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Avacal LoI dated 2023-09-24

We received 4 submissions. We will discuss the submissions at our decision meeting on October 18, 2023 via Zoom at 7:00PM MST. Please contact our White Wyvern to be invited to the meeting.

1: Hamelin L'Archier -Resub Badge

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

Fieldless, a panache of three ostrich feathers enfiling a coronet ermine.

The submitter is a Court Baron of Avacal, August 2019

Badge was returned on the January 31, 2023 Kingdom letter because of conflict

2: Hamelin L'Archier -New Exchange of Device and Badge

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

Gules, a fess nebuly ermine

I, [name redacted] known in the SCA as Hamelin L'Archier, wish to make my badge "Gules, a fess nebuly enrmine" my device and retain my current device "Gules, a fess nebuly ermine and in chief a wolf passant argent" as a badge.

Letter is filed with the Submissions Herald

3: Vilkas Chizmadia -New Name (NP) & New Device

Per chevron vert and Or, two double headed eagles argent and two swords crossed in saltire gules.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Sound most important.

Vilkas Additional information:from ffride wlffsdotter

Jūratė Čirūnaitė "Kauno bajorų įvardijimas 1528 metų LDK kariuomenės surašyme" [Onomastics of Kaunas noblemen in 1528 military census of the grand duchy of Lithuania] Respectus Philologicus, 2018, 33 (38), 68-82 (see further scanned documents from original article to be uploaded to the KLOI)

The translation of the parts in the red boxes on page 76 are:

"Įvardijimai vien potencialiosiomis pavardėmis:

Vien potencialiosiomis pavardėmis užrašyti 6 asmenys. Tai 2,1 proc. visų įvardijimų. 5 asmenys užrašyti viena potencialiąja pavarde, vienas - dviem."

[Naming (patterns) with only potential surnames:

Only 6 persons are recorded with potential surnames. This is 2.1 percent of all designation types. 5 persons are recorded with one potential surname, one with two.]

Person number 5's name is then described:

"Asmenvardis, kuris nėra vardas, patronimas ar -sk- tipo antroponimas + patronimas. Asmuo užrašytas be prievardžių: Волкъ Яновичъ „Vilkas,(15) Jono sūnus"."

[A personal pronoun that is not a name, patronymic, or -sk- type of anthroponym, with a patronymic. The person is described without adjectives: Волкъ Яновичъ "Wolf(15) son of John".]

Footnote 15 says:

"Nėra abejonių, kad pravardinis asmenvardis Волкъ (liet. Vilkas) yra vertinys iš lietuvių kalbos."

[There is no doubt that the personal name Волкъ (Lithuanian: Vilkas) is a calque from the Lithuanian language.]

With the above information, we can then say that Vilkas should be used as a given name, based on it being highly likely it was used in pre-written Lithuania as noted in ffride's "A guide to some Lithuanian naming patterns." (

Chizmadia - legal surname of submitter provided by driver's licence copy supplied with submission and allowed as per SENA PN1B2e

Chizmadia modern translation means "bootmaker" making it similar to an occupational by-name in period.

Name Order using ffride wlffsdotter's article, "A guide to some Lithuanian naming patterns", shows pattern of [given name] + [by-name]. Occupational by-names follow this pattern as well. Therefore, Vilkas Chizmadia can be created.

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


Avacal College of Heralds

OSCAR counts 1 Name, 1 Device, 1 Badge and 1 Exchange of Device and Badge. There are a total of 4 items submitted on this letter.

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