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Unto Their Royal Majesties Walrick and Cecelia; Duchess Elzbieta Rurikovskaia, Aten Principal Herald; the Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

Greetings from Marta as tu MikaMysliwy, Parhelium Herald!

This is the January 2009 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation. It precedes the external Letter of Intent that will contain the following submissions that are presented here, asking questions of submitters and local heralds who have worked with them; if these questions are not addressed, the submission may be returned by the Atenveldt College of Heralds. I accept online commentary, in addition to questions pertaining to heraldry and consultation. Please have commentary to me 19 January 2009.

Estrella War: It's on the horizon! There will be 35 HOURS of Heraldic Consultation at this year's War (10 AM5 PM WednesdaySunday), which means we need heralds...lots of them. If you're an old pro at consultation, sortakinda experienced at it, or new to it, there will be space for you. (Even if you don't think you can do much more than hand resources out, run a photocopy or color, there will be space for you.) If you are a local herald, give serious thought to spending some time at the Table - this is an invaluable experience for learning how to consult with clients and to learn what resources should be used and should be avoided. If you are a local herald and have deputies, or know people in your group who've shown an interest in onomastics or armory (or both), encourage them to work at the Table. I know there's lots of fun stuff to do at the War, and in its own peculiar way, this is Fun Stuff, too.

The vast majority of submissions at Estrella come from residents of our own Kingdom of Atenveldt - the past few years the submissions from Atenveldt number about 100. We've been blessed with excellent heralds from Caid, Artemesia, the Outlands, and a number of other kingdoms who spend a lot of time and energy traveling to the War, and then work cheerfully and tirelessly with our clients. We need to step up and donate some of our own "War Time" to the cause, too.

Lady Helena de Argentoune will the in charge of Heralds' Point this year. For more information on the Consultation Table or other aspects of the Point, please contact her at .

Submissions Website: You can send electronic commentary on the most recent internal LoIs through the site, in addition to any questions you might have. Current submission forms (the ONLY forms that can be used) can be found on the site. Please let your local populace know about the site, too:

Recent Actions by the College of Arms: Atenveldt submissions acted upon by the SCA College of Arms at its September 2008 meetings (the May 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent) and its October 2008 meetings (June 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent) are found at the end of this report. The College of Arms backlog is just about caught up! HUZZAH!

Please consider the following submissions for the January 2009 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

Angus MacLeod (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Sable, a valknut between three compass stars elongated to base Or.

No documentation was received for the name. Nada. Zip. Nil.

Angus is a masculine given name from the Gaelic Aonghas or Aonghus, with Angus, son of Somerled dated c. 1140 and Angus mac Dunec' c. 12041211 in Black, pp. 23=4 s.n. Angus. Gillandres MacLeod is dated to 1227 in Black, p. 538 s.n. MACLEOD. The name is clear of Aonghas MacLeod O hAonghusa of Stratafon and Angus Dugald MacLeod by removing elements of the previouslyregistered name. The client desires a male name. He is most interested in the sound and language/culture of the name (none specified). He wishes the name authentic for "Scottish". He will not accep Major changes to the name.

Bearach Black of Clan Lamont (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per chevron sable and vert, two caltraps and a lion rampant tail nowed Or.

No documentation was provided with the name. None. Zip. Nada.

Bearach is the modern form of Berach, an Irish Gaelic name, according to Ó Corráin and Maguire, p. 31 s.n. Berach. Berach is the name of several Irish saints. Adam the Black is dated to 1303, and Thomas Blak 1376 in Black's The Surnames of Scotland, p. 78 s.n. Black. That citation also notes "The Clan Lamont Society claims that Blacks were originally Lamonts who changed their name." The family name Lamont is found under Lamond in Black, p. 413; most spellings there are seen as Lamond. Patrick of Clan Lamont was registered by the College of Arms December 1997.

Both submissions were colored via printer. This is grounds for return by the College of Arms because of issues with colorshifting of inks.

Bearach Black of Clan Lamont: HOUSEHOLD NAME (for "Drakesguard") and BADGE (I assume)

Gyronny argent and vert, a dragon segreant Or.

Again, no documentation was provided for the name; there was no submission paperwork to suggest that this is an actual household name submission. The badge (I'm guessing that it's a badge, even though it's placed on the wrong forms) probably is to be associated with Bearach Black, as the email contacts match. The rest of the form is completely blank. For all intents and purposes, this is not a submission, only a picture of a submission and the submissions fees to go along with it. I really, really don't appreciate this I think I'd be perfectly within my rights to void the check and return the submissions packet (such as it is) to the client.

