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

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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 Cornell - American actress
Lydia Hearst-Shaw - American actress, model, and heiress
Lydia Pinkham - American entrepreneur
Lydia Millet - American novelist
Lydia Field Emmet - American painter
Lydia Child - American abolitionist
Lydia Taft - one of the first women voters in America
Lydia Lassila - Australian Olympic freestyle skier
Lydia Davis - American author
Lydia Gibson - American illustrator
Lydia Mackay - American theater actress
Lydia, daughter of actor Larry Joe Campbell
Lydia Lunch, American musician

Pop Culture References for the Name Lydia

Lydia Deetz, character in "Beetlejuice"
Lydia, one of the Bennet sisters in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
Lydia McBride Steed in Gerald N. Lund's The Work and the Glory
Lydia Martin - character in Teen Wolf.
Lydia Parkington - mother of American Girl Doll Samantha as well as her own doll's name
Lydia Goldblatt, character in "The Popularity Papers"
Lydia Hillard, eldest daughter from movie "Mrs Doubtfire"
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, character in 'Breaking Bad'
Countess Lydia, from the movie "Anna Karenina"
Lydia Scott, daugther to Nathan and Haley in "One Tree Hill"
Lydia Constantine, character from TV series "American Gothic"

Liddie, Lidie, Lidya, Lyda

Lydia's International Variations

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