Lydia Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: LI-dee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Lydia:

Of Greek origin, Lydia (woman from Lydia, an ancient kingdom in western Asia Minor) is common throughout the English-speaking world.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Saint Lydia was born during the first century in Thyatira, a town famous in Asia Minor that was famous for its dye works (hence her name, which means purple seller). She was a seller of purple dye and was St. Paul's first convert at Philippi. The following is from the Acts of the Apostles:

"And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, did hear: whose heart the Lord opened to attend to those things which were said by Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying: If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us."
~Acts 16:14-15

She was baptized with her household. Thereafter, Paul made his home with her while in Philippi.

Lydia was a woman of hospitality, a woman of faith. As a successful businesswoman she most likely had a home spacious enough to welcome guests and to use her home as a Christian center, where others would gather for the Holy Mass and prayer. After Paul and Silas were released from prison, they went immediately to Lydia’s house to see and encourage the believers gathered there. Lydia served the Lord through her gift of hospitality by welcoming others into her home.

Lydia is one of the few female names from the New Testament.

Personal experiences with the name Lydia: | Edit

My name is Lydia. I was named after my great grandmother and she didn't even use the name but used "Tina" instead - why would you name your kid the name someone else wouldn't even use? Honestly, I hate my name for the most part. About 6th grade was when I really started to despise it. Every day would be a new ordeal with kids saying I was "Chlamydia" or "labia" or something like that.

One of my 2 year old daughters is named "Lydia". She has a twin sister (Brynn). My husband and I decided on the name Lydia after going through quite a few other names. We just knew we had found the right one. She is definitely a Lydia.

I love my name, but growing up, other little kids had trouble saying it. I was often called "Alydia" or "Olivia." Also, when people read my name off a list, they almost all call me Linda.

~We named our daughter Lydian. I really liked the name Lydia, but then I met a little girl in my preschool class named Lydian and I just loved it! Ironically, I was pregnant with our first at the time, but we named her Marybella (Bella). I guess the name stuck though, because Lydian was our first choice for baby number 2. We call her Lulu, which suits her just fine! BTW-Baby number three is Evangeline, whom we call Evie.~

~My name is Lydia and I've always loved my name, but like a lot of other Lydia's I was called Lynda, Lyna, Olivia, Alidia, ect. But around when I was 13 I somehow snagged the nic name "Lana" which then changed to "Alana". So now people either call me "Lidz" or "Lana".

~Since Lydia rhymes with chlamydia, there's potential for quite a bit of teasing

~My name is Lydia, and I have had no problem with it at all. Like, the Lydia above, I've always been called "Alydia" or "Olivia" by little kids. And like a parent of a Lydia above, I have a younger sister nicknamed Evie!

~My name is Lydia as well :). Like the two Lydia's above I have also almost always been called "Alydia" or "Olivia" by little kids (it's really not that hard to pronounce!). Also like another Lydia above most of the time when my name is being read from a list (like a teacher calling out attendance for the first time) they automatically say "Linda" once read. If they do pronounce it correctly they normally tell me how they know another Lydia (like they are so rare, lol), or hesitate and ask if they are pronouncing it properly. Personally, I hate it when people try to nickname me "Lyd" or "Lid", I think it sound insulting. The only case in which I was okay with "Lyd" was with my grade 7 teacher in which we had a fun spirited relationship. Otherwise, it feels like people are trying to make it sound 'cool' in a awkward way, like "Okay, so what can I nickname her.... hmm.. maybe Lyd?" and they try to make it stick where it isn't sticking. I think people over-complicate the name Lydia. It's a beautiful name and to all you fellow Lydia's *high five*.

My name is Lydia Elizabeth. I've grown up in a family named after people in the Bible, but my middle name has been passed down for many generations. Personally, I have been called many things because I am the oldest of 5 and they could never get my name right and a young age. My nickname is Lyd and it stays on a family basis because I HATE when anyone else calls me that! My other nicknames include Lydibeth and Lydibug. I believe that my name is the right choice for me and when I have kids, I will continue these baby name traditions. I've thought about using spiritual names instead of direct people from the Bible. Ex: Grace, Faith, Hope, Trinity, Melody...