Conflicts with (thus far): Godwin of Edingon, device: Per saltire sable and gules, a dragon segreant Or.; Barony of Rhydderich Hael, badge: Per pale vert and sable, a dragon segreant Or., with one CD for difference of field.

Diana d'Winchcombe (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Sable, two lightning bolts crossed in saltire surmounted by a pegasus rampant argent.

S. Gabriel report 1529 notes that Diana or Diane would be a rare but possible name in period England. Diana is found in 1256, when there was a short time for unusual names, particularly for women (information from Reaney and Wilson, s.nn. Arden, Denis). Some, like Diana and Philomena, were classical in origin. They fell out of fashion, but Diana became something of a Renaissance fashion and reached France in the 15th C. and eventually returned to England by that route. The client's legal name is Diane, and although the legal name loophole cannot be invoked here because the names are not identical, the demonstration of the slight period in the High Middle Ages when Diana was used in England seems to justify the name. Winchcombe is a district in the Cotswolds of England. It was settled in the Bronze Age, occupied by the Romans after 43 A.D., and was best known for its Abbey in the Middle Ages. After the dissolution of the Catholic Church and the Abbey, the town depopulated rapidly ( ). I think the name would be more correct as of Winchcombe or de Winchcombe, if you want a Norman bent to it. And a look in Reaney and Wilson show actual locative surnames derived from the area: de Winchecumbe 1207 and de Wynchecoumbe 1351 (p. 495, s.n. Winchcombe), both close to the 1256 citation date for Diana. The client desires a female name, and is most interest in the language/culture of the name (Roman/English). She will not accept a Holding name.

Draco Havenblast (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Per pale sable and gules, a dragon passant argent.

A lot of information was provided on dragons and the constellation Draco, but this doesn't necessarily lend credence to Draco as a given name. However, Draco is a masculine given name dating to 1546 (Wilfried Seibick, Historishes Deutshes Vornamenbuch Band1 AE, 1966, s.n. Drake). Havenblast is found in "Some Early Middle High German Bynames with Emphasis on Names from the Bavarian Dialect Area," Brian Scott ( ); "The first element appears to be MHG haven ‘earthenware container, pot’; the second could be blâst ‘a snort, a blowing; flatulence’. It is dated to 1214 for a Rodolfus Havenblast.

The client is most interested in the meaning and language/culture of the name ("flatulence" in German), and he wishes it authentic for language/culture and time period of 13th C. German.

A very quick check shows this clears of Rhys Terfan Greydragon: (Fieldless) A dragon passant argent charged on the shoulder with a cross moline purpure. There is one CD for fieldlessness and one CD for the removal of the tertiary charge.

Jerome the True (Barony of Atenveldt): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Kingdom, December 2008.

Vert, two scarpes erminois.

The name appears in the December 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

The original submission, Vert, two scarpes Or., was returned for conflicts and for redrawing.

Olaf mj{o,}ksiglandi (Barony of Atenveldt): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, August 2007

Purpure a ram's skull cabossed and in chief a drakkar Or.

The name was registered August 2007.

The original submission, Purpure, a dragon with the head and forequarters of an eagle statant erect maintaining in its foreclaws a clawheaded staff, a bordure engrailed Or., was returned for lack of identifiability. This is a complete redesign. I'm a little concerned by the size of the charges, relative to each other. Originally blazoned as Purpure, in chief a drakkar, and in base a ram's skull cabossed Or., (such that the charges are of equal visual weight), I'm seeing the skull as the sole primary charge and the drakkar as the sole secondary/peripheral charge. Anyone have another opinion of this?

Safaya bint Ahmed ibn Abdullah (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Azure, in pale an ostrich plume quill pen fesswise and a decrescent argent, all within an orle of roses Or.

