An Tir LoI dated 2017-02-28

Greetings unto the Sovereigns and College of Arms from Rhieinwylydd Lions Blood. It is the request of the An Tir College of Heralds that the following items be considered for registration. There are no items from Tir Righ on this month's letter.

1: Bledyn Drwg de Caerdydd - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 31, 2016 as submitted.

Argent, a wolf rampant sable and in base a laurel branch embowed to base vert

Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of commentary in kingdom about the laurel branch, and whether a single branch is too close to the reserved charge of a laurel wreath. There are a couple previous registrations:

Alice d'Amiens's device, Jan 1998, Sable, a laurel branch bendwise sinister and a chief enarched argent and Jannet nyk Donnachie's, Jul 2000, Azure, a Latin cross throughout and on a chief engrailed argent a laurel branch vert.

The submitter hopes this could be blazoned as a 'bay branch' or 'bay laurel branch.' That doesn't seem to follow previous practice, but I am passing on the request.

2: Cillian Fitzwilliam - New Name & New Device

Quarterly sable and Or, two domestic cats rampant Or and a bordure gules.

Submitter has no desire as to gender.

While the first name can be found in late period England, it is the name of a female in that context and the submitter prefers a documented man's name. (The form has the box checked for "male" and for "don't care.") We can find the spelling <Killian> in Germany, and a pattern of C/K spelling switches at the beginning of personal names:

<Killian Kaiser> male, married 1593, Germany. Batch no. M92453-1


C/K switches:

<Class Eisenbrey> male, christened 1581, Ochsenbach, Neckar, Württemberg. Batch no. C91730-1 (

<Klass Haeffner> male, christened 1591, Ochsenbach, Neckar, Württemberg. Batch no. C91730-1 (

<Kinigundis Hewlins> female, died Bermaringen, Württemberg, Germany, 1596. Batch no. B01787-6 (

<Cunigundis Hollenbecher> female, christened Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany, 1589. Batch no. C92335-1 (

<Catharia Schrame> female, married 1597, Ulm, Württemberg, Germany. Batch no. M91504-6 (

<Katharia Vetter> female, christened 1597, Altenstadt, Württemberg, Germany. Batch no. C91763-1 (

As per the February 2015 LoAR cover letter, the borrowing of German given names in otherwise English-language names is allowed for 16th/early 17th centuries (

(Thanks to ffride for the above!)

Fitzwilliam (d. 1590) England IGI Batch: B01340-5

3: Cillian Fitzwilliam - New Badge

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

(Fieldless) A domestic cat rampant Or maintaining a G-clef sable

Kingdom commenters asked about the form of the G-clef here. Per previous Laurel commentary on another device with this symbol, see, this is a period form. Quoting Batonvert from his commentary at that link:

This form of G-clef is the defining instance in Society armory, as found in the device of Ivory Genevieve la Rouge. Her documentation was from a 1580 work of music, referenced in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition, vol 6 p.26.

4: Decimus Varius Felix - New Name & New Device

Gules, in saltire two lightning bolts between in fess two boars passant respectant Or

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

All name elements as well as tria nomina pattern taken from "A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges

The article gives Decimus as a praenomen, Varius as a nomen, and Felix as a cognomen.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a lightning bolt without a thunderbolt.

This should be clear of Gules, two lightning bolts in saltire between four eagles tails to center Or [Caius Gargonius Crassus: 2005-03 via Caid] with a DC for number and type of secondaries.

5: Lodovica Dominica Bianchi - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Spelling (Prefers <Dominica>, will accept <Domenica> as alternate.) most important.

<Lodovica> is found in Juliana de Luna's "Late Period Italian Women's Names: Florence" at

DMNES has <Dominica> dated to 1527 Rome: We weren't able to find the submitter's preferred spelling in Florence - only Domenica. <Dominica> can be found in Imola, which is somewhat north of Florence and slightly closer to Florence than Florence is to Rome, dated to 1312 - (Italian names from Imola, 1312: Feminine Names by Frequency by Sara L. Uckelman).

<Bianchi> is found as a family name in Juliana de Luna's "Names in 15th Century Florence and her Dominions: the Condado" at

(Note - the form has an authenticity request for language or culture, specifics crossed out. I think the language/culture checkbox is also supposed to be scribbled out but it's a little hard to tell when the base marking is an X.)

6: Madelena Vieri - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2015, via An Tir.

Gules, on a bend cotised Or three sea-lions gules

This was redrawn at kingdom because the shield shape had been altered on the submitted forms. Submitter has approved the redraw.

7: Músa-Þóra - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in December of 2015, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A cedar tree within and conjoined to a mascle azure

Previous submission, (Fieldless) A cedar tree azure was returned on the May 2015 LOAR:

"This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Morberie of Tor Denly: Argent, a Crequier plant azure. Although crequiers are generally considered to conflict with round-shaped trees, Morberie's crequier is mostly triangular and thus there is only one DC for fieldless versus fielded design."

8: Nicolin Bray - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in June of 2002, via Atlantia.

Old Item: Ysoria de Brai, to be retained as an alternate name.

