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Yes, Bjørn means bear [Ursa species]- our family name is very old (more than 400 years) and it is also seen as Biørn, Bjørnsen, Biørnsen, etc. I do not know where it came from, but it is very Danish - the oldest Bjørn I know was a merchant in Flensborg (Hans Biørnsen/Børnsen) where he died 1583. Flensborg (Flensburg) is now German, but in those days it was Danish.
Our Bjørn is not royal (and not noble) nor a landowning name, I think. I have never heard or read about it. None of Lars Jensen Bjørn's Bjørn-ancestors were farmers, a lot of them had relatively high posítions in the society.
Family crests? My father had a trademark (a white bear on rocks) made in 1945-48. He was a Sten- og Billedhugger [stone mason and sculptor] with his own business . - A sister of one of our ancestors Karen Jacobsdatter Bjørn had a crest (seen in 1729) with an upstanding bear. I have a small drawing. I have never seen crests of our ancestors.
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Last modified 19 July 2004