The name Lydia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "woman from Lydia". Lydia is ranked #85 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "13 daughters ABC".
From the experts:
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 and is increasingly appreciated for its history and haunting quality. Cute nickname: Liddy or Lydie.
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