Notary Public Day and the Origin of the Notary
To all of our Notaries – Happy Notary Public Day!
We are so happy to have such a talented, dedicated network of notaries from across the country. Thank you to all of our notaries out there that work day and in and day out to provide a positive borrower experience for clients.
In the spirit of Notary Day, we thought it would be fun to provide a brief history of Notary Day as well as the origin of the notary itself!
The History of Notary Day:
Today, November 7th marks Notary Public day, a day to recognize notary publics for their service and contributions to national and international commerce. Notary public day was first celebrated on November 7th 1975, but the date’s significance actually comes from the day the American Colony of New Haven appointed America’s first notary, Thomas Fugill in 1639.
Today there are almost 4.8 million notary publics in the United States.
The Origin of the Notary
The notary was first introduced in the days of the Roman Empire. Originally, the word notary came from the Latin word “nota” that was actually a system of shorthand developed by the Clerk of Cicero to take down notes on Cicero’s speeches. Roman citizens employed to draft agreements, conveyances, and other official written work soon used this method of “nota” writing and the term “notarius” was used to describe them.
In the early days of the Roman Empire, notarii (plural of “notarius”) were considered semi-officials who had growing influence as the empire expanded. Individuals with this particular profession were also known as scriba, cursor, tabularius, tabellio, exceptor, acuarius, and notarius, depending when they lived and what specific duties were performed.
Notaries also played a very important role in the Catholic Church. The fourth Pope, Clement, appointed seven notaries who were stationed throughout Rome with the task of describing the acts of any martyrs in their appointed area. Later, these papal notaries were granted the ability to record such tasks in any country.
In the 8th century, the Holy Roman Empire, led by Charlemagne, expanded the role of the notary once again. The Emperor directed his deputies to nominate “imperial notaries” throughout the empire and required his bishops, abbots and counts to use these imperial notaries for recording official business. Notaries at this time had public authority and could exercise their authority in any country within the Roman Empire.
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