This submission was originally documented from RW, which may be possible, but RW doesn't cite the exact spelling of the first name the submitter wanted. As she expressed no preference for time period, we've updated the docs (with thanks to Keystone!):

Nicolin f. (b. 1633) England IGI Batch: C03114-7

Bray (d. 1625) England IGI Batch: B01999-5

9: Nivine Coulter - New Name & New Device

Argent, on a bend sinister vert between two ravens close to sinister sable three triquertas each interlaced with an annulet argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language (Scottish/Irish) most important.
Culture (Scottish/Irish) most important.

Both name elements via FamilySearch:

Nivine Mcredie married 28 April 1646 - Scotland

( : 8 December 2014), Nivine Mcredie and Katherein Inglis, 28 Apr 1646; citing Canongate,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,067,743, 103,092. Batch M19500-1

Jone Coulter married 01 Feb 1634 London

( : 10 December 2014), Edward Stephenson and Jone Coulter, 01 Feb 1634; citing Saint Giles Cripplegate,London,London,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 380,199, 380,200, 380,201, 380,202, 380,203, 380,204. Batch M02243-1

Nivine as cited above is presumably a male's name, and submitter has stated she wants a female name. I have reached out to offer her some other options but have not heard. As the name she put on the form is documented and seems registerable, I'm sending it forward as is. Will of course update if I get more info. The form says "discussed with herald" on this line so submitter may be aware. (I haven't followed up with the consulting herald - the form lists a consult table and not a name for consulting herald; I have to admit the handwriting looks like mine but I don't remember the conversation with this person!)

10: Quillemette de Calemoutier - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 31, 2016 as submitted.

Gules, an emmet and in chief a key fesswise Or

Kingdom commentary questioned whether the orientation of the key needed to be blazoned. Per the Glossary of Terms, the default for a key is "Fesswise, wards to dexter and facing downwards," as in this submission. A 2007 registration disagrees: "There is no default orientation for keys, though (as noted in the Glossary of Terms) when they are fesswise, the wards are to dexter and facing downwards. In this case the wards are to sinister and facing downwards, so the key is reversed. [Sabina Makcaill, 03/2007, A-East]."

11: Rhieinwylydd verch Einion Llanaelhaearn - New Alternate Name

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2001, via the Middle.

Cornelia Festa

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language most important.
Culture most important.

"A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges ( says that women's names in Imperial Rome follow the pattern of nomen + cognomen, and that they are formed from masculine forms of the name by changing the -us ending to -a.

The article gives Cornelius as a nomen and Festus as a cognomen.

12: Symphoriaan Quickeborne - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in June of 2015, via An Tir.

Old Item: Gwenllian verch Watkin, to be retained as an alternate name.
Submitter has no desire as to gender.
Sound ((Sim-FOR-ee-uhn Quic-born)) most important.

Symphoriaan: "Flemish Given Names from Bruges, 1400-1600" by Luana de Grood, (, quoting data from Histoire de la Gilde des Archers de Saint Sebastien de la Ville de Bruges by Henri Godar, Bruges, 1947.

Quickeborne: "Flemish Bynames from Bruges, 1400-1600: L-R" ( by Luana de Grood, quoting same sources as above.

[Note: this is a re-registration of an earlier name,, which previously had been released.]

13: Wilhelm Heinrich Meyer - New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister Or and checky sable and Or, a bend sinister gules and in dexter chief an eagle sable armed gules.

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

ffride provided lovely concise and connected docs here:

<Heinrich Meyer> male, christened 1597, Klein Umstadt, Hessen, Germany. Batch no. C92092-1


<Wilhelm Ruel> male, married 1597, Oppenheim, Hessen, Germany. Batch no. M92255-1


Double given names are found in German per SENA App A.

Kingdom commentary noted that "Or, an eagle sable" can be used as a mark of allegiance to the HRE, although generally seen as a chief or half of a per pale or per fess field. Quoting Black Lion who put this quite nicely:

The thought crossed my mind, but if we extended presumption in this case to include sable eagles on gold wherever they may be, instead of just the way it would typically be expressed, we'd be in a world of hurt.

We do not already restrict this motif, to my knowledge -- just the arms. This makes sense to me, since allegiance is not identity.

14: Wilhelm Heinrich Meyer - New Badge

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

(Fieldless) In pale a bull passant argent armed Or standing upon a feather fesswise gules, overall an arrow Or.

I'm not at all sure this depiction is registerable, given the way the bull is standing on the feather, but am sending on for further commentary and a final decision. Compare the badge of Dreux d'Anjou, returned April 2015 (see -

Dreux d'Anjou. Badge. (Fieldless) In pale an ermine statant contourny argent conjoined at the feet to a bag of madder gules.

The charges are not simply conjoined but they also overlap: the legs of the ermine lie entirely on the bag of madder. This sort of overlap for conjoined charges has long been cause for return, as the relationship between the charges is not blazonable.

The legs here do not lie entirely upon the feather but it still seems fairly comparable.

Ever in Service,


OSCAR counts 5 New Names, 2 New Name Changes, 1 New Alternate Name, 7 New Devices and 2 New Badges. These 17 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $68 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Badge. This item is not chargeable. There are a total of 18 items submitted on this letter.