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Do you prefer Claudia or Lydia or....

(31 Posts)
KatyAnn28 Fri 23-Nov-12 09:14:35


SminkoPinko Fri 23-Nov-12 09:23:56

Lydia. I think it's a great name. strong but feminine and not based on a male name (afaik) as Claudia definitely is. I'm a bit biased as have a lovely friend whose daughter is Lydia and another lovely friend whose own name is Lydia.

juneybean Fri 23-Nov-12 09:24:50

I like both but prefer Lydia.

Nyx Fri 23-Nov-12 09:26:08

Lydia. Based on one of the Noel Streatfeild books, I think the younger sister was a Lydia - it's going to bug me now though, trying to remember which book!

MamaGeekChic Fri 23-Nov-12 09:27:41

Claudia, i love it! It's on my list for imaginary DD2

juule Fri 23-Nov-12 09:27:46

Lydia smile

SminkoPinko Fri 23-Nov-12 09:32:45

the Noel Streatfield book is Gemma and sisters. Lydia known as Lydie was the selfish single-minded dancer!

SminkoPinko Fri 23-Nov-12 09:34:13

Talking of Noel Streatfield, have you considered Petrova, OP?

BeatTheClock Fri 23-Nov-12 09:36:51

Lydia I like v much. It sounds dreamy and ethereal. Also reminds me of the book Love for Lydia.

Not keen on Claudia. It's Claude to me which is sounds like someone from a PG Wodehouse book.

MolotovCocktail Fri 23-Nov-12 09:37:50

Lydia because I don't like the meaning of Claudia ('lame').

VolumeOfACone Fri 23-Nov-12 09:49:39

Oh I am in the minority by much preferring Claudia!

SminkoPinko Fri 23-Nov-12 09:56:36

or Sorrel? Jane? Santa? <<fails to resist urge to mention Noel S characters>>

MissPB Fri 23-Nov-12 09:57:30

I much prefer Lydia to Claudia (although I like Claudia too!).

Wasn't Lydia the flighty one in Pride & Prejudice who ran off with Wickham ?(eloped, unmarried - the scandal!). That wouldn't bother me though. Lydia Lydia.

Startail Fri 23-Nov-12 09:58:11

Lydia makes me think of jam jar lids, sorry, very childish

Trills Fri 23-Nov-12 09:59:43


If Claudia would you say Cloud-ia or Clawed-ia (exaggerating to emphasise the difference between them)

Sarahplane Fri 23-Nov-12 10:43:07


sparkle12mar08 Fri 23-Nov-12 12:02:32

Claudia by a country mile. Lydia is clunky and ugly to my ear and rhymes with chlamydia. I couldn't do it.

dippywhentired Fri 23-Nov-12 12:06:21

Claudia - friend's DD is known as Claudie, which I think is sweet.

RosannaBanana Fri 23-Nov-12 12:07:41

Lydia. Lovely.
Don't like meaning of Claudia.

ProcrastinatingPanda Fri 23-Nov-12 12:07:55

Lydia is a lovely name but kids at school can be cruel - Lydia Chlamydia.

ProcrastinatingPanda Fri 23-Nov-12 12:08:35

Oh xposts sparkle

NotChristmasCarol Fri 23-Nov-12 13:14:17

I think it's a bit of a Marmite name, but I like Lyra better than Lydia.

For some people, the Philip Pullman connotations are too strong but it wouldn't worry me.

I also like the meaning. According to Google, the name comes from the Greek 'lyra', meaning 'lyre' (a small harp used by the ancient Greeks). Lyra is also the name of a small constellation which, according to Greek mythology, was shaped after the lyre of the legendary poet Orpheus. Its main star, Vega, is the fifth brightest in the sky.

It would be on my list for DD2 (along with your Audrey) if it didn't sound odd with our surname...

tammytoby Fri 23-Nov-12 13:15:56

The unfortunate meaning of Claudia would put me off, sorry. Lydia is quite nice.

NotChristmasCarol Fri 23-Nov-12 13:17:26

Sorry- going mad. You're not the Audrey thread OP blush

Can I blame preg hormones? <wonders what I will blame when DD2 is born... ah yes, breastfeeding hormones grin>

LeanneJ Fri 23-Nov-12 14:19:12

Both are lovely names but I'm leaning towards Lydia.

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