The name is Arabic. It is a multigenerational name outlined in "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices," Da'ud ibn Auda ( ), "Safaya daughter of Ahmed son of Abdullah." That paper includes the name Abdullah as a masculine 'ism/given name. It also includes the feminine 'ism Safiya and masculine 'ism Ahmad. The client prefers her spellings of Safaya and Ahmed, as they most closely resemlt the Turkish and Egyptian pronunciations that fit with her persona. In "SixteenthCentury Turkish Names," Ursula Georges ( ), the spellings are listed as Abdullah, Ahmed and Safiye, which is a little closer to the spellings she desires (a fully Turkish name would be Safiye bint Ahmed bin Abdullah). The client desires a feminine name, is most interested in the sound and the language/culture of the name, and wishes it authentic for a 16th C. Mamluk child born in Egypt. She will not accept Major changes to the name, and she will not accept a holding name.

Sabiha alNahdiyah (Tir Ysgithr): NEW CHANGE OF NAME from Siblla of Atenveldt

The currently registered name was registered July 2002.

The name is Arabic. Sabiha is a feminine 'ism found in "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices," Da'ud ibn Auda ( ). alNahdiyah is a feminine laqab found in the same source. The client desires a feminine name, and is most interested in the sound of the name. She will not accept Major changes to the name. If registered, the client wishes to retain Sibilla of Atenveldt as an alternate name.

The following submissions appear in the December 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

This month's commentary is provided by Björn the Navigator [BN], Helena de Argentoune, Deputy Parhelium [HdA], Katherine Throckmorton [KT], Taran the Wayward [TW] and Marta as tu MikaMysliwy [MMM].

Beatriz Teixeyra Drago (Twin Moons): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Gules, a flame and on a chief Or three gouts azure.

Bella Donna Wynter (Twin Moons): NEW NAME

As submitted, the name is registerable, albiet with a weirdness for mixing English and Italian. Since it is quite well established that Jewish women's names tended to reflect the naming practices of the dominant culture, I feel comfortable regarding the given name as Italian. However, if the submitter would consider dropping the 'Donna' element, this could easily be made into a very nice, wholly English name. Talan's "Feminine Given Names in Reany and Wilson" has a citation for Bella dated to 1275. Goodwin's 'Names from pre17th has 'Wynter' dated to 1470. Reaney and Wilson have 'Winter' dated to 1195, and although they include Wynter as a header spelling they don't have a dated citation. However, given that 'i' and 'y' are substituted for each other quite frequently in English, I don't think that getting the desired spelling would be an issue from an authenticity standpoint.
It might even be possible to do even better than that. Although I can't find a English citation of 'Donna' (it isn't even in Withycombe) there is a similar name Donet (primarily a masculine given name, which gave rise to a surname). One example is found in Goodwins's 'Names from pre16th Brass inscriptions' dated to 1405, another the Close Roll of Edward III, dates the name to 1330. As double surnames are were occasionally used in England, Bella Donet Wynter would be a fairly plausible name. _ [KT]

Björn the Navigator (Sankt Vladimir): NEW DEVICE: Per chevron azure and argent, a tree blasted and eradicated argent.

The name appears in the 20 October 2008 Atenveldt Letter of Intent.

I'd like to point out that Björn's device is incorrectly blazoned. You've noted it as "Per chevron azure and argent, a tree blasted and eradicated argent," when it's emblazoned (and intended) as "Per chevron azure and argent, a tree blasted and eradicated counterchanged." [BN]

Edeline du Diekirch (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per bend sinister Or and azure, a bee sable and tower argent.

D'oh! Edeline appears as a feminine given name as Edeline l'Enragiée (and the similar Edelinne l'ouvrière) in "An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris," Colm Dubh ( ). [MMM]

Nice simple design. The purist in me wants to use counterchanged tinctures instead of the ones the client chose, but c'est la vie. I do think we might want to consider asking for a redraw here as both the bee and the tower are tilted, but so much so that they are "in bend." Still, I think this is something that some members of the SCA CoA "might" be particular about. It's an easy enough fix at this level, however. [HdA] I think the charges are "straight enough" gosh, and I thought I was paranoid! Heh. [MMM]

