"woman from Lydia"

Lydia Origin and Meaning

The name Lydia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "woman from Lydia".

Lydia is one of the first place names, after an area of Asia Minor whose inhabitants are credited with strong musical talent great wealth. Always among the US Top 1000 girl names, Lydia is a quietly fashionable classic.

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 increasingly appreciated for its history and haunting quality. Cute nickname: Liddy or Lydie.

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Lydia Rank in US Top 1000

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Lydia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lydia Popularity

Famous People Named Lydia

  • Lydia HuallasBolivian mountaineer
  • Lydia of Thyatirafirst European convert to Christianity
  • Lydia CornellAmerican actress
  • Lydia Nightlead singer of rock band The Regrettes
  • Lydia Marie HearstShaw, American actress, model, and heiress
  • Lydia Estes PinkhamAmerican entrepreneur
  • Lydia Jacksonbirth name of Lidian Emerson, wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Lydia MilletAmerican novelist
  • Lydia Field EmmetAmerican painter
  • Lydia Dmitrievna Gromykowife of Soviet leader Andrey Gromyko
  • Lydia Maria Frances ChildAmerican abolitionist and feminist
  • Lydia Taftfirst woman to legally vote in the U.S.
  • Lydia LassilaAustralian Olympic freestyle skier
  • Lydia DavisAmerican novelist
  • Lydia GibsonAmerican illustrator
  • Lydia ShackletonIrish botanical artist
  • Lydia WeltiEscher, Swiss arts patron
  • Lydia Marie MackayAmerican actress
  • Lydia ShumHong Kong comedienne
  • Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch)American musician
  • Lydia SchenardiFrench MEP
  • Lydia Grace Yilkari WilliamsAustralian soccer player
  • Lydia Campbelldaughter of actor Larry Joe Campbell

Lydia in Pop Culture

  • Lydiaa housecarl of Whiterun and follower/companion in the video game Skyrim by Bethesda.
  • Countess Lydia Ivanovnacharacter in Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina"
  • Lydia Macmillanmain character in 1941 movie "Lydia"
  • Lydia Deetzcharacter in movie "Beetlejuice"
  • Lydia Bennetcharacter in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Lydia McBride Steedcharacter in Gerald N. Lund's The Work and the Glory
  • Lydia Martincharacter on TV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Lydia BranwellCharacter on Freeform's 'Shadowhunters'
  • Lydia Parkingtonmother of American Girl character Samantha; Samantha's doll's name
  • Lydia Hartcharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Lydia Goldblattcharacter in "The Popularity Papers"
  • Lydia Hillardeldest daughter in movie "Mrs Doubtfire"
  • Lydia RodarteQuayle, character on TV's 'Breaking Bad'
  • Lydia Bob Scottdaugther to Nathan and Haley on TV's "One Tree Hill"
  • Lydia Constantinecharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Lydiavillain in animated film "Barbie; the Diamond Castle"
  • Lydia Amelia Piercemain character in the Dear America book "Like the Willow Tree
  • Lydia Piemancharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Lydia Copperbottomcharacter in the movie "Robots"
  • Lydia Hallcharacter on ABC's "Quantico"
  • "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"popular song by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
  • "Lydia"song by Highly Suspect
  • Lydia Boylecharacter in video game "Dishonored"
  • Lydia Fryecharacter in video game"Assassin's Creed Syndicate"
  • Lydia Rieracharacter in Netflix's original series "One Day at a Time"
  • Lydia Leecharacter in Celeste Ng's "Everything I Never Told You"
  • Aunt Lydiacharacter in the book and TV series "The Handmaid's tale"

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