We have the largest selection of norwegian family crests on the web. Surnames from Norway are often harder to research than coats of arms from other countries. Surnames from Norway in ancient times, used their fathers first name to make a surname. So, if your fathers first name was Paul and your first name was John, you would become "JOHN PAULSON". Pulson basically meant SON OF PAUL.
As you look into your Norwegian heritage, you will likely find that your family has an Norwegian family crest, symbolizing the family name. In all ages and in all quarters of the world, distinguishing symbols such as family crests have been widely adopted.
The Coat of Arms of Norway is a crowned, golden lion rampant holding an axe with an argent blade, on a crowned, triangular and red escutcheon. Its elements originate from personal insignias for the royal house in the High Middle Ages, thus being among the oldest in Europe. In Norway, the motif of the coat of arms is often called «Den norske løve», literally translated «The Norwegian Lion».