Jerome the True (Barony of Atenveldt): NEW NAME

For True: "This longestablished surname is of AngloSaxon origin, and has three distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, True may belong to that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These nicknames were originally given with reference to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, and mental and moral characteristics. The derivation, in this instance, is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "treowe" (Middle English "trow(e)", faithful, steadfast), denoting a loyal, steadfast person. Early examples of the surname from this source include: Ralph Truwe (Kent, 1185), and Henry le Trewe (Wiltshire, 1327). The second possibility is that True is a topographical name from residence by some prominent tree, deriving from the Olde English "treow" (Middle English "trew, trow"), tree, or from Trew (Cornwall), or True (Devon), localities named with this word. One Hugo de la Truwe, and a Laurence atte Trowe were noted in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset and Sussex in 1250 and 1332 respectively. Finally, the name may be topographic for someone who lived near a depression in the ground, from the Middle English "trow", trough, hollow, or from Trow Farm (Wiltshire). On April 10th 1551, Anne, daughter of William True, was christened at St. Martin Ludgate, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rannulfus Truue, which was dated 1180, in the "Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling." [ ] I don't know how reliable this source is, but it does state"On April 10th 1551, Anne, daughter of William True, was christened at St. Martin Ludgate, London." Unfortunately, the site doesn't state sources, but at least the spellings do not appear to be normalized. AND, since the date and location are listed, it may be possible to track down the parish record via the files at . [HdA]

Karl Wilhelm Singer (Sundragon): CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME Wilhelm Singer from Laurel July 2008

Originally submitted as Bjorn Wilhelm Singer, the submission was returned "for administrative reasons because no summary of the documentation for Bjorn was provided on the LoI, and no photocopies were provided to Laurel. The given name Bjorn was documented from Siebicke, Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch; this source is not listed on Appendix H, so copies of the relevant pages are required. Because this is an administrative return, we are explicitly not addressing the registerability or authenticity of the name at this time. His device was registered under the holding name Wilhelm Singer."

The client has chosen another given name.

Karl is a masculine German given name dated 15011550 in "Late Period German Masculine Given Names: Names from 16th Century Plauen," Talan Gwynek ( ).

Wilhelm is a masculine German given name dated 14511500 in "Late Period German Masculine Given Names: Names from 15th Century Plauen," Talan Gwynek ( ).

Singer is a German family name dated to 1285 in Brechemach's Entymologisches Worterbuch der Deutshen Familiennamen KZ, p. 616.

The client desires a male name, is most interested in the meaning and language/culture of the name (German) and wishes the name authentic for language/culture (German).

Seamus mac Raibert (Windale): CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME from James of Windale from Laurel, July 2008

Originally submitted as above, it was returned for administrative reasons, as no summary of the documentation was provided on the LoI, and no name submission can be considered without a proper summary. His device was registered under the holding name James of Windale. Documentation for both elements of the name are found in Black's The Surnames of Scotland. Seamus is the Scots Gaelic version of James, p. 382 s.n. James. Raibert is the Scots Gaelic form of Robert, p. 695 s.n. Robert. The construction of the name follows the guidelines seen in "Quick and Easy Gaelic Names Formerly Published as "Quick and Easy Gaelic Bynames," 3rd Edition, Sharon L. Krossa ( ), for a simple patronymic byname.

The client desires a male name and would like the name authentic for language/culture and time period (12th - 14th C. Scotland); he wants this particular combination, as his legal given name is James and his father's given name is Robert.

Titus Babudius Cicero (Barony of Atenveldt): DEVICE RESUBMISSION FROM KINGDOM, November 2008

Originally submitted as Babudius Titus Cicero, the name was returned for reconsideration by the client, as there are very few Roman praenomina, and Babudius is not one of them. On the other hand, Titus is one of the documented praenomina, and slightly adjusting the order of the name elements resolves this issue.

The name is Latin. The first two elements are found in LEGIO XXThe Twentieth Legion's "Roman Names" ( ). Titus is shown as a praenomen. Babudius is demonstrated as a nomen. Cicero is a cognomen found in Nova Roma's "Choosing a Roman Name" ( ). The client desires a male name and is most interested in the language/culture of the name (none given, but I suspect that it's Latin/Roman).

Umm Ma'bad Amirah alZahra bint_'Abd alAziz alAzhar ibn Malik ibn_Mansur (Atenveldt): CHANGE OF HOLDING NAME Erin of Atenveldt from Laurel July 2008

Submitted as Umm Ma'bad Amirah alZahra bint alAzhar 'Abd alAziz ibn Malik alMansur, the name was returned because "There are two problems with this name. First, in Arabic names, laqabs (descriptive bynames) do not precede the isms (given names). Since alAzhar is being used as a laqab, it needs to follow the ism 'Abd alAziz. Second, the byname alMansur is a regnal name, used only by kings. Its registration is not allowed because it is an implicit claim to rank and so violates RfS VI.1 Presumptuous Names: Names Claiming Rank. The ism Mansur is found in Da'ud ibn Auda, "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices"; its use is not presumptuous as its use was not restricted to kings. We would change the name to Umm Ma'bad Amirah alZahra bint_'Abd alAziz alAzhar ibn Malik ibn_Mansur in order to correct these issues, but the submitter does not allow major changes."

