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Old 07-08-2007, 05:20 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by annc View Post
I found a fairly recent (2001) article on church banns on the BBC site. Noting your spelling of 'banns' as 'bans', maybe that is an indication of the origin of the verb 'to ban'... ?
I've always interpreted it as such, though I may be mistaken, of course.

In the Netherlands we have what is called "ondertrouw": the couple needs to register their plan to marry with the Municipality where they live (they can indicate they intend to marry in another municipality). Required documentation includes proof any previous marriage or registered partnership has been dissolved (if there was any such marriage or partnership). If permission is needed for the marriage, a proof of such permission also needs to be filed.

There is a legal minimum and maximum period between "ondertrouw" and the actual marriage date although municipalities may set their own (stricter) rules. This period is intended to verify that all legal requirements for the intended marriage are met.

I can't find any reference, but it used to be the case that the act of "ondertrouw" would be posted publicly so anyone knowing of any (legal) obstructions for the marriage could come forward. This is what the "banning" in my mind refers to.

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