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Lydia is a feminine first name of Greek origin (Greek: Λυδία, Ludía, from λυδία (ludía; "beautiful one", "noble one", "from Lydia/Persia") a feminine form of the ancient given name, Λυδός (Lydus, from λυδός (lydus)). The region of Lydia is said to be named for a king Λυδός (Lydus, from λυδός (lydus)); the given name Lydia originally indicated ancestry or residence in the region of Lydia.
"Lydia" is also a Biblical given name; Lydia of Thyatira, woman and deaconess in the New Testament's Acts of the Apostles was a purple cloth dealer. She was the apostle Paul's first convert in Philippi and thus the first convert to Christianity in Europe.
People named Lydia
- Lydia (born 1980), Spanish pop singer who participated at 1999 Eurovision Song Contest
- Lydia Becker (1820–1890), British suffragette and amateur scientist
- Lydia Cabrera (1899–1991), Cuban anthropologist and poet
- Lydia Canaan, Lebanon-born pioneering singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and activist
- Lydia Child (1802–1880), American abolitionist, women's rights activist, novelist and journalist
- Lydia Cornell (born 1953), American actress, blogger and radio talk show host
- Lydia Davis (born 1947), American author
- Lydia Dunn, Baroness Dunn (born 1940), Hong Kong politician
- Lydia Echevarría (born 1931), Puerto Rican actress
- Lydia Field Emmet (1866–1952), American painter
- Lydia Gibson (1891–1964), American artist
- Lydia Hatoel-Zuckerman (born 1963), Israeli foil fencer
- Lydia Hearst (born 1984), American model and socialite
- Lydia Koidula (1843–1886), Estonian poet
- Lydia Kavina (born 1967), Russian theremin player and conductor
- Lydia Ko (born 1997), Korean born New Zealand Professional Golfer
- Lydia Lamaison (1914-2012), Argentine actress
- Lydia Lassila (born 1982), Australian skier
- Lydia Lazarov (born 1946), Israeli yachting world champion
- Lydia Litvyak (1921–1943), Russian fighter pilot in World War II
- Lydia Lopokova, Baroness Keynes (1892–1981), Russian ballerina
- Lydia Lunch (born 1959), American No Wave singer
- Lydia Mackay (born 1977), American actress and voice actress
- Lydia Mei (1896–1965), Estonian painter
- Lydia Mendoza (1916–2007), American guitarist and singer of Tejano music
- Lydia Millet (born 1968), American author
- Lydia Pense (born 1948), American singer
- Lydia Pinkham (1819–1883), American patent medicine manufacturer and businesswoman
- Lydia Polgreen (born 1975), American journalist
- Lydia Shum (1947–2008), Hong Kong actress and comedian
- Lydia Stahl (1890), a Russian espionage agent
- Lydia Venieri (born 1964), Greek artist
- Lydia Wahlström (1869–1954), Swedish historian, author and feminist
People named Lydia in fiction
- Lydia Maxwell, character from the 1987 movie "Innerspace", portraited by Meg Ryan.
- Lydia, a character from John Flanagan's series of novels, Brotherband.
- Lydia Aspen, in Love for Lydia.
- Lydia Wickham (née Bennet), a character from Jane Austen's novel, Pride & Prejudice.
- Lydia Davis, a character from the ABC Series Revenge (TV series)
- Lydia Deetz, a character in Beetlejuice.
- Lydia Douce, a barmaid in the Sirens chapter of James Joyce's 20th century novel, Ulysses.
- Lydia González, a bullfighter from Pedro Almodóvar's film, Talk to Her
- Lydia Gwilt, the femme fatale in Wilkie Collins' novel, Armadale.
- Lydia Hadley, mother in Ray Bradbury's short story, The Veldt.
- Lydia Hillard, in Mrs. Doubtfire
- Lydia Karenin, a former character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
- Lydia King, a character in Charles Bukowski's "Ham On Rye"
- Lydia Languish, a character in Richard Sheridan's first play, The Rivals
- Lydia Martin, a junior political science professor working to get tenure in The Ticking Tenure Clock by Blaire French.
- Lydia Martin, a character from MTV TV show Teen Wolf played by Holland Roden
- Lydia, a follower NPC in the game Skyrim
- Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, a character from Breaking Bad
- Lydia "Lyddie" Worthen, the main character of Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson.
- HMS Lydia, a ship captained by Horatio Hornblower in the C.S. Forester's novel The Happy Return (called Beat to Quarters in the US).
- Lydia, Countess of Walden, a character in Ken Follett's The Man from St. Petersburg.
- Lydia, a character from The Walking Dead comic book series
- Etymology of the name "Lydia"
- Etymology of the name "Lydia"
- and it means she's a brat View Name: Lydia Behind the Name.