The armiger is Director/Major (RNoAF) Jan-Erling Haugland (N.K.F.M.1.)
The coat of arm was approved July 1st, 2008 for Jan-Erling Haugland and his descendants of the family of Haugland (af Hoeitomt-lineage). The right to use the coat of arms is awarded to the descendants of Jan-Erling and Anne Marie Haugland, in right of the descending line carrying the surname Haugland, alone or in combination with another surname, or when Haugland is being used as a middle name.
The ancestry of Haugland line goes back to older Norwegian families, agnately to the Grammeltvedt family (1641) and cognately to the noble family of Botner. On both paternal- and maternal side, the family goes cognately to the historical noble family of Sudreim (also known as Rose or Roos, still existing in male lines in Sweden). Based on the coat of arms and seals of these families, the coat of arm of Jan-Erling Haugland was designed by Heraldic designer /secretary of Swedish Heraldic Society, in close cooperation with the armiger. The final version was then adjusted in accordance with heraldic rules by Royal Herald Painter, Ronny Andersen, cand.mag (Danish).
The oldest know male of the family is recorded as being the farm owner and steward of the Troegstad church estate, Peder Olsen Gammeltvedt (1641-1714). The female line on the paternal side heralds back to the old noble family "Botnerfolket" of Hoeland. The oldest known male of the Botner family used a fleur-de-lys on his seal (1340). When General ADC/Captain Andreas von Botner (1724-1748) had his noble ancestry confirmed by King Frederik V on June 28th, 1756, his coat of arms when granted included, amongst other charges, several fleur-de-leys.
On the maternal side of the family, the male descendents go through several generations of farm owners and bailiffs in Denmark via the armigerís motherís fatherís father, merchant J. Thomsen (originally Danish), to the known clockmaker family of Kok (Kock) in Vendsyssel.
Clockmaker and engraver of seals Peder Pedersen Kok was the only person in Denmark, apart from the Royal Engraver, who engraved seals in agate. Kok himself had a rose on his personal seal. (Letter from P.P.Kok to Chamberlain Reedtz-Thott, Allborg State Archives). The rose can also be seen on some of the clocks made by him.
Jan-Erling Haugland is at present the oldest descendant in the direct male line. In addition to several foreign awards and decorations, he is also decorated with the Norwegian Kings Medal of Merit in Gold (N.K.F.M.1).
The Armiger is Fellow International of the Explorers Club, USA, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society, UK, Fellow of The Arctic Institute of North America, Life member of Adventure Foundation, Pakistan, member of Travellers Club (Tramplaget) Norway , Life member of Norwegian Polar Club, Swedish Polar Club, member of Alpine Club, UK and The gentlemans Club TromsÝ Athenśum, Norway.
Jan-Erling Haugland is married to Anne Marie, nee Toerum, and they have four children; Marianne Haugland Hindsgaul, Irene Haugland Soersdahl (cand jur, B Arts), Jan Christian Haugland (Cand.merc., MBA, M Sc) and Ida Maria Victoria Haugland (B Arts).
The earliest generations of this family were farmers and, later generations includes businessmen, military officers, merchant navy officers, artists, civil servants et al. The family is to be found today in the region of Oslo, Norway and in Sweden with cognatic descendants living in the USA and several places in Norway.