Knut

Brief Life History of Knut

When Knut was born in 1641, in Øverby, Sigdal, Buskerud, Norway, his father, Rasmus Gundersen, was 38 and his mother, Mrs. Rasmus Gunnarsen, was 38.

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Rasmus Gundersen
1604–1664
Mrs. Rasmus Gunnarsen
1603–
Reidar Rasmussen
1634–1714
Knut
1641–

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    World Events (3)

    1685 · Norway Church

    The State Church of Norway passed a law which required ministers to keep a written record of all baptisms, marriages, burials.

    1700 · Norwegian calendar change

    1n 1700 Norway changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 18 Feb in the Julian Calendar became 1 March in the Gregorian calendar.

    1736 · Confirmation & education

    Law of 1736 legally established Confirmation in the Lutheran Church which led to organized education for all children. These became important records which the Pastor kept.

    Name Meaning

    from Old Norse Knútr ‘knot’, originally a byname given to a short, squat man. King Knut ( d. 1035 ) ruled over Denmark, Norway, and England in the 11th century; he is known in English as Canute. His great-nephew Knut ( d. 1086 ) was another king of Denmark; he was murdered by opponents of the laws enforcing payment of tithes to the Church and was canonized as a martyr. His nephew, also Knut ( d. 1131 ), was Duke of Schleswig and is also venerated as a martyr, although for what reason is not clear.

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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