Lydia Name Meaning

A beautiful Biblical pick with vintage styling, Lydia has been making her presence known on the baby name scene. With a sound similar to mega-hits like Olivia and Amelia, she’s a treasure of a name just waiting to be discovered by parents.

While old lady chic names continue to be all the rage, Lydia is right on trend without being too popular. Like her sisters Pearl and Margo, she has antique roots to boast about with a hefty dose of modern style as well. Likewise, she works well with the L name trend where Lily and Layla have been picking up steam. She’s well-known enough to avoid spelling or pronunciation issues but still has a sense of mystery around her.

Lydia is delicate yet strong, a name with more than meets the eye. She’s bold and brave in her styling, not afraid to strike a pose when the moment is right. She has the enviable British feel of Ruby and Madeline, yet takes things a step further with her upscale air. After all, Lydia is quite the polished lady, one who fancies the finer things in life.

Also appearing as Lidia, Lydia ages without issue, a darling name on a dainty tea party hostess and grown chef alike. With her precious nickname of Lydie, she’s simply irresistible.

Infographic of Lydia name meaning, which is Lydia means from Lydia, an ancient kingdom of Asia Minor and appears in the Bible as a woman converted to Christianity
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Lydia Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lydia? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 150 509 0.1446%
1911 142 542 0.1455%
1912 151 675 0.1338%
1913 153 743 0.131%
1914 165 836 0.12%
1915 169 1,069 0.1177%
1916 166 1,139 0.1179%
1917 169 1,172 0.1171%
1918 179 1,132 0.1055%
1919 181 1,049 0.1002%
1920 184 1,099 0.0988%
1921 196 1,023 0.0893%
1922 196 1,008 0.0905%
1923 204 952 0.085%
1924 215 889 0.0766%
1925 206 932 0.0825%
1926 221 791 0.0719%
1927 216 851 0.0769%
1928 219 788 0.0736%
1929 223 724 0.0699%
1930 234 650 0.0622%
1931 236 613 0.0621%
1932 245 599 0.0606%
1933 236 639 0.0686%
1934 248 591 0.0611%
1935 245 636 0.0654%
1936 237 654 0.0679%
1937 237 652 0.0662%
1938 242 648 0.0633%
1939 239 644 0.0633%
1940 237 683 0.0643%
1941 251 638 0.0567%
1942 230 807 0.0639%
1943 230 822 0.063%
1944 234 765 0.0617%
1945 228 798 0.0654%
1946 240 852 0.0577%
1947 231 1,007 0.0603%
1948 209 1,188 0.0744%
1949 214 1,212 0.0753%
1950 223 1,103 0.0685%
1951 227 1,109 0.0654%
1952 212 1,294 0.0741%
1953 201 1,525 0.0862%
1954 199 1,534 0.0839%
1955 200 1,555 0.0845%
1956 208 1,513 0.0801%
1957 206 1,598 0.083%
1958 207 1,550 0.082%
1959 211 1,546 0.0814%
1960 207 1,631 0.0861%
1961 215 1,544 0.0818%
1962 228 1,385 0.0754%
1963 246 1,265 0.0705%
1964 258 1,150 0.0653%
1965 262 1,049 0.0641%
1966 274 904 0.0579%
1967 292 829 0.0546%
1968 301 823 0.0548%
1969 320 771 0.05%
1970 307 887 0.0557%
1971 312 822 0.0547%
1972 319 714 0.0524%
1973 329 640 0.0494%
1974 314 685 0.0527%
1975 326 643 0.05%
1976 306 716 0.0556%
1977 308 729 0.0541%
1978 326 663 0.0493%
1979 296 778 0.0552%
1980 286 831 0.0568%
1981 269 903 0.0614%
1982 240 1,019 0.0682%
1983 239 994 0.0674%
1984 217 1,181 0.0794%
1985 211 1,193 0.0786%
1986 228 1,106 0.0733%
1987 221 1,178 0.0772%
1988 222 1,146 0.0735%
1989 216 1,241 0.0769%
1990 203 1,389 0.0838%
1991 214 1,362 0.0836%
1992 204 1,382 0.0866%
1993 205 1,404 0.0901%
1994 183 1,596 0.104%
1995 168 1,743 0.1157%
1996 173 1,796 0.1199%
1997 160 1,922 0.13%
1998 153 2,056 0.1374%
1999 148 2,160 0.1442%
2000 149 2,296 0.1503%
2001 140 2,346 0.1557%
2002 136 2,499 0.1668%
2003 127 2,618 0.1721%
2004 126 2,615 0.1716%
2005 119 2,766 0.1809%
2006 130 2,654 0.1695%
2007 124 2,758 0.1748%
2008 120 2,865 0.1854%
2009 118 2,815 0.1883%
2010 110 2,824 0.196%
2011 96 3,083 0.2164%
2012 95 3,162 0.2219%
2013 95 3,252 0.2284%
2014 84 3,632 0.2493%
2015 80 3,489 0.2398%
2016 80 3,606 0.2501%
2017 85 3,303 0.2367%
2018 89 3,176 0.2312%
2019 93 2,976 0.2198%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Lydia

If you like Lydia, you’ll love these other names like Lydia.


