoAR 06/2004, Middle-R]

This problem was not noted in the prior administrative return. If this had been the only problem with the submission we may have considered registering it since we failed to mention the problem previously and this is a timely resubmission. However, as the device is being returned for the problems mentioned above, we are taking this opportunity to note the additional contrast problem. On resubmission, a complex line of division between azure and sable will not be acceptable without evidence of such lines of division in period heraldry. We wish to remind everyone that, while we do try to list all reasons for return, administrative returns don't necessarily address all reasons for return.

Seán an Gleanna. Device. Argent, three martlets gules, on a chief sable a claymore bendwise sinister inverted proper.

This device is returned for administrative reasons: the emblazon on OSCAR shows feet on the martlets while the Laurel copy does not. This is not just a coloring problem as the feet simply do not exist on the copy received by Wreath. We note that martlets should not have feet, though the presence of feet is not sufficient grounds for return. See the Cover Letter of the January 2002 for a discussion on birds; especially of note is the fact that there is period evidence that some heraldic artists (Gelre and Siebmacher) did on occasion draw martlets with feet.


Cian O'Cuilin. Name.

The submitter requested an authentic Irish name, but this request was not mentioned in the summary for this item. We are pending this name to give the commenters time to address this request.

Fáelán O'Phelan. Name.

The submitter requested an authentic Irish name, but this request was not mentioned in the summary for this item. We are pending this name to give the commenters time to address this request.

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