[ 3 syll. ly-dia, lyd-ia ] The baby girl name Lydia is pronounced as LIHD-iy-ah in English or LUY-Diy-aa in German †. Lydia is used predominantly in English and German. Its origin is Germanic and Old Greek. From Old Greek roots, its meaning is woman from Lydia. The place name Lydia refers to an ancient region in Asia Minor which is today a province in Turkey. The Lydian people were descended from Lud, a son of Shem and grandson of Noah; thus the name could ultimately have been from the Hebrew 'lud'. The name Lydia was also borne in the Bible by Lydia of Thyatira, a convert to Christianity by Paul. The name was adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century.
In addition, Lydia is a variation (English) of the name Adelheid (Dutch, German, and Scandinavian).
Lydia has 18 variations that are used in English and other languages. English variations of Lydia include Liddie, Lidie, Lidiy, Lidiya (also used in Russian), Lidya, Lydea, Lydie (also used in French and Greek), and Lydya. Other English forms include the contracted form Lyda, the diminutive Liddy, and the spelling variant Lidia (also used in German, Polish, Russian, and Spanish).
Variations used in other languages include Lida (Czech, Polish, and Russian), Lidi (Hungarian), Lidija (Slavic), Lidka (Czech, Polish, and Russian), Lidochka (Russian), Ludia (Greek), and Lyydia (Finnish).
Lydia is popular as a baby girl name, and it is also regarded as fairly trendy. In 1900, 0.203% of baby girls were named Lydia. It had a ranking of #104 then. The baby name has seen a fall in popularity since then. In 2018, its usage was 0.172% and its ranking #89, appearing with somewhat increasing regularity in the recent decade. Within all girl names in its family, Lydia was the most frequently used.
Baby names that sound like Lydia include La Toya, Ladaisha, Ladasha, Ladosha, Laeticia, Laetitia, Lajeata, Laleeta, Laleetah, Laleita, Lalita, Laodicea, LaTeasa, LaToya, Latacha, Latacia, Lataisha, Latarra, Latascha, and Latasha.
† Pronunciation for Lydia: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; UY as in "rue (French)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Lydia is Queen Liliuokalani, Royalty, born Lydia Paki Kamekeha Liliuokalani 2 September 1838 - 11 November 1917, Honolulu, Hawaii.