Rich name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rich

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  1. According to a user from Minnesota, U.S., the name Rich means "money".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Rich
  1. Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; -- opposed to poor." Richmerchants." [Chaucer.]"The richperson] hath many friends." [Prov. xiv. 20.]"As a thief, bent to unhoard the cash Of some rich burgher." [Milton.]
  2. Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop."If life be short, it shall be glorious; Each minute shall be rich in some great action." [Rowe.]"The gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold." [Milton.]
  3. Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine.
  4. Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as, a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents."Like to rich and various gems." [Milton.]
  5. Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; -- especially applied to articles of food or drink which are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; as, a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit."Sauces and rich spices are fetched from India." [Baker.]
  6. Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color.
  7. Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music.
  8. Abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, a rich landscape; rich scenery.
  9. Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character.(Colloq)
    synonyms: Wealthy; affluent; opulent; ample; copious; abundant; plentiful; fruitful; costly; sumptuous; precious; generous; luscious.

Note: Rich is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, rich-fleeced, rich-jeweled, rich-laden, rich-stained.

Etymology: OE. riche, AS. rīce rich, powerful; akin to OS. rīki, D. rijk, G. reich, OHG. rīhhi, Icel. rīkr, Sw. rik, Dan. rig, Goth. reiks; from a word meaning, ruler, king, probably borrowed from Celtic, and akin to L. rex regis, king, regere to guide, rule. √283. See Right, and cf. Derrick Enrich Rajah Riches Royal

verb Rich
To enrich.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. People who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group) ("only the very rich benefit from this legislation")
  2. Affording an abundant supply ("a rich supply")
  3. Strong; intense ("a rich red")
  4. Marked by great fruitfulness ("rich soil")
  5. Pleasantly full and mellow ("a rich tenor voice")
  6. Very productive ("rich seams of coal")
  7. Possessing material wealth ("her father is extremely rich" and "many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles")
  8. Having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources) ("blessed with a land rich in minerals", "rich in ideas", and "rich with cultural interest")
  9. Suggestive of or characterized by great expense ("a rich display")
  10. High in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air ("a rich vein of copper" and "a rich gas mixture")
  11. Marked by richness and fullness of flavor ("a rich ruby port")
  12. Of great worth or quality ("a rich collection of antiques")
  13. Containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar ("rich desserts" and "they kept gorging on rich foods")

From Richard. The surname also derives from rich as a nickname.

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Richard.
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Rich

Notable Persons Named Rich

Rich Swann

Rich was born on February 15th, 1991 in Baltimore. Rich is also known as Swann and Richard.

Rich Froning Jr.

Rich was born on July 21st, 1987 in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Rich Homie Quan

Rich Homie Quan is a hip hop music rapping and singing. He was most prominent from 2012 to 2012. Rich was given the name Dequantes Devontay Lamar on October 4th, 1989 in , U.S.

Rich The Kid

Rich The Kid is a hip hop music and trap music rapping. They have been prominent since 2009. Rich was given the name Dimitri Roger on July 13th, 1992 in Queens, New York City, U.S.

Rich Gannon

Rich Gannon is a football player. His career lasted from 1987 to 2004. Rich was born on December 20th, 1965 in Philadelphia.

Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin is a martial artist. Rich was born on October 5th, 1974 in Cincinnati.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rich

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rich

Marc Rich

Marc Rich was a founder of glencore, glencore, and founder ofglencore. Marc was given the name Marcell David Reich on December 18th, 1934 in Antwerp. He breathed his last breath on June 26th, 2013.

Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich was a jazz, big band, swing music, and bebop musician, songwriter, bandleader, and actor. He was most active from 1919 to 1987. Buddy was given the name Bernard Rich on September 30th, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Buddy is also known as Traps the Drum Wonder, B", Traps the Drum Wonder (as a boy), and B" (as an adult). He left this life on April 2nd, 1987.

Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich was a country music, nashville sound, rockabilly, jazz, blues, gospel music, and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter. He plays Piano, Guitar, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1958 to 1995. Charlie was given the name Charles Allan Rich on December 14th, 1932 in Colt, Arkansas, United States. He passed away on July 25th, 1995.

Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich was a writer. Adrienne was given the name Adrienne Cecile Rich on May 16th, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She breathed her last breath on March 27th, 2012.

Richard Rich Jr.

Richard Rich Jr. is a comics character.

Denise Rich

Denise Rich is a singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist, political fundraiser, and philanthropy. Denise was given the name Denise Eisenberg on January 26th, 1944 in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Denise is also known as Denise Eisenberg Rich, Joy Denny, Eisenberg, and Denise (maiden name).

  • The Lord Rich
    Lord Chancellor
  • Simon Rich
  • Lucky Diamond Rich
    Performance Artist
  • Tommy Rich
  • John Rich
  • Philthy Rich
  • Richie Rich
  • William the Rich
  • Allan Rich
  • Claude Rich
  • Ruggiero Ricci
  • Irene Rich
  • Daniel Rich
  • Lillian Rich

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rich U.S.
  White 85.20% 64.26%
  African American 9.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rich

People with the last name Rich are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rich

  • What name lists does Rich rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rich? Rich is the 4,326th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rich was the 696th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rich have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,235 babies born with the first name Rich in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rich to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rich? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Rich first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rich is Friday, April 23rd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Rich born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rich was in 1962 with a total of 256 babies.
  • Random Rich Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rich is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Rich: The name spelled backwards is Hcir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hric. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rich? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 49,481 people with the last name Rich.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rich? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 17 of them will have Rich as their last name.
  • Rich name meaning

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