Lydia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lydia family

The surname Lydia was first found in Lancashire at Lydiate, a village and civil parish of Halsall, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby. Now part of Mersyside, the village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Leiate and was held by Roger of Poitou at that time. [1] "In the reign of Richard II., this place was possessed by a family of the local name, whose heiress married into the Blackburn family; and an heiress of the latter conveyed Lydiate to Thomas, son of Sir John Ireland, of the Hutt, and Hale" [2]

By 1202, the place name was listed as Liddigate. Literally the place name means "place at the swing-gate," from the Old English "hlid-geat." [3] Lydiate Ash is a small hamlet in Worcestershire.

Another branch of the family was found at Lidgate a parish, in the union of Newmarket, hundred of Risbridge in Suffolk. It is difficult to determine which of the parishes came first, but "near the church is a spacious and lofty mount with some remains of extensive intrenchments, probably the site of a strong castle.

Lydgate, the poet, was born at this place, from which he took his name." [2] John Lydgate of Bury (c. 1370-1451) was a monk and prolific poet who wrote over 145,000 lines. By example, his work Troy Book was over 30,000 lines based on a translation of the 13th century Latin writer Guido delle Colonne. He was an admirer of Geoffrey Chaucer and a close friend of his son, Thomas.

Early History of the Lydia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lydia research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1173 and 1439 are included under the topic Early Lydia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lydia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lydiat, Lydiatt, Liddiat, Liddiatt, Liddiard, Lidiard, Lydiate and many more.

Early Notables of the Lydia family (pre 1700)

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United States Lydia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lydia Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Lydia, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lydia (post 1700) +

  • Jasmine Lydia Bligh (1913-1991), one of the first three BBC Television Service presenters in the 1930s
  • Lydia Wideman (1920-2019), Finish gold medalist cross-country skier at the 1952 Winter Olympics
  • Lydia Marie Clarke (1923-2018), American actress and photographer, and the wife of Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston
  • Lydia Forson (b. 1984), Ghanaian African Movie Academy Award winning actress, writer, and producer
  • Lydia White Shattuck (1822-1889), American botanist, naturalist, chemist, and professor at Mount Holyoke College
  • Lydia Fry, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937
  • Lydia Cromwell Hearne, American Republican politician, Physician; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1924 [5]
  • Lydia Escher (1858-1891), Swiss patron of the arts
  • Lydia Chapin Taft (1712-1778), the first woman known to legally vote in colonial America; she was wife of Josiah Taft (1709-1756)
  • Lydia Bradey, New Zealand mountaineer, the first woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1988

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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