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Avacal LoI dated 2023-10-27

We received 3 submissions and 1 resub. We would would like to thank Isabelle Buckells, Maryan Hoskyns, Juetta Copin, Gunnvor silfraharr, Arwyn of Leicester, Tibor the Indecisive, Oriana Severin, Jeanne Marie Lacroix, Kolosvari Arpadne Julia, ffride wlffsdotter, and Gunnvor silfraharr for their commentary.

1: Hamelin L'Archier - Resub Badge (KLoI)

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Hamelin L'Archier in August of 2015, via An Tir.

(Fieldless) A panache of three ostrich feathers gules, argent and gules issuant from a coronet nebuly ermine.

The submitter is a Court Baron of Avacal, August 2019

Badge was returned on the April 2023 Letter of Acceptance because of conflict with the regalia for Royal Peers and the Court Baronage.

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

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Hamelin L'Archier 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, in chief a wolf passant argent" as a badge.

Letter is filed with the Submissions Herald

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

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.

ffride wlffsdotter noted in commentary that a recent proposal to modify SENA PN1B2a "Attested Name Phrases" to include the sentence "A name phrase attested through oral tradition is registrable (though not necessarily authentic) when scholarly sources consider the name phrase to have been known in period," but I don't believe the final version has made it into SENA (See:

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Avacal College of Heralds

OSCAR counts 1 New Name and 1 New Device. These 2 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $8 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Badge. This item is not chargeable. OSCAR counts 1 Exchange of Device and Badge. This item may or may not require payment. There are a total of 4 items submitted on this letter.

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