On April 18, we celebrate National Lydia Day. Depending on the sound and connotation of the name you seek, Lydia is an attractive option. The name’s ancient Greco-Roman and biblical roots lend it an air of antiquity and elegance. Lydia Fox from the cartoon “Arthur,” Lydia Dracula from “Hotel Transylvania,” and Lydia Hillard from the Robin Williams classic “Mrs. Doubtfire” contributed to the name’s popularity. Even though it first appeared in the 1700s, Lydia has remained a popular girl’s name throughout the 2010s, a testament to its timelessness.
The background of National Lydia Day
Lydia is a female given name derived from the Greek ‘Ludia,’ which means ‘attractive one’ or ‘noble one.’ It refers to Lydia of ‘Thyatira,’ a merchant from the city of Thyatira and a character in the New Testament’s “Acts of the Apostles.” Lydia was Saint Paul’s first European convert. She provided shelter for Paul and Silas after their discharge from prison. Paul and his associates founded the church in Philippi following the baptism of Lydia and her family. Having performed such a role, she is woven into the Christian feminist theological fabric.
Many popular Sunday school hymns, such as “The Gate Ajar For Me,” were written by Lydia Baxter three years before her demise in 1874. Baxter devoted her life to composing anthems for the Baptist Church, which she joined shortly after marrying her husband, John C. Baxter, despite being bedridden and suffering from severe pain as a result of her disability.
During World War II, Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak, also known as ‘Lilya,’ was a Soviet fighter aviator. She participated in 66 combat missions and achieved between five and twelve individual victories. Litvyak was the first of two female pilots to achieve the title of fighter ace and the first to shoot down enemy aircraft. Litvyak retains the record for female fighter pilot with the highest number of kills. During the Battle of Kursk, she was slain in action near Orel by German air units. He was 21 years of age.
NATIONAL LYDIA DAY ACTIVITIES
Study Lydia of Thyatira.
Lydia, also known as “The Woman in Purple,” appears in both Greek and biblical history. Lydia is revered as a Saint by numerous Christian denominations.
Observe “Teen Wolf”
Popular television series “Teen Wolf” is a supernatural adolescent drama. The protagonist’s name is Lydia Martin.
Consider “Love for Lydia”
The British serial drama “Love for Lydia” was based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of Lydia Aspen, an affluent heiress who lived before the Great Depression.
5 FANTASTIC FACTS ABOUT LYDIA
Lydia was a region of Anatolia, which is now Turkey.
At the age of eight, accomplished Israeli fencer Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann began her career.
Lydia Hearst is the daughter of actress Patty Hearst and the great-granddaughter of politician and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Lydia Ko, a New Zealand-born golfer of Korean descent, became the youngest golfer of either gender to reach world number one at the age of 17.
It sounds like a Hollywood scenario, but in the 1920s and 1930s, Lydia Stahl worked in New York and Paris for Soviet military intelligence.
NATIONAL LYDIA DAY DATES