Richard name meaning

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

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Richard mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Richard

User Submitted Origins

Filipino (Philippines)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Iowa, U.S., the name Richard means "King or Ruler".
  2. 2 people from Missouri, U.S. agree the name Richard is of English origin and means "Wise ruler".
  3. According to a user from Minnesota, U.S., the name Richard is of German origin and means "Powerful Ruler".
  4. A submission from Tanzania, United Republic of says the name Richard means "Hard ruler" and is of African origin.
  5. According to a user from Canada, the name Richard is of German origin and means "Meaning is 'Hard Ruler'".
  6. 2 people from Philippines and the United States agree the name Richard is of Filipino (Philippines) origin and means "Ruler".
  7. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Richard is of Canadian origin and means "Ruler of all generations".
  8. A user from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Richard is of Hebrew origin and means "Royal or Ruler".
  9. A submission from Ghana says the name Richard means "leader or ruler" and is of African origin.
  10. A user from Taiwan says the name Richard is of German origin and means "Reich Hardt - strong ruler".
  11. According to 6 people from all over the world, the name Richard is of English origin and means "King".
  12. According to 2 people from South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, the name Richard is of English origin and means "Rich".
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From Middle English Rycharde, from Old French Richard, from Medieval Latin Richardus and Ricohardus, from Frankish *Rīkahard, from Proto-Germanic *Rīkaharduz, a construction of *rīks (“king, ruler”) +‎ *harduz (“hard, brave”). Cognate with Old High German Rīcohard (“Richard”). A hypothetical Old English equivalent *Rī‌ċheard would also yield an identical "Richard" in Modern English, though it is unknown if the Old English equivalent existed.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.
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Richard was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Czech, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Norwegian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Richard

Notable Persons Named Richard

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon was a 37th President of the United States, and 36th Vice President of the United States. He holds the title Richard Nixon resigns. His military service ended in 1946. Richard was given the name Richard Milhous Nixon on January 9th, 1913 in , U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1994.

Richard Jewell

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson is a founder of virgin group, virgin group, and founder ofvirgin group. He has had major accomplishments since 1966. Richard was given the name Richard Charles Nicholas Branson by his parent Eve Branson on July 18th, 1950 in Blackheath, London.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is a rock music and pop music musician. He plays Ludwig Drums, Avedis Zildjian Company, and Remo. He was most prominent from 1957 to present. Ringo was given the name Richard Starkey on July 7th, 1940 in Dingle, Liverpool, England.

Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly is a hip hop music and rap rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Machine was given the name Richard Colson Baker on April 22nd, 1990 in Houston, Texas, US. Machine is also known as Machine Gun Kelly.

Richard III

Richard III was royalty. He was most active from 1483 to 1483. Richard was born as the child of Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York, Cecily Neville, and Duchess of York on October 2nd, 1452 in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. He passed away on August 22nd, 1485.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Richard

Notable Persons With the Last Name Richard

Little Richard

Little Richard is a rock, roll, rhythm, blues, gospel music, and soul music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1947. Little was given the name Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5th, 1932 in Macon, Georgia, United States.

Sir Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard is a skiffle, rock, roll, pop music, pop rock, and contemporary christian music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Cliff was given the name Harry Rodger Webb on October 14th, 1940 in Lucknow.

Prince Richard

Prince Richard is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Gloucester([[#Titles, styles, honours, Arms, and Duke of Gloucester. Prince was born as the child of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alice, and Duchess of Gloucester on August 26th, 1944 in Monken Hadley Common.

Count of Coudenhove-Kalergi Richard

Count was born as the child of Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi and Mitsuko Aoyama on November 16th, 1894 in Tokyo. He left this life on July 27th, 1972.

Wendy Richard

Wendy Richard was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 2009. Wendy was given the name Wendy Emerton on July 20th, 1943 in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She breathed her last breath on February 26th, 2009.

Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard was a hockey player. His career lasted from 1942 to 1960. Maurice was born on August 4th, 1921 in Montreal. He passed away on May 27th, 2000.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Richard U.S.
  White 70.35% 64.26%
  African American 23.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.90% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Richard

People with the last name Richard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Richard

  • What name lists does Richard rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Richard? Richard is the 9th most popular name of all time. As a last name Richard was the 629th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Richard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,576,936 babies born with the first name Richard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Richard to occupy the country of Namibia with an estimated population of 2,364,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Richard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 728 new born babies.
  • When was Richard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Richard is Wednesday, May 22nd, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Richard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Richard was in 1946 with a total of 58,876 babies. That's a lot of babies named Richard!
  • Random Richard Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Richard ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 8 babies in Vermont have the same name in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Richard: The name spelled backwards is Drahcir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Drrihac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Richard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 53,893 people with the last name Richard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Richard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Richard as their last name.
  • Richard name meaning

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