Richard Name Meaning & Origin

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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Dick, Ricardo, Rich, Rick, Rico

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Nicknames for Richard

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

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

Richard Kylea Cowie Jr (aka Wiley), UK music pioneer, created the genre "grime"
Richard Allen, (1760–1831), Minister
Richard Starkey, MBE (a.k.a. Ringo Starr)
Richard "Rick" Danko, Musician, 1942 – 1999
Richard Wayne Penniman (a.k.a. "Little Richard")
Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke
Richard of Gloucestor (a.k.a. King Richard III), 1452 – 1485
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 'Dick' Turpin, English highwayman
Richard Walters, Canadian actor
Richard Z. Kruspe, German musician
Richard Armitage, English actor
Richard "Dick" Trikle, NASCAR driver. Drove at Rockford Speedway in Rockford, Illinois before the NASCAR circuit.
Richard Kristian Rama Gutiérrez, American-Filipino actor/model.

Richard in song, story & screen

Richie Rich, Poor Little Rich Boy of comic book fame

"Open the Door, Richard" 1950s hit song
Genesis Elijah - Richard Russell, grime 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.
Richard 'Dick' Grayson (Robin) , character from Batman
Richard Watterson - The Amazing World of Gumball

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