About Us


Have you ever wanted to know the origins of your last name, but don’t know where to start? Have you been looking for your family’s coat of arms?

The Name Tree can help you with your search. They have the largest database of names in the world and specialize in the reproduction and design of family crests, also known as heraldry. 

Owners Peter and Sharon Lootsma are celebrating their 20th year in 2014 and throughout the years, have been providing unique ways to proudly display a family’s heritage and origins.  Among The Name Tree’s unique product lines are “onomastics” the study of the origin and history of family names. Their database includes the evolution of the name, original meaning, original spelling and variations, where they first appeared on a census roll or church record.


Recent Customer Testimonials

  • "We're so impressed when I visited "The Name Tree" in Niagara on The Lake. I knew I was interested in purchasing my Coat of Arms and History but didn't quite know what I wanted. Sharon, you spend an hour with my wife and myself to design a display that was unique to our needs. Thank you so much for treating us so well and taking the time to make sure we were going to have a unique display for our wall. I will definitely recommend your company to our friends."
    Mario & Patricia
  • The family history arrived yesterday and it looks lovely. We are very happy with it and with the Black Watch tartan behind the badge! Thank you for taking such care to be sure all of the colours, frame and assembly were done just as we requested. It was lovely meeting you both.
    Deb and Gerry

What our customers say

  • We dropped in to The Name Tree while visiting Niagara On The Lake in November. Not knowing really what the store was all about, Peter explained why there was a Coat of Arms and Family Crest registered to our name and explained our Family History to us. We walked out with a Family History and Coat of Arms for both of our names and with a knowledge now of "heraldry" that we never had before. Thank you, Peter, for being so friendly and knowledgeable. We will tell our family and friends about your store.
    Tom & Leah
  • "Chris and I are very pleased with the name history you made for his parents' 60th wedding anniversary gift. The quality is exceptional and the frame is exquisite. Thank you also for accommodating our last minute request and completing it as quickly as you did."
    Marsha P - Toronto