'Maid' status on marriage record

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Normally on marriage records in Ireland, status of the couple range from Spinster, Bachelor, Widow, Widower.

A record I found has the status 'maid'. Is this her profession, or something meant by 'maiden'? Her husband is a bachelor like normal.

I have not seen something like this before, any idea what it implies?
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asked in Genealogy Help by Ian Hunter G2G2 (2.2k points)

1 Answer

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I had a look at this on the Irish Civil Records website. It is possible that "Maid" is actually written in the wrong column of the entry, because in the next column under Rank or Profession, "spinster" is entered. So, yes, she could have been a servant.

Alternatively, whoever wrote the entry may have been emphasising the young lady's virginity, since the word "maid" commonly referred to young women who had as yet had no carnal knowledge of the opposite sex.
answered by Sue Carlson Dunn G2G1 (1.8k points)

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