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Northshield LoI dated 2017-02-28

Greetings unto Andrewe Laurel, Alys Pellicane, Brunissende Wreath, and the various members of the College of Arms, greetings from Merideth NiShionniach, Polaris Herald of Northshield, and her deputy Mira Fastova, Keythong Herald of Northshield.

What follows is February 2017 Letter of Intent for the Kingdom of Northshield.

We would like to thank all of the heralds, from within Kingdom and without, who contributed comments on OSCAR for the Northshield January Internal Letter of Intent.

1: Adriana Carafantoni - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Italian) most important.

Internal Commentary Notes: This name was submitted as <Adriana Karafantoni> on the January 2017 Northshield ILoI. Based on commentary, the submitter has agreed to change the surname to <Carafantoni> to comply with Italian language practices when it was noted that the letter K is not generally used in that language. (

Adriana is the female form of the male given name <Adriano>, as found in "Italian Names from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (

Also, Camilla Caracciola wrote to Adriana Raspona, book p.121 and Tavola (index) Xiiii in Ortensio Landi's 'Lettere di molte valorose donne...', Letters of many valiant women, 1548.

Karafantoni/Carafantoni is found in folio 115r of the Bavarian State Library Armorial "Insignia ... XIII. Insignia Lucensium, Senensium, Pisanorum, Pistoianorum, Volterranorum, Aretinorum, Cortonensium, Borgo a S. Sepolcro - BSB Cod.icon. 278, [S.l.] Italien, 1550-1555" [BSB-Hss Cod.icon. 278] (

It's one of a set of Italian late period rolls of arms, kept by the Munich Digital Library. This one in particular has the arms of noble houses of Lucca, Siena, Pisa, Pistoia, Volterra, Arezzo, Cortona, and Borgo San Sepolcro. This particular name comes from Pistoia, folio 115r (or page 247 of the pdf).

The same arms are also shown minus the Papal chief and plus a crown, for <Carafantoni> (

Carafantoni (Pistoia)

(IT) Partito: nel 1º d'oro, all'aquila dal volo abbassato di nero, rostrata, membrata e coronata del campo, uscente dalla partizione; nel 2º losangato d'argento e di rosso

(citato in ASFI)

<Carafantoni> is also found in "Doctors and Medicine in Early Renaissance Florence" by Katharine Park, p 268 ( toiese+e+della+sua+famiglia&source=bl&ots=ZsT16rLgL8&sig=Kfux9mBj50dPbkInPSGxujCMFdk&hl=en&sa=X&ved =0ahUKEwi6iZnSobHSAhVm5oMKHZprCmgQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=Di%20Marco%20Carafantoni%20medico%20pistoies e%20e%20della%20sua%20famiglia&f=false)

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

2: Æsileif Gylfisdottir - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Meaning (having to do with the sea or ocean) most important.

Æsileif is a feminine given name found in GB, p 17

Gylfisdottir is an Old Norse patronymic using <GylfiR> as found in nordiskt Runnamnslexikon, p 96. Following the pattern on p 17 of GB, <GylfiR> becomes Gylfis when -dottir is added.

Gylfi, GylfiR is also found in the Viking Answer Lady website (

This name is found in OW.Norse as the fictional names Gylfi or GylfiR, best-known from "Gylfaginning" (The Deluding of Gylfi), a part of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda. The name is derived from Germanic *gulb-, which is also found in OW.Norse gylfr, a poetical name for "stream, small river" and is derived from a root-word meaning "rippling sea which yells and roars". Fellows-Jensen thinks that the name is a short form of Gjalfvér. Occurs as a human name in the runic nominative form kiulfiR, in an inscription detailing various land and estates owned by Gylfir. Anglo-Scandinavian forms include Gilfit.

FJ pp. 120 s.n. Gylfi; NR s.n. GylfiR

3: Ashildr Snorradottir - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound most important.
Culture (Norse) most important.

Ashildr is an Old Norse feminine given name found in GB on p 8

Snorradottir is a patronymic constructed when the -i from <Snorri>, found on page 14, is changed to an -a and -dottir is added. This follows the pattern on page 17 of GB.

4: Astriðr spakona - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Submission History: This kingdom resubmission replaces <Astridr gyðja>, which was returned from the December 2016 Northshield kingdom letter for presumption under SENA PN.4.C, Claim of Powers. (

Astriðr is an Old Norse feminine given name found in GB on p 8

spakona is an Old Norse nickname found in GB on p 22.

The name previously submitted <Astridr gyðja> was returned as not registerable for presumption under SENA PN.4.C, Claim of Powers. While <spakona> is identified in GB as meaning 'prophetess', we feel that the following ruling from the October 2015 LOAR permits its use (

"Sitt al-Gharb ha-niqret Khazariyya. Alternate name Hrefna Spákona.

