When Birthe Larsdatter was born on 20 January 1805, in Fana, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway, her father, Lars Olsen Lilletvedt, was 29 and her mother, Martha Paulsdatter Hatlestad, was 25. She married Arne Rasmussen on 14 June 1840, in Fana, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 6 April 1842, at the age of 37, and was buried in Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Borrowing of the Irish name Brighid ( see Bridget ). This name owes its enormous popularity in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden, to St Birgitta ( 1304–73 ), patron saint of Sweden. She was a noblewoman who bore her husband eight children. After his death, she founded an order of nuns, the ‘Bridgettines’ or Order of the Most Holy Saviour. She also went to Rome, where she attempted to reform religious life.