Ansteorra LoI dated 2016-10-14

Greetings and Salutations to the Sovereigns and College of Arms!

The Kingdom of Ansteorra humbly submits for registration the following heraldic items.

This letter involves commentary from one internal letter. Commentary can be found at Unless otherwise noted, the submitter has no desire for authenticity and allows any changes.

This letter contains submissions from Ansteorra ILoI issued 2016-08-05 and ended 2016-09-10.

Thank you for your patience as I play catch-up with Ansteorra's submissions!

This item was on the 01-2017 LoAR

1: Anastasiia Dmitrieva Sokolova - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2015, via Ansteorra.

Or, four mullets two and two gules

This item was on the 01-2017 LoAR

2: Francesca di Lucca - New Name & New Device

Azure, three aardvarks statant argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.


found in Italian Renaissance Women's Names

by Rhian Lyth of Blackmoor Vale (

Submitter requests byname as a locative. Locative bynames are well established in Italian, and Lucca has a history dating to Roman times.

Aardvarks are a sub-Saharan animal and are, by precedent, an SFPP but registerable. (LOAR Aug. 1999, A-Caid, under Jamie Snawberd of Ross.)

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, the aardvark ranges through all of sub-Saharan Africa. (

Also, aardvarks were known to Ancient Egypt and therby Ancient Rome. The head of the Egyptian god Set was depicted as an aardvark head.

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3: Kolfinna Egilsdóttir - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister vert and sable, in bend three plates.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.

Kolfínna -- Landnámabók, p. 135

Egill -- Landnámabók, p. 173

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4: Kolfinna Egilsdóttir - New Badge

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Argent, a cock within nine mullets in annulo sable.

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5: Lauren Augustin - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No changes.

Lauren literally Latin for "Of Laurentum"

Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854)

William Smith, LLD, Ed.

From the St. Augustine website on the church in Hungary : Hungary was most likely one of the "founding nations" in the Order of Saint Augustine. This was because one of the groups that participated in the Grand Union of the Order in the year 1256 almost certainly had houses there. Athough this group, the Hermits of Saint William (Williamites) soon withdrew from the Order of Saint Augustine, their houses in Germany and Hungary, approximately twenty of them -- stayed with the Order. For example, the former Williamite house at Gran (now called Esztergom) was fully established in 1262. In 1290 King Andrew III praised its members for their exemplary lives, and approved a house of study there. Although historical records are not plentiful, Vito of Hungary O.S.A. is said to have brought to the Christian Faith more than 10,000 persons.

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6: Máni Álfsson - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

Máni -- Landnámabók, pg. 166

Álfr -- Landnámabók, pg. 228

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7: Sean mac Daniel - New Name & New Device

Barry engrailed azure and argent, on a chevron sable three sea horses Or

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (Sean McDaniel) most important.

Sean : Anglicized Irish forename, from the Gaelic "Seán", a version of "John". One instance, dated 1601,

Names Found in Anglicized Irish Documents: Men's Names

by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

Daniel : English and Anglicized Irish forename. 12 instances in that spelling found between 1598 and 1639, same source.

[Masculine Given Name] [Patronymic Byname Using Father's Given Name] is and Anglicized Irish name construction method (same source

<Given Name> mac <Father's Name> is one of the methods cited. <Given Name> m'<Father's Name> is the other, <m'> being a scribal abbreviation for <mac>, and appears many times in the above-mentioned attached documentation.

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8: Thomas de Groet - New Badge

OSCAR finds the name on the Ansteorra LoI of February 29, 2016 as submitted.

Fieldless, a baton sinister counter-compony gules and argent

images updated per commentary and submitter's request. -Bordure

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9: Virupakshapura Vidya - New Name & New Device

Argent, an elephant passant vert armed Or.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Sanskrit) most important.
Culture (Early Vijayanagara Empire (15th c.)) most important.

Period cultural name pattern is : Byname - Given name.

Submitter will accept major changes to byname, desires to keep Vidya.


Origin : alternate name for Vijayanagara, the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire, specifically the area around the Virupaksha temple (in modern day Karnataka, the western side of the Vijayanagara Empire).

According to Hoysala inscription (empire immediately prior to Vijayanagara empire), "Virupakshapura" referred to the area surrounding the Virupaksha temple, which was once located in the Vijayanagara capital of Vijayanagara and now located in the historic ruins at Hampi. This temple predated the Vijayanagara Empire and, according to the New Cambridge History of India volume on Vijayanagara, there were residents of this area : "The road in front of the riverside Virupaksha temple extends for one-half mile and along its sides are structures of various sorts, some probably being public buildings, perhaps audience halls, and others being shops and residences of merchants" (Stein, 32-33).

Usage of place names as identifiers : In this period (reign of Deva Raya II, 1425-46), the vast majority of women whose names were recorded only used one name, perhaps along with a title. Currently, there is a naming practice in Karnataka that involves using the name of one's home/village as part of their name, often in the form of (Place Name)(Father's Name)(Personal Name). This practice is followed in both Kannada- and Telugu-speaking areas, which were the main languages of the Vijayanagara Empire. As a second name is needed for SCA registration and locations are used in registrations such as "of Mooneschadowe," using a period place name for my persona seems appropriate.

Use of place names is seen in the names of women in the past as well, though the examples I could find are technically post-period, even if they are in the same region. For example, there are two women noted for their poetry in Karnataka, though they are post-era examples of the early 1700s, when second names became more in use thanks to colonization : Helavanakatte Giriyamma and Tarigonda Vengamamba (Chandrababu, 232-233). Giriyamma was from a place called Helvanakatte (now in Ranebennuru), and Vengamamba was from a village called Tarikonda.


Sanskrit epithet of a goddess; can be translated as knowledge or wisdom.

Vidya, sometimes transliterated as Vidhya, can be found as an epithet for Durga (or Mahadevi/Parvati/Lalita Devi/the "Divine Mother") in at least two texts : the Devi Mahatmya and the Lalita Sahasranama. The Devi Mahatmya is part of the Markandeya Purana, composed in Sanskrit circa 400-500 CE and tells the story of Durga's victory over Mahishasura. In it, "Durga is referred to as Mahavidya twice (1.58 and 11.21) and as Vidya (1.44 and 4.8)" (Kinsley 1997, 60). The Lalita Sahasranama is part of the Brahmanda Purana. In it, the goddess is given many epithets and number 540 is Vidya or "knowledge" (sometimes translated as "she who is learning").

Vidya is also used in other texts, such as the female being named Vidya in the Mahabharata, who is a member of Parvati's entourage, cited by David Kinsley as occuring at 3.221:20 (Kinsley 1997, 60).

Sources for usage of epithets as names: There is evidence from the period and region of women receiving as personal names the names of goddesses, variations of the names of goddesses, or epithets of goddesses. For example, Akka Mahadevi was an early female Kannada-language pet during the 12th century in modern-day Karnataka. "Mahadevi" is an epithet for the goddess Parvati that is still used today in India as a name for women. As another example, Gangadevi was a princess and Telugu poet later on in the Vijayanagara Empire during the 14th century. Her name derives from "Ganga," the name of the goddess and holy river that in the West is known as the Ganges. This pattern also exists in other areas of India, such as in the Kakatiya dynasty of the Deccan Plateau during the late 13th century where we find Rudrama Devi, born Rudramba, the daughter of an emperor. Rudra is an epithet for Lord Shiva and "amba" is a gender modifier.

In Service,

Lady Elena Wyth


OSCAR counts 6 New Names, 4 New Devices and 3 New Badges. These 13 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $52 for them. There are a total of 13 items submitted on this letter.