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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lya

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From Old Swedish lya, assumed to originate from an unattested Old Swedish verb similar to Icelandic hlyia (to protect).

  1. a lair, a den, a sett; a hole in the ground for a fox, wolf or badger
  2. a (small) apartment

Notable Persons Named Lya

Lya de Putti was an actress and actor. Her career lasted from 1918 to 1929. Lya was given the name Amalia Putti on January 10th, 1897 in Vécse, Austria-Hungary,. She passed away on November 27th, 1931.


Lya Lys was a film actor. She was most prominent from 1929 to 1940. Lya was given the name Nathalie Margoulis on May 8th, 1908 in Berlin. Lya is also known as Natalie Margulis and Natalie Löscht. She died on June 2nd, 1986.


Lya was given the name Aleksandra Gudowicz on August 1st, 1897 in Riga, Russian Empire. She died on March 1st, 1960.


Lya Barrioz is a singing, record producer, and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present.


How popular is the baby name Lya in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1968 27 27 0
1969 5 5 0
1979 7 7 0
1986 5 5 0
1991 5 5 0
1992 8 8 0
1994 6 6 0
1995 5 5 0
1998 6 6 0
1999 6 6 0
2000 5 5 0
2001 14 14 0
2002 8 8 0
2003 10 10 0
2004 12 12 0
2005 18 18 0
2006 19 19 0
2007 22 22 0
2008 24 24 0
2009 35 35 0
2010 28 28 0
2011 32 32 0
2012 36 36 0
2013 23 23 0
2014 37 37 0
2015 50 50 0
2016 46 46 0
2017 41 41 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Lya as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Lya

  • How Popular is the name Lya? Lya is the 15,550th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Lya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 540 babies born with the first name Lya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lya to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 27 new born babies.
  • When was Lya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lya is Saturday, October 22nd, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Lya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lya was in 2015 with a total of 50 babies.
  • Random Lya Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lya is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Lya: Your name in reverse order is Ayl. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yal. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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