A uniform system for keeping church records was introduced by royal ordinance in December 1812. Prior to that there were no directions on how to keep church records. It required that a duplicate register be kept in a separate place.
1814 · Syttende Mai (17th May)
Constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom to avoid being ceded to Sweden from Denmark. Celebrated by Norwegians & Norwegian-Americans on May 17th each year.
1814 · Eidsvoll, Norway
Place where the Norwegian Constitution was signed on 17 May.
Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from a pet form of Mathias ( see Matthew ).