Lydia (name)

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Pronunciation LID-ee-ə
Gender Female
Word/name Greek
Meaning "from Lydia"
"beautiful one"
"noble one"

Lydia is a feminine first name of Greek origin (Greek: Λυδία, Ludía,[1][2][3] 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.

Variant forms[edit]

  • Lidia
  • Lidie
  • Lidija
  • Lyda
  • Lydie
  • Lydiana
  • Lydian
  • Lydiane
  • Lidya
  • Lydia
  • Ledea
  • Lydiya

People named Lydia[edit]

People named Lydia in fiction[edit]