Maiden has its roots in the Germanic side of English, descending from the Old English  mæġden, which is composed of mæġeþ, meaning a woman, with the suffix –en, a diminutive. Similar to the German mädchen.

The earlier roots of the word go back to Proto-Indo-European and maghu, which means someone of either sex. This word provides the prefix Mac or Mc in Scottish or Irish gaelic.

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