Lydia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Lydia
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.
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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.
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.
This name always seemed very musical to me, but I don't know why. It's been one of my favorites since I was a little girl.
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I love my name, but growing up, other little kids had trouble saying it. As a result I was often called "Alydia" or "Olivia." Also, for some reason, when people read my name off a list, they almost invariably call me Linda. So Lydia is a great name, it just takes some practice for those around you!
My husband won't consider Lydia, because of the unlikable Lydia Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice."
Your husband read Pride and Prejudice? Kudos on snagging a literate one.
Gosh -- have to agree -- very impressive! I'd be willing to concede just for the fact he'd read it and made the connection! Well done, you! :)
LOL - "Your husband read Pride and Prejudice?" - that was my first thought too! A dear friend in highschool was named Lydia, and Beetlejuice sealed the deal on my love for it. We're pregnant with our first girl (after having an Isaac, Gideon, Ezra, and Malachi) and strongly considering this name - probably Lydia Joelle or Lydia Jael.
~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
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- Meanings and history of the name Lydia: | Edit
Lydia of Thyatira was the first recorded convert to Christianity in Europe
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.
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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
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"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, the brilliant redhead (ahem sorry "strawberry blonde") on Teen Wolf and one half of Stydia
Lydia Rodart-Quale, Breaking Bad