What names are diminutives of Lydia?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Lydia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lydia, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lada

Glorious rule

Slavic

Leda

Greek

Lida

Loved by the people

Slavic

Lidie

From Lydia

Greek

Lyda

Small winged one; loved by the people; from Lydia

Slavic

Lydie

From Lydia

Greek


What names are variants of Lydia?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Lydia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lidia

From Lydia

Greek

Lidija

From Lydia

Greek


What names sound like Lydia?

If you like how Lydia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lydia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Libby

A diminutive of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Hebrew

Liberty

Freedom

English

Lyra

Lyre

Greek


What names are similar to Lydia?

Find a name that’s like Lydia, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charlotte

Free man

French

Dahlia

Dahlia flower

Scandinavian

Danica

Morning star; from Denmark

Slavic

Emilia

To rival

Latin

Evelyn

Desired one

English

Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

Luciana

Light

Italian

Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

Penelope

Weaver

Greek

Sophia

Wisdom

Greek


Lists With Lydia

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Lydia.


Siblings of Lydia

Mamas with kids named Lydia also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

Desirae

Much desired

French

Jonathan

God has given

Hebrew

Stephen

Crown

English

11 Comments

  1. My mom liked many girl names and one of them was Lydia. But after I was born, my moms cousin had a daughter that was two years older than me and was also named Lydia. So, with much thought, my mom and dad named me Lydea instead of Lydia to separate the confusing name.

  2. When I was a little girl about 6 years old I read in the bible about Lydia , and I said then if I ever had a little girl that’s what her name would be. So many years later I had my sweet baby girl and Lydia JoAnne is her name 🙂

  3. I was in labor and I walked out of the bathroom and asked my husband if he liked the name. It just came to me during a contraction. We had a list of 18 names and we wanted to wait to meet her. Turns out she sent us a message.

  4. We love the name Lydia because we love Halloween and the name comes from the movie Beetlejuice 🙂

  5. I wanted something unique and lovely and as an added bonus it also happens to be a positive biblical name of a prophetess in the book of Acts. It also went well with my middle, May, name which I’d be giving to my girl.

  6. We hadn’t much thought about or discussed names before our baby was born. We did not find out the sex, and after taking a week to decide our firstborn’s name, figured we could wait and avoid the stress of looking. After she was born and we’d brought her home, I kept wanting to call her Lydia! It wasn’t a name we’d ever considered, and we don’t know any Lydia’s! We just went with it.

  7. We wanted a biblical name as we already had 2 boys with biblical names. We also wanted something a little bit different. Lydia is in the new testament as a lady who showed support and hospitality to Paul and is thought to be one of his first converts. I’ve loved the name Lydia actually since hearing it on the movie Mrs Doubtfire as a kid – one of the children’s names 🙂

  8. We chose Lydia because it’s a name that we haven’t heard much in the past recent years. I’ve also never actually known anyone in person names Lydia. I love the name! I don’t think there’s anything that I don’t like about it honestly. I think her name is perfect!

  9. Lydia was a wealthy businesswoman from Asia who had an influential part in establishing the Philippian church in Acts 16. She heard and believed the apostle Paul’s teaching and invited him and his companions to stay in her home. After that, the believers in that area would gather in her home for worship and teaching. She’s not mentioned many times but the impact she had was influential in the spread of the gospel! I’ve always thought that would be a great name to use for a daughter ever since I heard more about Lydia in the teaching at our church one Sunday. There’s definitely more info about her out there, but I’d have to look back at it – suffice to say she was a very generous, hospitable, faith-filled, and courageous person, and I pray that my own daughter would embody those traits as well.
    I found out that Lydia apparently also means “beautiful dark-haired maiden” so I mean that’s not a bad namesake either…

  10. We named our daughter Lydia after Lydia in the bible. The name is well known enough that people know how to say and spell it but we have rarely run into another Lydia! Her nickname is Lydi.

  11. I wanted a classic name that wasn’t too trendy but not a weird made up name.


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