Lydia is a feminine first name. It derives from the 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). The region of Lydia is said to be named for a king named Λυδός; the given name Lydia originally indicated ancestry or residence in the region of Lydia.

PronunciationLID-ee-a or LYE-dee-a
Meaning"from Lydia"
"beautiful one"
"noble one"
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Nickname(s)Lidi, Lids

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Lydia is a Biblical given name: Lydia of Thyatira, businesswoman in the city of Thyatira in the New Testament's Acts of the Apostles. She was the apostle Paul's first convert in Philippi and thus the first convert to Christianity in Europe. Lydia hosted Paul and Silas after their release from prison. It is possible that Lydia was the host for a house church during that time. According to Coleman Baker, "Lydia is described as a “worshipper of God” (probably synonymous with “God-fearer,” used elsewhere in Acts) “from the city of Thyatira” (located in Western Asia Minor) and “a dealer in purple cloth” (a luxury item in the ancient Mediterranean). She and her household are soon baptized and offer hospitality to the traveling preachers. Lydia's house becomes the site for the church in Philippi, with her as its host and perhaps leader.... According to the book of Acts, Paul and his associates founded the church in Phillipi when Lydia and her household were baptized. One might conjecture that several of the women from the “place of prayer” were among those who joined with Lydia in this new movement."[4]

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  1. ^ "♀ Lydia". The Name Meaning. The Name Meaning. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lydia". wordnik. Wordnik. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lydia". Behind the Name. Mike Campbell. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Baker, Coleman. "The Philippian Church According to Acts". BIBLE ODYSSEY. Society of Biblical Literature. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ The Rivals: A Comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Project Gutenberg. 1775. Retrieved February 4, 2018.