The client is "absolutely fine with Umm Ma'bad Amirah alZahra bint_'Abd alAziz alAzhar ibn Malik ibn_Mansur." She is also fine if they need to change "alZahra" to "alZahrah" though she would very much prefer if they didn't have to do that (if a spelling change is necessary for registration, she'd prefer alZahrah, not Amira). The suggestion by the College of Arms did maintain the spelling of alZahra, even with the spelling of Amirah, and she'd be very happy if these were the final spellings.

The client desires a feminine name.

If registered, this is to be associated with the registered armory Azure, on a fess argent between a crescent and two scimitars in saltire Or a lotus flower in profile azure.

Willelmus cum manu (Brymstone): NEW NAME and DEVICE: Vert, on a sevenpointed mullet argent a hand vert all within an orle argent.

The following submissions are returned by the Atenveldt College of Heralds for further work, December 2008:

Jerome the True: NEW DEVICE: Vert, two scarpes Or.

Glancing at the armoryhaven't conflict checked it yetbut this gentle's armory really needs to be redrawn in my book.  Just looking at the armory, I almost wondered if it was "per bend sinister bendy sinister vert and or and vert" rather than the two scarpes.  The placement of the scarpes on the field are confusing.  I would recommend having them both placed in the bend area. Specifically the top of the bottom scarpe is at the per bend line, and the bottom of the top scarpe is above the top line of a standard bend.  This makes the whole arrangement shift up the field. I do like the simple concept though!!!!  (Here's hoping that a simple redraw will cover the situation once conflict is checked!) [TW]

I'm with Taran here.  The scarpes are definitely not centered around the standard per bend sinister line as they should be. Either we get

him to redraw it at the standard "two scarpes" position, or we try to blazon it as "two scarpes enhanced" and see if the SCA College of Arms buys it. [HdA]

Even if the scarpes are drawn correctly, there are likely conflicts with

Thérèse du Donjon des Sentinelles: Vert, two scarpes and in bend three fleursdelys Or.

Daniel the Wanderer: Vert, two scarpes between three gouttes and three garbs Or.

Éile ingen uí Riain: Vert, two scarpes Or between a mouse statant contourny and a Celtic cross argent.

Carl the Hopeful: Vert, two scarpes Or, each charged with an arrow sable. [HdA]

I'll contact the client. It appears that adding either a bordure Or or a bordure argent, or that Vert, two scarpes erminois., will all clear these conflicts without running into new ones. [MMM]

The following submissions were registered by the S.C.A. College of Arms, September 2008:

Fiona inghean Mheg Uidhir. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Fiona Mag Uidhir, this used a Gaelic feminine given name with a Gaelic masculine byname. Because bynames were used literally in Gaelic, they must agree in gender with the given name; this means that the byname needs to be in the feminine form to be registered with a feminine given name. The appropriate feminine form of Mag Uidhir is inghean Mheg Uidhir or inghean Mhég Uidhir. We have changed the name to Fiona inghean Mheg Uidhir in order to register it.

The given name Fiona is an SCAcompatible Gaelic name; its use is one step from period practice. As ruled on the May 2008 Cover Letter, as of the May 2009 decision meeting we will no longer consider any name element to be SCAcompatible.

Hans Rüpprecht. Device. Sable, on a pile issuant from sinister chief argent three grenades in bend sinister bendwise sinister gules.

Steffen von der Grün. Name and device. Or, a gurges vert and on a chief gules three arrows bendwise sinister Or.

Zafira bint Zahira. Name and device. Gules estencelly Or, a rabbit's massacre argent within a bordure lozengy argent and sable.

