Lidda seems to be a variant form or a diminutive of Lydia, a Greek female name derived from the name of an ancient kingdom in Asia Minor, used to refer to someone who came from there. It was apparently named after a king, Lydus or Ludos, whose name might mean “beautiful one” or “noble one”. Another possible meaning is that it means “play” or “sport” though that seems sketchy. Lydos could also be tentatively linked to Proto-Indo-European h₁lewdʰ meaning “people”.
Lidda could also be a short form of Phyllida, a genitive form of Phyllis meaning “foliage” and is the name of a figure in Greek mythology.
Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European
- Lydda (English)- also the name of a town in Palestine now called Lod