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.
Lists containing Lydia:
- Cool Bible Baby Names
- Girl Names Trendier Than You Think
- British Girl Names
- Colonial Names for Girls
- Vintage Baby Names for Girls
- Jane Austen Baby Names
- Cool Baby Names That Start With L
- Cool Vintage Baby Names
- Bible Names for Girls
- Girls' Names With Gravity
- Old-Fashioned Baby Names
- Saints' Names for Girls
- Antique Baby Names Back in Style