Gender: Female Meaning of Lydia: "woman from Lydia" Origin of Lydia: Greek Lydia's Popularity in 2018: #89

Lydia Origin and Meaning

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

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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Rank in US: #89

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Famous People Named Lydia

Pop Culture References for the name Lydia

Lidie, Liddie, Lyda, Lidya

Lydia's International Variations

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


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