The meaning of the name “Lydia” is: “Noble kind; of the noble sort; A Maiden from Lydia, Greece”.
Additional information: Lydia is thought to have come from Greek origins. Lydia is the name of a historic region of Asia Minor, which also included Troy and Ephesus. While Lydia used to be a geographical location, the name is believed to mean “a woman from Lydia” as in the region formerly known as Lydia. The original word Lydia is believed to have meant “noble one” or “beautiful” in the ancient Greek language. This is also a Biblical name referring to the first person who converted to Christianity after Paul the Apostle began evangelizing in Europe. She lived in Thyatira which was on the border of the region of Lydia and became the first Christian convert in Europe from Paul’s teachings.
The name Lydia can also be spelled Lidia or written as Lyda, although these are less common forms of the name. Around the world, you will find many variations of Lydia, including Lidiya in Bulgaria and Russia, Lidka in Poland, Lydie in Czech, Lidija in Slovene and Serbia, and Lidia in many Spanish-speaking countries. Common nicknames for those named Lydia are Liddy or Lydie.
The popularity of the name Lydia has been high since 1880 in the US. From 1880-2014 it has been featured in the top 300 female baby female baby names each year, peaking at 75 in 1883 and increasing again to 84 in 2014. It was ranked number 94 in the UK in 2014, down from its peak at number 50 in 1999. In France, Lydia was a more common name in 2000, ranking at number 248th most popular for females, but it has since fallen to number 391 on the ranking.
Famous people and personalities that share the name Lydia include Lydia Ko, a professional golfer; Lydia Hearst, a model; Lydia Bright, a reality TV personality and star; Lydia Cornell, an actress; Lydia Lunch, a pop singer and poet Lydia Sigourney. Lydia Taft was the first recorded female voter in American history, when she voted in a vote for whether her town of Uxbridge, Massachusetts should support the French-Indian war in 1756. Lydia Bennet is the youngest of the Bennet sisters in Jane Austen's book 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Pronunciation: (LID ee ah); (LEE dee yah); (LEE dyah) Form of: Itself(Lydia)
Considering Lydia as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Lydia for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Lydia is a girl name.
The name Lydia is of Greek origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Lydia we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Lydia Name Meaning
The meaning of Lydia is “Noble kind; of the noble sort; A Maiden from Lydia, Greece”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Lydia and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Lydia and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Lydia is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Lydia Categories
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Popularity of the Name Lydia
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Lydia displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Lydia Boy Name Popularity Chart
Lydia Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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