Spákona is an Old Norse byname meaning "seeress". It is also a modern title used in neo-paganism. A similar pre-pended byname, Vǫlu-, is registerable:

Commenters questioned whether the byname Vǫlu "seeress" was presumptuous. It is not. This byname (and the occupation it is derived from) refers to real women who did real things. As such, it is not an unmistakable claim to magical powers. It is parallel to the Norse byname sjóna, ruled registerable in August of 2008, and Gaelic bynames with similar meanings, ruled registerable in December 1997. [Vǫlu-Helena in Flamska, 10/2012 LoAR, A-Ansteorra].

As this byname has the same meaning, its use is also not presumptuous."

The name elements as listed in GB are "Ástríðr" and "spákona". The submitted form is acceptable because it has dropped all accent marks.

5: Cailin Dubh mac Eoin - New Alternate Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2004, via Northshield.

Lazar Eemii Nankowitz

(Fieldless) A fox sejant contourny maintaining beneath it's forepaw a grenade proper

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language (Russian) most important.

All elements of this name are sourced from Wickenden's Dictionary of Period Russion Names, 2nd ed.

SENA Appendix A permits use of two given names for Russian names.

Lazar - (

(m) -- "God helped." Russianization of Eleazar.

Lazar' (priest of the Murom monastery). 1181-2. [Gra 284]

Eemii - Eemii Afonas'ev Okulov. 1641. [RIB XII 222] (

Nankovitz - (

Nan (m) -- "mother [sic]."

Nan. 1437. [Mor 134]

Dims: Nanko (peasant). 1565. [Tup 266]

Pat Vars: Nankovitz [from Nanko]. 1223. [Mor 134]

Internal Commentary Note: Based on internal commentary, the emblazon has been redrawn as alternating tongues of red and yellow.

The blazon has also been changed from '(Fieldless) A fox sejant sinister proper maintaining in its paw a grenade sable enflamed proper' to '(Fieldless) A fox sejant contourny maintaining beneath it's forepaw a grenade proper'. (

6: Faolan Bacach MacMillan - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Meaning (Bacach-the lame) most important.

Internal Commentary Note: It was mentioned that the documentation for the surname <MacMillan> does not include a date. The source used does not provide one. The submitter was questioned as to whether he wanted to change to one of the suggested alternatives, but he preferred to remain with a Scottish surname.

Name Construction: Given + Descriptive + Patronymic SENA Appendix C

Faolan is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) given name, per "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Fáelán / Faolán" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (

Bacach is an Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) descriptive byname, per "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Bacach" by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (

MacMillan is found in Black, p 543, s.n. MACMILLAN. This surname is also documented in "Index of Scots names found in Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue: MacMillan" by Sara L. Uckelman (, though no dates for this preferred spelling are offered.

7: James Griffin the Red - Resub Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound most important.

Submission History: Name previously submitted, <James Griffin>, was returned on December 2016 Northshield kingdom letter for conflict with <James Griffin> registered in 7/1995. (

James Family Search: James Addams, Male, Burial Date 22 Apr 1561, Place: London, England, Batch B02101-3 ( : 24 December 2014)

Griffin Family Search: George Griffin, Male, Burial Date 22 Mar 1599, Place: London, England, Batch B00047-9 ( : 24 December 2014)

the Red is the Lingua Anglica form of the attested bynames le Rede and le Red, both found in RW, s.n. Read. Dated to 1220 and 1332 respectively.

SENA Appendix A indicates that double bynames are permitted in Middle and early Modern English names.

8: Jehanne de la Berge - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the Northshield LoI of December 27, 2016 as submitted.

Azure, in bend three increscents argent

9: Johanne Dery - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Johanne is found in the Lay subsidy rolls, A.D. 1346, and A.D. 1358 for the county of Worcester / edited for Worcestershire Historical Society by John Amphlett. Oxford : Printed for the Society by J. Parker and co., 1900. (

"Johanne Bagge

Ricardo Bar ... de Wych

Johanne Blount

Johanne Botetourte"

This documentation is changed from the ILoI based on commentary. (

Dery is found in "Names in the 1319 Subsidy Roll of London: Surnames" by Sara L. Uckelman, p 25 (

10: Keviliock McKinley - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister sable and counter-ermine, a bend sinister Or and in dexter chief a compass rose argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Both elements are sourced from Family Search. Late period English surname used as given name.

Keviliock - Wilhelmus Keviliock, Male, Christening 20 Jan 1576, Shropshire, England, Batch C03733-1 (

McKinley - Donald Mckinley, Male, Christening 15 Mar 1629, Perth, Scotland, Batch C11362-2 (

Blazon Change: Blazon changed from 'Per bend sinister sable and ermines, a bend sinister Or and a compass rose argent' to 'Per bend sinister sable and counter-ermine, a bend sinister Or and in dexter chief a compass rose argent', based on kingdom commentary. (

In service to the Society, Northshield & the College of Arms

Honourable Lady Merideth NiShionniach

Mistress Mira Fastova

OSCAR counts 7 New Names, 1 New Alternate Name, 2 New Devices and 1 New Badge. These 11 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $44 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Name. This item is not chargeable. There are a total of 12 items submitted on this letter.

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