- skip - Brewer’s

Maid Maʹrian


A morris dance, or the boy in the morris dance, called Mad Morion, from the “morion” which he wore on his head. (See Morris Dance.) Maid Marian is a corruption first of the words, and then of the sex. Having got the words Maid Marian, etymologists have puzzled out a suitable character in Matilda, the daughter of Fitz-Walter, baron of Bayard and Dunmow, who eloped with Robert Fitz-Ooth, the outlaw, and lived with him in Sherwood Forest. Some refine upon this tale, and affirm that Matilda was married to the outlaw (commonly called Robin Hood) by Friar Tuck.

“A set of morrice dancers danced a maidmarian with a tabor and pipe.”—Temple.

“Next ʹtis agreed

That fair Matilda henceforth change her name,

And while [she lives] in Shirewodde …

She by maid Marian’s name be only called.”

Downfall of Robert; Earl of Huntingdon.

previous entry · index · next entry


Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Mahadi or Hakem
Mahdi (The)
Mahmoud of Ghizni
Mahomet or Mohammed
Maid Marian
Maid of Athens
Maid of Norway
Maid of Orleans
Maid of Perth (Fair)
Maid of Saragossa
Maiden Assize (A)
Maiden King (The)
Maiden Lane (London)
Maiden or Virgin Queen

Linking here:

Morris Dance

See Also:

Maid Marian