Submitted as Zafira alZahira, the byname alZahira was documented from the January 2003 LoAR: The submitted form of the byname alZahir is a masculine form. Arabic descriptive bynames must match the gender of the given name. As the name Scheherazade is feminine, we have changed the byname to the feminine form alZahira in order to register this name. [Scheherazade alZahira, EastA]

However, the source used for alZahir in this registration, Da'ud ibn Auda, "Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices", has since been revised and updated and the byname alZahir has been removed. None of the commenters were able to provide any independent support for either alZahir or alZahira. Lacking evidence that either the masculine or the feminine form is a plausible Arabic byname, they are both not registerable. Siren notes that 'Ana Labarta, in La Onomástica de los Moriscos Valencianos, is at least willing to contemplate that Zahira (with the first 'a' long) was used as a given name by Moriscos in late period Valencia, but the form of the name is only written in Romance, making its identification unsure.' We are willing to give the submitter the benefit of the doubt, and have changed the name to Zafira bint Zahira in order to register it. The registration of Umm alGhazala Jami'a bint Shirin alArmaniyya (March 2006) gives a number of examples of matronymic bynames in Arabic, provided by Palimpsest. At that time, the precedent from April 1994 forbidding matronymics was not explicitly overturned. We hereby do so.

The submitted armory includes a pair of rabbit ears, set at a slight angle to each other, and conjoined by a small bit of the scalp of the unfortunate beast. Evidence was provided that this motif was used in period heraldry, but we must be able to blazon it. The only term that comes to mind for this arrangement that includes the piece of scalp is 'massacre', by analogy to a stag's massacre, and we are so blazoning this motif. To be blazoned as a massacre, other massacres need to be composed of an identifiable element uniquely associated with an animal's scalp or the top of the skull, such as stag's horns or rabbit ears. Charges which do not meet this requirement, such as generic cat's or dog's ears conjoined to part of a scalp or skull, will not be registered unless they are uniquely identifiable.

The following have been returned by the College of Arms for further work, September 2008:

Fiona inghean Mheg Uidhir. Device. Or, on a bend vert between a cow statant gules and a sheaf of arrows inverted sable three annulets Or.

With three types of charges on the field, this design cannot be considered 'simple armory' for purposes of RfS X.4.j.ii. Therefore, it is a conflict with the device of Edolina del Fylde, Or, on a bend vert three acorns palewise Or, with a single CD for addition of the secondary charges and nothing for the change to only the type of the tertiary charges.

Uilliam mac Eoin. Name.

This is returned for conflict with William MacKeown and with William MacIan. In both cases, while the bynames are significantly different in appearance, the only difference in sound is a slight change in the vowel sound. The change in pronunciation of a single vowel is not a significant difference in sound: By longstanding precedent, the change of a single vowel is not a sufficient difference between two names [Darchester, Shire of, 04/2003 LoAR, RCaid].

The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, October 2008:

Abigail de Westminster. Device (see RETURNS for badge). Purpure, four maple leaves in cross, stems fretted, argent.

Adaliza Fitz Symmons of Elmestone. Name change from Adaliza Fitz Symmons and device. Or, a tree eradicated vert and a base vert platy.

Submitted as Adaliza Fitz Symmons of Elmstone, Elmstone is the modern name of the place; the closest pre1600 spellings that could be found are Elmeston(e) and Elmyston(e) in Watts, Cambridge Dictionary of English PlaceNames, s.n. Elmstone Hardwick; we have changed the name to Adaliza Fitz Symmons of Elmestone in order to register it. Her previous name, Adaliza Fitz Symmons, is released.

Anabel de Chesehelme. Name.

Arabella Eleanor Hamilton. Device change. Argent, a lizard tergiant vert between flaunches azure.

Please inform the submitter that, while this slightlyembowed depiction of tergiant, which appears to have the legs in a posture that suggests crawling, is registerable, this is not the way it will likely be depicted by heraldic artists. The usual version has a straightbacked lizard with its legs evenly and symmetrically spaced, much as they would be for a displayed posture. Her former device, Per chevron indented sable and purpure, two natural seahorses Or and a winged seaunicorn argent winged crined and armed Or, is released.

Aurelia Chrysanthina Dalassene. Device change. Per chevron argent and purpure, two roses and a lily counterchanged, all barbed and seeded proper, a bordure sable crusilly formy argent.

While this device has a complexity of nine (argent, purpure, vert, Or, sable, rose, lily, bordure, cross), the overall effect is not out of line for period armory. Therefore, it is registerable. Her former device, Per chevron sable and argent, two caravels in full sail argent and a rose purpure, is retained as a badge.

Ceridwen ferch Gruffudd. Alternate name Khadijah bint Yusuf alAndalusiyyah.

