Lydia is one of the first "place" names, named after an ancient region in Asia Minor. In the Bible, Lydia was the first European to be converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. However the name didn't really become a part of the mainstream until it was introducted by Jane Austen as one of the Bennett sisters in the now-classic Pride and Prejudice. The name is currently at an all-time popularity high and appears to only be rising even further with time.
Musician Lydia Lunch, Writer Lydia Bailey
Daughter of Bill Paxton, Daughter of Patty Hearst