Native Woman

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When a child was baptised, sometimes the mother was described as ‘a native woman’. The term 'native woman’ applied to Hindu or tribal women, and not to native Christians.[1]

The term 'native woman’ will not be seen in marriage records, as all marriages were between Christians.

There was also a term ‘Bunnoo native woman’. Bunnoo or Banoo or Bunnoa was an area in Eastern Afghanistan, according to Thornton's 1844 Gazetteer, but more often the term implied a Muslim (of any northern origin). (Bannu District is now in Pakistan.)

See also


  1. Roberts, John E C Native Marriages Rootsweb India Mailing List 6 August 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2015