Greek, gyne (a woman); Sanskrit, goni; Swedish, qvenna; Gothic, queins; Anglo-Saxon, cwen. (See Sir.)
“He [Jesus] saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy son.”- St. John xix. 26.
(The White). Mary Queen of Scots; so called because she dressed in white mourning for her French husband.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894