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What do you think of the name Lydia?

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Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 18:51:44

It's the only suitable/things I really like. I want a girl's name that is not only lovely for a little one, but fitting for an adult too.

I like Winfred, but I dislike the shortened name Winnie. I also like Beatrice, but I dislike Betty.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you smile

treaclesoda Fri 08-Apr-16 18:53:05

I like it. It's classic and timeless.

Augustwedding Fri 08-Apr-16 18:58:22


Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 18:59:07

Thank you both - I'm chuffed smile

LidikaLikes Fri 08-Apr-16 19:01:17

It's my DD name smile I love it and so does she.

Conceptionzilla Fri 08-Apr-16 19:03:02

I like it, but there are no pretty or cute shortening a or pet versions, so I wouldn't choose it.

OrangeNoodle Fri 08-Apr-16 19:03:58

Love it. It's my sister's name.

Also worth saying though that if you are considering Beatrice, most girls I know with this name shorten it to Bea rather than Betty.

Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 19:04:24

Lid what do you shorter it to? As Concept has said, I can't think of a cutesy shortening for when she's small blush

Itinerary Fri 08-Apr-16 19:04:57

I thought Betty was short for Elizabeth. I've never heard it as a nickname for Beatrice - it's usually Bea. I like Beatrice/Bea and I like Lydia too.

Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 19:05:01

Is Bea pronounced Bee?

Fyaral Fri 08-Apr-16 19:05:42

Lovely name. Strong female character in the Bible. Classy and ancient.

Costacoffeeplease Fri 08-Apr-16 19:05:46

Liddy would be the contraction

I find it a bit clunky and associate it with 'knock knock' jokes, but if you like it

Itinerary Fri 08-Apr-16 19:06:00

Yes, Bea is pronounced Bee.

Fyaral Fri 08-Apr-16 19:06:19

The NN Liddy is also very cute.

catsofa Fri 08-Apr-16 19:06:56

Could shorten to Dee maybe?

Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 19:11:53

Aurgh, Liddy reminds me of 'Libby'.

I went to school with a Lydia and people called her Lid. Is that common practise?

Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 19:17:14

Just one more thing -

Do you ever think of Lydia Chlamydia when someone says the name?

People on Netmums have insisted that's the association people will make when she's in secondary school blush

EggbertHeartsTina Fri 08-Apr-16 19:25:26

I LOVE Lydia it was one of my top names for a girl (but I had a boy). I also had Cora up there if that helps. But Lydia is a lovely name

EggbertHeartsTina Fri 08-Apr-16 19:28:09

Helen I did think of Lydia Chlamydia but when I voiced this, most people said they would never make that association. Anyway you can make all sorts of rhymes with so many names it's hardly worth worrying about.

5BlueHydrangea Fri 08-Apr-16 19:29:16

I really like it. My dd is Lucia and when I say it people often say 'Lydia?' if they mishear it.
I think it's pretty. Liddy would be the most likely shortening I would think. Lydia Chlamydia would never pop into my brain but I'm not a teenage girl!

Beatrice is good too.i know a couple and they are both Bea! In fact for ages I thought that was my friends DD's name as she never calls her anything else.

allegretto Fri 08-Apr-16 19:29:35

I love it and wanted to use it but didn't go with surname.

OrangeNoodle Fri 08-Apr-16 19:32:42

I've never heard of such a thing. But Lydia was quite a popular name in my school (girls only public boarding school), so perhaps it being such a normal and frequently used name meant others were less likely to take the piss out of it in that way.

Costacoffeeplease Fri 08-Apr-16 19:34:14

I wouldn't think chlamydia - I do automatically think Lydia teapot

Helenwiththebigmelons Fri 08-Apr-16 19:34:56

Costa Lydia Teapot? Awwwww! Cute thankshalo

ocelot41 Fri 08-Apr-16 19:35:52

Love it!

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