Notary Public Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating one of the most important and respected professions in our society. Notaries are public officials entrusted with verifying the authenticity of documents, confirming identities, and signing documents.
The origins of notaries date back to Ancient Egypt in 2750 BC, when specialists known as sesh were responsible for documenting and legitimizing transactions. During the Middle Ages, notaries were appointed by the Pope and Templar organ, and in 15th century England, they were appointed by the archbishop.
- Tutankhamun was so fond of documents that he requested writing supplies be placed in his tomb.
- The first notary was a Roman slave named Tiron who invented a method of shorthand called “notae” for recording the speeches of Cicero.
- Notaries became an essential part of international trade, as they were the only ones who could certify the so-called maritime protest, which reported damage to ships and cargo.
- Notaries must have an iron character and exceptional moral standing in order to effectively mediate between the interests of opposing sides.
- In 2021, 65% of notaries are women.
- November 7 was chosen for the holiday as it was on this day in America that a notary was first appointed in the New Haven colony.
How to take part
Express your gratitude to any notaries you know, or share your appreciation on social media. Learn more about the profession, visit your local library or archives to do your own research. If you are looking for a future career, consider becoming a notary and helping others.
When is Notary Public Day celebrated in 2023?
Notary Public Day is observed on November 7 each year.