Girl Baby Name

Lydia

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Quick Facts on Lydia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 96
Pronunciation:
LI-dee-ah
Simple meaning:
Woman from Lydia

Characteristics of Lydia

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lydia

The name Lydia is derived from an ancient Greek kingdom located in what is now modern-day Turkey. The name means, quite literally, a woman from Lydia. Lydia was later the name of a Roman province where coins were invented around 600 B.C. The name Lydia is also borne from the Bible [Acts 16:11-15, 40] who was converted to Christianity by the Apostle Paul. She is described as “a seller of purple goods” (whatever that means) and the “Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” Eventually, her home becomes the place where Christians congregate to receive Paul’s final encouragement before leaving the area. The name was probably taken up by the Puritans in the 17th century given their penchant for adopting names from lesser known Biblical figures. Today, the name is primarily used in England and America.

Popularity of the Name Lydia

The name Lydia has been on the U.S. popularity charts for over 120 years (since the Social Security Administration began tracking naming trends). The height of the name’s popularity cam in the late 1800s when it was on the Top 100 list of most favored girls’ names. It dropped off the Top 100 list in 1900, and experienced a relatively moderate decline in usage. The name’s low point came in 1975 when Lydia was the 333rd most popular girls name (a fairly low ranking). However, from that point on, Lydia starts a slow and steady climb back up the charts and is a seriously contender for the Top 100 list again. The name’s current rebirth can be owed to the naming trends favoring old-fashioned girls’ names loaded with antique charm. Lydia is short to spell, but has a long and lovely three-syllable sound. It’s darling and sophisticated at the same time.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lydia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lydia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lydia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lydia

    Lydia Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) Lydia Is the youngest of the five Bennet sisters in Jane Austen’s 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice. A pretty and flirtatious fifteen year old, her every energy is spent in socializing. No wonder - she’s been raised by a mother exactly like herself, and as for her father – well, talk about emotionally absent males. The opposite of the heroine, Elizabeth, Lydia is intent on marrying young; almost anyone will do. She scandalously runs away with the military officer, Wickham, and he has to be paid off to marry her, so that her entire family does not suffer a loss of reputation by her actions. She may be vain and empty headed, but she is a refreshing breath of air in a stultified social setting, and we’re willing to bet she was a lot more fun to be around than some of her sisters.

  • Popular Songs on Lydia

    Popular Songs on Lydia

    Donald and Lydia - a song by John Prine

    I Can't Live Without Lydia - a song by Ten Years After

    Lydia - a song by Dean Friedman

    Lydia - a song by Josh Kelley

    Lydia - a song by The Butchies

    The Psalm of Lydia - a song by Nevermore

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lydia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lydia

    Henner's Lydia (Margeruite De Angeli) - An Amish girl living with her family on their farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, tries to finish her hooked rug so that she may take her first trip to market with Father. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Lydia (Marty Rhodes Figley) - This picture book aimed at children between the ages of four and eight introduces readers to Lydia, the cloth and dye merchant who met two Christian missionaries named Paul and Silas, embraced their faith, and offered her home as a place for worship. The lesson from the story is that friends, not possessions, always come first. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lydia and the Island Kingdom: A Story Based on the Real Life of Princess Liliuokalani of Hawaii (Joa - Young Princess Lydia has always loved her Hawaiian customs. But as American influences begin to take over, she realizes that her family's old ways are disappearing. She wants to help -- but how? Lydia commits the grand old stories of her culture to paper so they will always be remembered. And she realizes the comfort they bring in a time of change. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska (Miranda Belarde-Lewis) - This insightful and instructive book celebrates Native American life while offering a rare glimpse into the modern culture of the Tlingit tribe in Alaska. Follow the daily life of a young Tlingit girl, Lydia Mills, and explore the history, ceremonies, and traditions of her unique tribe and culture, including Tlingit traditions, ceremonial clothing, festivals, and stories. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Princess Lydia and the wailing monster (Nicholas Moore) - In the middle of the night when the whole castle is sound asleep, Princess Lydia is awoken by an enormous wailing noise. A very sad monster is discovered outside, and everyone tries to stop him cryin…will they succeed? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt - Before they leave elementary school behind, two fifth-grade best friends are determined to uncover the secrets of popularity by observing, recording, discussing, and replicating the behaviors of the cool girls, because when you’re popular, “You are just better.” In a notebook format, this heavily illustrated title shows their research in dramatic, alternating, handwritten entries and colorful, hilarious drawings. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Lydia

    Famous People Named Lydia

    Famous People Named Lydia - Lydia Maria Child (American abolitionist and woman's rights advocate); Lydia Cornell (actress); Lydia Field Emmet (artist); Lydia Hearst-Shaw (heiress); Lydia Mendoza (Tejano singer and guitarist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lydia

    Children of Famous People Named Lydia

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lydia - Bill Paxton (actor); Patty Hearst (heiress)

  • Historic Figures

    Lydia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lydia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lydia.

Personality of the Girl Name Lydia

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lydia

  • No Variations Found.
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