Is any spelling other than Lydia a really bad idea?

Maybe this is just painfully obvious, but I really love the [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] spelling. [name_m]How[/name_m] bad of an idea is it? I’m currently revamping my list, and seriously considering putting [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]/[name_f]Lidia[/name_f]/[name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] somewhere, but I’ve really been leaning toward [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] or [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] over the more mainstream [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], and I may need someone to talk me off the ledge. Both [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] and [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] do have some personal meaning for me–I’m not choosing them for purely aesthetic purposes alone–but I really do like the look of the Lidi- beginning as opposed to the Lydi- one. [name_m]How[/name_m] bad of an idea is it?

For what it’s worth, the [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] spelling is the Italian one (amongst other nationalities), and [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] is the Russian transcription. If I opt for [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] or [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f], do I really need to stuff them in the MN spot? Are there any other Berries out there who love [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] or [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f]?

I personally prefer [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], but I don’t think you’re committing any baby name sins if you choose to spell it [name_f]Lidia[/name_f]. It still looks like it should be pronounced, and you said it has personal meaning for you. I think that’s all the justification you need to spell it the way you prefer.

However, I feel like [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] looks a little too much like a kr8tiv spelling, even though it is the Russian version of the name. It’s harder to read, and I don’t think it would go over so well if you live in an English speaking country, so I’d stick to either [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] or [name_f]Lydia[/name_f].

It’s not a bad idea. [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is my mother’s name. I like the spelling much more than with a y.

I actually love [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] and dislike [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]. The [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] spelling reminds me of [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] [name_m]Bennet[/name_m] from Pride and Prejudice which is definitely a negative association. [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] looks clean and modern, but also carries the same vintage charm as the original spelling. I also think the repeating i’s are very aesthetically pleasing, similar to the name [name_f]Livia[/name_f].

[name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] in [name_f]Russia[/name_f] has a different pronunciation, [name_u]LEE[/name_u]-dee-yah, so I’d only use that spelling if you are pronouncing it the Russian way.

[name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is absolutely fine [name_f]IMO[/name_f], it’s not creative or anything, I think it’s nice.

Much, much prefer [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] over [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]- the spelling just looks cleaner and it doesn’t prompt any pronounciation questioning. [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] on the other hand I wouldn’t go for, as a previous poster stated “it looks too much like a kr8tiv spelling”

I like [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], but since the other spellings are legitimate spellings from different language backgrounds, they are no less legit. I just prefer what I have always been familiar with.

I think [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is fine, but [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] is a bit much.

[name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is fine, it’s legitimate. I am not huge on [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] unless there are actual Russian roots there because it is so obviously Russian.

I personally adore the [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] spelling, but, being Italian-American, totally get the spelling thing (I love [name_f]Leah[/name_f]…but really like the [name_f]Lia[/name_f] spelling more, after my great aunt from [name_m]Rome[/name_m]). I guess either [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] or [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] would work, but I feel like the “I” spelling would get misspelled often and that the nickname “[name_f]Liddie[/name_f]” looks less appealing than “Lyddie”. I would not use the [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] spelling though. With all due respect to the Russian culture, that would look completely kre8tiv in the States. If you were living there, I feel that spelling would be more appropriate, but I don’t think it works too well in your case. The name [name_f]Lydia[/name_f]/[name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is a beautiful name though :slight_smile:

I think unless it is necessary to spell it differently (your family is Italian, Spanish, etc., the child visits those countries a lot or speaks the language) it is a hindrance as [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] is so very popular!
(I also just really love how classic [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] looks while [name_f]Lidia[/name_f], without having Italian, Spanish, etc. family, looks like a creative alternative spelling to me).

Thanks, everyone! Not sure I wouldn’t go with [name_f]Lidia[/name_f], but I’m taking a second look at [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] again. I probably won’t go with [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f], much as I love it (and yes, @amberdaydream, I know [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] and [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] are said differently! I assume [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] and [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] are, too.).

I do prefer [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] personally, but I’m probably biased since it’s my middle name. [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] and [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] look quite cheerful and spunky, but I feel like they would be misspelled a lot. If you don’t mind that (many of my own favourites are constantly misspelled and I’d still use them), it’d be totally fine to use it as a first :slight_smile:

If you do change it, [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is the most I would go. I think she’s already going to have correct everyone. Adding anymore letters just won’t end well. Personally, I think [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] looks the nicest.

I like the y in [name_f]Lydia[/name_f], and although [name_f]Lidiya[/name_f] also has a y, it seems too long to me and I’m not a fan of the ‘iy’ combination. [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] is definitely my favourite, but if you like [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] and it has meaning for you, go ahead and use it!

I prefer the [name_f]Lydia[/name_f] spelling but I also think [name_f]Lidia[/name_f] is fine as well.