Richard: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Richard

Richard

Pronunciation: RI-cherd (key)

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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Comments and insights on the name Richard: | Edit

Richard is a nice, handsome, masculine, original name for a baby boy. Pronounced Rich-erd.

I really like the name Richard, and the nicknames Rich or Rick, Richie or Ricky. However, if you name your son Richard, DON'T call him Dick or Dickie! Awful terrible!

Personal experiences with the name Richard: | Edit

A pretty good friend of mine's name is Richard. He's a bit of a mysterious guy... and he can be kind of creepy. But he's nice, and I care about him. And his name -- I actually really like his name. It's really attractive. And while it comes with a lot of nicknames, he just likes going by Richard. My best friend's father's name is Richard, too. And he prefers Rick. Altogether I love this name. :)

Richard is my dad's name. He has always gone by "Rick", though... I think they're both very nice names. =)

There were a lot of guys in my school who were called Dick back in the 50's, and back then there was nothing wrong with that name. But since it became vulgarized, guys named Richard are going by Rick or Rich. There are still a few old guys who are called Dick, but no younger ones.

Nicknames for Richard: | Edit

Rich, Rick, Richie, Ricky, Rico, Richo, Dick, Dickie, Dicky.

I would advise avoiding Dick or Dickie/Dicky! O_o

I learned to read on "Fun With Dick and Jane" books. There was nothing wrong with the name Dick then. But now they have T-shirts that say things like "See Dick do drugs. See Dick get arrested. See Dick go to jail. Don't be a dick! Don't do drugs!"

Meanings and history of the name Richard: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Richard".

Teutonic:
Powerful ruler.

American:
Powerful ruler.

English:
Strong ruler.

French:
Powerful; strong ruler. Fact: A Teutonic name from the European Middle Ages. England's King Richard Coeur de Lion was a crusading knight.

German:
Powerful; strong ruler.

Famous real-life people named Richard: | Edit

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th American President
Richard Burton, Welsh actor
Richard "Ricky" Ray AIDS Activist 1977 - 1992
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.
Richard Speight, Jr., American actor

Richard in song, story & screen: | Edit

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.

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