I have a really long name but my calling name is Lydia and I live in SG. Among my siblings, I am the only in with a name that starts with the letter "L" while theirs starts with the letter "S". When I was seven years old, I went to this school that's filled with lots of Malays. When we're doing group work, my classmates didn't know how to spell Lydia. They spelled it as "Lidia" or "Lydya". And that annoys me a lot. My friends have nicknames like Hafeedzah-Fizz, Zakirah-Kira(Most of these names are Malay/Arabic). When I was young, few make fun of my name. You know why? Because the name "Lydia" is a villain in Barbie and the Diamond Castle. But I didn't really care about that. They have troubles finding a nickname for me. One of them called me Lidi or Lili(I was annoyed that they spelled Lily wrongly too). But what I'm most proud of is that Lydia is known to those who are Chinese and Eurasian. So, while the teacher struggles to pronounce my friend's names, I will smile when she pronounced my name correctly!

My name is Lydia, I love my name so much, the only thing that I have against my name is that when someone says 'Olivia' or 'Linda,' I feel like they said my name. NAME YOUR CHILD LYDIA ROSE AFTER ME PLEASE AND MAKE HER FAMOUS!

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Meanings and history of the name Lydia: | Edit

Lydia of Thyatira was the first recorded convert to Christianity in Europe

Origin: Greek
Meaning: 'Noble kind; of the noble sort'
Meaning: 'Dark Haired Maiden' or just 'Maiden'
According to Strong's Greek Lexicon, the name Lydia means 'travail'
In Old English Lydia also signifies 'beauty and beloved' and sometimes 'light'

The Lydian language, which seems to be a branch of Indo-European, is found on some inscriptions

Origin: Lydia was an area of Asia known for its two rich kings, Midas and Croesus. Maeonia was an ancient name of Lydia (whence perhaps ‘Maeonidēs’, i.e. Homer.)Lydia, the country that occupied the centre of western Asia Minor, with its capital at Sardis. It contained much natural wealth including gold and, being traversed by two main routes from the west coast to the interior, it gained wealth from trade and contributed greatly to the material prosperity of western Asia Minor, including the Greek cities. Under the dynasty of the Mermnadae, which was founded by Gyges early in the seventh century BC and ended with Croesus in the middle of the sixth, a Lydian empire was formed, extending north to the Troad and west to the territories of the Greek cities on the coast. It is clear from the poems of Alcaeus and Sappho that Lydia was not regarded as barbarian but enjoyed great esteem as a semi-Hellenic state; it was said to be the first country to use coined money.

Also Greeks used the name Lydia for a stone (touchstone, a kinf of Basalt) which they imported from the country Lydia. With this stone they had the ability to find the content of gold in an alloy.

Famous real-life people named Lydia: | Edit

Lydia Lockett - Canadian jazz-poet, actress, comedienne, artist, songwriter
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 Moss Bradley - American philanthropist
Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani - last queen of Hawaii

Lydia in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Lydia the Tattooed Lady", performed by Groucho Marx
Lydia Bennett, character in "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
Lydia, character in the movie "Beetlejuice"
Lydia Jane Hibbert, the bride in the second wedding in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
Lydia, the oldest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire
Lydia Bob Scott, daughter of Hayley Bob James Scott and Nathan Royal Scott in "One Tree Hill"
Samantha's late mother in the American Girl series
Lydia Martin - From MTV's Teen Wolf (Played be Holland Roden.)
Lydia Rodart-Quale, Breaking Bad
"Lydia"-40's movie starring Merle Oberon
Lydia Ingalls from The Little House series
Lydia the housecarl and follower from the 2011 video game: Skyrim
*Lydia McBride - from The Work and the Glory series by Gerald N. Lund.
Lydia from Barbie & the Diamond Castle

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