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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : From Lydia, an ancient Asian land
  • Greek : Woman from Persia; beauty

What does Lydia mean and stand for?

The name Lydia is of Greek origin and means "woman from Lydia". Lydia was an ancient Asian Island named for King Lydos.

Syllables: 3

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How Popular Is The Name Lydia


According to Social Security Administration data, Lydia has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2011. It reached peak popularity in 2015 and 2016, ranking in at position 80.

However, it is the 33rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Lydia was at its peak popularity in May 2018.

Lydia was the first European convert of Saint Paul in the New Testament; however, it wasn't a common name until the 18th century. Popular namesakes include Lydia Davis, Lydia Mackay, and Lydia Louisa Anna Very. It's been a very popular name for fictional characters, appearing in Pride and Prejudice, Hotel Translyvania, Mrs. Doubtfire, Teen Wolf, and Breaking Bad to name a few.

Where is it Popular?

Lydia was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Lydia

  • Dee
  • Dia
  • Didi
  • Lee
  • Lia
  • Lidi

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