The Eurasian is the product of the inter-marriage between a European and an Asian. The term "Eurasian" is said to have been coined in the 19th century - 1844 - to replace the word Anglo-Indian, which referred to the offsprings of mixed British and Indian parentage. Since then, the term has been expanded to include all intermarriages between Europeans and Asians. In Malaysia, the term Eurasian is used to refer to this mixed marriage between the male of either the Portuguese, Dutch or British colonials, with the local woman.
The Eurasians as an ethnic group came about due to the colonial occupation of different parts of Asia. Where they are numerous, there may also be specific names given to them. The product of a mix marriage between the Portuguese soldiers or sailors in 16th and 17th century Malacca with the native women is called Kristang, meaning Christian. In Sri Lanka, a similar union between the European colonist (be he Portuguese, Dutch, German or British) and the native produces the Burgher people.