Richard: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Richard
Origin of the name Richard:
A borrowing from the Old French, Richard is derived from the Old High German Richart, a compound name composed from the elements rík, rīc (power, ruler) and hard (strong, brave, hardy): hence, "brave ruler." The name, introduced by the Normans, was borne by three kings of England. The first was Richard I (1157 - 99), called Richard the Lion-Hearted, the leader of the Third Crusade.
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I married a Richard and call him thus and on occasion "Rich". I've heard some call him "Rick". My husband thinks there is a tv and film conspiracy against Richards. He points out that the lackluster personality-less background man in any tv show or film is named Richard. Go figure.
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Dick, Rich, Rick, Richie, Ricky, Rico, Richo
Richard, Rich, Rick, are great names - just don't call your kid Dick or Dickie!
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Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th American President
Richard Burton, Welsh actor
Richard Charles Rodgers, American composer
Richard Lynn Carpenter, American musician and composer
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor, American comedian
Richard Tiffany Gere, American actor
Richard Dean Anderson, American actor
Richard Mark Hammond, British television presenter.
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Richie Rich, Poor Little Rich Boy of comic book fame
"Open the Door, Richard" 1950s hit song
Richard Alpert, character on TV show "Lost"
Richard 'Rick' Castle, title-character on the TV show "Castle"
Richard Cypher, character from the "Sword of Truth" books and TV show "Legend of the Seeker"
Dr. Richard Webber, character from the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
Richard III, Shakespeare Play.