Artemisia LoI dated 2023-07-15

Welcome in peace Honored Sovereigns. Welcome in peace members of the College of Arms. Welcome in peace all who read these words from Sneferu Golden Pillar and the Artemisian College of Heralds,

Thanks to the efforts of our submitters, our leader Braden Golden Wing, and our consulting heralds Aletheia Northclyf, Gunnvor Orle, Razumnik Zhiroslavich Zhuravlev, Bronwen White Antelope, Juetta Copin, Isabella de Bordeaux, Ramon De Javier, Wolfgang Silver Keep, and Alys Ogress the following items have passed kingdom scrutiny since Atemisia's last letter (2023-06-15). Please give them your attention.

1: Geirmárr Hólmgǫngumaðr - New Name Change (KLoI) (NP)

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in August of 2017, via Artemisia.

Old Item: Gage of Loch Salann, to be retained as an alternate name.
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Language/Culture (Norse culture, name meanings supplied in documentation) most important.
Meaning (Norse culture, name meanings supplied in documentation) most important.

Documentation from the form:

Geirmárr : Geir meaning "spear", -marr adjective meaning "glorious, famous, great"


Hólmgǫngu : byname, "holm-gang, duel" ; a Nordic duel of honor that followed local rules or customs



Consulting herald Razumnik Zhiroslavich Zhuravlev

At kingdom this submission was changed from Geirmárr Hólmgǫngu to Geirmárr Hólmgǫngumaðr based on the following documentation, which was presented by Gunnvor Orle:

The name is not correctly formed. <Hólmgǫngu-> is a prefixed byname, borne by several men who were (in)famous duellists in the 9th-10th c. It can't be later than 1006 in Iceland, or 1012 in Norway, when the laws finally abolished duels.

He could be <Hólmgǫngu-Geirmárr>.

If he doesn't want the prefixed byname, we could do <Geirmárr hólmgǫngumaðr>, which follows the patterns of "occupational" bynames (someone like Hólmgǫngu-Bersi, who was said to have killed 35 men in duels, could probably argue for it as an occupation, I guess!)

<banamaðr> "slayer"

<ármaðr> "estate steward"

<sendimaðr> "envoy, messenger"

<veiðimaðr> "huntsman"

<ǫlgerðarmaðr> "brewer, ale-maker"

<kaupmaðr> "merchant"

The submitter has seen and approved this change.

2: Maysun al-Isfahaniyya - New Badge (KLoI)

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2015, via Artemisia.

Per fess indented sable and vert, a sea-lion erect argent, in chief three mullets in chevron argent

Consulting herald Praxilla Taurina

3: Þóra Bjarnardóttir - New Name Change (KLoI) (NP) & Resub Device (KLoI)

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in July of 2022, via Artemisia.

Argent, a raven rising maintaining in its claws a needle bendwise between three crescents pendant 2 & 1, sable

Old Item: Þóra Biarnardóttir, to be released.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.

Þóra Feminine name found in "Viking Names found in Landnámabók" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) at ( has in the list of feminine names: Þóra, recorded 23 times, pronounced THOA-r@.

Bjorn (Bjǫrn) Masculine given name found in Geirr Bassi Haraldsson "The Old Norse Name", page 8. The "o" in Bjorn should be a small letter o with ogonek, but submitting herald couldn't get it to insert (or paste from copy) properly in the new form.

Bjarnardóttir patronymic form meaning daughter of Bjorn. The expected genitive form of Bjorn is Bjarnar.

Submitter strongly prefers the spelling for Bjarnardóttir with the J instead of her currently registered I.

Consulting herald Aletheia Northclyf

The previous iteration of this sub, Argent a raven rising maintaining in its claws a needle bendwise between in chief two crescents pendant in chevron inverted and in base a spool of thread sable (see image 1), was returned on the July 2022 LoAR with the following statement:

This device is returned per SENA A3D2c, for lack of unity of orientation of the secondary crescents and spool of thread.

Consulting herald Aletheia Northclyf

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4: Ulrich Violet - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Purpure, a dragon and to dexter a rose Or

Ulrich is a German masculine given name dated to 1554 in DMNES, s.n. Ulrich, under the header "Switzerland, Early New High German", 1554 Ulrich (nom) ibid. 332.

Violet is an English surname dated to 1576 in "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch at : 11 February 2018, Willm. Violet, 02 Jul 1576. Batch P01437-1.

The Feb 2015 CL appears to allow for this lingual combination in the following quote:

Therefore, we will not add the English-German lingual mix to Appendix C of SENA. However, we will allow the borrowing of given names from German into English and vice versa, in the context of the 16th and early 17th centuries. An English given name that is borrowed from German is considered to be English under Appendix C, and a German given name that is borrowed from English is considered to be German.

Consulting herald Aletheia Northclyf

Consulting herald Aletheia Northclyf

Previous submissions of a similar dragon from the same artist may be found in images 1-3. For further info on the registered version (image 3), please see this item from the Feb 2021 LoPaD and the registration from the March 2021 LoAR:

In kingdom, multiple concerns were raised about this emblazon. These concerns include the darkness of the field, the relative size of the two charges, and the blazonability of the larger charge's posture.

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5: Wulf Bogmaðr - New Name (KLoI) (NP) & New Device (KLoI)

Per bend argent and sable, a wolf salient gules and a pheon inverted argent

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

Documentation from the form:

Wulf The Pennsic Consult Table documented the given name from Bahlow (Deutsches Namenlexikon, s.n. Wulf(f)) citing Wulf dictus Wolberti from 1286 and Wulf Pudwills from 1435.

Bogmaðr bog-maðr, m. a bowman, archer, P'as. i. 382, Ingv. 34, Lv. 63, Fær. 56, Fms. vi. 413

Additional docs from Alys Ogress:
Wulf is a header form in PASE with instances of Wulf dated to 1055 and 1086. The exact spelling Wulf is dated 1055, from Sawyer charter 1532.

Old English and Old Norse can be combined if the elements are dated prior to 1100, which they are.

Additional docs from Gunnvor Orle:
Also, it should be noted that we can't just pluck a word out of the dictionary and use it as a name. SENA requires that we show a pattern of documented bynames into which this dictionary word fits.

Fortunately, that's easy to do. From E.H. Lind Personbinamn and Finnur Jónsson's Tilnavne we have:

<banamaðr> "slayer"

<ármaðr> "estate steward"

<sendimaðr> "envoy, messenger"

<veiðimaðr> "huntsman"

<ǫlgerðarmaðr> "brewer, ale-maker"

<kaupmaðr> "merchant"

And a comment form the local herald Wolfgang Silver Keep:
I consulted with him (the submitter).... While he'd prefer it remain Wulf, he considers <Úlfr> an acceptable change if necessary for the name to pass.

Health to each of you,

Sneferu ex Artemisias
Acting Black Pillar Herald
Golden Pillar Herald
Kingdom of Artemisia

Standard disclaimer: So far as I know, this letter accurately reflects the contents of the various submission forms and accompanying documents, including, but not limted to, consent to changes, expressed preferences, requests for authenticity, and formation of holding names.

OSCAR counts 2 New Names, 2 New Name Changes, 2 New Devices and 1 New Badge. These 7 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $28 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Device. This item is not chargeable. There are a total of 8 items submitted on this letter.