Listed on the LoI as Khadijah bint Yusuf al_Andalusiyya_, the forms had Khadijah bint Yusuf alAndalusiyyah. The form on the LoI uses different transcription systems for Khadijah and alAndalusiyya while the version on the forms uses a consistent transcription system throughout, which is required for registration. Additionally, there should not be a space between the article al and the rest of the byname. We have restored the name to the originally submitted form; we note that Khadija_ bint Yusuf alAndalusiyya_ is also registerable.

David Buchanan. Device change. Per bend sinister gules and argent, a bagpipe argent, pipes and chanter Or, and a claymore bendwise sinister gules.

His former device, Per bend sinister gules and argent, a bagpipe and a claymore bendwise sinister counterchanged, is retained as a badge.

Fabio Ventura. Device change. Or, a bend gules between three Latin crosses in bend and two more in bend sable, on a chief gules a cat couchant Or.

His former device, Per chevron sable and purpure, two wedges of cheese and in pall three goblets conjoined bases to center Or, is retained as a badge.

Francesca Marchesi. Device. Purpure, a natural seahorse and in chief three mullets Or.

Frederic Gamage. Name.

Isemay of Whytby. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 12th14th C English; this name is plausible for 13th and 14th C England (we do not have any 12th C examples of the given name).

Josef von Eschenbach. Name.

Lucia Simonetti. Name.

Octavia Gaillard. Name and device. Per pale Or and purpure, a chalice and in base two bunches of grapes in chevron inverted stems to center all counterchanged.

Submitted as Octavia de Gaillard, no documentation was provided, and none found by the commenters, for Gaillard as a place name; lacking such evidence, de Gaillard is not correctly formed. We have dropped the preposition to register the name as Octavia_Gaillard. The submitter requested authenticity for the 14th century (no language/culture specified). While we have not found any examples of Octavia used in the Middle Ages, it does appear in literature known in the 14th century, so it's not impossible that Octavia was used.

Séamus mac Ríáin. Badge. (Fieldless) In fess an open book sustained by a winged cat salient sable.

Seanach mac Feidhlimidh Droichit Atha and Nikaia Angelina Tagarina. Joint badge. (Fieldless) In bend a Latin cross potent nowy quadrate vert charged with a lozenge argent sustained in the beak of a raven's head erased gules.

Uilliam of Sundragon. Holding name and device. Vert, in bend sinister three mullets of six points within a bordure argent.

Submitted under the name Uilliam mac Eoin, that name was returned on the September 2008 LoAR.

The following submissions were returned by the College of Arms for further work, October 2008:

Abigail de Westminster. Badge. (Fieldless) A stemless maple leaf purpure.

This is returned for conflict with Canada, (Tinctureless) A maple leaf. There is a CD for the difference between tinctureless and all other armory, but no other CD.

Ælfwin Ironhair. Badge. Sable, in fess a human skull facing to sinister and a bottle bendwise sinister inverted argent.

This badge is returned because commenters were unable to recognize the charge to sinister as a bottle. Several thought it was a club, others were entirely unable to recognize it without reading the blazon. The shape also does not match those of period bottles. Period bottles were described on the March 2006 Cover Letter.

Saskia Schlaktenbumlera. Name and device. Azure, a tricorporate ferret argent.

No documentation was provided and none found by the commenters that Schlaktenbumlera follows patterns of period German bynames. The LoI cited the article "Women with the Fahnlein" ( in support of the byname, but Schlaktenbumlera does not appear in this article, only the form Schlachtenbummlerin, and as Silver Trumpet says:

The website referenced is an article from a faire guild with absolutely no references. The article suggests that this word means 'battle loiterers.' No doubt such women did exist, but I would like to see documentation this word, or any similar word was used as a name element.

The website also doesn't given any evidence that either Schlaktenbumlera or Schlachtenbummlerin are period words. Lacking evidence that these words were used in our period and that they follow patterns of period German bynames, neither Schlaktenbumlera nor Schlachtenbummlerin is registerable.

The device is in conflict with Ranald de Balinhard's device, Azure, in pale three ferrets courant argent. There is a CD for the change in orientation, but that is the only CD. There is no difference for the slight overlap of the heads.

Please instruct the submitter that, if the beast is the kind of beast that can have its head guardant, tricorporate renditions of that beast should have their head guardant. Some creatures can't be guardant: witness the many tricorporate fish in Stemmario Trivulziano.

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