EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MA'AM
Oh, ma'am—you're very polite—I feel it a great compliment, I assure you.
I should think she'd a done something, shouldn't you, ma'am?
But I came to you, ma'am, because you seemed to sort of need me most.
I came to see, ma'am, whether you'd take me back, as I 'aven't got Baby now.
If you think that, ma'am, it's very cruel and unkind of you to send me away.
"He's just bad, ma'am," Carter was saying, as Mike reached the steps.
He's worth a dozen dead men, Ma'am; he's jest stunned; that's all!
Then he said, meekly, "Does your mother object to tobacco smoke, ma'am?"
Yes, ma'am, I just passed the carriage in the avenue: she is going home, is not she?
Well, ma'am; but I will ask Mr. Walsingham what he thinks, and show him the paper.
also maam, 1660s, colloquial shortening of madam (q.v.). Formerly the ordinary respectful form of address to a married woman; later restricted to the queen and royal princesses or used by servants to their mistresses.