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Origin and Meaning of Alyda

Hi Jennifer!

I love your site; it’s Internet candy for me!  I have a quick question about my middle name: Alyda.  It’s tough to find name meanings for it and I have no idea what the origin of it is.  I inherited it from my grandmother (whom everyone called Lyda) and I’ve only met one other person who has this name.  Can you tell me where it’s from and what it means?  If we ever have a daughter, I’ll be passing the name on and I’d like to know the origin.  

Thanks a bunch!

Lauren

Dear Lauren,

First off, I love the term “internet candy!” Thank you so much for your kind words.

Your middle name, Alyda, is most likely an alternate spelling of the Germanic/Dutch name, ALIDA. Alida was originally used as a diminutive (nickname) for Adelaide, which means “Of noble kin.”  

I have added your spelling to our database. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 


About the name Derwyn

Hi Jennifer!

My father and I both have unique names – albeit ones we have to keep spelling and pronouncing for people – and neither of them are on the database. I know my name is a French respelling of “Lauren”, but I’m not too sure about my dad’s name, Derwyn. I’ve looked everywhere and don’t know what on Earth it means, but I’m pretty sure you’d know a thing or two about it.

Thanks for the help,

Laurenne (Not Lauren)

P.S. This has got to be my favourite website ever :)

Hi Laurenne (beautiful name by the way),

Derwyn is a Welsh name, a form of the name Darwin and Deorwine. It means “Dear Friend.” Hope that makes you happy! We will add it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

p.s. Thanks! Mine, too. :)

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