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Gender: F Meaning of Lydia: "woman from Lydia" Origin of Lydia: Greek Lydia's Popularity in 2013: #96

Lydia is a very early place name, that of an area of Asia Minor whose inhabitants are credited with the invention of coinage and of having strong musical talent--as well as great wealth.

Although mentioned in the New Testament (Lydia was the first European convert of Saint Paul), it didn't really emerge as a viable first name until the eighteenth century, promoted via the character of Lydia Languish in Sheridan's popular 1775 play The Rivals, and the youngest of the Bennett girls in Pride and Prejudice.

Lydia continued to be a literary favorite, found in the novels of George Eliot and D. H. Lawrence. And there's also the iconic Groucho Marx ditty: "Lydia the Tattooed Lady."

Lydia is rising in popularity--it's now in the Top 100-- increasingly appreciated for its history and haunting quality. Cute nickname: Liddy or Lydie

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Famous People Named Lydia

Lydia of Thyatira, first European convert to Christianity
Lydia Cornell, American actress
Lydia Marie Hearst, American actress, model, and heiress
Lydia Estes Pinkham, American entrepreneur
Lydia Millet, American novelist
Lydia Field Emmet, American painter
Lydia Dmitrievna Gromyko, wife of Soviet leader Andrey Gromyko
Lydia Maria Frances Child, American abolitionist and feminist
Lydia Taft, first woman to legally vote in the U.S.
Lydia Lassila, Australian Olympic freestyle skier
Lydia Davis, American novelist
Lydia Gibson, American illustrator
Lydia Shackleton, Irish botanical artist
Lydia Welti-Escher, Swiss arts patron
Lydia Marie Mackay, American actress
Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedienne
Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch), American musician
Lydia Schenardi, French MEP
Lydia, daughter of actor Larry Joe Campbell

Pop Culture References for the Name Lydia

Countess Lydia Ivanovna, character in Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"
Lydia Macmillan, main character in 1941 movie "Lydia"
Lydia Deetz, character in movie "Beetlejuice"
Lydia Bennet, character in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
Lydia McBride Steed, character in Gerald N. Lund's The Work and the Glory
Lydia Martin, character on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Lydia Parkington, mother of American Girl character Samantha; Samantha's doll's name
Lydia Hart, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Lydia Goldblatt, character in "The Popularity Papers"
Lydia Hillard, eldest daughter in movie "Mrs Doubtfire"
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, character on TV's 'Breaking Bad'
Lydia Scott, daugther to Nathan and Haley in "One Tree Hill"
Lydia Constantine, character on TV's "American Gothic"
"Lydia the Tattooed Lady", popular song by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg

Liddie, Lidie, Lidya, Lyda

Lydia's International Variations

Lidija, Lida, Lydie, Lidiya, Lidia (Russian)