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What does Lydia mean?

Lydia Pronunciation of Lydia as a girls' name is pronounced LED-ee-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Lydia is "from Lydia". From Ludia. Place name: Lydia was an area of Asia known for its two rich kings, Midas and Croesus. Biblical: a Christian woman called a "seller of purple" and described as a woman of business, probably affluent. Cookbook author Lydie Marshall.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, rich (wealthy), kings (queen), biblical, purple (violet)


VARIANTS Lidia, Lidie, Lidija, Lyda, Lydie


(female) Ladia, ..

(male) Lylin, ..

Lydia Alex (L.A.), ..

How popular is Lydia?

Lydia is a very prominent first name for women (#243 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#60083 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Lydia reached its highest position of #79 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #89 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lydia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lydia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Lydia (#89 FROM RECENT DATA) are Lidia (#1673), Lidie, Ludia, Lyda and Lydie. These forms of Lydia were favored a century ago (MEDIAN #1064) and are somewhat less conventional today (#1627, 41.3%), with the version Lyda becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lydia, Lidia, Lidie, Ludia, Lyda, Lydie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lydia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lydia is pronounced similarly to Lada, Laday, Ladey, Lady, Lauda, Leda, Ledah, Leida, Leoda, Leyda, Lida, Lidah, Loida, Loyda and Lydah. Other recommended sound-alike names are Adia, Ardia, Cyndia, Cytia (see Cynthia), Fadia, Hadia, Hedia, India, Kadia, Kyria, Lakia, Lalia, Latia, Lecia, Leia, Lelia, Lesia, Lexia, Lia, Licia, Ligia, Lilia, Lisia, Livia, Loria, Lucia, Lycia, Lygia, Lyla, Lyna, Lynda, Lyndi, Lynea, Lynna, Lyra, Lyria, Lyric, Lyrica, Lyris, Lysa, Lyssa, Lyuba, Lyvia, Lyza, Media, Nadia, Nidia, Nydia, Nykia, Sadia, Syndia, Syria, Tyria, Xylia and Zylia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lydia.