In Game of Thrones, a fantasy world created by George R. R. Martin, house mottos and sigils defined each house’s heraldry and give some insight into their distinctive personalities.
House Stark Motto: House Stark’s sigil is a direwolf, a powerful creature that is larger than most wolves and can grow to the size of the horse. The Stark’s six children (including Jon Snow) each had a direwolf to protect them. The motto of House Stark is “Winter is coming”.
House Arryn Motto: The motto of House Arryn is “As High As Honor”. The sigil of House Arryn is a falcon soaring against the moon.
House Lannister Motto: Its sigil is a golden lion on a crimson field and the motto is “Hear Me Roar!”. Another popular saying attributed to them is that “A Lannister always pays his debts”.
House Targaryen Motto: The Targaryen sigil is a three-headed dragon, red on black. The three heads are supposed to represent Aegon and his sisters, founder of the Old Dynasty. Their motto is “Fire and Blood”.
House Greyjoy Motto: Its sigil is a golden kraken upon a black field, which befits their culture as seafarers and raiders. The motto is “We Do Not Sow”.
House Baratheon Motto: The House Baratheon’s motto is “Ours is the Fury.” Its sigil is a crowned black stag on a golden field.
House Martell Motto: Their sigil is a red sun pierced by a golden spear. Their motto is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”.
House Tully Motto: Their sigil is a silver trout leaping over a field of blue and red. The motto of House Tully is “Family, Duty, Honor”.
House Tyrell Motto: The Tyrell sigil is a golden rose on a grass-green field. Ser Loras, a popular knight from the Tyrell family, is known as the “Knight of Flowers”. Their motto is “Growing Strong”.
House Mormont Motto: House Mormont of Bear Island is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. Their sigil is a black bear in a green wood and the motto is “Here We Stand”.
House Karstark Motto: The Karstark sigil is a white sunburst on black. Their words are “The Sun of Winter.” House Karstark is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. Their lands are northeast of Winterfell.
House Swyft Motto: House Swyft is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock. Its sigil is a blue bantam rooster on yellow. The motto is “Awake! Awake!”.
House Westerling Motto: House Westerling is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock. The Westerling sigil is six white shells on a sand-colored background. Their motto is “Honor, Not Honors”.
House Allyrion Motto: Their blazon is a golden hand on gyronny red and black. Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources are “No Foe May Pass”.
House Hornwood Motto: House Hornwood is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. Their lands are southeast of Winterfell. The Hornwood sigil is a black bull moose on an orange field. Their motto is “Righteous in Wrath.”
House Crakehall Motto: House Crakehall is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock. The Crakehall sigil is a black and white brindled boar on brown. Their motto is “None So Fierce”.
House Cerwyn Motto: House Cerwyn is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Stark of Winterfell. The sigil is a black battle-axe on silver and their words are “Honed And Ready”.
House Mallister Motto: House Mallister of Seagard is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Tully of Riverrun. The sigil is a silver eagle and their motto is “Above The Rest”.
House Frey: The symbol of House Frey is two grey towers linked by a bridge.
House Clegane: The Clegane sigil is three black dogs on a dark yellow background. The three dogs signify the three dogs that died fighting off the lioness that attacked Tytos Lannister.
House Selmy: Their sigil is three stalks of yellow wheat on brown.
House Dondarrion: House Dondarrion is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Baratheon of Storm’s End. House Dondarrion’s sigil is a forked purple lightning bolt on a black field of Stars.
House Seaworth: House Seaworth is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Baratheon of Dragonstone. The sigil is a black boat with an onion on the sail.